Structural ceramics and composites have applications in areas including energy generation, the environment, space, transportation, medicine, optical systems, and microelectronics. Long-term mechanical reliability is a key issue for their ultimate use in specific applications. Correlations between processing and service conditions/environment that lead to failure of ceramics by fracture, fatigue, or deformation are essential. Extreme environments and challenging applications of ceramic materials have necessitated new approaches for manufacturing and characterization. Furthermore, the development of novel methods to advance and accelerate computationally driven materials characterization and validate structure/property relationship models is needed to improve the predictability of material behavior and lower costs.

This symposium solicits abstracts related to the diverse aspects of mechanical behavior of ceramics and composites and their correlations with processing and component performance and reliability.

Proposed Session Topics

  • Processing–microstructure–mechanical properties correlation
  • Fibers, matrices, coatings, and interfaces
  • Ceramics for energy generation, turbines, and environmental applications
  • Design, reliability, and life prediction modeling of devices and components
  • Functionally graded materials and multilayer ceramic systems
  • Mechanical characterization of ceramics and composites, techniques & equipment
  • Environmental effects, thermomechanical performance and tribology
  • Manufacturing and testing of joined and integrated components and structures
  • Small-scale testing and in situ characterization using X-rays & neutrons
  • Novel computational approaches to enhance performance and characterization
  • Fracture mechanics, failure analysis and fractography


  • Jonathan Salem, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA,
  • Dietmar Koch, University of  Augsburg, Germany,
  • Dileep Singh, Argonne National Laboratory, USA,
  • Amjad Almansour, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA,
  • Raul Bermejo, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria
  • Monica Ferraris, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Walter Krenkel, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Emmanuel Maillet, General Electric Company, USA
  • T. Ishikawa, Tokyo University of Science, Yamaguchi, Japan
  • Emmanuel Boakye, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
  • Andrew Wereszczak, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Kevin Strong, Sandia National Laboratory, USA