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Engineering of Advanced Materials

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Cluster of Excellence
Engineering of
Advanced Materials (EAM)

Nägelsbachstrasse 49b
91052 Erlangen, Germany

11-16 March 2018 - DPG & EPS Spring Meeting 2018

Technische Universität Berlin

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Joint meeting of the German and the European Physical Societies

This symposium is intended as an international forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest scientific developments regarding the physics and mechanics of fracture. Rather than addressing specific engineering problems and approaches, this symposium will cover fracture of brittle and semi-brittle materials at a fundamental level, with a focus on crack nucleation and crack-microstructure interactions. We aim at bringing together specialists from the fields of solid state physics, materials science, continuum mechanics, statistical physics and mathematics to cover theory, multi-scale modeling and experiments related to

  • Initiation of fracture and crack nucleation
  • Grain boundary fracture and interface cracks
  • Crack – obstacle interactions
  • Interplay of fracture and plasticity
  • Fracture of nanostructures and disordered materials
  • Fracture of composites
  • Statistical aspects of fracture
  • Micromechanical and local approaches to fracture

We will have a special joint session on advanced micro- and nanomechanical fracture testing methods with the EPS mini-colloquium “Mechanical properties at small scales” organized by Gerhard Dehm, Olivier Thomas and Laurent Pizzagalli.

Invited Speakers

Laurent Ponson, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
James Kermode, University of Warwick, UK 
David Armstrong, Department of Materials, University of Oxford, UK
Reinhard Pippan, Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Leoben, Austria
Dov Sherman, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Remi Dingreville, Sandia National Laboratories, Sandia, USA

Converence Venue

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, full of history, renowned for its flourishing cultural scene and relaxed way of life. As continental hub for air and rail traffic, Berlin is easily reachable and its public transportation system allows for quick access to the conference venue and tourist attractions.

The conference will take place at the
Technische Universität Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

Web page of the DPG Spring meeting

Abstract Submission & Registration

Abstract submission is closed.

Deadline for early bird registration is February 2nd 

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Important Dates

Abstract submission is closed.

Deadline for early bird registration is February 2nd

Conference Fee (early bird / regular)

Students: 100/130 €
Regular Participant: 220/250 €
Reductions for DPG-Members

Symposium Organizers

Prof. Erik Bitzek,
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Institute I,
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg FAU

Prof. Sandra Korte-Kerzel,
Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics,
RWTH Aachen Universit

Prof. Peter Gumbsch,
Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM, Freiburg

Further Information
Twitter: @fundfracture


Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft DPG

Conference Web Page


This Symposium is supported by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme through the project “microKIc - Microscopic Origins of Fracture Toughness” (grant agreement No 725483).