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16th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics

September 6–8 2022 | St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, UK



Showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics – The 16th in a series of conferences organized by the British Society for Strain Measurement showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics. September 6–8, 2022 at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, UK.

The conference will bring together internationally leading researchers across a wide range of disciplines in both academia and industry to exchange ideas and discuss new research.

The 16th annual conference organized by the British Society for Strain Measurement will bring together leading international researchers from academia and industry to showcase research and innovation in experimental mechanics. Chaired and organized by a team of academics from across the UK, Professor James Marrow, University of Oxford, Dr Hari Arora, Swansea University and Dr Daniel Mulvihill, University of Glasgow.

Key Dates

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2022
Initial Author Notification: March 12, 2022
Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 30, 2022
Delegate Registration Deadline: May 28, 2022

Conference Highlights

Measurements Lecture – Prof Carol Featherston, University of Cardiff
Lightweighting aircraft structures for greener aviation – design, optimisation and structural health monitoring

Plenary Lecture – Dr Catrin Mair Davies, Imperial College London
Image analysis techniques for novel analysis of creep tests

Plenary Lecture  – Professor Alexander Korsunsky, Multi-Beam Laboratory for Engineering Microscopy, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Strain microscopy across the scales: experiments, models, distributions

Special Sessions:

Soft Matter & Textiles – Dr Ben Xu, Northumbria University and Dr Xuqing Liu, University of Manchester

Composites – Prof Costas Soutis, University of Manchester

Impact, Blast & High Strain Rate Test Methods – Dr Genevieve Langdon, University of Sheffield and Prof Hari Arora, Swansea University

Digital Image Correlation – Dr Dave Hollis, LaVision and Dr Mike Gower, National Physical Laboratory

Material Testing 2.0 – Prof Fabrice Pierron, University of Southampton
Next generation of mechanical tests based on richer test contents, full-field measurements and inverse identification to reduce testing times and improve constitutive modelling.

Biomechanics & Biomaterials – Prof John Mulvihill, University of Limerick

Tribology & Contact – Dr Daniel Mulvihill, University of Glasgow

Testing of Composite Materials & Structures – Prof Janice Barton, University of Bristol

Materials in Extreme Environments – Dr Lloyd Fletcher and Dr Allan Harte, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, UK

Young Stress Analyst Competition
The YSA Competition is an opportunity to present research and meet Industry and academic experts

The Exhibition of Experimental Mechanics is the premier UK exhibition for manufacturers and suppliers of strain measurement and stress analysis equipment and will take place on 7 September 2022
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Strain Best Prize Competition
This annual prize is sponsored by our corporate Member Fylde

Conference reception – St Anne’s College on the evening of the 6th of September 2022

Conference dinner – Mansfield College Chapel, on the evening of the 7th of September 2022

St Gile’s Fair – An annual historic event, dating back to medieval times

Venue Information

The venue for the conference will be St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, UK. St Anne’s College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. Formerly a women’s college, it has been coeducational since 1979.

The conference dinner venue will be Mansfield College Chapel, University of Oxford. Mansfield College Chapel is one of the largest in Oxford.  The college opened in 1886, as part of the movement to admit religious dissenters to the University of Oxford.  The college buildings were designed by Basil Champneys, who was also the architect of the John Ryland’s library at Manchester and a number of significant college buildings in Cambridge and Oxford.  The chapel, which remains central to college life, has stained glass windows and statues that depict leading figures from Nonconformist movements, including Oliver Cromwell.  Although Mansfield College is no longer a religious institution, its founding principles of freedom of conscience and educational access are still central to its vision.

Conference Themes

The conference covers all areas of experimental solid mechanics and aims to draw together researchers and industrialists from a diverse range of sectors, including but not limited to Aerospace, Automotive, Rail, Biomedical, Construction, Power & Energy. Abstracts are welcome on any topic that falls within this broad scope.

The conference will have thematic sessions on specialist and emerging areas in experimental mechanics including:

  • Innovation in measurement technology
  • Measurement in extreme environments
  • Evaluation of composite materials and structures
  • Assessment of biological and medical systems
  • High strain rate and dynamic response of materials
  • Fatigue and fracture
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Tribology and Contact

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The Directors and members of the various committees are all volunteers, with an interest in aspects of strain measurement and experimental mechanics. Many of the team are leading academics and industrialists in the field, with a wide range of technical expertise and experience.

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