7th International Conference on
MECHANICS AND MATERIALS IN DESIGN
(Albufeira, 11-15 June 2017)
M2D2017 is the seventh international gathering of a prestigious series of conferences coordinated by the International Scientific Committee of Mechanics and Materials in Design. This series of conferences is wholy devoted to advances in mechanics, materials, structural integrity and design. M2D2017 is sponsored by the University of Porto, the University of Toronto and the University of Algarve. The conference attracted over 230 participants with 360 accepted submissions from 40 countries out of 416 submissions. These papers were presented in June 11-15, 2017 in the magnificent city of Albufeira/Algarve, Portugal. The conference themes which address novel and advanced topics in Mechanics and Materials in Design focused on computational mechanics, experimental mechanics, fatigue and fracture mechanics, composite and advanced materials, nanotechnologies and nanomaterials, tribology and surface engineering, mechanical design and prototyping, biomechanical applications, civil engineering applications, impact ant crashworthiness, energy and thermo-fluid systems, and industrial engineering and management.
The conference also included an Open Forum on The Challenges Facing Engineering Education, where an expert panel with over 100 years of collective and active researchers and educators addressed the roles of professors that they meet, the obligations of their stakeholders and current challenges facing engineering education.
We believe that the meeting offered our delegates a forum for the dissemination of their recent work in mechanics and materials and their applications in engineering design, fostered research that integrates mechanics and materials in the design process, and promoted exchange of ideas and international co-operation among scientists and engineers in this important field of engineering.
We are particularly indebted to the authors and special guests for their presentations. Each of the more than 360 contributions offered opportunities for thorough discussions with the authors. Particularly, we acknowledge the excellent contributions of the participants, their innovative ideas and research directions, the novel modeling and simulation techniques, and the invaluable critical discussions. We are also indebted to the outstanding keynote speakers who highlighted the conference themes with their contributions. We also take this opportunity to thank the members of the International Scientific Committee, the members of the Advisory Committee and the reviewers for their time, effort and helpful suggestions.
We offer our sincere gratitude to the symposia organisers for their efforts and valuable contributions to the success of the event, and the local organising committee for attending to the conference demands and delegates needs.
All in all, M2D2017 was a great success and the credit must go to all the participants for their significant contributions and lively discussions, the keynote speakers for bridging the gap between the different disciplines and the organizing committee for an absolutely superb organization of the meeting in this magnificent city. To all of you, we offer our gratitude.
Given the rapidity with which science is advancing in all areas of mechanics and materials, the next conference in this series (Integrity, Reliability and Failure - IRF2018) will take place in Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, in July 2018. Undoubtedly, we expect IRF2018 to be as stimulating and interesting as M2D2017, as evidenced by the excellent contributions offered in this current event. We look forward to seeing all of you in Lisbon in 2018.
Shaker A. Meguid and J.F. Silva Gomes
Albufeira / Portugal, June 2017