To bring together the experts in the field of fatigue and fracture of the civil infrastructure. Owners, engineers, researchers, and industry leaders will present and discuss recent experiences, effective retrofit strategies, new material applications, monitoring, evaluation and maintenance approaches, and educational needs. Key components of the civil infrastructure – highway and railroad bridges, sign supports, luminaries, and transmission towers– will be discussed.
Owners and industry leaders will develop an understanding of recent problems and state-of-the-art solutions to help extend the service life and improve the safety of their structures.
Experienced practicing design and maintenance/inspection engineers will leave with an understanding of the most up-to-date methods to successfully approach fatigue and fracture related issues in new and existing structures.
Young engineers will develop an understanding of past problems, and present solutions and future considerations promoting innovative approaches and the creation of a network of peers to enhance future efforts.
Researchers will share their most recent findings, assist in identifying needs, and develop the basis for continuing collaborations.
Technical Sessions will be focused on both practical applications and the theoretical findings of recent studies. Panel Sessions will conclude each day, providing the opportunity to present questions and initiate discussion among all participants. Seminars addressing specific issues will be available.
The conference will be an excellent opportunity for students to meet various industry, research, and government professionals who are seeking experienced and talented undergraduate and graduate students in the Structural Engineering field.
All participants will gain an enhanced understanding of the issues related to fatigue and fracture and be able to contribute to more efficient solutions for the future.