Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development VII

An ECI Conference Series

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


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.

Conference Organization

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

Steering Committee:

Gerhard Dehm, Planck Institute for Iron Research, Germany
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

Conference Program

Please use This Link to view the final program and posters.

Conference Awards

Poster Awards

Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development VII
An Engineering Conferences International Series

Best Poster Award – First Place

Johann Kappacher
Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria

“Investigating thermally activated deformation mechanisms by high temperature nanoindentation – A study on W-Re alloys”


Alexandra Crackett
UKAEA, United Kingdom

“Exploring size effects in copper-chromium-zirconium usingindentation techniques and in-situ micro-pillar compression”

Best Poster Awards- Second Place
(in alphabetical order)

Martin Heller
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

“Investigation of a high angle grain boundary in Fe2.4wt%Si BCC micropillars”

Sahar Jaddi
Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

“Subcritical crack growth in freestanding silicon nitride and silicon dioxidethin films using residual stress-induced crack on-chip testing technique”

Severin Jakob
Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria

“Exploring the mechanical character of molybdenum grain boundariesvia nanoindentation and three-point bending”

Joey Kabel
University of California Berkeley, USA

“Micro-mechanical testing of ceramic matrix composites: Extraction of critical interface properties and impact on composite optimization”

Carl Kusche
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

“Deep-learning assisted damage observations on the microscale -A new viewpoint on microstructural deformation, fracture and decohesion processes”

Christian Minnert
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

“Influence of transition metals on the solid solution strengthening and creepbehavior of nickel studied by ultra-high temperature nanoindentation testing”

Barbara Putz
EMPA Thun, Switzerland

“In situ fragmentation analysis of ALD-PVD multilayers on flexible substrates”

Best Poster Preview Scientific Presentation

Alexandra Cackett
UKAEA, United Kingdom

“Exploring size effects in copper-chromium-zirconium using indentation techniques and in-situ micro-pillar compression”


James S.K.-L. Gibson
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

“Mechanical characterization of the protective Al2O3 scale in Cr2AlC MAX phases”

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