In order to fully exploit the property potentials of modern structural materials (thermo-) mechanical processing becomes necessary. During operation, the material in a structural component experiences another mechanical and/or thermal loading. A reliable prediction of a components integrity significantly relies on a profound knowledge of the microstructural evolution and likely damage mechanisms under any such processing and load history.
The characterization of the microstructural evolution implies a close experimental setup of modern analytical tools as well as the realization of processing and deformation under well-defined laboratory conditions – ranging from small-scale samples up to full-scale component testing and analysis. The major areas to be covered in this symposium are all aspects of the fundamentals, synthesis, analysis, monitoring and control of microstructural evolution, damage mechanisms and failure under mechanical and thermo-mechanical processing and deformation, also including innovative failure analysis techniques; models for real-time process control and quality monitoring systems.