University of Ferrara

University of Parma

University of Sheffield

European Structural Integrity Society

German Association for
Materials Research
and Testing e V.

French Society for Metallurgy
and Materials

ASTM International
Standards Worldwide

IGF Italian Group of Fracture


      The 5th International Conference on "Crack Paths" (CP 2015)

Ferrara, Italy, 16 - 18 September, 2015 (1 hour by train from Florence and Venice)

Two Special Issues of International Journals with extended versions of
selected papers presented at CP 2015 will be published after the Conference:


Engineering Fracture Mechanics

Special Issue on Crack Paths 2015



International Journal of Fatigue

Special Issue on Fatigue Crack Paths 2015


Abstracts submission

15 December, 2014

Abstract acceptance

15 January, 2015

Camera-ready papers

15 March, 2015

Invited Plenary Lectures

Models of initiation fatigue crack paths proposed by Macha

by Zbigniew Marciniak, Dariusz Rozumek (Poland)

Local approaches for the fracture assessment of notched components: the research work developed by Professor Paolo Lazzarin

by Filippo Berto (Italy)

Crack paths in smooth and precracked specimens subjected to multiaxial cyclic stressing

by Nicholas R. Gates, Ali Fatemi (USA)

Fracture morphology and its evolution - A review on crack path stability and brittle fracture along butt-weld

by Yoichi Sumi (Japan)

Conference Chairmen

Andrea Carpinteri, Parma, Italy

Les P. Pook, Sevenoaks, UK

Luca Susmel, Sheffield, UK

Roberto Tovo, Ferrara, Italy

Scientific Committee

J.A. Araujo, Brasilia, Brazil

Z. Mroz, Warsaw, Poland

H. Askes, Sheffield, UK

Y. Murakami, Fukuoka, Japan

B. Atzori, Padua, Italy

A. Navarro, Seville, Spain

S. Beretta, Milan, Italy

T. Palin-Luc, Talence, France

F.P. Brennan, Cranfield, UK

J. Pokluda, Brno, Czech Republic

G. Dhondt, Munich, Germany

H.A. Richard, Paderborn, Germany

G.M. Domínguez Almaraz, Morelia, Mexico

A. Shanyavskiy, Moscow , Russia

V. Doquet, Palaiseau, France

V. Shlyannikov, Kazan, Russia

A. Fatemi, Toledo, USA

C.M. Sonsino, Darmstadt, Germany

M. Freitas, Lisbon, Portugal

A. Spagnoli, Parma, Italy

F. Iacoviello, Cassino, Italy

Y. Sumi, Yokohama, Japan

M.N. James, Plymouth, UK

K. Tanaka, Nagoya, Japan

D. Kujawski, Kalamazoo, USA

J. Toribio, Salamanca, Spain

Y. Matvienko, Moscow, Russia

S. Valente, Turin, Italy

M.R. Mitchell, Flagstaff, USA

M. Vormwald, Darmstadt, Germany

Professor Ewald Macha (Opole, Poland) and Professor Paolo Lazzarin (Padua, Italy) died in 2014

Local Organising Committee

Andrea Carpinteri, Parma

Roberto Tovo, Ferrara

Roberto Brighenti, Parma

Paolo Livieri, Ferrara

Sabrina Vantadori, Parma

Main Topics of the Conference

Crack growth can take place under both static and fatigue loading. The complete solution of a crack growth problem includes the determination of the path taken by the crack. The crack path in critical components or structures where crack propagation occurs (offshore, bridges, etc.) can determine whether failure is benign or catastrophic. Knowledge of potential crack paths is also needed for the selection of appropriate non-destructive testing procedures.

This Conference follows the Conferences in Parma in 2003 and 2006, Vicenza in 2009, and Gaeta in 2012. Special issues of international journals have been devoted to research work presented at those Conferences.

Members of different industrial laboratories and scientists from all over the world are invited to contribute with presentations on any of the following topics (in the case of both static and fatigue loading):

Experimental Determination of CP
Theoretical Prediction of CP
Integrity Assessments based on CP Evaluation
Microscopic Aspects of CP
CP of Surface Cracks
CP of Short Cracks
Effect of Large Scale Yielding on CP
Effect of Material Inhomogeneities on CP
Effect of Non-Proportional Cyclic Loading on CP
Effect of Environmental Conditions on CP
CP in Advanced Materials
Laboratory Methods of Controlling CP
In-Service Inspection of CP
Application of CP Concepts and Data in Design
Industrial Application of CP Concepts and Data