Wednesday, February 22, 2006

13th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, Alexandroupolis, Greece

Leslie Banks-Sills
Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel

In 1-6 July 2007, the International Conference on Experimental Mechanics will be held in historic Alexandroupolis, Greece, with its unique beaches, scenic beauty, and traditional Greek hospitality.

As part of the conference, I am organizing several sessions on the failure of piezoelectric ceramics. Piezoelectric ceramics which are used widely as sensors and actuators in smart structures are brittle and susceptible to cracking. As a result of the importance of the reliability of these devices, there has been tremendous interest in studying the fracture and failure behavior of such materials. High alternating electric fields cause mechanical and electrical degradation of piezo-ceramics.Electrically induced mechanical cracking is a serious degradation phenomenon which is not yet fully understood.The purpose of these sessions is to bring together scientists and engineers working in this field.

If you would like to participate, please send me a tentative title and authors.

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