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BSSM's 17th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics


30 August - 1 September 2023


University of Glasgow


Conference Organiser

About the Activity

The British Society for Strain Measurement (BSSM) held its 17th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics at the Glasgow University Union (GUU), University of Glasgow, chaired by Dr Daniel Mulvihill. There were >100 conference abstracts/presentations and 175 delegates. There was an excellent quality of talks across a wide range of experimental materials research (nuclear materials, residual stresses, composite materials, soft matter, digital image correlation, biomedical research and more).

The reception was held at the impressive Glasgow City Chambers, a fantastic and grand venue to open the social program for the event. The conf dinner was held at Bute Hall in University of Glasgow with appearances from special guests and contributors to the society over the years. Dr Hari Arora, as Chair of the BSSM, had the pleasure of introducing and presenting several awards throughout the evening.

The 2023 Measurements Lecture was delivered by Prof Philip Withers, University of Manchester, on ‘Grain scale mapping of deformation in Mg alloys at room and elevated temperatures by high resolution digital image correlation’. Plenary Lectures were delivered by Prof Linden Harris & Dr Eszter Szigeti, Airbus UK, on ‘Benefits of using experimental mechanics during aircraft product development and certification’ and Dr Salah Rahimi, National Manufacturing Institute, Scotland, on ‘Stress relaxation and distortion during manufacture of high value components’.

The Strain Best Paper Lecture was delivered by Craig M. Hamel, Sandia National Laboratories, USA, on ‘Calibrating constitutive models with full‐field data via physics informed neural networks’. The Young Stress Analyst (YSA) Completion 2023 was won by Melissa Weirauch, University of Liverpool, presenting work on ‘Investigating Fatigue Crack Propagation and Secondary Cracking using Thermoelastic Stress Analysis and Microscopy’. The exhibition (EMex23) was a fantastic attraction as always with 15 Exhibitors. It was another fantastic conference and the conference committee are already working hard on the next instalment of this conference series to be hosted by the University of Liverpool in 2024.

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