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Postgraduate Experimental Mechanics Conference (PGEM)

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

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.

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Experimental Mechanics Workshop

26 - 28 February 2024 
University of Bristol, UK

Registration deadline 27 January 2024

The overarching aim and key learning outcome of the workshop is to provide a working knowledge of a range of techniques to allow the most appropriate techniques to be selected for specific applications. On completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

• Understand testing procedures and the adaptations required to utilise the techniques presented.
• Apply modern full-field non-contact imaging techniques such as Thermoelastic Stress Analysis (TSA) and Digital Image Correlation (DIC) for materials characterisation and performance assessment.
• Understand non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) including application of ultrasound, thermography, acoustic emission (AE), eddy current, and X-ray.
• Understand how the techniques can be combined with each other and with numerical models.
• Be able to manipulate and interpret data from experimental techniques to provide a detailed understanding of structural performance of fibre reinforced polymer composites.

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

3 - 5 September 2024, University of Liverpool, UK

Showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics

Submit an abstract or find out more 

Conference highlights
Measurements and Plenary Lectures
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

Young Stress Analyst Competition

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 3 finalists will receive a cash prize
Each of the 3 finalists receive free conference registration and conference dinner. Finalists also receive 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.

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Training & Certification dates for 2024 New

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) February/March 2024
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) 22 - 24 January 2024
Pre-exam Seminar (Sheffield) 25 January 2024
Examination (Sheffield) 6-7 February 2024
Stress Analysis Course (Sheffield) 9 - 11 September 2024
Pre-Exam Seminar (Sheffield) 12 September 2024
Examination (Sheffield) 25 - 26 September 2024


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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