The aim of the conference is to facilitate interaction between the research and industrial community and discuss the latest developments in this rapidly advancing field. The meeting responds to the demand for high quality production for both industry and consumer, which has led to rapid developments in materials science and engineering. This requires the characterisation of the properties of the materials.

Of particular interest to industry and society is the knowledge of surface treatment and contact mechanics of these materials to determine the in-service behaviour of components subject to contact conditions. Modern society requires systems that operate at conditions that use resources effectively. In terms of components durability, the understanding of surface engineering wear frictional and lubrication dynamics has never been so important.

Current research is focussed on modifications technologies that can increase the surface durability of materials. 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.

Combinations of different experimental techniques as well as computer simulation methods are essential to achieve a proper analysis. A very wide range of materials, starting with metals through polymers and semiconductors to composites, necessitates a whole spectrum of characteristic experimental techniques and research methods.

The conference is a result of a series of meetings that started as early as 1993 in Southampton on contact mechanics and previous meetings on the wider field of material characterisation dating from the 2003 conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The papers presented at all those conferences are permanently archived in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( where they are easily accessible in Open Access format to the international scientific community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers the topics to be presented at the meeting. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Computer methods and simulation
  • Experimental and measurement techniques
  • Mechanical characterisation and testing
  • Materials under extreme conditions 
  • Polymers and plastics
  • Advances in composites
  • Micro and macro characterisation
  • Corrosion and erosion
  • Damage, fatigue and fracture
  • Recycled materials
  • Materials and energy
  • Surface problems and contact mechanics
  • Surface modification and treatments
  • Thick and thin coatings
  • Tribomechanics and wear mechanics
  • Biomechanical characterisation
  • Biomechanical applications
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers Papers presented at Materials Characterisation 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 To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are peer reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check.

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 ( 

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 ( 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 ( 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.


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 Materials Characterisation 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 ( 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.

Travel Information

By Air:

Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport (TLL) Airport is located just 4km from Tallinn city centre. There are direct flights to Tallinn from various European destinations. Airlines operating flights into Tallinn (TLL) include LOT, KLM, Brussels Airlines, Turkish Airlines, SAS, Aeroflot, British Airways, Finnair, airBaltic, Austrian airlines, Adria airlines, Nordica air.

Lufthansa – offers flights from regional airports across Europe including Munich and Frankfurt (Ideal for connections outside of Europe)
Easyjet – flights from London Gatwick and Milan, Italy 
Ryanair – flights from Norway, Italy, Ireland, Spain 
Air France – regular flights from France, other European destinations

From the Airport

Taxi: Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia is only 3 km from the airport and therefore, you have a choice of taking a taxi from the airport to the hotel or of using public transport. At the airport there are usually several taxis waiting front of the Tallinn Airport all the time. The drive takes approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the traffic and the average cost is 10-15 EUR per single journey.

There is no need to book taxis ahead. Please note that the official taxi partners of Tallinn Airport are Tulika Takso, Tallink Takso and Tulika Business, whose cars will be waiting for passengers right in front of the terminal doors. Although cash (Euros) is preferred, it is possible to also pay by card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).

Please see more information here:

Please kindly note that Tallinn has 2 Radisson brand hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia and Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, so to avoid any confusion, please use the full hotel title ‘Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia’ or the full correct address when telling the taxi driver your destination.

Public Transport: It is possible to take the no. 2 bus bound for the City Centre from outside the Airport and get off at the Tornimäe stop. The bus stop is located within a 10 minute walk from the hotel (see the map below). Bus tickets can be bought from the bus driver in cash and cost is at the moment 1.60 €.


tallinn map


By Sea:

The Tallinn-Helsinki sea-lane is one of the busiest international passenger routes in the world. There are ferries between Tallinn and Helsinki several times a day and travel time is approximately four hours. There are also ferries between Tallinn and Stockholm, which depart every evening and take approximately fifteen hours journey time. The following companies run services to Tallinn:


By Road:

International coach and bus lines (National Express, Lux Express Group, Ecolines) connect Tallinn to various European cities. Both international and domestic bus services arrive and depart from Tallinn’s Central Bus Station, located in the city centre. The bis station is only 1 km from the Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia and travel time by taxi from the bus station is approximately 5 minutes.


By Train:

There are regular international train connections to Tallinn from Moscow, the Baltic states and the CIS countries. The railway station (Balti jaam) is situated near the Old Town and harbour. For information please see the website


Getting around in Tallinn

Many of the main attractions in Tallinn are within walking distance of the centre as Central Tallinn is very compact and easy to get around, and reaching farther out destinations is simple thanks to the city's network of buses, trolleys and trams.

The public transport network operates from 6:00 to 23:00 (some lines until 24:00). A single-ride paper ticket can be bought from the driver for cash – exact change only – when you first board. The ticket costs €2 (€1 for ISIC Student and Scholar Card holders) and is valid only for that ride in that vehicle. Keep the ticket handy for the duration of the ride. The ticket system works on a random-inspection basis, so you can board via any door and don't have to show anything to the driver. You must, however, have a validated ticket or you risk a €40 fine.

More information is available on the website:

Conference Venue and Accommodation

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. 

Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia
33 Liivalaia street
Tel: +372 6315314
Fax: +372 6315376
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Visa Information

A Schengen Visa is the document issued for visiting/travelling in and within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Schengen visas are issued by the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein

If you intend to visit one of the Schengen countries for business, as a tourist or for a personal/private visit, you must first obtain a Schengen visa, unless your country is part of the Shengen territory or has a special agreement. You can check which whether citizens of your country require Shengen VISA here:

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:

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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