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The BSSM's 14th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics 10 Sep 2019 to
12 Sep 2019

Belfast Conference

The 14th in a series of conferences organised by the British Society for Strain Measurement showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics.

Special sessions added - see below


Abstract submission
Two-page extended abstracts should be submitted on-line.
Author Instructions  will give you clear guidelines of how your paper should appear.

Key dates

22nd March 2019 Author notification
30th April 2019 Early bird registration deadline
(no student fees available after this date)
31st May 2019 Author registration deadline
12th June 2019 Final programme

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 14th annual conference organised 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. The conference will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, hosted by Queen’s University. This year the conference will be jointly chaired and organised by a team of academics from across the U.K. and Ireland, led at Queen's University Belfast by Professor Adrian Murphy and Dr Damian Quinn.

Scientific committee co-chairs
Dr Gary Menary and Professor Su Taylor (Queen's University Belfast), Professor Nicholas Dunne (Dublin City University), Professor Simon Quinn (University of Southampton), Dr Hari Arora (Swansea University), Dr Daniel Mulvihill (University of Glasgow)

Conference highlights

BSSM Measurements Lecture 2019
Professor Clive Siviour University of Oxford
Challenges and opportunities in high rate characterisation of soft materials

Plenary Speakers
Natalie Spivey, NASA-Armstrong Flight Research Center
Ground Vibration Testing at NASA Armstrong, Emphasising on Passive Aeroelastic Tailored Wing Ground Vibration Test using Fixed Base Correction Method

Dr Bertrand Langrand, (Thomas Fourest and Julien Berthe) ONERA The French Aerospace Lab
Strain rate dependency of materials: characterisation and identification of models parameters. From standard procedure to advanced inverse methods based on full field measurements

Young Stress Analyst Competition
An opportunity to present research and meet Industry and academic experts more info.

The Conference will be held in Belfast. Belfast is a city in the United Kingdom and the capital city of Northern Ireland, on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast of Ireland. The venue for the conference will be the historical Riddel Hall at Queen's University Belfast.
A welcome reception will be held at Belfast City Hall, a grand building in the Baroque Revival style with many connections with the famous ocean liner Titanic. Viscount William Pirrie who was Lord Mayor just before City Hall’s construction, was also managing director of Harland & Wolff Shipyard. He is the man credited as having the idea for both ambitious builds. He used many of his skilled workmen in the fit-out of City Hall which is why the interiors today are considered an incredible insight into the finish of Titanic’s lounges and suites.

The conference dinner venue will be the Great Hall at Queen’s University Belfast. The magnificent panelled walls of this spectacular venue holes a selection of portraits from the University’s art collection, creating a warm, powerful and theatrical space.

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

Organised special sessions
Experimental Biomechanics - Prof Nicholas Dunne, Dublin City University, Prof Fraser Buchanan, Dr Alex Lennon & Dr Krishna Manda, Queen's University Belfast
Fatigue and fracture of components and joints - Dr Damian Quinn, Queen's University Belfast
In-situ and micro-mechanical testing - Prof Johan Hoefnagels, Eindhoven University of Technology
Large deformations in polymers and composites - Dr Gary Menary, Queen's University Belfast
Novel and advanced techniques for characterisation and testing - Dr Damian Quinn & Prof Adrian Murphy, Queen's University Belfast
Structural Health Monitoring - Prof Adrian Murphy & Prof Su Taylor, Queen's University Belfast
Supporting Simulations with Strain Measurement (CEN WS71) - Prof E.A. Patterson , University of Liverpool & Dr E. Hack, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Volumetric imaging techniques for structural characterisation - Dr Arora Hari, Swansea University

Conference delegate fees (inclusive of VAT)
All fees include refreshments, lunches and drinks reception (Wednesday 10th Sept) and conference dinner (Thursday 11th Sept).
No student fees available after 30th April 2019

Early Bird Non Members - £550
Early Bird BSSM Members and members of Co-sponsoring Societies - £495
Early Bird Student Non Members - £360
Early Bird Student BSSM Members and Student Members of Co-sponsoring Societies - £320
BSSM Members and Members of Co-sponsoring Societies (after April 30th 2019) - £645
Non Members (after April 30th 2019) - £745

Organising committee
General Chair - Professor Adrian Murphy (Queen's University Belfast)
Scientific and organising committee co-chairs - Dr Damian Quinn, Dr Gary Menary, Professor Su Taylor (Queen's University Belfast), Professor Nicholas Dunne (Dublin City University), Professor Simon Quinn (University of Southampton), Dr Hari Arora (Swansea University), Dr Daniel Mulvihill (University of Glasgow)
Dr Hari Arora, Swansea University (Young Stress Analysis Competition organiser)
Amanda Boaler, BSSM (Conference secretariat)
Biana Gale, BSSM (EMex organiser)

Conference venue
The venue for the conference is Riddel Hall at Queen's University Belfast, a building of significant architectural and historical value. Originally founded in 1913 as a residence for female students the halls have been refurbished and repurposed as an intimate but world-class conference venue. Set in its own grounds close to the university and situated in a tree lined Victorian suburb of Belfast, renowned for its restaurants, bars, theatres and fine architecture.
Queen's University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities. Founded as Queen’s College in 1845, it became a university in its own right in 1908. Today, Queen's is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research. With a total of 26,000 students and 4,000 staff, it is a dynamic and diverse institution.

Belfast has excellent infrastructure, with major road, rail, sea and air links to the rest of the UK, the Republic of Ireland and mainland Europe. Belfast has two modern airports within 40 minutes of the city centre with links to a multitude of major cities in the UK and Europe. Belfast is only a 50-minute flight from London.

‘A modern European city bursting with life’, Belfast is rich in history, welcoming and friendly, with a great social scene. Compact in size, it’s easy to get around and the rest of Northern Ireland’s magnificent scenery is virtually on your doorstep.

Scientific Committee
Dr Hari Arora Swansea University UK
Prof Stéphane Avril MINES, Saint-Etienne France
Dr Thorsten Becker Stellenbosch University South Africa
Prof Tore Børvik Norweigian University of Science and Technology Norway
Prof Fraser Buchanan Queen’s University Belfast UK
Prof Richard Burguete National Physical Laboratory UK
Dr Giuseppe Catalanotti Queen’s University Belfast UK
Dr Sam Daly University of California, Santa Barbara USA
Dr Raffaella De Vita Virginia Tech USA
Prof John Dear Imperial College London UK
Prof Bruce Drinkwater University of Bristol UK
Prof Nicholas Dunne Dublin City University Ireland
Prof Brian Falzon Queen’s University Belfast UK
Prof Carol Featherston Cardiff University UK
Prof José Freire Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Dr Paul Fromme University College London UK
Dr Katia Genovese University of Basilicata Italy
Dr Kheng-Lim Goh Newcastle University Singapore Campus Singapore
Prof Michel Grédiac Clermont-Ferrand University France
Dr Richard Greene Strain Solutions Ltd UK
Dr Salih Gungor Open University UK
Dr Andrew Hamilton University of Southampton UK
Dr Johan Hoefnagels Technical University of Eindhoven Netherlands
Dr Mikko Hokka Tampere University of Technology Finland
Dr David Hollis LaVision UK
Prof Jon Huntley Loughborough University UK
Dr David Jesson University Of Surrey UK
Dr Zafer Kazancı Queen’s University Belfast UK
Dr Pascal Lava MatchID Belgium
Prof Jean-Benoit Le Cam University of Rennes France
Prof Sean Leen NUI Galway Ireland
Prof Yulong Li Northwestern Polytechnic University China
Prof Xavier Maldague Université Laval Canada
Dr Krishnagoud Manda Queen’s University Belfast UK
Dr Gary Menary Queen’s University Belfast UK
Prof Andrew Moore Heriot Watt University UK
Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi University of Bristol UK
Dr Daniel Mulvihill University of Glasgow UK
Prof Adrian Murphy Queen’s University Belfast UK
Prof David Nowell Imperial College London UK
Prof Eann Patterson University of Liverpool UK
Prof Fabrice Pierron University of Southampton UK
Prof Simon Quinn University of Southampton UK
Dr Damian Quinn Queen’s University Belfast UK
Dr Nik Rajic Australian Defence Science and Technology Group Australia
Dr Pablo Ruiz Loughborough University UK
Prof Su Taylor Queen’s University Belfast UK
Dr Rachael Tighe University of Waikato New Zealand
Dr Rachel Tomlinson University of Sheffield UK
Dr Gianluca Tozzi University of Portsmouth UK
Prof Chris Truman University of Bristol UK
Prof Keith Worden University of Sheffield UK
Dr José Xavier New University of Lisbon Portugal
Prof Huimin Xie Tsinghua University China
Prof Satoru Yoneyama Aoyama Gakuin University Japan

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