• Starting this March 2017, Jean-Baptiste MOLIN (MPIE Düsseldorf - j.molin[at]mpie.de) will be one the webmasters of the GDRi Mecano Website.

    Most of the announcements regarding the Mecano network (Jobs, Events, news... ) can be sent to both of us for  posting on the website or dispatching on the mailing list.




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  • A Summer School on Experimental Nano- and Micromechanics, will be held from 11th to 15th of September 2017 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf (Germany).  The school is organized by Christoph Kirchlechner (MPIE, Düsseldorf) and Benoit Merle (FAU, Erlangen).

    The school aims at providing a comprehensive overview on experimental nano- and micromechanical testing methods. Focus thereby is put on material properties which we can reliably extract from in situ micromechanical experiments. The school will deal with nanoindentation, methods to explore the small-scale plastic and fracture properties of materials and interfaces, frequently used characterization techniques with in situ capabilities and, finally, simulation techniques.

    Invited speakers:

    -          Nanoindentation and HT-Nanoindentation: Jeffrey Wheeler (ETH Zürich)

    -          Plasticity: Erica Lilleodden (HZG Geesthacht) and Daniel Kiener (University of Leoben)

    -          Fracture: David Armstrong (Oxford University) and Goran Zagar (EPFL Lausanne)

    -          Thin Films: Ruth Schwaiger (KIT Karlsruhe)

    -          In situ Characterization:  Frédéric Mompiou (CNRS Toulouse) and Stefan Zaefferer (MPIE Düsseldorf)

    -          Simulation Techniques at the Mesoscale: Marc Fivel (CNRS Grenoble)

    Hands-on exercises in state-of-the art laboratories will treat practical aspects of the experimental work, including nanoindentation, EBSD, microfracture mechanics, thin film mechanics.

    Registration is limited to 40 participants. We advise young scientists interested in attending the school to send their application as soon as possible to micromech2017@mpie.de. The participation fee is 250€ and includes a BBQ party and 3 lunches, as well as all drinks during the school.

    Further information can be found at www.mpie.de/2768772/scientific-events.

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  • A CISM Advanced School on "Mesoscale models: From micro-physics to macro-interpretation"

    coordinated by S. Mesaroic, H. Zbib and S. Forest will take place on May 22-26 2017 in Udine, Italy.

    This school targets PhD students, post-doctoral and more senior researchers.

    All information in the pdf document below, including possible support of CISM for accommodation.

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  • The 2017 General Meeting of the Mecano Network will take place at CEMES, in Toulouse, May 10-12, 2017.

    Registration is free but needed.

    More information on the meeting site : https://mecano2016.sciencesconf.org/

    Oral and poster presentations are welcome. Submissions are open till March 18th, 2017 

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  • Topic: Integrated microstructural fatigue modelling

    Place : School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) | Bedford | United Kingdom

    Start Date: May 2017, Duration of award: 3 years

    Contact persons (supervisors): Dr Gustavo Castelluccio, Professor Andrew Starr

    More details & online application:


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