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Call for Abstracts - 18th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics

3 - 5 September 2024, University of Liverpool, UK

Abstract submission deadline 31 March 2024

Showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics

Submit an abstract or find out more 

Conference highlights

Measurements Lecture
'Measuring the behaviour of a soft material: from quasi-static to blast response' Professor Genevieve Langdon, University of Sheffield, UK.

Plenary Lectures
Professor Chris Waldon, STEP Chief Engineer, UKAEA, University of Liverpool, UK

'Insights on the use of IR-thermography in damage identification' Dr Chiara Colombo, Associate Professor, Politecnico Milano, Italy

Young Stress Analyst Competition
EMex24 - the premier UK exhibition for manufacturers and suppliers of strain measurement and stress analysis equipment
Fylde Best Paper in Strain Competition

Special Sessions
Automated high spatial and temporal resolution insitu testing in the SEM 
Experimental Mechanics for Fusion Applications
Identification of Residual Stresses 
Low temperature mechanics
Management of Residual Stress during Manufacturing
Materials challenges for ultrasonic devices and their applications
Materials for offshore and subsea applications
Materials Testing 2.0
Nano and Micro Mechanical Testing
Soft matter, soft electronics & soft robotics 
Structural integrity 
Tribology and Contact 
Ultrasonic Fatigue Testing 

"I was amazed by the high quality of presentations...the place to be this year"

Young Stress Analyst (YSA) Competition new competition format announced

4 September 2024
Liverpool University, UK

The Young Stress Analyst Competition YSA24 will take place alongside the 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, 3 - 5 September 2024. 

All finalists will receive a cash prize, free conference registration and conference dinner plus free membership of the BSSM for one year which includes a year's online access to the journal ‘Strain’ and reduced fees to attend the BSSM’s technical and scientific workshops/seminars.

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the eligibility and competition format and requirements before applying

Submission deadline 31 March 2024

More info including new entry requirements and registration

Postgraduate Experimental Mechanics Conference (PGEM)

Submission deadline Friday 5 April 2024

2-3 May 2024
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Teddington, London, UK

Gain valuable early career experience as a conference delegate and the opportunity to network and advance your career in a more relaxed environment

The BSSM's Eighth PGEM Conference aims to bring together PhD/MPhil postgraduate students and early career researchers involved in the field of Engineering measurement and experimental techniques in stress, strain and vibration analysis. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to share and discuss their current research in a low pressure and relatively informal environment, learn about research projects at other institutions, network amongst like-minded people and make contacts for the future.

The conference is also an ideal opportunity for professionals from academia and industry to learn more about the cutting edge research currently taking place within UK Engineering technology institutions.

Sessions will be co-chaired between the student attendees / academics. A ‘Best Presentation Competition’ sponsored by Instron will be run during the conference based on peer-assessed judging by all attendees.

Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runners up for the amount of £125, £75 and £50.

More info and registration

Training & Certification dates for 2024

The only independently recognised strain measurement certification scheme in the world running for over 30 years following ISO 9712: the International Standard for Nondestructive Testing. Remote exams available on request.

Working with the strain gauge manufactures and experienced practitioners, we have also developed the Code of Practice for the Installation of Electrical Resistance Strain Gauges * and a Certification scheme to provide a complete skillset for precision strain measurement through a range of training courses and examinations for the certification of strain gauge personnel including: Technicians who install strain gauges, Designers who design instruments to measure load, Torque, Pressure, Distance etc and Engineers who use strain gauges for Stress Analysis

Level 1

Pre-Exam Seminar (Belgium) *
Examination (Belgium) February/March 2024
Pre-Exam Seminar (Basingstoke) 3 July 2024
Examination (Basingstoke) 17 July 2024
Pre-Exam Seminar (Basingstoke) 2 October 2024
Examination (Basingstoke) 16 October 2024

Level 2

Strain Analysis Course (Sheffield) 13- 16 May 2024
Pre-Exam Seminar (Sheffield) 17 May 2024
Examination (Sheffield) 5 June 2024
Strain Analysis Course (Sheffield) 21 - 24 October 2024
Pre-Exam Seminar (Sheffield) 25 October 2024
Examination (Sheffield) 6 November 2024

Level 3

Stress Analysis Course (Sheffield) 9 - 11 September 2024
Pre-Exam Seminar (Sheffield) 12 September 2024
Examination (Sheffield) 25 - 26 September 2024

*contact info@bssm.org for further details


Code of Practice for the Installation of Electrical Strain Gauges

An updated edition following an extensive review and consultation with experienced Practitioners to provide best practice guidelines for the installation of electrical resistance strain gauges. Discounted for BSSM Members and provided to delegates as part of some of our training courses. More 

The BSSM Certification Scheme now includes a Pre-Wired Strain Gauge Installation Certificate

Level 1 qualification providing a qualification for engineers and technicians involved in the installation of pre-wired strain gauges. Showing  the holder has demonstrated a high level of skill in making strain gauge installations and can install gauges that can be used with confidence to make accurate and reliable measurements. The certificate can be integrated into the quality systems of participating businesses and organisations allowing them to demonstrate the competence of their employees. More

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