The objective of this meeting to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of recent advances in the use of mechanics, thermo-fluids sciences and materials in design. The goal is to enable mechanical, aeronautical, space, civil, automotive, biomedical, environmental, and nuclear engineers, researchers and scientists to exchange ideas on the different topics of the conference:

Please see also:  Thematic Symposia  &  Forum on Publishing Pactices.

A - Composite and Advanced Materials

Fibres, Matrices and Interfaces

Polymer, Ceramic, Carbon, Metal Composites

Multifunctional Composites

Smart  Structures and Materials

Processing, Fabrication and Recycling

Durability, Damage and Fracture

Health Monitoring and Repairability

Case Studies


B - Computational Mechanics

FEM, BEM and Hybrid Methods

Analysis of Structural Components

Optimum Design Techniques

Metal Forming and Metal Cutting

Dynamics and Vibration

Dynamic Loading of Structures

Reliability Assessment

Case Studies


C - Experimental Mechanics

Condition Monitoring

Destructive and Nondestructive Testing

Optical Techniques

Damage Mechanics and Assessment

Prototyping and Full-Scale Testing

Vibration Monitoring

Residual Stresses

Case Studies


D - Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics

Fatigue, Corrosion-Fatigue

Stress Corrosion Cracking

Fatigue Creep Interaction

Environmentally Assisted Failures

Brittle Facture


Impact Failure

Case Studies



E - Nanotechnologies & Nanomaterials

NEMS and MEMS Technologies



Diagnostics and Control


Molecular Devices

Applications of Nanocomposites in Industry

Case Studies


F - Tribology and Surface Engineering

Lubrication, lubricants and additives

Surface coatings and treatments

Gears and bearings

Micropitting, pitting, scuffing and wear

Surface integrity


Adhesive bonding

Case Studies


G - Mechanical Design and Prototyping

Mechanical Design

Product Development

Additive Manufacturing


Design for Manufacturing


Conversion Technologies

Case Studies


H - Biomechanical Applications

Mechanics and Design of Protheses

Biomaterials and Biocompatibility

Stress Monitoring

Dental and Orthopaedic Biomechanics

Sports and Rehabilitation Biomechanics

Biofluid Mechanics

Medical Devices

Case Studies

I - Civil Engineering Applications

Structural Analysis

Structural Integrity

Experimental Tests & Structural Monitoring

Experimentation in Geoseismology

Concrete and Composite Structures

Metallic Structures

Structural Rehabilitation

Case Studies


J - Impact and Crashworthiness

Testing Techniques

Measurement in Dynamics

Earthquake Engineering


Balistic Studies

Energetic Materials

Impact Behaviour of Materials

Case Studies

K - Energy and Thermo-Fluid Systems

Energy Systems

Thermal  Barrier Coatings

Heat And Mass Transfer

Experimental Fluid Dynamics

Solid-Fluid Interactions

Interfacial Dynamics

Large Scale Eddy and Turbulence Analysis

Case Studies


L - Industrial Engineering and Management

Systems Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering

Safety Engineering

Sustainable Technologies and Processes

Risk Assessment

Product Reliability

Operations Management

Case Studies



A number of thematic Symposia will be organised under the auspices of the IRF2020 conference. Individuals interested in promoting such a Symposium should contact the conference chairs about their intention, as soon as possible. A template for proposals can be obtained from:

Some Symposia have already been proposed:

Please see also:  Main Topics  &  Forum on Publishing Practices.

  1. EXPERIMENTAL MECHANICS AND INSTRUMENTATION, promoted by J.F. Silva Gomes (U. Porto, Portugal)


  3. CONDITION BASED MAINTENANCE: RELIABILITY, PROACTIVITY AND PRACTIVE, promoted by Suzana Lampreia (Portuguese Naval Academy, Portugal) and Teresa Morgado (CIC-LNEC, Portugal)

  4. MULTIDISCIPLINARY OPTIMIZATION AND UNCERTAINTY QUANTIFICATION, promoted by Carlos C. António (U. Porto, Portugal) and Catarina F. Castro (U. Porto, Portugal)

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Overcoming Unethical Publishing Practices

The conference will also include an Open Forum on "Overcoming Unethical Publishing Practices", where an expert panel with over 100 years of collective and active research and education experience will address the obligations of publishers and authors with ethical practices in publishing their work. 

Please see also:  Main Topics  &  Symposia.

Unethical or suspicious publishing (sometimes known as predatory) is an opportunistic publishing technique that exploits the academic need to publish but offers little reward to those who use their services.

The academic "publish or perish" scenario combined with the relative ease of website creation has inadvertently created a market ripe for the exploitation of academic authors. Some publishers are unethical on purpose, while others may make mistakes due to neglect, mismanagement, or inexperience. In this forum, the following aspects will be addressed:

   - multiple submission

   - plagiarism

   - authorship issues

   - conflicts of interest

   - duplicate publication and salami slicing

   All delegates are invited to participate in this forum