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16th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics

This is an in-person event


Location: St Anne's College, University of Oxford, UK

Price: All fees include refreshments, lunches and drinks reception (Tuesday 8th Sept) and conference dinner (Wednesday 9th Sept) - Inclusive of VAT. No Student fees available after 30th April 2021 Early bird registration deadline 30 April 2022 Full conference member early bird rate £520 Full conference non-member early bird rate £595 Full conference student member early bird rate £340 Full conference student non-member early bird rate £395 Full conference member, standard rate (after April 30th 2022) £695 Full conference non-member, standard rate (after April 30th 2022) £795


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

Call for Abstracts 

Two-page extended abstracts should be submitted on-line. Please follow the Author Instructions for clear guidelines of how your paper should appear.

Author Instructions

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To register as a conference delegate, please follow the links on this page. Registration is separate to Abstract submission.

Key Dates

Due to lifting of all Covid restrictions we have had many fresh enquiries and have subsequently extended the abstract submission deadline

Abstract submission -Extended Final Abstract Submission Deadline 17 June 2022
Extended Final Delegate Registration Deadline 1 July 2022
Initial author notification from 12 March 2022 (due to submission date being extended, authors will be contacted after this date)

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 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 at St Anne's College, University of Oxford.

The conference will be chaired and organised 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.

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  - Prof 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 and Textiles – Dr Ben Xu, Northumbria University and Dr Xuqing Liu, University of Manchester

Composites – Prof Costas Soutis, University of Manchester

Impact, Blast and High Strain Rate Test Methods – Prof Genevieve Langdon, University of Sheffield and Dr 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 and Biomaterials – Prof John Mulvihill, University of Limerick

Tribology and Contact - Dr Daniel Mulvihill, University of Glasgow

Testing of Composite Materials and Structures - Prof Janice Barton, University of Bristol

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

Smarter Testing of Aerospace Structures - Dr Ceri Middleton, Dr Will Christian and Prof Eann Patterson, University of Liverpool, UK
1.Will the metaverse transcend the status quo?: Challenges to overcome for relying on virtual testing in aerospace - Linden Harris, Airbus, UK
2. Ontologies for Experimental Mechanics - Jean-Laurent Hippolyte, NPL, UK
3. Validation of a structural model of an aircraft cockpit panel: An industrial case study - Ksenija Dvurecenska, University of Liverpool, UK
4. Condition monitoring system for in situ crack detection based on thermal emissions - Khurram Amjad, UKAEA, UK
5. Strain-based monitoring of damage creation during the impact of composite materials - Yu Heng Chai, University of Liverpool, UK
6. From Sensor Placement in the Context of CAD to Measured Data: Traceability through 3DEXPERIENCE - Tony Goff, Dassault Systèmes, 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 
More about EMex

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

Delegate Information

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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 delegates can book accommodation at St Anne's directly. Please quote the promotional code BSSM34449. Rooms are subject to availability.

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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


'I was impressed, you don't see this quality of presentations in most conferences'

Dr Mohammad Fotouhi, University of Glasgow

Organising Committee

General Chair - Professor James Marrow (Oxford University)
Co-chairs - 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)

For further information or queries please contact

Scientific Committee

Dr Hari Arora, Swansea University, UK
Dr David Asquith, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Professor Stéphane Avril, École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne, France
Professor Janice Barton, University of Bristol, UK
Professor Tore Børvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Professor Constantinos Soutis, University of Manchester, UK
Professor John Dear, Imperial College London, UK
Professor Sam Evans, Cardiff University, UK
Professor Carol Featherston, Cardiff University, UK
Professor Pascal Forquin, Grenoble Alpes University, France
Professor José Freire, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dr Jevan Furmanski, University of Dayton Research Institute, USA
Professor Katia Genovese, University of Basilicata, Italy
Dr Kheng-Lim Goh, Newcastle University Singapore Campus, Singapore
Dr Yevgen Gorash, University of Strathclyde, UK
Professor Michel Grediac, Institut Pascal, France
Dr Mikko Hokka, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Professor Gianluca Tozzi, London Southbank University, UK
Dr David Hollis, LaVision, UK
Dr Charchit Kumar, University of Glasgow, UK
Dr Leslie Lamberson, Drexel University, USA
Professor Genevieve Langdon, University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Johan Hoefnagels, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Dr Pascal Lava, MatchID, Belgium 
Professor Jean-Benoît Le Cam, University of Rennes, France
Dr Jerry Lord, The BSSM, UK
Professor James Marrow, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Daniel Mulvihill, University of Glasgow, UK
Dr John Mulvihill, University of Limerick, Ireland
Professor David Nowell, Imperial College London, UK
Professor Fabrice Pierron, University of Southampton, UK
Professor Rhys Pullin, Cardiff University, UK
Professor Nik Rajic,Department of Defence, Australia
Dr Pablo Ruiz, Loughborough University, UK
Chris Triantafyllou, University of Glasgow, UK
Professor Christopher Truman, University of Bristol, UK
Professor Satoru Yoneyama, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
Professor Keith Worden, University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Yulong Li, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China










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