Sunday, January 29, 2006

International Reliability Physics Symposium, March 26 - 30, 2006, San Jose, California

International Symposium and Exhibition on Advanced Packaging Materials, March 15 -17, 2006, Atlanta, USA

Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2006

Second International Conference on Engineering Failure Analysis, September 13-15, 2006, Toronto, Canada

9th International Fatigue Congress, 14-19 May 2006, Atlanta, USA

Abstract submission deadline: 10 February 2006

35th Solid Mechanics Conference (Solmech 06), 4-8 September 2006, Kraków, Poland

EUROMECH-MECAMAT EMMC8: 8th European Mechanics of Materials Conference, Material and structural identification from full-field measurements, 13-15 Sep

First South-East European Conference on Computational Mechanics (SEECCM-06), 28-30 June 2006, Kragujevac, Serbia

Friday, January 27, 2006

Minisymposium on Multiscale Studies of Thin Films and Small Structures, July 16-22, 2006, Los Angeles, California

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Advanced Problems in Mechanics, St.Petersburg, June 26 - July 2, 2006

The deadline for abstract submission has been shifted to 
15 February 2006

15th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

The 15th U.S. National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics will be held during 25-30 June 2006 at the University of Colorado in Boulder. These quadrennial congresses are held under the auspices of the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM), which is a member of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM).

Deadline for early registration: 15 May 2006
15th USNCTAM Meeting: 25-30 June 2006

Mini-symposium on Nanomechanical Characterization and Size Dependent Mechanical Properties at MS&T06

Dear colleagues:

The MS&T06 will be held during October 15-19, 2006, in Cincinnati, OH, USA. We would like to invite you and your colleagues to contribute presentations to the Mini-symposium on Nanomechanical Characterization and Size Dependent Mechanical Properties at this meeting.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Nanoindentation deformation and fracture
Residual stress measurements at reduced scales
Fatigue at small size scales
Mechanical reliability testing of nanostructures and devices
Nanomechanical testing at high temperatures
Nanomechanical instrumentation development and challenges
Size-dependent effect mechanisms
Modeling of nanoscale deformation, fracture and grain boundary rotation

The deadline to submit your abstract is March 15, 2006

To submit an abstract, please go to this website.

Sincerely Yours,

Dr. Xiaodong "Chris" Li, Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering and University NanoCenter
University of South Carolina
300 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: (803) 777-8011
Fax: (803) 777-0106

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Seventh World Congress on Computational Mechanics

A message from Wing Kam Liu, General Chairman.

The preparations of The Seventh World Congress on Computational Mechanics are proceeding on schedule. We have received very enthusiastic responses to the call for abstracts, and we
appreciate your contributions to the congress. Please take note of the following six (6) reminders:

The deadline of abstracts submission is March 15, 2006.

The Early Registration deadline for WCCM-VII, February 15, 2006, is approaching. You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the reduced early registration fee.

A block of rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel at a special WCCM-VII Congress rate. Please book the rooms as soon as possible. Mention the code "World Congress on Computational Mechanics" to receive our special room rate.

A list of topics to be given by plenary and semi-plenary lecturers is now available on the web.

This year's event features two short courses:

"Multiscale Computational Methods and Applications" on Sunday, July 16, 2006.

"Level Set Methods and Dynamic Implicit Surfaces" on Saturday, July 22, 2006.

Please remind us that if you require a visa to enter the United States, we can issue a formal invitation letter to the U.S. Consulate office where authors live. The authors must request this letter in writing to: . The authors must specify to whom and where the letter should be mailed or faxed. Authors MUST be registered for the conference and the fees must be paid in full to receive consideration.

See you all in Los Angeles, CA, in July, 2006.

Monday, January 23, 2006

"Electromechanical Materials and Devices" Mini-Symposium, The 5th International Forum on Advanced Material Science and Technology (IFAMST-5)

the Symposium on Electromechanical Materials and Devices of IFAMST-5 to be held in the historical city of Xiangtan (June 11-14, 2006) and the beautiful mountain resort of Zhangjiajie (June 14-17, 2006). Conference information can be found at

The symposium focuses on electromechanical materials and devices. Papers are solicited on but not limited to the following topics:

§ Smart materials including piezoelectric, magnetostrictive, and shape memory alloys
§ Material modeling, design and processing
§ Bulk and surface acoustic wave devices, and acoustic wave sensors
§ Resonators for biosensors and chemical sensors
§ Mechanics for structural and device modeling and design
§ Micro- and nanomechanics, and multi-scale models of multifunctional materials
§ Multifunctional composite materials for electromechanical transducers
§ Transducers for biomedical applications
§ Piezoelectric actuators, sensors, and transformers
§ Modeling of transducers
§ Electroactive polymers and ionic gels; Mechanics of electroactive polymers and bioactive materials
§ Design and engineering of electomechanical actuators and sensors and the their integration into devices
§ Nonlinear control algorithms for electomechanical devices and their implementation in software and hardware
§ Manufacturing technologies for electromechanical materials and devices
§ Methods of measurement, testing and characterization for electromechanical materials and devices
§ Multi-functional composite materials, nano-constituent composite materials; bio-functional materials and structures; shape-memory alloys (SMAs), porous SMAs; magnetic shape-memory alloys (MSMAs)
§ Single crystal and polycrystalline ferroelectrics and magnetostrictives
§ High-temperature ferroelectrics and electrostrictives
§ Thin-film active materials for structural applications (e.g. flow control)

The deadline for abstract submission is Jan 31, 2006.

Professor Qing-Ming Wang, University of Pittsburgh,
Professor Jiashi Yang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Professor Ji Wang, Ningbo University,

The 5th International Forum on Advanced Material Science and Technology (IFAMST-5), June 11-17, 2006, Xiang Tan & Zhang Jia Jie, Hunan Province, China

The deadline for abstract submission is Jan 31, 2006.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Applied Mechanics News: Call for proposals to host an IUTAM symposium or instructional summer school in 2008 or 2009

Applied Mechanics News: Call for proposals to host an IUTAM symposium or instructional summer school in 2008 or 2009


The 14th International Conference on the Strength of Materials (ICSMA14) will be held from June 4th to 9th, 2006, in Xi'an city, China. For more details, please contact Web site: http:// The proceedings of the conference will be published in a separate issue of Materials Science and Engineering A (MSE-A), after the conference. Each contribution will go through the usual peer reviewing procedure of MSE-A. The organizers are also planning exciting social and tour programs that will allow the participants to kick back and enjoy their stay in the ancient capital of Xi'an.

Important dates and deadlines of ICSMA 14.
Pre-registration and submission of abstract: continuously before 31 July, 2005;
Final registration (with the regular rate of registration fee): 31 December, 2005

Submission of manuscripts: at the conference.

Corresponding address for information of the conference: Prof. Guan-Jun Qiao
Email address:
Web site: http://

IUTAM Symposium on Relation of Shell, Plate, Beam and 3D Models

Organization: International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Event dates: April 23 - April 28, 2007
Symposium Chairman: Prof. G. (George) Jaiani
IUTAM Representative on Scientific Committee: Prof. D.H. (Dick) van Campen

Please visit this site for details.

IUTAM Symposium on Computational Contact Mechanics

IUTAM Symposium on Computational Contact Mechanics
Organization: International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Location: Hannover, Germany
Event dates: November 05 - November 09, 2006
Symposium Chairman: Prof. P. (Peter) Wriggers
IUTAM Representative on Scientific Committee: Prof. J. (Jean) Salençon

Please visit this site for details.

IUTAM Symposium on Plasticity at the Micron Scale

Organization: International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Location: Lyngby, Denmark
Event dates: May 21 - May 25, 2006
Symposium Chairman: Prof. V. (Viggo) Tvergaard
IUTAM Representative on Scientific Committee: Prof. L.B. (Ben) Freund

Please visit this site for details.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Special events for R.D. Mindlin's 100th anniversary

Raymond D. Mindlin, one of the greatest solid mechanicians of the 20th century, was born on September 17, 1906, in New York City. Professor Mindlin had made seminal contributions to many branches of applied mechanics, including photoelasticity, three-dimensional elasticity, contact and impact mechanics, waves and vibrations, piezoelectricity, gradient theories, unified multiscale constitutive theories, etc. His pioneering work has inspired many of the contemporary research areas, ranging from solid mechanics to soil mechanics, from structural mechanics to lattice theory, from size effect in metals to mechanics of quantum dots. In recognition of his achievement, a couple of events are planned in the year 2006.

Mindlin Centennial Symposium, jointly sponsored by the ASCE and ASME, will be held at the 15th US National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics ( at University of Colorado at Boulder, on June 25-30, 2006. Abstracts should be sent by email as attached PDF files to and , with a copy to . The deadline for abstract submission is January 15th, 2006.

Mindlin Session at the 2006 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium (, sponsored by the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics & Frequency Control Society, will be held at Miami, Florida, on June 5-7, 2006. Abstract deadline is January 27, 2006."

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Extreme Mechanics: Current Issues in Continuum & Fluid Mechanics ( August 21 - September 10, 2006)

Many of the most intriguing problems in solid and fluid mechanics involve systems in which key physical parameters are very large (or small), or in which unusual geometries constrain the behavior of systems in surprising ways. Thus, in granular systems the rigidity of the particles is in marked contrast to their softness at a macroscopic level. In some soft biological systems of recent physics interest, the macroscopic elastic properties are both non-linear and tunable in ways that can shed new light on solid/continuum mechanics. In fluid mechanics, free boundary problems such as drop snap-off and related phenomena combine familiar hydrodynamic phenomena in counter-intuitive (and often aesthetically pleasing) ways. This workshop will cover this timely subject, which can fairly be termed"extreme mechanics."

Organizers: T. Halsey , F. Mackintosh, P. Chaikin, . L. Mahadevan, & David Pines

Please visit this site for details.

Physics of Soft Matter: Complex Fluids and Biological Materials (June 26-July 21, 2006)

The Boulder 2006 summer school aims to give attendees exposure to some of the most vital experimental and theoretical areas of study in the physics of complex fluids and biological materials. The application deadline is February 17 , 2006. Online application form are available.

Scientific Coordinators: Corey O'Hern (Yale), Eric R. Dufresne (Yale), Thomas R. Powers (Brown), Anthony Dinsmore (UMass)

Site Coordinator: Leo Radzihovsky

Please visit this site for details.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


The aim of the “Advances and Applications of Computational Methods in Impact Engineering” mini-symposium is to recognize the increasing role of computation in Impact Engineering. It is now established that computational tools are indispensable to augment experimental techniques for the analysis of complex systems under dynamic loading. Many new computational techniques are currently being developed and new applications in the fields of impact and shock loadings are emerging. This mini-symposium will bring together engineers and scientists working in the area of Computational Impact Engineering.

Topics of interest include (but are not restricted to) the following:

* Response of Structures to dynamic and explosive type loading
* Constitutive modeling and homogenization methods for structures under dynamic loading
* Development of constitutive models for the dynamic response of soft tissue
* Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction
* Advances in Computational Impact Engineering
* Dynamic buckling and post-buckling analysis under impact
* Failure mechanisms of structures under impact loading
* Computation-assisted design optimization of crashworthiness structures
* Crash Safety

Please visit this site for details.


Vaziri, Ashkan (Primary Organizer)
Xue, Zhenyu (Co-Organizer)
Deshpande, Vikram (Co-Organizer)
Radovitzky, Raul (Co-Organizer

Monday, January 09, 2006

Gordon Research Conference on Thin Film and Small Scale Mechanical Behavior

July 30-August 4, 2006
Colby College,Waterville, Maine

Full program at
Apply for attendance and submit poster abstract in March 2006

Chair: Zhigang Suo (Harvard University)

Vice Chair: Rick Vinci (Lehigh University)

Eduard Arzt (Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research)
David Clarke (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Ben Freund (Brown University)
Bill Gerberich (University of Minnesota)
Bill Nix (Stanford University)
John Hutchinson (Harvard University)
Frans Spaepen (Harvard University)


Oliver Kraft (Institute for Materials Research, Karlsruhe)
Ting Tsui (Texas Instruments)
Jun He (Intel Corporation)


Huajian Gao (Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research; Brown University)
Rob Ritchie (University of California, Berkeley)
Gang Bao (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Jun Liu (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
L. Mahadevan (Harvard University)
Mary Boyce (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Amit Misra (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Mike Uchic (Air Force Research Laboratory)
Ke Lu (Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science)
Helena Van Swygenhoven (Paul Scherrer Institute)
Alan Needleman (Brown University)
Ed Webb (Sandia National Laboratories)

Wole Soboyejo (Princeton University)
Sigurd Wagner (Princeton University)
Yves Leterrier (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)
Matt Begley (University of Virginia)
Bob Keller (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
Herbert Hui (Cornell University)
Ray Pearson (Lehigh University)

Erik van der Giessen (University of Groningen)
Steve Granick (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Manoj Chaudhury (Lehigh University)
John Bassani (University of Pennsylvania)

Reiner Dauskardt (Stanford University)
Mark Warner (University of Cambridge)

Trevor Page (University of Newcastle)
George Pharr (University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory)