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Article Type: Guest editorial From: International Journal of Structural Integrity, Volume 6, Issue 6.
The International Journal of Structural Integrity (IJSI) was launched in 2010 and is published in partnership with the European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN). The IJSI aims at a broad coverage of structural integrity issues, including material characterizations from the fracture and fatigue points to view, numerical modelling of those phenomena in materials and real structures, failure analysis methodologies and structural integrity evaluation criteria. The journal provides a forum for the key players in this broad area of science and technology, such as universities, research institutes, manufacturing industry, legislative bodies and government agencies, SMEs, consultancy and maintenance companies.
The 2nd International Conference sponsored by the journal, took place in Funchal/Madeira, Portugal from 1-4 September 2014.
IJSI 2014 focused on all aspects and scales of the structural integrity topic, ranging from basics to future trends, with special emphasis on multi-scale and multi-physics approaches, and applications to new materials and challenging environments. The conference aimed at being a forum for discussion of current trends of research in structural integrity, in aeronautics and space, but also in other sectors of engineering where structural integrity is a key concern.
The conference topics are aligned with the IJSI coverage, and include but are not limited to: advances in fracture analysis; coating technology and structural performance; design and structural assessment of metallic and composite structures; durability of electronic materials; durability of metallic and composite structures; environmental effects and structural performance; evaluation of joining technologies; examination of computational codes for stress analysis and damage tolerance; nanomechanics and nanomaterials; non-destructive testing; probabilistic approach to damage tolerance; repair technologies; scale effects; structural ageing; structural health monitoring; structural integrity; structural integrity in nuclear power plants; structural integrity of bridges; structural performance evaluation of metals, composites, hybrids and polymers, and; surface engineering and structural performance.
The conference received near 100 abstracts, and made room for 79 of them. A total of six plenary lectures by well-known extraordinary people, notorious on their own fields have been given, contributing to the success of the conference.
The organizers have strived to make IJSI 2014 a successful conference and thereby serve to disseminate excellent research and share worthwhile knowledge which will be beneficial for the enhancement of science and the prosperity of society.
The Conference Chairs:
Pedro M.G.P. Moreira
Paulo J.S. Tavares
INEGI – Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Portugal
Pedro Moreira, INEGI/FEUP, Portugal (chairman)
Paulo Tavares, INEGI/FEUP, Portugal (co-chairman)
Chris Rodopoulos, Monash University, Australia, and IJSI editor-in-chief
Joaquim Silva Gomes, University of Porto, Portugal
Mário Vaz, University of Porto, Portugal
Paulo Tavares de Castro, University of Porto, Portugal
Sérgio Tavares, INEGI, Portugal
Virginia Infante, IST, Portugal
D. Angelova, University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy – Sofia, Bulgaria
Charis Apostolopoulos, University of Patras, Greece
J.N. Bandyopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology, India
Leslie Banks-Sills, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Simon Barter, DSTO, Australia
Claudio DalleDonne, EADS Deutschland GmbH, Germany
Paulo de Castro, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Bahram Farahmand, Technical Horizon Inc., USA
A. Giannakopoulos, University of Thessaly, Greece
M.M.I. Hammouda, Al-Azhar University, Egypt
Seung Ho Han, Dong-A University, South Korea
Peter Horst, Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig, Germany
Y.H. Huh, KRISS, Korea
Madabhushi Janardhana, Directorate General Technical Airworthiness, RAAF, Australia
Rhys Jones, Monash University, Australia
J.P. Komorowski, CNRC, Institute for Aerospace Research, Canada
Daniel Kujawski, Western Michigan University, USA
G. Labeas, University of Patras, Greece
L. Marsavina, Universitatea Politehnica Timirosa, Romania
A. Navarro, University of Seville, Spain
Sp. Pantelakis, University of Patras, Greece
P. Peyre, LALP/CNRS, France
A. Pistek, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
B. Purna Chandra Rao, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research (IGCAR), India
Stephen Reed, Ministry of Defence, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, UK
R. Ritchie, University of California, Berkley, USA
Hamid Saghizadeh, The Boeing Company, USA
W. Soboyejo, Princeton University, USA
C. Soutis, University of Sheffield, UK
Koji Takahashi, Yokohama National University, Japan
V. Troshchenko, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
Jaime Tupiassú Pinho de Castro, PUC-Rio, Brazil
L. Wagner, Technische Universität Clausthal, Germany
Geng Sheng Wang, FOI, The Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden
Ali Yousefiani, The Boeing Company, USA
Dr P.M.G. Moreira and Dr Paulo J. Tavares
LOME – Optics and Experimental Mechanics Laboratory, Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management, Porto, Portugal