On behalf of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) TC15, the organizing committee of the Austrian University of Technology Vienna and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, it is with great pleasure that we warmly welcome all participants to the Second European Conference on the Structural Integrity of Additively Manufactured Materials (ESIAM21).
ESIAM21 addresses an issue of utmost importance in research and industry in Europe and worldwide. 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 levels, especially in fracture and fatigue performance. 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.
The first conference dedicated to this topic, ESIAM19, took place in Trondheim, Norway, and was a key event to bring major European and global players from research and industry together. The great impact ESIAM19 had in fostering scientific and industrial collaboration shall continue with ESIAM21. It is the immediate followup-event and marks the foundation for an upcoming series of international conferences dealing with the topic 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.
Peer-reviewed publications from conference contributions and discussions will be invited for Special Issues in ESIS affiliated journals (Frattura e Integrità strutturale, Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, International 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 ESIAM21 conference in Vienna!
Filippo Berto, Jan Torgersen, Juergen Stampfl, Luca Susmel and Brecht Van Hooreweder