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 iutam symposium on dynamic instabilities in solids

MAY 17-20, 2016, MADRID, SPAIN

Organized by: University Carlos III of Madrid and Technion Israel Institute of Technology

26391053995_c6b7e18444_bMechanical instabilities in solids, including the dynamic ones, are a constantly evolving scientific field, which poses a real challenge in terms of comprehension, control and modeling. Unique failure modes and mechanisms occur in the dynamic regime, which are not experienced in quasi-static configurations. Dynamic instabilities are encountered in a wide variety of situations, being responsible for failure of safety features in structural impact and blast, causing organ trauma in vehicular crashes, falls and sports accidents, leading to earthquakes in geological shear fault rupture. Within the context of dynamic failure, the most feared types of failure are those caused by the formation and development of mechanical instabilities, since they are characterized by an abrupt appearance which makes them uncontrollable and unpredictable to a large extent. The phenomenon is still poorly understood from a physical point of view. New breakthroughs are needed in order to gain a better understanding and be able to model and control this catastrophic failure mode.

This symposium aims at gathering scientists from all horizons (analytical, numerical and experimental) in order to present their recent developments and results in that field. All kinds of mechanical instabilities are of interest for all material/mechanical systems (living or inert, macro or microscopic alike). Participants are encouraged to present their latest results, including work in progress, with emphasis on cross comparisons between theory, modeling and experiments if possible. Accordingly, time will be devoted for general discussions of the central topics that will emerge such as to foster scientific exchange between the participants. The main goal of the symposium is to probe the “state of the art” in this important field of solid/materials mechanics.

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 2016 emi international conference

OCTOBER 25-27, 2016, Metz, FRANCE


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The Symposium “Damage and Failure Mechanics: from Microstructure to Macroscopic Response” will be held within the framework of the EMI 2016 International Conference. This Symposium has been organized by members of the three academic beneficiaries of OUTCOME:

  • Sebastien Mercier, Université de Lorraine, France.
  • Cristian Dascalu, Université de Lorraine, France.
  • J.A. Rodríguez-Martínez, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain.
  • Daniel Rittel, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel.


“Damage and Failure Mechanics: from Microstructure to Macroscopic Response”

Damage and failure mechanics is of fundamental interest in many applications. Important progress has been recorded in this field over the last decades. In particular, the multi-scale analysis of the failure phenomena received a special attention from the scientific community. The goal of the mini-symposium is to present recent results concerning damage and failure predictions in materials, accounting behaviors at different scales of observation.

We will focus mainly on dynamic conditions but contributions concerning the quasi-static regime are also encouraged. We aim at gathering presentations concerning brittle and ductile materials so that the symposium will be a place to promote exchanges between the two communities. Experimental, numerical or theoretical contributions are welcomed, with particular emphasis on the link between scales for damage and failure phenomena.

NetworkWide meeting OUTCOME

OCTOBER 28, 2016, Metz, FRANCE

Cathedrale_metz_2003This first NetworkWide meeting will allow to the ESRs  (they will be recruited by that time) to have the first contact with all the people involved in OUTCOME. From the scientific point of view, the meeting will allow to discuss the challenges to be faced in the project. The thesis supervisors will lecture on the research topics that have to be developed in the 8 PhD projects and expose the Personal Career Development Plans of the fellows. The ESRs will talk about their background, expectations in OUTCOME and motivation. All in all, this meeting will be the official starting point of the research in OUTCOME and, as such, has key relevance.

industrial workshop 1: 

extreme structural mechanics in aerospace applications


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An Industrial Workshop will be held in AEROSERTEC premises in Getafe (Madrid, Spain) on 22-23 June 2017. Members of aeronautic, space and defense non-academic institutions located in Madrid and surroundings will give lectures and talks to show current problems typically found in those industries which are related to structural integrity issues. On 23rd June it is programmed the second meeting of the OUTCOME project members. It will allow us to update the project members about the progresses of the network, following the same formula developed in the Network-wide meeting held in Metz in October.

 course on “damage and failure of materials under extreme conditions”


Organized by OUTCOME members.

The academic members of OUTCOME has been awarded to organize an advanced training course on “Damage and failure of solids subjected to extreme loading conditions” in the International Centre of Mechanical Sciences (for more info click here). The International Centre of Mechanical Sciences (CISM) is a renowned non-profit organization whose principal activity is the organization of courses, seminars, workshops, symposia, and conferences to present the state of the art of these sciences to researchers.

This course is scheduled during the week October 1- 5, 2018. This course will last one week, is open to any researcher and usually the number of participants is limited to 40. The programme of the course is planned to include lectures by the OUTCOME members: J.A. Rodríguez-Martínez and G.Vadillo (Uc3m), S.Mercier and A.Molinari (UL) and  D.Rittel and S.Osovski from the Technion. This course is designed not just to transmit and improve the knowledge of participants but to create a fruitful environment to discuss about specific issues that may be raised during the lectures.

Data will be updted and expanded as long new information of the CISM becomes available.

 2nd Industrial workshop AND OUTCOME MID-TERM MEETING


Organized by OUTCOME members and partners.

The 2nd Industrial Workshop “Extreme Structural Mechanics in defense applications” was held in Technion (Haifa, Israel) on 6th February 2018, organized by RAFAEL, partner organisation in OUTCOME. Several experts from non-academic institutions participated giving talks dealing with current problems typically found in civilian defense industry. The workshop included a guided visit to RAFAEL’s facilities in Haifa.

The OUTCOME mid-term meeting was held on 7th February in Technion. The meeting was attended by OUTCOME members and the european project officer. It was designed to provide feedback and to evaluate the progress of the project. The main scientific outcomes of the ESR’s ongoing researches were presented.

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