International Workshop on the Environmental Damage in Structural Materials Under Static Load/Cyclic Loads at Ambient Temperatures

An ECI Conference Series

May 29-June 3, 2016
The Imperial Hotel
Cork, Ireland

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About This Conference

Overview:  Environmentally-assisted cracking, EAC, of engineering materials has been known for at least 50 years. The sensitivity of engineering alloys to environmental exposure is well known from an engineering perspective. What is not known with certainty at this stage is the mechanism by which the many manifestations of EAC occur. This understanding is fundamental to the development of strategies for control and predict failures of EAC is of great importance to the failure communities.

While significant progress in our understanding of EAC has been achieved in recent years, important fundamental questions like “how environment affects the crack driving force”, and “why do ordinarily ductile materials fail in a brittle manner when exposed to certain environments” remain unanswered.

Our objective is to congregate a group of “skilled in the field” researchers in metallic materials for a workshop style conference that will endeavor to help clarify our current understanding of EAC and identify approaches to improve the current semi-quantitative understanding of the mechanisms.

The emphasis of the presentations will be on:

•           Systematic evaluation of the governing parameters such as thresholds stress intensity factors, crack growth rates, steady state behavior, effects of yield stress, microstructure, and concentration of the aggressive environment (aqueous, gaseous, LME), and load-history on static/cyclic corrosion crack growth;

•           Papers including experimental data for crack initiation and/or growth and those exploring unifying principles governing these time-static/cyclic stress dependent crack growth phenomena are particularly welcome;

•           Analysis of crack tip microscopy, chemistry;

•           New techniques for measuring crack initiation in aqueous environment;

•           Emphasis is on understanding and quantifying rather than reporting the data of some material response;

•           All topics are to be at room temperature; no high temperature work is accepted


The scope of symposium includes the fundamental understanding of EAC from the initiation stage to growth and final failure in engineering alloys.

Preliminary Technical Topics:

•           Systematic variation of threshold KIscc and steady state (da/dt) in aqueous and            gaseous environments

•           Role of internal/external hydrogen on threshold K and crack growth

•           Crack tip chemistry and microscopy

•           Modeling of the governing mechanisms-atomistic and continuum

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs:

A.K. Vasudevan, Office of Naval Research (retired), USA
Ronald Latanision, Exponent, Inc., USA
Henry Holroyd, Luxfer, Inc. (retired)
Neville Moody, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:       Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:     Closed

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically:

The abstract template available at the above link must be followed for an abstract to be considered for presentation.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Imperial Hotel, in the center of Cork City, Ireland. Celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2016, the Imperial is Cork’s oldest and most historic hotel. Michael Collins, who negotiated the Free State Treaty on behalf of the Irish people in 1921, spent his last night in the hotel. Other past guests include Maria Edgeworth, Sir Walter Scott and Charles Dickens.

Located just steps from a wealth of shops, pubs, restaurants and attractions in Cork City, the hotel provides a perfect location for exploring the historic city. In addition to its main restaurant, the hotel has a bar and brasserie, all popular with locals. There is a full-service spa and a new fitness center is now being installed. The meeting rooms are all located in a separate section of the hotel. All the bedrooms in the hotel will be refurbished by the beginning of 2016, with standard amenities including coffee/tea facilities, iron/ironing board, interactive television, room service and laundry service.  Wifi is complimentary throughout the entire property, including the meeting space.

Cork, Ireland  Known as the food capital of Ireland, Cork is rich in history and features a number of art galleries, theaters and museums. In 2005, Cork was designated the European Capital of Culture and it was recognized as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2010. Located in the Southeast of Ireland, Cork City serves as the shopping and commercial capital of the south.

The city dates back to the sixth century, when St. Finbar founded a monastic settlement there. Around 915, Viking settlers established a trading community. By the 12th century the settlement had become the chief city of the Kingdom of South Munster, having survived raids and sporadic settlement by Norsemen. Irish rule was short-lived, and by 1185 Cork was under English rule. Thereafter it changed hands regularly during the relentless struggle between Irish and Crown forces. The complete history of Cork can be found here.

The city center is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbor. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centee are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air.

The city is easily walkable, and popular attractions include ringing the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St. Anne’s Church, and visiting the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. There are many unique shopping and dining options, including the famous English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world.

At every corner you’ll come across another panoramic view, another interesting architectural feature and some of the best art galleries ,theatres and museums in Ireland.

The city is home to University College Cork, established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges – at Cork, Galway and Belfast. These new colleges were established in the reign of Queen Victoria, and named after her.

The famous Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone, is just twenty minutes drive from the city center.  West Cork, nicknamed “A Place Apart, offers a break from the speed of the city.  Nature sets the pace in this beautiful south west corner of Ireland – stretching from Kinsale  on the south coast to three rugged westerly peninsulas reaching into the wild Atlantic: Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara.

More information can be found on the Cork City Tourism web site and the Discover Ireland Cork Guide.


The hotel is located just a 5 to 10 minute walk from both Cork Train Station and Cork Bus Station.

It’s a 10-minute taxi ride from Cork International Airport. There are direct flights from all over Europe to Cork.

Other Airports

Shannon Airport, Ireland
Time: 1 hour 45 mins  Distance: 124 km

Kerry Airport
Time: 1 hour 25 mins Distance: 104 km

Dublin Airport

Time: 2 hours 30 mins Distance: 265 km

Train Service:  Train service is widely available between cities in Ireland. For complete details, schedules and fares, visit Irish Rail.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights), breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks, conference banquet, excursion on Tuesday, taxes, and gratuities from the welcome reception on Sunday through lunch on Friday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before April 18, 2016 Register after April 18, 2016
Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $1,825.00 US $2,025.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,550.00 US $1,750.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $1,135.00 US $1,335.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes the opening reception, breakfasts and lunches with the conference participants, the conference banquet and excursion) US $435.00 US $435.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Bed and breakfast only) US $120.00 US $120.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Conference Registration

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Pre- and Post-Conference Registration:  If you plan to arrive early (before May 29) or stay after (after June 3), you MUST make room reservations directly with the hotel.  Go to This Page and click on the appropriate conference.

Special Notes and Payment Instructions

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

All participants are encouraged to register before April 18, 2016There is a discounted price for registering before this date and hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. Any additional costs for special meal requests must be paid by the participant to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment is made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

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Final Program

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General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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