This symposium will provide a scientific forum for theoretical, experimental and modeling advances in the understanding of size-effects in microstructure and damage evolution.
The phenomena of interest stretch over multiple scales, from the dislocation level over the mesoscopic level of damage evolution, and they determine material hardening and strength. Damage and fracture models which include such multiscale details are maturing these years. Concurrently, advances in microscopy techniques are unraveling details of the mechanisms at play in plastic flow localization and damage evolution, alongside with the micro-structural features that develop. The symposium will bring together scientists from the fields of experimental micromechanics, higher order continuum modeling as well as atomistic and discrete dislocation methods, with the aim of advancing both understanding and quantitative modeling of complex material systems.