The reliable simulation of complex material behaviour is driven by the desire to obtain a satisfying prediction of the real process. A practical example of engineering interest is the predictive simulation of crash scenarios in the automotive industry. The simulation of manufacturing processes is another example, where it is preferable to use material models coupled to microstructure evolution during the process. Typically, the development of constitutive equations is based on theoretical considerations, but experimental data are necessary for both, experimental verification (by inverse methodologies) and experimental validation (related to prediction).
The present minisymposium will be focused on experimental and measuring techniques for a thorough study of the mechanical properties of different materials, engineering structures and systems which are necessary for experimental verification and experimental validation of constitituve models on different length scales. Presentations related to fluid mechanics, dynamics, geotechnics, multiscale methods, acoustics and electromagnetics are also welcome. In this way, the symposium is meant to bring together scientists from different research areas such as