Introduction

The importance of contact and surface effects in modern engineering and their combined effects has led the organisers to reconvene this 13th International Conference, which covers Computational Methods and Experiments in Surface & Contact Mechanics including Tribology.

Industry and society continues to demand an increased knowledge of surface treatment and contact mechanics and in-service behaviour of components subject to contact conditions. Modern society requires engineering systems that are capable of operating at conditions that use resources effectively. In terms of component durability, the understanding of advanced surface engineering wear, frictional and lubrication dynamics has never been so important.

Current research is focused on searching for surface modification techniques which can increase the surface durability of materials. There exists an almost bewildering choice of surface treatments covering a wide range of thickness.  Wear resistance is a system property, since the material of the work-piece acts against some other medium.  Its relation to its environment – e.g. lubrication, speed of sliding/rotation – determines its tribological performance.  The characteristics of the system reveal which surface engineering methods should be chosen and as a consequence it is essential to study the combination of surface treatment and contact mechanics.

The aim of the conference is to encourage international cooperation amongst scientists and engineers and to exchange new ideas.  It deals with fundamental and applied concepts in the interdisciplinary fields of surface and contact engineering, including tribology, in particular focusing on the interplay between applied physics, materials science and computational methods.

The series began in Southampton (1993); continued in Ferrara and Milan (1995); Oxford and Madrid (1997); Stuttgart and Assissi (1999); Seville (2001); Crete (2003); Bologna (2005); the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute (2007); the Algarve (2009); Malta (2011); Siena (2013) and Valencia (2015).

The papers presented in these conferences are permanently archived in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute (www.library.witpress.com), where they are easily accessible to the international scientific community. 

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Contact and Surface 2017. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome. 

  • Surface modification
  • Experimental and measurement techniques
  • Surface problems and contact mechanics
  • Thick and thin coatings
  • Fatigue and fracture mechanics
  • Computer methods and simulation
  • Biomedical applications
  • Tribomechanics and wear mechanics
  • Lubrication studies
  • Erosion and corrosion
  • Surface treatments
  • Material behaviour
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers Papers presented at Contact and Surface 2017 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (ISSN:2046-0546; Digital ISSN:2046-0554).

Reviews Abstracts and papers are reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts.

Open Access WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work.  WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary). 

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Google Scholar*, Scopus and ProQuest. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings Delegates will receive a copy of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. The USB will, in addition, contain papers from previous conferences in this series. Following the Conference, authors will receive an electronic copy of the publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com) where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Networking Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, becoming part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at their conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much reduced conference fee.

 



*Google Scholar Indexation  
WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.

 

Abstract Submission

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible by clicking on the 'Submit an Abstract' button found at the top and bottom of this page. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

Once your abstract has been reviewed, you will be notified of the acceptance of your abstract and be given a submission date as well as instructions on how to prepare your paper.

Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference.

We encourage early submission of abstracts and papers to facilitate registration and travel arrangements.

The language of the conference will be English.

Registration

To register online for this conference please complete the registration form by clicking on the 'Register' button at the top or bottom of this page. If you would prefer to print out a copy of the Registration Form, please download the PDF Registration Form below and return to the Conference Secretariat.

Conference Fees

Includes conference proceedings, other documentation and refreshments.

Registration Fee, €890

Conference Chairmen, WIT Fellows and members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, €780

Students, €500

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Contact and Surface 2017 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (ISSN:2046-0546; Digital ISSN:2046-0554).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com) where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

Tallinn, Estonia

002 TVTallinn is Estonia’s capital city, situated on the Baltic Sea, 50 miles South of Helsinki, across the Gulf of Finland. Its name, derived from the Estonian for ‘Danish Fort’, is a reminder that the Danes founded the city at the beginning of the thirteenth century. Tallinn has developed into an important political and business centre as well as one of Northern Europe’s most popular Tourist destinations. The walled, cobblestone old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. Other sites include its Estonian History Museum which is dedicated to the country's 20th-century history and the Gothic, towering Town Hall which is among the Baltic region’s oldest.

Conference Venue

hotel 1 1024x550The conference will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia, Tallinn. Conveniently located in the city centre, the hotel sits near the busy harbour and is only 3 kilometres from Lennart Meri Airport, and a 12 minute walk from Tallinn's medieval Old Town. There are also bus and tram stations nearby for local sightseeing. 

 

Visa Information

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Where to apply:

  • You should apply to the Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence (unless you are resident in Ireland).
  • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, apply to the Embassy or Consulate of that country.
  • If you intend to visit several of the Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which your main destination is situated (longest duration of stay).

Processing time: Your application should be lodged at the Embassy or Consulate at least 2 weeks before the proposed journey is undertaken.

Requirements for a Schengen visa may vary slightly between the different Schengen countries. Please visit the following link for further information: http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/

Important information: Please notice that although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, it is your responsibility to check that the visa and travel requirements with the corresponding Embassy in your country.

Invitation Letters

If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please submit a request for a letter of invitation to the conference secretariat.

Registration fees must be paid in order to be issued an invitation letter. Please make sure you read the cancellation policy stated in the registration form before sending your payment.

All letters of invitation will be sent to you by email and regular mail unless otherwise specified.

 Please provide the following information in your request:

  • Title (Dr., Professor, Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms, etc.)
  • Your full name (Please specify family name and given name)
  • Organization
  • Full mailing address
  • Additional information such as if you are presenting a paper at the Conference
  • We cannot provide visa letters for spouses or guests, however we can include their name on your letter

Additional Information

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