Introduction

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 (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are easily accessible in Open Access format to the international scientific community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Materials Characterisation 2019. 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
  • Polymers and plastics
  • Advances in composites
  • Micro and macro characterisation
  • Corrosion and erosion
  • Damage, fatigue and fracture
  • Recycled materials
  • Emerging materials, incl. additively manufactured; high entropy alloys; soft materials.
  • Materials and energy
  • Contact mechanics
  • Surface modification and treatments
  • Tribomechanics and wear mechanisms
  • Biomechanical characterisation and applications
  • Residual stresses and fatigue processes

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at Materials Characterisation 2019 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences (ISSN: 1743-3533). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

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

Networking

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

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (ISSN: 2046-0546; Digital ISSN: 2046-0554).

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at Materials Characterisation 2019 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences (ISSN: 1743-3533). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (ISSN: 2046-0546; Digital ISSN: 2046-0554).

Location Informationlisbon

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is one of the oldest cities in the Europe and predates other European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome. Lisbon has a rich and diverse history and is thought to have been founded by Phoenicians. Lisbon witnessed Muslim domination, a Christian conquest, a golden age of discoveries, destruction by an earthquake in 1755 and followed by an enlightened reconstruction process and ongoing renewal.

Its compact historic centre means that it is easy to explore through the characteristic narrow and winding streets. The city boasts many museums, squares, towers, gardens and cafes as well as the Castle of St George, which overlooks Lisbon in its entirety.

Castelo de São Jorge, dates back to the 11th Century, although it is thought the first fortifications on the hilltop were erected during the 2nd Century. The Castle overlooks Lisbon and the Tagus River is one of the city’s top attractions and visitors able to climb the towers and walk along the walls. There are three guided tours daily in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

The UNESCO-listed Monastery, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, is another must see in the parish of Belem, Lisbon. Populated by the monks of the Order of St Jerome until the order was dissolved in 1833, the Monastery then served as a school and orphanage until around 1940. The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon.

Lisbon enjoys 290 days of sunshine a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15 degrees centrigrade. As a coastal city, there are also fantastic sandy beaches easily accessible by public transport.

Travel Information

Conference venue address:

TRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel
Av. D. João II, Parque das Nações, 1990-083
Lisbon


By Air

Lisbon Airport (LIS)

Lisbon International Airport is less than 3km from the conference venue is very well connected internationally. Direct flights are available from most major airports in Europe and as well as North and South America, Dubai, Moscow, Tel Aviv or Beijing.

For full information on all the destinations and airlines operating in this airport, please visit: https://www.ana.pt/en/lis/home

From the airport to the hotel - The hotel is less than 3km from the airport and can easy be reached by public transport:

  • Metro: There is only one metro line operating at the airport. You need to depart the metro at the third stop after leaving the airport (the stop is called ORIENTE). The hotel is only 2 minute walk from the station.
  • Taxi: The price of the taxi is between 8 and 10 Euros (depends on much luggage you have).

By Rail

The closest train station to the hotel is the Oriente station which is a 2 minute walk. However most international trains may arrive at Santa Apolonia station which is in the city centre.

If your train only stops at Santa Apolonia station, you can take a train to Oriente from Apolonia. The journey will take only a couple of minutes and will cost less than 2 Euros.

If you prefer to take a taxi once you have arrivedto Apolonia station, the price of a taxi from the city centre to the hotel will cost around 10-15 Euros.


Moving around Lisbon

The hotel is situated in the north part of the city in an area known as “Parque das Naçoes” which was developed for the 1998 Expo. The area is connected to the city centre via metro (red line “Linha Vermelha”). A single ticket will cost 1.45 Euros and a 1 day ticket will cost 6.30 Euros.

Some useful links:

Lisboa tourism information website: https://www.visitlisboa.com/

Lisboa metro information http://www.metrolisboa.pt/eng/

Lisboa airport: https://www.ana.pt/en/lis/home


Please note that all information included above is correct at August 2018. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue InformationTRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel

The conference will take place at the TRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel, Lisbon.

Conference Venue Address:

TRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel
Av. D. João II, Parque das Nações, 1990-083
Lisbon

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the conference venue, TRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel, Lisbon.

Please see the booking form available here: Accomodation Booking Form (PDF)

TRYP Oriente LobbyTRYP Oriente Premium Sup RoomTRYP Oriente Breakfast Restaurant

Additional Information

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