Materials Characterisation 2021

10th International Conference on Computational Methods and Experiments in Material and Contact Characterisation


7–9 July 2021


Materials Characterisation 2021

With the main objective to preserve our delegates’ wellbeing, but also with the belief that the scientific community should not be stopped, WIT decided that Materials Characterisation 2021 should not take place as scheduled, in Madrid, Spain, but take place as an online event instead.

The conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, represented by Prof. Santiago Hernandez, and the University of Windsor, Canada, represented by Prof. Derek O Northwood and Prof. Jeff De Hosson of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

The conference, which started in Southampton, UK in 1993 is well established and always attracts a wide international spread of delegates. 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.

Opening of the Conference

The conference was opened by the Chairmen of the conference - Prof. Santiago Hernandez, Prof. Derek O Northwood and Prof. Jeff De Hosson who welcomed the delegates to the event.

Invited Presentations

There were a series of invited lectures on advanced topics of research and applications, as follows:

  • “Mouth –like cracking in a high strength multiphase steel and its relationship to fracture toughness”
    by Derek Northwood, University of Windsor, Canada

  • “Cortical bone screws: tapered vs straight shape. A comparative study”
    by Cristina Bignardi, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

  • “Enhanced physical properties of nanocellulose fiber-reinforced green composites”
    by Hitoshi Takagi, Tokushima University, Japan

Conference Sessions

The papers presented during the conference were classified under the following headings:

  • Mechanical testing and characterization
  • Recycled and reclaimed materials
  • Emerging and green materials

Q&A Live Zoom Sessions

Conference delegates were invited to participate in two Q&A Live Zoom Sessions which took place on 8th and 9th July 2021. These friendly sessions were a great opportunity for participants to interact with each other and ask questions to authors about their papers.

Conference Publication

Papers presented at this conference are published in Vol. 133 of the WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences (ISSN 1743-3533). Papers presented at the meeting are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.

A few papers were selected for publication in the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements. The aim of the Journal is to review the latest work in computational methods and experimental measurements, with a view to achieving harmonious development and interaction between the two.

Closing of the Conference

We are very sorry that we were not able to meet our delegates in person this year.

We would like to thank the delegates for participating in the event and look forward to meeting them at the next conference in the series.

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