E08/F04 Fourth Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Medical Materials and Devices

    Dates: Tuesday May 22 2018 - Wednesday May 23 2018

    Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina San Diego, CA

    Sponsored by: E08 Fatigue and Fracture

    Deadline for Abstract Submittal: Sunday December 31 2017

    About the Event

    Papers are invited for the Fourth Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Medical Materials and Devices to be held May 22-23, 2018. Sponsored by ASTM Committees E08 on Fatigue and Fracture and F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, the symposium will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, CA, in conjunction with the May standards development meetings of both committees.


    The intent of this symposium is to provide an updated set of unique presentations on fatigue and fracture mechanics principles as applied to the fatigue, fracture, durability and life predictive methodologies involved in metallic medical materials and devices. Such materials include Nitinol, 304, 316L, other stainless steels, MP35N, Ti-6-4, Ti-15Mo, and Co-Cr. Any metallic medical devices with fatigue and fracture issues are of interest, such as pacemaker/defibrillator leads, stents, endovascular grafts, heart valve frames, occlusion devices, prosthetics, and circulatory assist devices. We intend to have several Invited Presentations from experts in this area of mechanics who will begin key sessions for this symposium.

    The symposium will illustrate, with up-to-date presentations focused on medical device materials and devices:

    • proven and new fatigue and fracture mechanic techniques that are being applied successfully;
    • the design and durability assessment where crack propagation is of major consideration;
    • the utility of existing fatigue and fracture mechanics standards in analyzing medical devices;
    • fatigue initiation and propagation based methods for interpreting cyclic stress and strain tensor data from computational analysis for fatigue life predictions and analysis;
    • patient’s medical device boundary conditions and duty cycles;
    • metallic advanced manufacturing processes and devices;
    • additional topics as appropriate

    Who Should Attend?

    The Symposium is intended for mechanical engineers, material scientists and metallurgists in medical device companies, materials supply industry, and in regulatory agencies. University professors and graduate students performing basic research in the medical device area are encouraged to attend as well.

    The language of the symposium will be English.

    Abstract Submittal

    To participate in the symposium, presenters must submit a 250-300-word preliminary abstract online using the Abstract Submittal Form no later than December 31, 2017. Once it is submitted online, please email Symposia Operations at symposia@astm.org to ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database.

    The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. Symposium Chairman M. R. Mitchell will notify you via postal mail by January 15, 2018 of your paper’s acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the presenter/author will be requested to submit a final camera-ready abstract several months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in an abstract booklet at the symposium.


    Symposium presenters are required to submit their papers to the Selected Technical Paper (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors’ instructions via email only. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than May 4, 2018 at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost. Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be included in the STP.

    Please note that all submitted papers are subject to single blind peer review and will be submitted to the Library of Congress with an ISBN number and will be reviewed for inclusion in the "Thomson & Reuters Web of Science's Conference Proceedings Citation Index" (CPCI) and Google Scholar.

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the symposium is available from Symposium Chairman:

    M.R. Mitchell
    Mechanics & Materials
    Email: mrmitchell@illinoisalumni.org
    Phone: 928-814-8622

    Terry Woods
    Food & Drug Administration
    Email: terry.woods@fda.hhs.gov
    Phone: 301-796-2503

    K. L. Jerina
    Washington University
    Email: klj@wustl.edu
    Phone: 314-935-4960

    Brian Berg
    Boston Scientific Corp.
    Email: bergb@bsci.com
    Phone: 763-494-2677