Materials Characterisation 2021

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10th International Conference on Computational Methods and Experiments in Material and Contact Characterisation


The aim of the conference is to facilitate interaction between the research and industrial community and discuss the latest developments in this rapidly advancing field. The meeting responds to the demand for high-quality production for both industry and consumer, which has led to rapid developments in materials science and engineering. This requires the characterisation of the properties of the materials.

Of particular interest to industry and society is the knowledge of the surface treatment and contact mechanics of these materials to determine the in-service behaviour of components subject to contact conditions. Modern society requires systems that operate at conditions that use resources effectively. In terms of components durability, the understanding of surface engineering wear frictional and lubrication dynamics has never been so important.

Current research is focussed on modifications technologies that can increase the surface durability of materials. The characteristics of the system reveal which surface engineering methods should be chosen and as a consequence, it is essential to study the combination of surface treatment and contact mechanics.

Combinations of different experimental techniques as well as computer simulation methods are essential to achieve a proper analysis. A very wide range of materials, starting with metals through polymers and semiconductors to composites, necessitates a whole spectrum of characteristic experimental techniques and research methods.

The conference is a result of a series of meetings that started as early as 1993 in Southampton on contact mechanics and previous meetings on the wider field of material characterisation dating from the 2003 conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The papers presented at all those conferences are permanently archived in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( where they are easily accessible in Open Access format to the international scientific community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Materials Characterisation 2021. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

Experimental and measurement techniques

Mechanical testing and characterisation


Characterisation at multiple scales

Corrosion and erosion

Damage, fatigue and fracture

Recycled and reclaimed materials

Emerging materials and processing technology

Materials for energy systems

Contact mechanics

Coatings and surface treatments

Tribology and design

Biomechanical characterisation and applications

Residual stresses

Polymers and plastics

Computational methods and simulation

Biological materials

Evaluation and material processing

Case studies

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Madrid , Spain