NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

University of Parma

Institute of Mechanics CAS, Beijing, China

European Structural Integrity Society

German Association for
Materials Research
and Testing e V.

French Society for Metallurgy
and Materials

ASTM International
Standards Worldwide

IGF Italian Group of Fracture


      The 6th International Conference on Crack Paths (CP 2018)

Verona, Italy, 19-21 September, 2018 (close to Padua and Venice)

Two Special Issues of International Journals with extended versions of
selected papers presented at CP 2018 will be published after the Conference:


Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics

Special Issue on Crack Paths 2018



International Journal of Fatigue

Special Issue on Fatigue Crack Paths 2018


Abstracts submission

30 December, 2017

Abstract acceptance

15 January, 2018

Camera-ready papers

15 March, 2018

Invited Plenary Lectures

Anisotropy in Fracture and Fatigue Resistance and its Effect on Crack Path

by Reinhard Pippan (Austria)

Competitive Cracking in Nano-Multilayered Structure

by Takayuki Kitamura (Japan)

Crack Paths in Ni-base Superalloys undergoing Thermomechanical Fatigue

by Richard W. Neu (USA)

Conference Chairmen

Filippo Berto, Trondheim, Norway


Andrea Carpinteri, Parma, Italy


Youshi Hong, Beijing, China


Les P. Pook, Sevenoaks, UK


Sabrina Vantadori, Parma, Italy


Scientific Committee

J.A. Araujo, Brasilia, Brazil

M.R. Mitchell, Flagstaff, USA

H. Askes, Sheffield, UK

Y. Murakami, Fukuoka, Japan

B. Atzori, Padua, Italy

A. Navarro, Seville, Spain

F.P. Brennan, Cranfield, UK

T. Palin-Luc, Talence, France

J.T.P. Castro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

J. Pokluda, Brno, Czech Republic

G. Dhondt, Munich, Germany

H.A. Richard, Paderborn, Germany

G.M. Domínguez Almaraz, Morelia, Mexico

A. Shanyavskiy, Moscow , Russia

V. Doquet, Palaiseau, France

V. Shlyannikov, Kazan, Russia

A. Fatemi, Memphis, USA

C.M. Sonsino, Darmstadt, Germany

M. Freitas, Lisbon, Portugal

A. Spagnoli, Parma, Italy

F. Iacoviello, Cassino, Italy

M.N. James, Plymouth, UK

L. Susmel, Sheffield, UK

D. Kujawski, Kalamazoo, USA

K. Tanaka, Nagoya, Japan

Y. Matvienko, Moscow, Russia

S. Valente, Turin, Italy

M. Vormwald, Darmstadt, Germany

Local Organising Committee

Andrea Carpinteri, Parma


Giovanni Fortese, Parma


Camilla Ronchei, Parma


Daniela Scorza, Parma


Sabrina Vantadori, Parma


Andrea Zanichelli, Parma


Main Topics of the Conference

Crack growth can take place under both static and fatigue loading. The complete solution of a crack growth problem includes the determination of the path taken by the crack. The crack path in critical components or structures where crack propagation occurs (offshore, bridges, etc.) can determine whether failure is benign or catastrophic. Knowledge of potential crack paths is also needed for the selection of appropriate non-destructive testing procedures.

This Conference follows the Conferences in Parma in 2003 and 2006, Vicenza in 2009, Gaeta in 2012, and Ferrara in 2015. Special issues of international journals have been devoted to research work presented at those Conferences.

Members of different industrial laboratories and scientists from all over the world are invited to contribute with presentations on any of the following topics (in the case of both static and fatigue loading):

Experimental Determination of CP
Theoretical Prediction of CP
Integrity Assessments based on CP Evaluation
Microscopic Aspects of CP
CP of Surface Cracks
CP of Short Cracks
Effect of Large Scale Yielding on CP
Effect of Material Inhomogeneities on CP
Effect of Non-Proportional Cyclic Loading on CP
Effect of Environmental Conditions on CP
CP in Advanced Materials
Laboratory Methods of Controlling CP
In-Service Inspection of CP
Application of CP Concepts and Data in Design
CP in Additive Manufacturing Processes
Industrial Application of CP Concepts and Data