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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium T—Strength and Failure at the Micro- and Nanoscale—From Fundamentals to Applications

Advances in micro-scale manufacturing techniques, high resolution testing apparatus and the ability to carry out complementary modeling on similar length scales has led to significant advances in the range and applications of mechanical testing at the micro- and nano-scale. Techniques such as micro-compression and bending, nanoindentation and thin film testing in uniaxial tension, biaxial tension and bending have advanced beyond mere properties measurements; they now are regularly used for both investigations of fundamental deformation mechanisms and applications to engineering and reliability problems where conventional testing techniques are not suitable.

The applications of these techniques have been greatly widened by the development of advanced in-situ deformation experimental equipment (both X-ray and electron microscope based) and an increased ability to perform micro-scale tests at elevated temperatures, under liquids and at non-ambient conditions. This has resulted in research efforts probing a range of advanced materials and cutting edge techniques are now finding use in solving industrial as well as academic questions in applications as diverse as aerospace failure investigations, deformation of biological implants, understanding radiation damage, energy storage materials, and fracture in complex flexible electronic devices.

This symposium aims to bring together experts in both the development of advanced small scale testing techniques and instruments together with users from both academic and industrial settings. It is hoped that this will speed up the take up of these techniques into industry as well as providing a new set of challenges for experimental design and implementation.

Student symposium posters will be eligible for in-symposium awards (1st - $500, 2nd-$350 and 3rd-$150).

Topics will include:

  • Mechanics of thinfilms and micromachined structures
  • Biological applications of micro-mechanical testing
  • Mechanics of materials for extreme environments & applications: nuclear, aerospace, chemical
  • Time dependent deformation at the microscale: fatigue, creep, strain rate sensitivity, and wear
  • Experimentally informed modeling ofmicroscale deformation
  • Bridging length scales from the micro- to the meso-scale
  • Novel application-based experimental techniques
  • Micro-mechanics of materials for energy production and storage
  • Electrical, thermal and mechanical behavior of interfaces

Invited Speakers:

  • Jaya Balila (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Germany)
  • Afrooz Barnoush (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
  • T. Ben Britton (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • Richard Chromik (McGill University, Canada)
  • Joseph Jakes (US Forest Service Research & Development, USA)
  • Marian Kennedy (Clemson University, USA)
  • Olivier Pierron (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • M. Taher Saif (University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Ruth Schwaiger (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
  • Winston Soboyejo (Princeton University, USA)
  • Ralph Spolenak (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Xin Sun (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Krystyn Van Vliet (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Hussein M Zbib (Washington State University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

David Armstrong
University of Oxford
United Kingdom

David Bahr
Purdue University

Megan Cordill
Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science

Corinne Packard
Colorado School of Mines