CFRAC 2015
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Introduction / Objectives

Conference Objectives

Designers of engineering structures must answer to ever increasing requests on performance in terms of safety, reliability, durability, low cost and low energy consumption. As new materials and new applications arise, traditional design rules and conventional testing methods become insufficient or inapplicable, which strengthens the role of computational methods in the design process. Numerical tools can accelerate the development of new products and their optimization.

The aim of the conference is to gather academic researchers and industrial partners involved in development and application of numerical procedures for fracture and failure simulation of materials and structures, in an effort to facilitate the exchange of ideas in topics of mutual interest and to serve as a platform for establishing links among research groups in Europe and worldwide.


Conference Topics

  • Algorithms for crack propagation and evolving discontinuities
  • Continuum damage mechanics
  • Coupled experimental-computational identification
  • Ductile and large deformation fracture
  • Dynamic fracture
  • Failure mechanisms in forming processes
  • Finite elements with embedded strong discontinuities
  • Fracture of composites
  • Fracture of nano-structures
  • Fragmentation
  • Transition from damage to fracture
  • Interaction of fracture with heat and moisture transport
  • Interpolation enrichments capturing strong discontinuities
  • Micro-cracking
  • Multi-scale analysis for cracks
  • Objective description of localized strain, regularization methods
  • Transition from damage to fracture
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