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The 12th International Fatigue Congress
May 28th, June 1st, 2018 - Poitiers, France

International Scientific Committee

A. ARAUJO (Brasil)
J. BELZUNCE (Spain)...
S. BERETTA (Italy)
H. BIERMANN (Germany)
M. BROCHU (Canada)
J.A.F.O. CORREIA (Portugal)
S. COURTIN (France)
D. DELAUX (France)
Y. HONG (China)
P. HUTAR (Czech Rep.)
T. KRUML (Czech Rep.)
F. LEFEBVRE (France)
Y.-W. MAI (Australia)
F. MOREL (France)
H. MUGHRABI (Germany)
T. PALIN-LUC (France)
J. POLAK (Czech Rep.)
(S. POMMIER (France)
N. SAINTIER (France)
C. M. SONSINO (Germany)
R. SUNDER (India)
D. TAYLOR ( Ireland)
J.A. VIŇA OLAY (Spain)
M. VORMWALD (Germany)

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Structural Integrity of Aircraft, Nuclear Power Plants, Space Rockets, Ships, Automobiles, Biomedical Devices, and many other applications, is a major design driver including various components of which fatigue normally is the dominant factor of importance over the structural life of the structure in question. What makes fatigue design difficult is that it is not a traditional science, but rather a large complex domain consisting of a mixture of scientific disciplines (materi...als science, physics, statistics, solid mechanics, chemistry etc.) and engineering areas (loads, design, stress analysis, production systems, maintenance, computer systems, full scale testing etc.). The required competence for fatigue design, or indeed failure analysis, depends on the complexity and certification procedure for the structure considered.

The International Fatigue Series/Congresses started in Europe with meetings in Sweden 1981, UK 1984, and then went to the USA 1987 after which the series became established as the pre-eminent world conference in the field of fatigue. Meetings have subsequently been held in Hawaii 1990, Canada 1993, Germany 1996, China 1999, Sweden 2002, USA 2006, The Czech Republic 2010, and Australia 2014. This global distribution of meetings is in the tradition of scientific practice, i.e. to share, disseminate, and discuss results, problems, models and new ideas between scientists around the world. Hence, it is a great pleasure to once again be able to meet old friends, but also newcomers in the fatigue field, in the 12th International Fatigue Congress, as the series return to Europe, with France and specifically Poitiers being the venue.

The French bid to host Fatigue 2018 was extremely strong, with support not only from the local organizations University of Poitiers, ISAE-ENSMA, Pprime Institute, and CNRS, but also from SF2M, Airbus Group, Constellium, SAFRAN, AREVA, ONERA and Renault. The conference chair and his co-chairs are very well known scientists in the fatigue field. At the time of the bid also honorary chairman Jean Petit was involved in the organizing committee. Unfortunately, Jean (a former leader of the Poitiers fatigue group, a renowned world expert in the field, and a great personal friend of mine) has since passed away. I suggest that we pay our respects by dedicating Fatigue 2018 to his memory.

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January 24
May 27, 2018 - Jun 1, 2018Palais des congrès du FuturoscopeChasseneuil-Du-Poitou, France
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On the occasion of its return in Europe, the Congress will be hosted for the first time in France, and more precisely on the Futuroscope area located in the “Grand Poitiers” agglomeration.

This venue, with its unique mixture of cultural heritage and modernity, will constitute a memorable experience for all attendees.
The Organizing Committee will also help delegates who wish to extend their stay by proposing tours with many outstanding attractions (Chateaux of the Loire Valle...y, Atlantic Coast, vineyards, ).

The Fatigue 2018 Congress will be the twelfth in a series of major international conferences held since 1981. This series aims to provide a discussion forum for both fundamental aspects and practical applications of fatigue, covering all aspects of fatigue, all type of materials, and all fields of interest (transportation, energy, electronics, civil engineering, medicine ,…).
More precisely, potential authors are invited to submit an abstract to the conference secretariat before the deadline in one of the topics, classifiied in 6 main themes:
General topics
Theoretical and Numerical approaches
Innovative approaches
Fatigue of non-metallic materials
Specific Domains
Industrial case studies.

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