Declamation of aims and activities
The aim of ESIS is to continuously develop a knowledge base relating to all aspects of Structural Integrity with the objective of improving the safety and performance of engineering structures, components, systems and their associated materials.
- To foster research and collaboration regarding the prevention of failure, by fracture or other physical phenomena, of engineering structures, components, systems and materials.
- To encourage interdisciplinary research into the physical behaviour of engineering structures, components, systems and their associated materials.
- To develop and assess new testing methods, numerical methods, and engineering estimation methods for structural integrity assessments.
- To improve engineering designs.
- To improve manufacturing, inspection and maintenance procedures.
- To disseminate knowledge, by means of scientific publications, technical conferences, seminars, workshops, procedure documents, and to refer new knowledge and developments to national and international code making bodies, including CEN and ISO, where relevant.
- To educate young engineers and scientists in structural integrity matters.
Promoting and intensifying this aim is what we want to achieve through a new blog that ESIS will manage on Imechanica:
for discussing some of the papers which appear in Engineering Fracture Mechanics. Its editors, Profs. Karl-Heinz Schwalbe and Tony Ingraffea,fully support this initiative.
ESIS hopes that this blog will achieve the following objectives:
- To start a scientific discussion on relevant topics through comments by leading scientists (the chief ‘commenter’ will be Prof. Wolfgang Brocks);
- To remind the authors of papers in EFM (and all the fracture community) that perhaps they have forgotten something important which was published in the past (perhaps in old books);
- To promote a real cross-citation of the papers and a substantive discussion of ideas in a scenario where, in spite of the easy on-line access to most journals, there is a serious tendency to restrict the number of ‘external references’ and a snobbish tendency to promote ‘auto-citations’ (to the same group, the same journal, the same country);
- To focus attention on new ideas that run the serious risk of not emerging from the noise of too much published “stuff”;
- To induce bloggers to communicate their opinions on a paper, in particular their interpretation of the research results, thus adding new thoughts to that paper. In addition, to promote excellence in publication in a scenario where deficiencies of a paper may not have been detected by the reviewers, simply due to the pressure of time the reviewers have to do their work.