Symposia / General Information

E08 Fatigue and Fracture
Event Name: May 2018 Committee Week
Pre-registration requested to attend this meeting.


The Fourth Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Medical Materials and Devices will be held Tuesday, 1:00pm-5:00pm and Wednesday, 8:00am-12:00pm, 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.


To view the technical program (presentation times, paper titles, and presenters’ names), click on View Program Schedule (PDF)


Online registration is now open and will close May 16, 2018. The fees to attend this symposium are listed below.

A student’s fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID.

All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the symposium. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at symposium.

A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the symposium. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Symposia Operations at or 610-832-9568.

If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Symposia Operations at Tel: 610-832-9568, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).



On Site

ASTM Member Fee
Non-Member Fee
Presenter Fee
Session Chair
Student Fee


Symposium attendees interested in receiving 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the symposium, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the symposium.


Additional information about the symposium is available from Symposium Chairman:

M.R. Mitchell
Mechanics & Materials
Phone: 928-814-8622

Terry Woods
Food & Drug Administration
Phone: 301-796-2503

K. L. Jerina
Washington University
Phone: 314-935-4960

Brian Berg
Boston Scientific Corp.
Phone: 763-494-2677


All meetings will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island, San Diego, CA 92101.

There are two towers in this hotel, please take note when booking your hotel room which tower your committee will be meeting in.The following committee meetings will be held in the Bay Tower: A04, B08, C11, D05, D15, E01, E04, E28, F15, F16, G04. All other committee meetings and registration will be held in the Marina Tower. Committee Week Services will be provided in both towers.

Hotel Reservations: THE ASTM ROOM BLOCK IS SOLD OUT. THE SHERATON IS OFFERING DELUXE ROOMS AT THE RATE OF $219.00 FOR CERTAIN NIGHTS, HOWEVER CURRENTLY TUESDAY, MAY 22nd IS SOLD OUT. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Reservations.

Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the hotel at 1-877-734-2726(you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate). If you need assistance with your hotel reservation, please call the hotel directly.

The discounted rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than April 15, 2018. ASTM rates are $199 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation, once submitted a confirmation number will be provided electronically.

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is SOLD OUT of rooms at the government per diem rate.If you are eligible for the government rate select “I have an access code” and enter ASE15B. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Government Reservations. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in.

IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent, they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Hotel, notice of cancellation must be received 3 days prior to day of arrival in order to avoid a charge.Failure to do so will incure a penalty equal to the cost of one night's room and tax.

Check the ASTM website for updates on overflow hotel room availability.

INTERNET: High Speed Internet in guest rooms is $5.95 - $14.95+tax daily. For SPG VIP Platinum, Gold and first time members, the hotel offers complimentary wireless connection in the guest rooms.

ASTM MEMBERS WORK AREA: ASTM will provide computers with internet connections. This area will also be wireless for your laptop computer. You may visit the ASTM website, apply or renew your membership, order publications or check your email. The complimentary wireless service is limited to the members' work area and the meeting rooms.


The hotel is located approximately 1.4 miles/5 minutes from the San Diego International Airport. The hotel's phone number is (619) 291-2900 and the general fax number is (619) 692-2337. The website for the hotel is Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

For information on the city of San Diego, visit the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau Website at San Diego.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: The Sheraton provides complimentary San Diego Airport Shuttle transportation to/from the San Diego International Airport. The courtesy airport shuttle arrives every 20-25 minutes from 4:45am - 1am, seven days a week. For more information vist Sheraton Airport Shuttle .

RIDESHARING PROGRAM: Transportation Network Providers (TNP), also referred to as a “rideshare” company, provide prearranged transportation through an app, connecting passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire. Lyft and Uber are TNP companies operating in San Diego.

Uber is offering your first ride FREE (up to $20) for first time riders only. Download the app or visit and enter the code UBERON20.

PARKING: Parking is available with rates of $32 for self-parking and $37 for overnight valet parking.


Meeting schedules for Committee E08 are posted on the ASTM web site at or contact the ASTM Staff Manager, Brian Milewski at bmilewski@astm.orgor tel: 610-832-9619.

Meeting schedules for Committee F04 are posted on the ASTM web site at or contact the ASTM Staff Manager, Kate Chalfin at or tel: 610-832-9717.


Committees E08 and F04 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend those meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web page listed immediately above, and click on “Future Meetings”.


Please advise the hotel and ASTM of any disability which will require special attention. The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is in compliance with ADA standards.