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IUTAM 2012 - Symposium Fracture Phenomena in Nature and Technology


The objective of the Symposium is fracture research, interpreted broadly to include new engineering and structural mechanics treatments of damage development and crack growth, and also large-scale failure processes as exemplified by earthquake or landslide failures, ice shelf break-up, and hydraulic fracturing (natural, or for resource extraction or CO2 sequestration), as well as small-scale rupture phenomena in materials physics including, e.g., inception of shear banding, void growth, adhesion and decohesion in contact and friction, crystal dislocation processes, and atomic/electronic scale treatment of brittle crack tips and fundamental cohesive properties.

Special emphasis will be given to multiscale fracture description and new scale-bridging formulations capable to substantiate recent experiments and tailored to become the basis for innovative computational algorithms.

The Symposium is reserved for invited participants. However, all young researchers active in the field of the conference are welcome to contribute to the poster/seminar presentation session.



Symposium Chairman  
Davide Bigoni, University of Trento, Italy  
Scientific Committee Local Organizing Committee
Alberto Salvadori, University of Brescia, Italy Angelo Carini, University of Brescia, Italy
Anthony R. Ingraffea, Cornell University, U.S.A. Alberto Salvadori, University of Brescia, Italy
Ares J. Rosakis, Caltech, U.S.A. Massimiliano Gei, University of Trento, Italy
Davide Bigoni, University of Trento, Italy Marco Paggi, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
James R. Rice, Harvard University, U.S.A. Giorgio Donzella, University of Brescia, Italy
Jean B. Leblond, Université P. et M. Curie, France Alessandro Temponi, University of Brescia, Italy
John R. Willis, University of Cambridge, U.K. Emanuela Bosco, University of Brescia, Italy
Ben Freund, IUTAM Representative  


Abstract submission:
January 31, 2012

Notification of acceptance:
February 29, 2012

Early registration:
April 30, 2012


VENUE: Faculty of Engineering, University of Brescia


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