Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development VI

An ECI Continuing Series

October 1-5, 2017
Dubrovnik Sun Gardens
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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About This Conference

Nano- and micromechanical testing is an established, but still emerging field which strongly contributes to materials research and development. A key breakthrough in the field has been the development of nanoindentation testing, also called instrumented indentation testing, which enables a precise control of forces on displacement on the nanoscale. Besides indentation, today’s nano- and micromechanical methods include compression, tension and bending tests, thin film testing methods, different in situ testing techniques as for example micro-bending experiments combined with diffraction methods like EBSD or X-rays. Moreover fatigue loading and fracture mechanical experiments are performed on small length scales to study deformation processes and determine the local mechanical properties.

The samples for these test methods are prepared by various techniques, ranging from focused ion beam, to lithography, etching of thin film and also femtosecond laser processing, or growth of micro/nano-objects (whiskers, rods, spheres, etc.). Recently these tests were able to effectively reach the theoretical strength of various nanowires, which opens the way to work with unprecedented stress states of metals or semi-conductors. New developments have been reported in achieving local testing at high strain rates and elevated as well as low temperatures.

Testing at small length scales leads to size effects in the mechanical response, where the microstructural length scale and sample size are very important. Modeling of the mechanical behavior is of special importance to gain an improved understanding of the measurements and underlying deformation mechanisms in the various test methods. For example, discrete dislocation dynamics, molecular dynamics or crystal plasticity finite element simulations provide meaningful and quantitative insights into the deformation processes around nanoindentations and small scale samples. Furthermore, small scale mechanical testing is now used as one approach for validating integrative computational material engineering, since the same length scales can be addressed both in experiment and modelling.

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 in small scale. 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 (Olhão, Portugal),
  • 2015 – Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development V (Albufeira, Portugal).

The major topics to be discussed are:

  • Fundamental studies in mechanical and indentation testing (size effects, phase transformations…)
  • FIB/lithography based nano- and micromechanical testing
  • In-situ techniques (synchrotron, electron microscopy, light microscopy…)
  • Deformation mechanisms
  • Modeling with focus on molecular dynamics, discrete dislocation dynamics and crystal plasticity
  • Combination of modelling and experiments for prediction of macroscopic behavior based on local testing
  • Novel preparation methods for micro- and nanoscale objects suitable for mechanical testing
  • Testing of nanostructures, thin films and coatings
  • Fatigue and fracture testing
  • Testing of polymeric and biomaterials
  • Testing of metals, ceramics and composites
  • Testing at higher temperatures and in different environments
  • Future directions

In addition, a short course is planned for Sunday morning (for – but not limited to – PhD students). Tentative subjects are high temperature indentation testing (Jeff Wheeler, ETH Zurich; Verena Maier, Montanuniversität Leoben) and industrial application of nanomechanical testing (Johann Michler, EMPA).

Confirmed Speakers:

Dierk Raabe, MPIE, Düsseldorf, Germany
Reinhard Pippan, Erich Schmid Institute Leoben, Austria
Erdmann Spiecker, Institute of Micro- and Nanostructure Research,  FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Conference Organization

Karsten Durst, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Steering Committee:
George Pharr, University of Tennessee, USA
Mathias Göken, University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Gerhard Dehm, University of Leoben, Austria
Johann Michler, EMPA, Switzerland
Marc Legros, CEMES-CNRS, France

Abstract 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:            June 15, 2017

Poster abstract deadline:         June 30, 2017

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

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

Levels of Sponsorship

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Conference Venue

Croatia–Known as the land of 1,000 islands,  Croatia is a Mediterranean

country of perfectly preserved natural and breathtaking sites, with a rich history.  Situated at the center of Europe itself, Croatia was often conquered and annexed to various empires from Greeks and Romans, to Austro-Hungarians, Ottoman Turks and even Napoleon. All these brought something to the melting pot of cultures, creating a special blend of cultures.  More than a thousand islands decorate the coastline and 37% of the country is covered with forests.  Croatia has eight national parks, two strict reserves, and ten nature parks.  Being essentially Mediterranean, Croatia is becoming renowned for its wines.

Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast–Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw said, “Those who seek paradise on earth should seek it in Dubrovnik.” Lord Byron called Dubrovnik the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and others named it the “Treasure of the World”; it is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities, offering an enchanting mixture of Renaissance architecture, vibrant culture and easy-going attitude to life.  Dubrovnik city center and its Old Town are just 11 kilometers from the Dubrovnik Sun Gardens hotel. The remarkably well-preserved medieval architecture of Old Town has made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Old Town is a must-see attraction with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque palaces and churches surrounded by a fascinating wall that can be explored by foot.

The Dalmatian coast is cradled by a range of mountains on one side and a long necklace of more than 1,000 beautiful islands on the other, with rock, pebble and sand beaches gently bathing in the warm sun and crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.  The quality of sea water has been rated the best in Europe by the European Environmental Agency.

Further north are the ancient cities Split and Zadar.  Major islands, like Brač or Hvar, have impressive villas, archeological sites, churches and palaces.

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Dubrovnik Sun Gardens –Located on the pristine shores of the Adriatic Sea, the hotel is 11 kilometers from Dubrovnik’s famous city center.  Shuttle and taxi services are available upon request for transportation to local attractions, and Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) is 35 kilometers from the hotel.

Dubrovnik Sun Gardens features 201 rooms and suites with convenient amenities such as mini bars and free high-speed, wireless Internet.  Among the facilities on site are a pool, spa, tennis courts, climbing wall, soccer field and squash courts.

The hotel is located just 3 kilometers from the Gothic-Renaissance Park Trsteno Arboretum, one of the oldest in the world.  Besides ancient tree specimens, there is a 15th-century summer villa and a Baroque fountain fed from a 70-meter aqueduct. The arboretum overlooks the sea.  Conference participants can take a ferry to the Elaphite Islands, just a 15-minute boat ride from the hotel.

Address:  Na Moru 1 20234 Dubrovnik Croatia (Hrvatska)
Telephone:  +385 20 361 500
Weather:  At the beginning of October, Dubrovnik is relatively warm, with over eleven hours of sunlight daily and averages of 19°C (67°F), highs of 22°C (72°F) and lows of 15°C (60°F). By the middle of the month, the temperature drops to an average of 17°C (63°F), highs of 20°C (68°F) and lows of 13°C (56°F).


By air–Dubrovnik International Airport is 35 kilometers from the hotel and has excellent connections with major European cities. Pick-up service can be easily arranged upon request and more information will be provided when registration opens.  Flights into Zagreb, but a 7-8 hour drive.

By car–The A1 / D8 / E65 motorway connects Zagreb with Split; take the D8 to Dubrovnik, and then turn on Na Moru to reach the hotel. Once at the hotel, there is secure parking.

By ferry–Dubrovnik is connected by Jadrolinija ferries to Split and Rijeka, the central Dalmatian Islands, and Italy.

The resort has partnered with a private, upscale fleet for tours and transfers. Make reservations for sightseeing excursions or rentals at the on-site information center.

  • Boat service to Old Town (seasonally)
  • Car rental
  • Group excursions
  • Private boat hire
  • Private individual excursions
  • Scooter rental
  • Tourist transfers to and from the airport
  • VIP transfers

General Information

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