On behalf of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) TC15, the organizing committee of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, The University of Sheffield and the Catholic University of Leuven, it is a great pleasure to express our warm welcome to all the participants of the First European Conference on the Structural Integrity of Additively Manufactured Materials (ESIAM19).
In this conference, we are focussing on a critical issue of research and industry in Europe. With the advent of Additive manufacturing (AM) techniques, the potential to economically fabricate customized parts with complex geometries in a rapid design-to-manufacture cycle became a major driver and hope for Europe’s continuing leading role in high quality manufacturing. However, before such benefits can be explored in critical load bearing applications, the basic understanding of the mechanical and functional behaviour of these materials must be substantially improved at all scales. In particular, a better understanding of fracture and fatigue performance is key. The conference will shed light on the basic physical phenomena of fatigue and fracture of AM materials and the development of effective criteria for the design of unprecedented high performing components that shall play a significant role in next generation automotive, aerospace and biomedical application.
In this regard, ESIAM19 is the first conference dedicated to this topic and will be a key event to bring the key European players from research and industry together. ESIAM19 shall be the opening event for a future series of international conferences held under the auspices of ESIS TC15. We are very proud to host all of you at this scientific and social event intended to contribute to the future of AM for load bearing component fabrication as well as the strategy of its industrial exploitation in Europe.
Due to the importance of this topic, peer-reviewed publications from conference contributions and discussions will be invited for Special Issues in ESIS affiliated journals (Frattura e Integrita’ strutturale, Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, Int. Journal of Fatigue) to increase the range and impact of the presented contributions.
We thank all authors for their contributions in advance and we are grateful to ESIS and the members of the international scientific committee for their hard work that will make this conference a success.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at the ESIAM19 conference in Trondheim!
Filippo Berto, Luca Susmel, Jan Torgersen, Brecht Van Hooreweder