Outline of subjects

Submissions should focus on one of the following topics (non-exhaustive) and contribute to sustainable mechanical engineering or design.

Fatigue & Fracture

Quasi-static fracture of components, joints and structures

  • Mixed mode fracture
  • Linear elastic fracture mechanics
  • Elastic-plastic fracture mechanics
  • Brittle fracture
  • Ductile tearing
  • Plastic collapse
  • Environmentally assisted degradation of mechanical properties

Fatigue of components, joints and structures

  • Variable amplitude fatigue
  • Multi-axial fatigue
  • (Ultra) Low cycle and (very) high cycle fatigue
  • Endurance approach
  • Crack initiation and propagation
  • Lifetime extension
  • Corrosion-fatigue
  • Fretting fatigue


Advanced Lubrication

  • Multiscale modelling for lubrication
  • Hydrodynamic lubrication in plain bearings, seals,….
  • Thermo-Elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication in gears, bearings
  • Plasto-elastohydrodynamic lubrication in production processes
  • Mixed and Boundary lubrication
  • Lubricant development (e.g Ionic Liquids), characterization and ageing
  • Smart Lubrication by active control / tribotronics

Wear & Damage Modelling of Tribo-contacts

  • Fundamental investigations of wear processes (abrasion, erosion ,corrosion, fretting, fatigue…)
  • Computational multiscale modelling of wear processes.
  • Experimental analysis and mapping of wear processes in diverse tribo-materials
  • Rolling contact fatigue in dry and lubricated contacts


  • Advanced material development and testing: polymer composites, ceramics, porous bearing materials.
  • Friction processes in mechanical components
  • Novel design concepts in mechanical machinery and components
  • Real-scale tribo-testing
  • Bio-tribology

Condition Monitoring

  • Novel sensor development and instrumentation for tribological condition monitoring
  • Condition monitoring of lubricated contacts
  • Condition monitoring of wear processes
  • Virtual tribo-sensors, based on data-driven and/or physics-based modelling