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9th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics 3 Sep 2013 to
5 Sep 2013

University of Cardiff Conference

9th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics

3-5 September 2013
Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff University

Conference Programme

Conference Handbook

The British Society for Strain Measurement's (BSSM) 9th International Conference on Advances in Experimental
Mechanics will offer industry and academia the opportunity
to discuss advances in experimental mechanics.

Set against one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the world, the conference will combine the modern facilities of the Cardiff School of Engineering with the traditional surroundings of the Viriamu Jones Gallery and one of Europe's finest art collections at the National Museum Cardiff* , where your conference dinner will be served.

*By kind permission of the President and Council of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Key dates

Final Extended Abstract Submission 30 June 2013
Early Bird Registration Deadline 30 June 2013

Authors will be asked to submit a final two page extended abstract following a review by the conference scientific committee. The final abstract will be available online during the conference and afterwards via the BSSM website.

Conference Highlights

Keynote Lectures
'Quantitative measurements of crack tip plastic strain fields'
Professor Eann Patterson University of Liverpool, UK.

‘Full-field strain measurements and material identification in soft tissue biomechanics’
Professor Stéphane Avril Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, France.

The BSSM Measurements Lecture
'The quick and the dead: micromechanics measurements for diagnostic purposes'
Professor Bob Reuben Heriot-Watt University, UK

EMex - the BSSM's annual exhibition of Experimental Mechanics
YSA - BSSM Young Strain Analyst Competition

CEN Workshop Weds 4th September 2013
CEN WS71 Workshop: Validation of computation solid mechanics models using strain fields from calibrated instruments
The aim of the workshop will be to provide the opportunity for the engineering community to learn about and contribute to the development of a validation methodology for computational solid mechanics models and associated calibration procedures. It is planned to enshrine the validation methodology and calibration procedures within a standards framework through the completion of a CEN Workshop Agreement. The workshop will include presentation of the proposed standard framework, practical demonstrations of existing methodologies, announcement of inter-laboratory studies and panel discussion.'

DIC Workshop Tues 3rd September 2013
Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is gradually becoming a standard tool in experimental mechanics, for both industry and academia. Despite the fact that the measurement system is often sold with the argument of being easy in use and setup, a poor understanding of issues arising in the whole measurement chain (imaging, noise, correlation algorithm, smoothing, …) can result in poor or misinterpreted results. The principal goal of this workshop is not to provide a detailed theoretical study on these, but to focus on possible problems of the participants via the practical experience of three well-experienced soldiers in the field. Moreover, this workshop acts as the kick-off of an online DIC user group forum, assembling practical issues of DIC users worldwide that are often concealed at the publication stage but are of major importance for a successful experiment. Amongst these we recognize e.g. speckle pattern generation (which paint suitable for which material), camera alignment, calibration issues , …

Participants are invited to join the forum which will take place in a parallel session at the BSSM annual conference in Cardiff. Workshop attendees may attend the conference and exhibition free of charge. Delegates attending the conference may also attend the workshop free of charge.

The workshop is designed to create a community in the use of DIC and has no attachment to any equipment supplier. The idea is that a web-based user forum is created please visit for further information.

The workshop is aimed at practitioners of DIC at post graduate level working in both academia and industry and is led by Dr Pascal Lava of the University of Leuven in Belgium. He brings a wealth of experience in development of correlation algorithms and practical application of DIC and is supported on the panel discussions by Professors Fabrice Pierron and Janice Dulieu-Barton of the University of Southampton.

Conference themes
Papers are welcomed from any area of experimental mechanics within the theme of integrating simulation and experimentation for validation, including the following:

- Fatigue studies and determination of remaining life
- Fracture and damage assessment
- Full field stress and strain measurement techniques
- Full-scale testing
- High temperature stress and strain measurement
- Impact behaviour of materials and structures
- Measurements at the micro- and nano-scale
- Mechanical characterisation of biomaterials
- Mechanical characterisation of fibre reinforced materials
- Non-destructive evaluation of damage
- Remote sensing
- Residual stress
- Strain gauge applications
- Structural health monitoring
- Vibration-based characterisation techniques

Book university accommodation directly by completing the booking form for more information click here .
Alternatively the following hotels are within easy walking distanceof the conference.

Ibis Hotel Cardiff City Centre.
Churchill Way, CF10 2HA
Tel: 029 2064 9250

Premier Inn Cardiff City Centre
Churchill Way, CF10 2NB
Tel: 0871 5278196

Holiday Inn - Cardiff City Centre
Castle Street, CF10 1XD
Tel: 0871 423 4828

Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa
24-26 Newport Rd, CF24 0DD
Tel: 029 2043 5000

Hilton Cardiff
Kingsway, CF10 3HH
Tel: 029 2064 6300

Travelling to the University of Cardiff
The conference will be held at the Cardiff School of Engineering, University of Cardiff, The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA.

By Air
Cardiff International Airport is 11 miles from the city centre.

National Express
(Enquiries Tel: 08705 808080) and various rail companies (Enquiries tel: 08457 484950) operate direct services to Cardiff Central Station from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Visit the Traveline Cymru and National Express websites for further information.Cardiff is also served by regular coach services from towns and cities across the UK. From Cardiff Central Station there is a frequent train service which stops at Cathays Station (located on the Cathays Park campus). Local bus services also operate from Cardiff Central Station. The Cathays Park campus – The No 27 service leaves Hayes Bridge Road every 10 minutes throughout the day.

By Rail
High speed inter-city trains provide frequent services between all major British cities. The Cardiff-London service, from London Paddington, runs at 30 minute intervals throughout the day. Frequent services also connect Cardiff with Bristol, Birmingham, Southampton, Manchester, Liverpool and with many other cities and towns.Visit the National Rail Journey Planner website for further information

By Road
Cardiff is served by the M4 and is easily accessible from all parts of Britain.
From the south west, take the M5 and from the south of England, follow major A roads to the M4. From Scotland, the north of England and the Midlands, travel via the M50 to the M4. Travelling east on the M4. Leave the motorway at Junction 32, follow the A470, signposted City Centre, into the Cathays area of the city. Travelling west on the M4. Leave the motorway at Junction 29, follow the A48(M)/A48, signposted Cardiff East and South, to the A470. Follow the A470, signposted City Centre, into the Cathays area of the city.

Car Parking (Cathays Park campus)
Two Park and Ride services operate in Cardiff – one from East of the city (£2.50 per car) and one from theWest of the city (£3.00 per person). Car parking in the University car parks is extremely limited and a permit is required. However, there are several public car parks located close to the University. There is also pay and display car parking available on Park Place and within the civic centre (along College Road, City Hall Road, King Edward VII Avenue and Museum Avenue). This typically costs around £3.50 for three hours. Payment is by coin or debit/credit card. Parking in the North Road car park is £5.00 per day. (Charges for city centre multi-storey car parks vary considerably, up to £12 per day.)

A downloadable map can be found here


Conference Secretariat

Rita McStravick, British Society for Strain Measurement,
54A Castle Road, Isleworth,Middlesex TW7 6QS.
Tel: +44(0) 7505 560420
or +44(0)208 5603850

Organising Committee

Dr Rhys Pullin, Cardiff University, UK
Prof. Margaret Lucas, University of Glasgow, UK
Dr Carol Featherston, Cardiff University, UK
Prof. Sam Evans, Cardiff University, UK
Dr Dave Hollis, LAVision UK Ltd
Dr Simon Quinn, University of Southampton, UK
Biana Gale, BSSM
Rita McStravick, BSSM

Scientific Committee

Prof. Janice Barton, University of Southampton, UK
Prof. Adib Becker, University of Nottingham, UK
Prof. Josef Eberhardsteiner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Prof. Emmanuel Gdoutos, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Prof. Michel Grediac, Blaise Pascal University, France
Dr Salih Gungor, The Open University, UK
Prof. Karen Holford, Cardiff University, UK
Dr Dave Hollis, LAVision UK Ltd, UK
Prof. Jon Huntley, Loughborough University. UK
Dr Jerry Lord, National Physical Laboratory, UK
Prof. Margaret Lucas, University of Glasgow, UK
Prof. David Nowell, University of Oxford, UK
Prof.Wolfgang Osten, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Prof. Eann Patterson, University of Liverpool, UK
Prof. Fabrice Pierron, University of Southampton, UK
Dr Rhys Pullin, Cardiff University, UK
Dr Simon Quinn, University of Southampton, UK
Prof. Bob Rowlands, University of Wisconsin Madison, USA
Dr Rachel Tomlinson, University of Sheffield, UK
Prof. Ole Thybo Thomsen, University of Southampton, UK
Prof. Chris Truman, University of Bristol, UK
Prof. Takashi Yokoyama, Okayama University of Science, Japan

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