Small scale testing is now receiving world-wide attention for the considerable cost saving benefits that it can offer whilst providing useful mechanical property information for highly localized regions, such as weldments and heat affected zones. As such, miniaturized testing is now being adopted for a wide range of applications, where subtle to significant microstructural changes are found across components. Given the success of such approaches, efforts have been made in correlating uniaxial test data with results generated from small-scale test techniques, which, in turn, have heralded the development of a European Code of Practise for small punch testing.
The 4th International Conference on Small Sample Test Techniques is due to take place in Shanghai, China, from 12–14 October, 2016, and will bring together leading researchers and scientists from academia and industry to discuss recent developments in this growing field of research. This inaugural Special Issue will collate a series of papers from the ever expanding small scale testing community to showcase the diversity and innovative nature of the research that is currently developing across the world on a broad scope of materials and applications.
The main topics of the conference are:
Following the success of its preceding AES-ATEMA* International Conferences and Conventions, the delegates of the forthcoming HAMBURG’2016 AES-ATEMA 31st International Conference (Hamburg, GERMANY: October 24–28, 2016) will continue to address important topics within the realm of “Advances and Trends in Engineering Materials and their Applications”. The conference is tentatively planned to take place at the famous “Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Hotel, Hamburg, Germany”. Address: Neuer Jungfernstieg 9–14 20354 Hamburg