Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development VII

An ECI Conference Series

September 29-October 4, 2019
Melia Costa Del Sol
Malaga, Spain

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Pre-Conference Workshop

Call for Abstracts!   Deadlines:   Oral-  May 1, 2019   Poster-  May 15, 2019

Poster Size– Height: 1.5 meters; Width: 1.2 meters

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About This Conference

This conference will bring together people working in the field of nano- and micromechanical testing in materials research. The mechanical behavior of materials is typically controlled by processes that span several length and time scales. There has been a rapid expansion of available testing strategies in recent years to examine elastic, plastic, fracture and fatigue properties at multiple length scales, with control of loading mode, temperature and atmosphere, including imaging in real-time. This conference aims to bring together the research community working in the field of experimental mechanics, with a focus on nano- and micro-mechanical testing and a special emphasis on bridging observations across multiple length scales, particularly dealing with:

  • The implementation of the tests, including testing under service conditions (in operando);
  • The use of different spectroscopy techniques (photon, phonon, electron, ion, or combinations), i.e., correlated microscopy, to understand deformation processes in advanced structural materials;
  • The use of in-situ deformation studies in SEM, TEM, AFM, optical microscopy, X-Ray, neutron and electron characterization (both imaging and diffraction);
  • Observing phenomena at different length scales, from processes occurring at the atomic scale (i.e., dislocation nucleation) to the mesoscale (from oligocrystals to polycrystals); in this sense, contributions bridging observations across multiple length scales are especially welcome;
  • The post processing of the data, including full field measurements by image and volume correlation, as well as time-resolved experiments to unravel dynamic processes far from equilibrium;
  • Integration with modeling for mechanistic discovery, experimental interpretation, parameter calibration, or model validation.

Applications of these nano- and micromechanical testing methods have become more and more important in all fields of materials research like metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, coatings, composites, and biomaterials and will improve our understanding of the complex mechanical behavior of advanced materials. Besides hardness, the visco-elastic behavior or time dependent properties, phase transformations, fracture phenomena and toughness can be quantitatively evaluated with the new test methods. For many applications, the temperature and rate dependence and other environmental parameters such as hydrogen are of great interest. These nano- and micromechanical testing techniques will help in the development of design concepts for materials based on their local mechanical properties.

This conference will bring together people working in the field of nano- and micromechanical testing in materials research. It will provide a forum for discussion of the latest activities in application of nano- and micromechanical testing methods. The conference is a continuation of the ECI series:

  • 2005 – Instrumented Indentation Testing (Crete, Greece),
  • 2009 – Nanomechanical Testing (Barga – Tuscany, Italy),
  • 2011 – Nano- and Micromechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development III (Canary Islands, Spain),
  • 2013 – Nano- and Mircomechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development IV (Olhao, Portugal),
  • 2015 – Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development V (Albufeira, Portugal).
  • 2017 – Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development VI (Dubrovnik, Croatia)

Click on This Link to view the last conference in this series.

Keynote Speakers-Confirmed

Prof. Shirley Meng, University of California San Diego, USA

Prof. Andrew Minor, University of California Berkeley, USA

Prof. Takahito Ohmura, Narional Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan

Conference Organization

Conference Chair:  Jon Molina-Aldareguia, IMDEA-Materials Institute

Steering Committee:

Gerhard Dehm, University of Leoben, Austria
Karsten Durst, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
Mathias Göken, University Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany
Marc Legros, CEMES-CNRS, France
Carl McHargue, University of Tennessee, USA
Johann Michler, EMPA, Switzerland
George M. Pharr, University of Tennessee, USA

Abstracts Submission

One-page abstract/s that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of a proposed oral presentation or poster are invited.

Oral abstract deadline:            May 1, 2019                    19AN Poster Board photo at melia Malaga

Poster abstract deadline:         May 15, 2019                   

Poster Size– Height: 1.5 meters,                      Click on photo –>
                          Width: 1.2 meters

Abstracts should be submitted electronically HERE 

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

ECI will sponsor a poster competition for students.

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Conference Venue

Torremolinos/Malaga, Spain:  Torremolinos, on the western shore of the Bay of Malaga, enjoys one of the best climates in Europe.  Its beach extends for nearly 8 kilometers and there are cycle and skating lanes alongside the fully illuminated promenade which features many chiringuitos and beach bars.  The name of the town comes from the words Torre (Tower) and Molino (Mill).  Water mills covered all this area of which only one survives (Molino de Inca) and one tower which forms part of a restaurant at the end of San Miguel Street.  Historians believe that chiseled stones discovered at beaches and mountains in Torremolinos indicate the existence of the village 150,000 years ago.  Much of its history parallels that of Malaga (below).  In the 1950s, Torremolinos became one of the first tourist centers in the area and is known for the liberal and cosmopolitan makeup of the town.  Over 300 restaurants are located in Torremolinos serve every kind of food and represent all nationalities.  The famous beach chiringuitos traditionally serve barbequed fish as well as typical Spanish cuisine.

The botanical gardens “Molino de Inca” are located next to one of the largest water parks (Aqualand) on the Costa del Sol.  The bullring is no longer used for bullfighting and is instead used as an entertainment venue.  Twice a week (Thursday and Sunday), a public market is held next to the bullring.  The Parque de a Bateria is a large public park that includes a clear blue boating lake, a children’s playground, a cushioned running track, free exercise machines, an observation tower, a display of several wartime cannons, caverns, as well as a wide variety of tropical plants.

One of the best sports facilities in Europe, the Stadium “Ciudad de Torremolinos” is located on the edge of town and includes an area for football.  Being a seaside town, there are the usual rentals available of bicycles, mopeds, electric scooters, surfboards, jet skis, parasailing, sailing, snorkeling,  paddle and ski boats. Cycling is very popular and there are many mountain tracks for biking.

Malaga, one of Europe’s oldest cities, was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC.  It is a thriving port on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, known for its beach resorts, yellow-sand beaches, art galleries, and, yes, food that ranges in price from Michelin-star restaurants to tiny fish shacks (chiringuitos).

It was an important port from the Phoenician times through the Roman times and the Moorish era.  Looming over the skyline are the city’s two massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule.  The vast Alcazaba was built by the Hammudid dynasty between the 8th and early 11th century. It is the most important and best-preserved alcazaba in Spain. There is a partially excavated Roman amphitheater by its entrance.  The Museo Arqueologico contains artifacts from the Phoenician, Roman and Moorish periods.

The Castillo de Gibralfaro is on the hill directly behind the Alcazaba and is a 14th century Moorish castle.

The city’s soaring Renaissance cathedral is nicknamed La Manquita (“one-armed lady”) because one of its towers was left unbuilt.  Building was begun in 1528 and stopped in 1765 when funds ran out.

Malaga was home to Picasso and the Picasso Museum is not to be missed, as it houses a collection of over 200 works of his art.

The Parque Natural de los Montes de Malaga is located in the beautiful hills to the north and east of Malaga.  Wildlife such as eagles and wild boars thrive in the park that is filled with the scent of lavender and wild herbs.

Melia Costa del Sol

The hotel Melia Costa del Sol is located on the beachfront, 6 km from Malaga International Airport and a pleasant walk from the commercial center and the fishermen’s quarter of La Carihuela.

All rooms are comfortable, spacious and have a terrace with Mediterranean Sea views.  Wifi access is free of charge. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, a 32-inch LCD TV, desk, minibar, safe and hairdryer. The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness room, Thalasso Spa, steam baths, sauna, outdoor pool (with sunbeds, towel service and bar service), and an indoor dynamic pool.

Address: Melia Costa del Sol Hotel, Paseo Maritimo, 11
29620 Torremolinos (Malaga), Spain
Tel: +34-952-386-677


The Malaga Airport (Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport) (AGP) ( is the fourth largest business airport in Spain after Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.  It has daily links with 20 cities in Spain and over 100 cities in Europe.  The Melia Costa del Sol Hotel is located about ten minutes by auto from this airport.

Taxi transfers to Torremolinos – Taxis are white with a blue line on the side.  A list of rates to local destinations is available next to the taxi rank.  The 4.8 mile ride should cost between 9 € – 12 €.

Bus transfer to Torremolinos – Buses (M-112, M-110, Portillo) leave every 15 minutes from Cruce Aeroporto and cost between 1 € – 3 € for the 13 minute ride.  It is then about a 9 minute walk from the bus stop to the hotel. (total time about 22 minutes)

Train transfer to Torremolinos – Trains (C-1 or Cercanias) leave every 30 minutes from the Aeropuerto Malaga station to the train station at Torremnolinos.  Cost is from 1 € – 3 €.  It is then about an 8 minute walk to hotel from the Torremolinos train station.  (total time about 22 minutes)

Private/Semi-Private transfer to Torremolinos – Shuttles, speedy Shuttle, private transfer and private minibus range from approximately 9 € – 65 €.

Auto transfer from the airport to Torremolinos – It is about ten minutes via N-348 and AP-7.

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General Information about ECI

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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.

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