Thursday, 22 September 2011

Contact and Surface 2011

10th International Conference on Surface Effects and Contact Mechanics

21 - 23 September 2011, Malta


Wessex Institute of Technology, UK
University of Groningen, The Netherlands


The importance of contact and surface effects in modern engineering and their combined effects led the organisers to reconvene this 10th International Conference, which covers two related topics: Computational Methods and Experiments in Contact Mechanics and Surface Effects.

Nowadays the importance of contact and surface problems in many technological fields is well understood. They are complex and inherently non-linear due to the moving boundary and the different properties of materials, particularly along the contact surfaces. Structural components failure by wear, corrosion and high cycle fatigue are affected and initiated by the surface conditions. The use of surface treatments can reduce the cost of components and extend the life of the elements for surfaces undergoing contact, a problem that will be specifically addressed by the conference.

The meeting will particularly emphasise the application of advanced theories and experimental techniques. Participants will be encouraged to critically review existing ideas and to explore new areas of research.

The series first started in Southampton, UK (1993); continued in Ferrara and Milan, Italy (1995); Oxford, UK and Madrid, Spain (1997); Stuttgart, Germany and Assisi, Italy (1999); Seville, Spain (2001); Crete, Greece (2003); Bologna, Italy (2005); New Forest, UK (2007) and Algarve, Portugal (2009).

  • Computer simulation
  • Surface modification
  • Surface treatments
  • Surface problems in contact mechanics
  • Contact mechanics
  • Applications and case studies
  • Indentation and hardness
  • Thick and thin coatings
  • Corrosion problems
  • Nano-characterisation
  • Test methodology
  • Multiscale experiments and modelling
  • Fracture fatigue and mechanics

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