The 2nd FRASCAL Symposium at a glance

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Antendees of the 2nd FRASCAL Symposium at the Orangerie. (Image: private)

On 15 March 2023, the 2nd FRASCAL Symposium was held at the venerable Orangerie of Erlangen. The symposium aimed to provide a platform for the FRASCAL principal advisors and prospective future Mercator fellows to share their insights on the fracture problem from a higher-level perspective.

As expected, the event was well-attended by colleagues and young researchers from various institutions who had an interest in the fracture problem.

Throughout the day, seven guest speakers delivered talks that provided valuable insights into the fracture problem. Laura De Lorenzis from ETH Zurich opened the stage with her talk on „The role of multi-physics and multi-scale approaches in fracture mechanics“. Manuel Friedrich from FAU followed with a talk on „Modeling of the fracture process using cohesive zone models“. Paolo Moretti from FAU reported thereupon on „Fracture of thin films and interfaces“.

Christian Wick, also from FAU, shared his insights on „Microstructure and fracture of advanced materials“, while Erik Bitzek from MPIE Düsseldorf presented „Atomistic simulations of fracture: From continuum to discrete models“. Daniel Koehn from FAU dived into „Machine learning approaches for fracture prediction“, and Anna Pandolfi from Politecnico di Milano wrapped up the symposium with a talk on „Fracture of biological and soft materials“.

Each talk was followed by a stimulating discussion among the attendees, which helped to deepen their understanding of the fracture problem. The symposium concluded at 4:15 p.m., with closing remarks from the organizers.

In summary, the 2nd FRASCAL Symposium provided a valuable opportunity for principal advisors, doctoral researchers and prospective Mercator fellows to share their insights on the fracture problem. Overall, it was a successful event that contributed to the advancement of knowledge in the field of fracture mechanics.

At the end of the event, the doctoral researchers honored Andrea Dakkouri-Baldauf. Recently, we had learned with regret that our FRASCAL coordinator would soon be leaving the team. To express our appreciation for her leadership and support, our team prepared a small gift for her. We wish Andrea all the best as she moves forward in her career!

We are also pleased to announce that Heidi Zinser will be taking her place in the role of FRASCAL Coordinator. We extend a warm welcome to our newest team member!

Ann-Sophie Herzner

The detailed programme of the 2nd FRASCAL Symposium can be downloaded here.