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17th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics

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Location: Glasgow University Union, University of Glasgow, UK.

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Showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics - The 17th in a series of conferences organised by the British Society for Strain Measurement showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics, 30 August – 1 September 2023, Glasgow University Union, University of Glasgow, UK.

Abstract submission

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

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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

Abstract submission deadline  31 March 2023
Initial author notification from 14 April 2023
Early bird registration ends 31 May 2023
Delegate registration deadline 1 July 2023

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 17th 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 Glasgow University Union, University of Glasgow, UK.

The conference will be chaired and organised by Dr Daniel Mulvihill, University of Glasgow.

Conference Highlights

Measurements Lecture 

Measurements Lecture 
Grain Scale Strain Mapping of Deformation in Mg Alloys at Room and Elevated Temperatures by High Resolution Digital Image Correlation.
Prof. Philip Withers FREng, FRS (Henry Royce Institute, Department of Materials, University of Manchester, UK)

Philip Withers is Regius Professor of Materials at the University of Manchester and Chief Scientist at the Henry Royce Institute. His interests lie in applying advanced techniques to follow the behaviour of engineering and natural materials in real time and in 3D, often as they operate under demanding conditions. In 2005 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2008 set up the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility, which is now one of the most extensive suites of 3D X-ray imaging facilities in the world. With Bill Clyne, he co-authored the textbook An Introduction to Metal Matrix Composites. He has made extensive contributions to the experimental characterisation of materials and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016.
(Co-authors: Yavuzyegit B., Smith A. D., Donoghue J., Lunt D., da Fonseca J. Q. , Robson J. D., T. L. Burnett T. L.)


Plenary Lectures 

Plenary Lecture 1  
Benefits of Using Experimental Mechanics during Aircraft Product Development and Certification
Dr Eszter Szigeti (Airbus, UK)

Eszter Szigeti holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Advanced Materials. She joined Airbus in 2011 as an Experimental Mechanics Specialist and is currently an Expert in Advance Data Acquisition and Correlation within the Airbus Structures Test department. She is based at the Airbus Integrated Research and Test Centre located in Bristol, UK. Eszter has 12-years' experience in advanced measurement technologies mainly focused on experimental mechanics and novel technologies for dimensional, deformation and damage monitoring. Her main role at present is to lead strategic multidisciplinary capability developments for future testing needs.

Plenary Lectures 

Plenary Lecture 2
Stress relaxation and distortion during manufacturing of high value components
Dr Salah Rahimi (National Manufacturing Institute Scotland)

Salah obtained his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, with a focus on stress corrosion cracking behaviours in austenitic stainless steels, from The University of Manchester. He currently leads the Materials and Residual Stress Group at the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), one of the UK’s seven High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres. He is an expert in the measurements, modelling and control of microstructure, mechanical properties and residual stress during manufacturing.

Special Sessions
Ultrasonic Fatigue Testing – Dr Yevgen Gorash (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Residual Stress Measurement – Dr Tan Sui (University of Surrey, UK)
Flexible and Wearable Strain Sensors – Dr Morteza Amjadi (University of Glasgow, UK)
Soft Mater and Textiles – Prof Ben Xu (Northumbria University, UK)
Experimental Nano and Micro Mechanics – Dr Charchit Kumar (University of Glasgow, UK)
Recent advances in Digital Image Correlation – Dr David Hollis (LaVision UK)
Materials Testing 2.0 – Professor Fabrice Pierron (University of Southampton, UK)
Fatigue Damage Development in Steels and Construction Materials – Dr Mateusz Kopec (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Advanced Strain Sensors by 3D/4D Printing – Dr Mahdi Bodaghi (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
Materials challenges for ultrasonic devices – Dr Andrew Feeney (University of Glasgow, UK)
Mechanochromic Polymers and Composites – Dr Mohammad Fotouhi (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
High-Rate Deformation and Blast Loading – Professor Genevieve Langdon (University of Sheffield, UK)
Biomaterials and Biomechanics: Development of Experimental Methods – Dr John Mulvihill (University of Limerick, Ireland) and Dr Claire Conway (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

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 31 August 2023 

Conference Sponsorship 
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Registered Exhibitors to date

Asset Instruments Engineering
Techni Measure
Vishay Measurements Group UK

More about EMex

Strain Best Prize Competition
This annual prize is sponsored by our corporate Member Fylde

Conference reception - Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow

Conference dinner – Bute Hall, Glasgow University Union, University of Glasgow

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Venue Information

The University of Glasgow and City of Glasgow
The greater Glasgow area is one of the largest population centres in the UK and home to over 1 million people. The city (located on the river Clyde) came to the fore in the 19th century as a prosperous industrial centre for shipbuilding and textiles. Today, it is a modern dynamic city famed for its range of activity across industry, sport, entertainment and education. In 2021, the city successfully hosted COP 26: the UN’s major international conference on climate change. The welcome reception on the first evening of our conference will take place at the historic Glasgow City Chambers in the city centre. The city is also host to four major University’s including our host: the University of Glasgow.

The city’s reputation in learning and scholarship is actually much older than its industrial 19th century heritage. Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest English speaking University in the world (making it one of the so called ancient Universities in the UK). The University boasts many firsts in science and engineering. In 1840, the UK’s first professorship in engineering was established with the founding of the Regius Chair of Civil Engineering and Mechanics. Great scientific minds associated with the University include Lord Kelvin (thermodynamics), James Watt (separate steam condenser), William Rankine (thermodynamics) and John Logie Baird (television). In fact, in 1856, it was Kelvin who first discovered the relationship between electrical resistance and mechanical strain (a development that would lead to the invention of strain gauges in the 1930s and indeed, to the foundation of the BSSM in 1964).

Our host building on campus for the conference is the Glasgow University Union (GUU) building. Founded in 1885, the GUU is a major and historic student union on campus. The present GUU building was erected between 1929 and 1931 and has played host to many famous debates as well as conferences and events such as our own. The Gala Dinner at the 17th International Conference will be held at the University’s Bute Hall. Bute Hall is the main hall where the University’s graduation ceremonies take place. The hall was designed by the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and named for the 3rd Marquess of Bute who gifted the funds for its construction. It has a stunning cathedral like ceiling, ornate stained glass windows and painted pillars. Please do take up the opportunity to explore the historic University campus (just opposite the GUU building) as well as the historic West End of Glasgow where the University sits. Nearby attractions include the famous Kelvingrove Museum. Please do enjoy your visit to the University, to the city of Glasgow and to Scotland.


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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,(Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)

Organising Committee

General Conference Chair - Dr Daniel Mulvihill (University of Glasgow, UK)
Dr Hari Arora - Chair of BSSM (Swansea University, UK)
Dr Neha Chandarana - Young Stress Analyst Competition Chair (University of Bristol, UK)
Dr Charchit Kumar - Young Stress Analyst Competition Committee Member (University of Glasgow)
Dr Yevgen Gorash (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Dr Ksenija Dvurecenska (University of Liverpool, UK)
Amanda Boaler - Conference Secretariat (BSSM)

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 Thorsten Becker, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Professor Christian Berggreen, DTU, Denmark
Professor Tore Børvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Professor John Bouchard, Open University, UK
Professor Martin Browne, University of Southampton, UK
Dr Neha Chandarana, University of Bristol
Professor John Dear, Imperial College London, UK
Dr Ksenija Dvurecenska (University of Liverpool)
Dr Jevan Furmanski, University of Dayton Research Institute, USA
Dr Kheng-Lim Goh, Newcastle University Singapore Campus, Singapore
Dr Yevgen Gorash, University of Strathclyde, UK
Dr Salih Gungor, Open University, UK
Professor Johan Hoefnagels, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Dr Mikko Hokka, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Dr Charchit Kumar, University of Glasgow, UK
Professor Genevieve Langdon, University of Sheffield, UK
Dr Pascal Lava, MatchID, Belgium
Professor Xavier Maldague, Laval University, Canada
Professor James Marrow, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi, University of Bristol, UK
Dr Daniel Mulvihill, University of Glasgow, UK
Professor Fabrice Pierron, University of Southampton, UK
Dr Rachel Tomlinson, University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Gianluca Tozzi, University of Greenwich, UK
Professor Christopher Truman, University of Bristol, UK
Professor Satoru Yoneyama, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
Professor Keith Worden, University of Sheffield, UK



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