The Scope & Focus
The Meeting will be problem driven. All papers will focus on the nature of the engineering problem; the fundamental understanding of the composite material at the nano and microscopic scale; how to design the microstructural features that control the properties of material; and how to build into predictive equations the functional behaviour of the structure for a specific end-application. Papers presented can discuss in detail a variety of stress and temperature-related behavioural phenomena based on a knowledge of the physics of atomic and microstructure and structural change over time.
Problem posing and solving are essential components of all papers, adding value to our current understanding of the application of predictive modelling of composite material behaviour. The style and level of modelling should depend on the problem, and have the right degree of sophistication for the task in hand. Composite materials systems generally exhibit a range of behaviour on different length and different time scales, and any multi-scale problems should be addressed by appropriate methods.
This Meeting will capture nano to micron to metre-sized phenomena; it broadens in scope by probing physical behaviour of these complex material systems under stress across the entire spectrum of size and time and environment.
Speakers of international reputation will present developing engineering principals and ideas in composite materials that evolve from classical materials science and mechanics; they will discuss advanced concepts to identify and establish new disciplines and promote emerging technologies.
A broad range of material and structural problems to solve will be included from examining nano/micro phenomena, physics and mechanics of interfaces, observing phenomena and measuring experimental data, making links between compatible modelling techniques over the entire spectrum of size, and predicting behaviour.
Emphasis will also be placed on new and innovative processing and fabrication methods, and the design of nano-composite materials and devices.
Speakers from academia, national government laboratories, and industry are invited to submit papers on these topics. Bringing together key academics with partners in the aerospace and related industries will significantly improve the basis for testing, evaluation and certification methodologies, thereby unlocking the timely opportunities for innovation in scientific achievement and new product introduction in aerospace.