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Network of Russian-German Laser Centers Expands

The Network of Russian-German Laser Centers for testing, consulting and training has expanded its network to include the Kirov region. This project, which started in 2008, has already established centers in Moscow, Yekaterinburg (Ural), Kaluga/Obninsk, Rostov/Taganrog and Saint Petersburg and now includes the Vyatka “Laser Innovation Technology Center”. This center will help regional businesses, especially small and medium enterprises and research institutes, by providing feasibility studies, process integration and training and education for technicians and managers. The network is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

A modern, 3-D laser processing station from the company Trumpf allows the center to perform testing and to offer courses on laser cutting and welding. Above all, emphasis is being placed on precise surface treatment and powder deposition welding, meeting the needs of the companies in the Kirov industrial region located 900 km east of Moscow.

In addition, the Kaluga/Obninsk center will be equipped with a laser processing station from the company Jenoptik. This laser is suited for cutting and welding metals, which is of special interest for the automobile suppliers in that region.

“A convincing strategy for consultation must be oriented to the needs of industry,” says Klaus Nowitzki, head of the project at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH). “The range of services provided by the Network of Russian-German Laser Centers will be correspondingly supplemented by the thematic and technological upgrade being offered.”

Apart from helping Russian industries to modernize their processes, the project provides innovation-friendly conditions for using German laser technology in chosen economics regions in Russia.

For more information, please contact: Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., Michael Botts, Business Development & Communications Department, Communications Group, Hollerithallee 8, D-30419 Hannover, Tel.: +49 511 2788-151, Fax: +49 511 2788-100,,



Structural Concrete – Theory & Design, M. Nadim Hassoun, Akthem Al-Manaseer, 5th edition, 1007 pages, 566 figures, 122 tables, John Wiley and Sons Inc., Hoboken USA, 2012, 142 €, ISBN: 978-1-118-13134-3.

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This book is a compilation of the authors' lecture notes, collected within the last 32 years of teaching and industrial experiences. It shall serve as a textbook for two courses in reinforced concrete design. By this book engineering students shall be enabled to develop the ability to analyze and design a reinforced concrete member considering all the special influencing factors, properties and principles. The material presented in this book is based on the requirements of the American Concrete Institute Building Standard 318–1, International Building Code IBC–2012, American Society of Civil Engineering Load Standards ASCE 7–10 and AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.

The authors distinguish between mandatory and optional contents for the courses. The applicable chapters are marked accordingly.

The first chapter introduces in general aspects of structural concrete, touching historic background, advantages and disadvantages, codes of practice, loads, safety considerations as well as design and conceptual philosophies.

Within the chapter on “Properties of reinforced concrete” mechanical properties like strength, stress, stain, elasticity, creep, shrinkage, fire resistance of different concrete types and steel reinforcement are addressed, followed by the next two chapters describing the analysis and the design using failure mechanisms and the concepts following from it.

The next chapters deal in detail with shear design, serviceability, bond length, design of deep beams using common approaches and a supporting chapter enhancing the readers' ability to understand behavior of structural components. Three more chapters cover the aspects of loads and long columns' behavior.

Then design of footings, retaining walls, shear and torsion theories are presented. Properties of continuous beams, two-way slabs, stairs and pre-stressed concrete/bridges are described followed by seismic design and analysis. The last chapter supports the understandability by providing flow charts.

The book ends with three appendices consisting of design tables, summary of SI units and equations as structural aids.

Each chapter ends with a summary, a list of references and test questions (called problems) arising from the topic presented within the particular chapter. This allows the reader to recapitulate, and to check whether one has understood the content the read.

The book is supported by a companion website at “” containing Excel-spreadsheets for evaluation of different design aspects by the students in an interactive environment.

Finally it can be concluded, that this book provides a good collection of necessary knowledge to design structural concrete.

Those who prefer electronic versions should be informed that this work is available as ebook (ASIN: B008A31TNQ) too.


Ralph Bäßler

Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials, Richard J. Lewis, 12th edition, 5 volume set, 5862 pages, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken USA, 2012, 600 €, ISBN: 978-0-470-62325-1

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Since its first publication in the 50s of the last century users, evaluating the potential hazard of substances used in industry, often call this important resource “the bible”.

The current 12th edition of this comprehensive database, presented in 5 leather-bound books, provides extensive data on approximately 28,000 substances. Since the last issue nearly 2,400 new substances have been added.

The first volume consists of different indices enabling the user to find the substance in the following 4 volumes. In section 1 DOT guide numbers are listed for cross-indexing. The next section contains the CAS registry list and section 3 a synonym list. The volume ends with references where the data come from.

Within the 4 volumes the data for all substances are included. For each substance DPIM code, hazard rating, entry name, CAS number, DOT number, molecular formula, molecular weight, line structural formula, description of material and physical properties, and synonyms are collected.

For approximately 1,000 chemicals Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) levels are available.

This paper database allows to search relevant data of commonly used substances the way the reviewer has used during his university time, when no computers were available. It shows that nowadays still traditional search is possible.

Those, who do not want to have 12 kg in their shelves, shall be informed that a CD-version is available too.


Ralph Bäßler


ICEAF III - 3rd International Conference of Engineering Against Failure

June 26 – 28, 2013, Kos island (Greece)

The scope of the Conference is to attract interdisciplinary work dedicated to the design against and prevention of engineering failure. Works are expected to cover a number of different technological areas including Aeronautics, Construction, Automotive, Bioengineering, Recycling, etc.

Topics are:

  • Engineering alloys and metals for aerospace, land transportation, marine, power and bioengineering applications

  • Novel engineering composites

  • Bio-based engineering composites

  • Recycling of structural composites

  • Nanomaterials: technology, properties and modeling fracture behavior

  • Smart materials and structures

  • Multiscale (nano, meso, micro and macroscopic) approaches to understand mechanical behaviour and fracture of engineering materials and structures

  • Damage tolerant microstructures

  • Damage tolerance of stiffened structures

  • Structural integrity and structural health monitoring

  • Fracture and fatigue of materials and structures

  • Surface Engineering and Coatings

  • Experimental studies on the relation between microstructure and mechanical fracture processes

  • Testing and Control Systems

  • Computational mechanics and analytical methods

  • Characterization of fractures

  • Environmentally assisted fracture

  • Integrated approaches for design, manufacturing and reliability of engineering structures

  • Joining technologies

  • Non-destructive testing

For more information, please contact: Mrs El. Sotiropoulou, Laboratory of Technology & Strength of Materials, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras, Patras, 26500, GREECE,,


Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Conference 2013

July 12 – 15, 2013, Napa Valley (California, United States)

The second Zing International Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Conference will focus on recent work on Hydrogen production, storage and utilisation - from nanomaterials to demonstrators. This conference will focus on modern aspects and new developments of hydrogen, fuel cells and their applications and will cover the following areas:

  • Theme 1: Hydrogen Production and Materials

  • Theme 2: Renewable Hydrogen

  • Theme 3: Materials for Hydrogen Storage

  • Theme 4: Fuel Cell Research & Development

  • Theme 5: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Applications

  • Theme 6: Hydrogen Safety Engineering.

Carefully selected Plenary and Invited lectures from distinguished researchers from all over the world are the core features of the hydrogen and fuel cell conference. Presentations from contributed abstracts and a poster session for delegates will be available. The chairmen strongly encourage participation in scientific discussions in a relaxed atmosphere as well as the participation of younger engineers and scientists.

For more information, please contact: Zing Conferences Ltd, Unit 3, The Bury, Stow-Cum-Quy, Cambridge, CB25 9AQ, England,,


Microscopy Conference (MC) 2013

August 25–30, 2013, Regensburg (Germany)

This conference follows the tradition of the “Dreiländertagung Mikroskopie”. Following the great success of the Microscopy Conference 2009 in Graz, Austria, a joint conference of the “Dreiländer” and the MCM, the MC 2013 in Regensburg will be jointly organized by ten microscopical societies from 11 countries: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungaria, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, and for the first time, Turkey.

The congress venue is the campus of the University of Regensburg in Southern Germany, which already hosted a “Dreiländertagung Mikroskopie” in 1997. Regensburg itself is a beautiful city, located at the river Danube, founded by the Romans, with narrow streets, a remarkable stony bridge from the 12th century, a magnificent cathedral, and a superb city center with the flair of the middle age and Italian cities.

On the Microscopy Conference MC 2013, there will be an exciting scientific program, with plenary talks, sessions with short talks, poster sessions, workshops, and ample time for discussions. The European Microscopical Society EMS has granted the MC 2013 the status of an EMS extension. The conference will be unique in bringing together scientists from all over Europe, and we are confident that well over 900 participants will contribute to the success of the meeting.

As on previous conferences, the MC 2013 will host a large trade exhibition, which aims to show the latest equipment from the manufacturers of all different kinds of microscopies and microscopy techniques, as well as suppliers of accessories and consumables, preparation tools, image analysis systems, and all important publishers in the field. The manufacturers are cordially invited to present their latest equipment and developments and highlight potential applications in technical lectures which will address a general and broad audience. In the exhibition area on the campus of the University of Regensburg, next to the lecture halls, the commercial exhibition will form an integral part of the conference. This will help the MC 2013 to become a comprehensive source of information for anybody interested in microscopy, in physical, materials, or life science.

For more information, please contact: Conventus Congressmanagement & Marketing GmbH, Francesca Rustler, Carl-Pulfrich-Straße 1, 07745 Jena/Germany, Tel.: +49 3641 31 16 341, Fax: +49 3641 31 16 241,,


Calendar of Events

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June 2013  
inline image 3. – 6.6.inline image Kyoto (Japan)10th International Conference on Multiaxial Fatigue and Fracture (ICMFF10)Ms. Tomoe Taniguchi Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ritsumeikan University Japan
3. – 7.6. inline image Udine (Italy)Identification Methods for Structural Health Monitoring and Residual Lifecycle Assessment CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences Udine Italy
6. – 9.6. inline image Istanbul (Turkey)Surface Treatment EURASIAHannover Messe Bilesim Fuarcilik A.S. Istanbul Turkey
16. – 21.6. inline image Okinawa (Japan)9th International Symposium on Electrochemical Impedance SpectroscopyTokyo University of Science, General secretary of EIS 2013 Japan Masayuki Itagaki
18. – 20.6. inline image Washington (USA)Risk Management of Corrodible SystemsNACE International Houston USA CaLae McDermott
26. – 28.6. inline image Kos (Greece)ICEAF III 3rd International Conference of Engineering Against FailureLaboratory of Technology & Strength of Materials Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics University of Patras Patras Greece
30.6. – 3.7. inline image Chateau Liblice (Czech Republic)13th International Conference on Electrified InterfacesJ. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the ASCR Petr Krtil Prague Czech Republic∼icei/
Juli 2013  
inline image 10. – 12.7. inline image Naples (Italy)GNCORR2013 EFC Event No. 366AIM-Associazione Italiana di metallurgia Milan Italy
12. – 15.7. inline image Napa Valley, CA (USA)Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Conference 2013Zing Conferences Cambridge England Bruno Pollet
August 2013  
inline image 11. – 15.8. inline image Asheville, North Carolina (USA)EDEM 2013 16th International Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems - Water ReactorsNACE International Houston, TX USA
19. – 21.8. inline image Kyoto (Japan)3rd International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technology (SCMT2013)Japan Concrete Institute Kyoto Japan Mr. Inoue
25. – 30.8. inline image Regensburg (Germany)Microscopy Conference (MC) 2013University of Regensburg Centre for EM/Anatomy Faculty of Biology and Preclin. Med. Prof. Dr. Reinhard Rachel Regensburg Germany
inline image 25. – 30.8. inline image Jeju (Korea)9th Asian-European International Conference on Plasma Surface EngineeringProf. Wonho Choe Kaist Korea
inline image 27. – 30.8. inline image Freiberg (Germany)12th International Symposium on Biomineralization (Biomin 12)Prof. Dr. Hermann Ehrlich TU Bergakademie Freiberg Biomineralogy and Extreme Biomimetics Institute of Experimental Physics Freiberg Germany
September 2013  
1. – 5.9.inline image Estoril (Portugal)EUROCORR 2013Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa Portugal
3. – 5.9.inline image Bremen (Germany)LightMAT2013– Aluminium, Magnesium, TitaniumDeutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) Frankfurt Germany
4. – 6.9.inline image York (UK)12th International Triennial Conference on The Science and Technology of Adhesion and AdhesivesDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London Professor A. J. Kinloch London UK
8. – 13.9. inline image Santiago de Querétaro (Mexico)64th Annual Meeting of the ISEInternational Society of Electrochemistry Lausanne Switzerland
8. – 13.9. inline image Sevilla (Spain)EUROMAT 2013Vibo congresos Sevilla Spain Tomas Polcar University of Southampton, UK
9. – 11.9. inline image Aachen (Germany)7th International Conference on Low Cycle FatigueGerman Association for Materials Research and Testing e.V. (DVM) Berlin
16. – 19.9. inline image Queretaro (Mexico)New Processes and Materials Based on Electrochemical Concepts at the Microscopic LevelInternational Society of Electrochemistry Lausanne Switzerland Carlos Frontana
16. – 19.9. inline image Cracow (Poland)6th Kurt Schwabe Symposium “Surface analysis and material engineering in corrosion science and electrochemical technologies”Dept. of Chemistry & Corrosion of Metals AGH-University of Science & Technology Prof. Jack Banas Cracow Poland∼schwabe
16. – 20.9. inline image Edinburgh (UK)Metal 2013The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining London UK
19. – 20.9. inline image Herrsching (Germany)6th utg - Forming Technology Forum 2013Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) Frankfurt Germany,
inline image 22. – 26.9. inline image Vancouver (Canada)Corrosion Technology WeekNACE International Houston, TX USA
23. – 25.9. inline image 7th International Conference on Concrete under Severe Conditions - Environment and Loading CONSEC13Southeast University The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
25. – 27.9. inline image Kiel (Germany)Intelligent MaterialsDeutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) Frankfurt Germany
30.9. – 3.10. inline image New Delhi (India)CORCON 2013NACE Gateway India Section
30.9. – 4.10. inline image Kloster Banz (Germany)Conference Intermetallics 2013Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) Dr.-Ing. Frank O.R. Fischer Frankfurt Germany
30.9. – 4.10. inline image Udine (Italy)Failure and Damage Analysis of Advanced MaterialsCISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences Udine Italy
October 2013  
7. – 10.10. inline image Asahikawa (Japan)LongTermCor2013 5th International Workshop on Long Term Prediction of Corrosion Damage in Nuclear Waste Systems EFC Event No. 360CEA Director of research Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives Damien Feron Gif-Sur-Yvette Cedex France
27. – 31.10. inline image Montreal inline image (Canada)Materials Science & Technology 2013 Conference & ExhibitionASM International Member Service Center Ohio USA
November 2013  
3. – 7.11. inline image San Jose, CA (USA)39th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis (ISTFA)ASM International Member Service Center Ohio USA
4. – 7.11. inline image Chongqing (China)8th International Conference on High-Performance CeramicsDr. Jianghong Gong Secretary General, CICC-8 Department of Materials Science & Engineering Tsinghua University Beijing P.R. China
12. – 13.11. inline image Chemnitz (Germany)International Symposium on Electrochemical Machining TechnologyFraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU Matthias Hackert-Oschätzchen Chemnitz Germany
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March 2014  
inline image 9. – 14.3. inline image San Antonio, inline image TX (USA)CORROSION 2014NACE International Houston, TX USA
May 2014  
inline image 6. – 8.5. inline image Karlsruhe (Germany)European Symposium on Friction, Wear and Wear ProtectionDeutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) Frankfurt Germany
inline image 19. – 22.5. inline image Beijing (China)SINOCORR 2014Nace Beijing China Section
September 2014  
8. – 12.9. inline image Pisa (Italy)EUROCORR 2014European Federation of Corrosion c/o DECHEMA e.V. Frankfurt am Main Germany e-mail:
23. – 25.9. inline image Darmstadt (Germany)MSE 2014 - Materials Science and EngineeringDeutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) Frankfurt Germany
November 2014  
2. – 6.11. inline image Jeju (Korea)19th International Corrosion CongressThe Corrosion Science Society of Korea
March 2015  
inline image 15. – 19.3. inline image Dallas, TX inline image (USA)CORROSION 2015NACE International Houston, TX USA
September 2015  
6. – 10.9. inline image Graz (Austria)EUROCORR 2015European Federation of Corrosion c/o DECHEMA e.V. Frankfurt am Main Germany
October 2015  
4. – 9.10. inline image Taipei (Taiwan)66th Annual Meeting of the International Society of ElectrochemistryInternational Society of Electrochemistry Bing Joe Hwang
March 2016  
inline image 6. – 10.3. inline image Vancouver inline image (Canada)CORROSION 2016NACE International Houston, TX USA