The first International Conference on Ageing Studies and Lifetime Extension of Materials was held on th July 12-14 , 1999 at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, United Kingdom. Over 230 delegates attended during the three days and heard nearly ninety papers, together with over thirty poster presentations. Sixteen of these papers were keynotes from invited speakers eminent in their field of research. The proceedings were organised into six separate sessions: observation and understanding of real-time and accelerated ageing; experimental techniques; modelling and theoretical studies; lifetime prediction and validation; lifetime extension; and material design for ageing. In doing this, it was hoped to cover most issues of scientific concern inthefield ofmaterials ageing. One important aspect was that the conference did not concentrateon any particular group or type ofmaterial; rather the aim was to attract contributions from workers engaged in ageing studies with as wide a range of materials as possible. In this way, it was hoped that delegates could interactwith and learnfrom those whom they perhapswould not normally come across and that metallurgists could learn from polymer scientists, ceramicists could talk to modellers, and so on, in this important field. A read through the diverse papers contained within these proceedings will confirm that this aim was happily satisfied. Why hold such a meeting? In the modem world, engineered systems are expected to last longer.
Plenary Session. High Pressure Gas Pipelines - Their Ageing and Propensity Towards Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking Failure; R.N. Parkins. Ageing Studies of Nuclear Waste Forms; R.C. Ewing. Plutonium Aging: From Mystery to Enigma; S.S. Hecker, J.C. Martz. Observation and Understanding of Real-Time and Accelerated Ageing. An Ageing Study of Air Activated Acrylic Adhesives using Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis; E. Lyons, J.J. Leahy. Ageing of Polyethylene and Conducting Polymer Blends; P. Mazabraud, et al. Real Time Ageing of Polymeric Components in Closed Systems; G.F. Hayes. Accelerated Compression Set at Elevated Temperature in Rigid Polymer Foams; P.C. Miller, et al. Kinetics and Mechanisms of the Thermal Degradation of Nylon 6; R.S. Lehrle, et al. Ageing & Characterisation of Polysiloxane Rubbers; M. Patel, A.R. Skinner. Geometry Effects During Radiation Ageing of Elastomeric Seal Materials; S.G. Burnay, J. Dawson. Characterisation of the Moisture Absorption and Thermal Ageing Behaviour of Polymeric Composite Systems Using Raman Spectroscopy; V. Otieno-Alego, et al. Ageing Processes of Nitrocellulose in Plastic Bonded Explosives; G.R. Kennedy, et al. Ageing Effects on the Mechanical Properties of a Polymer Bonded Explosive; H.T. Goldrein, et al. Accelerated Ageing of Pyrotechnics: 16mm Signal Cartridge - White; G. Manton, T.T. Griffiths. Ageing Study of Polyetheretherketone Exposed to Water and Brine by Thermal Analysis and Dielectric Spectroscopy; E. Boinard, et al. The Effects of Gamma Radiation Sterilisation on Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene; J. Dawson. Ageing Characteristics of Gamma Irradiated Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene; P. O'Neill, et al. Investigation into Accelerated Ageing of GlassReinforced Plastic (GRP) for use in Naval Vessels; C. Andrews, et al. Electronic Phases and Ageing of Plutonium; B.A. Nadykto, O.B. Nadykto. Low Temperature Equilibrium Ageing Under Self-Irradiation in Binary Alloys of Pu with Elements of Group III-B; L.F. Timofeeva. A Survey of Plutonium Characteristics as a Function of Age: The ARIEs Sampling Program; R.N. Mulford, et al. Nanospatial Distribution of Lead in Glasses and its Influence on Chemical Stability with Ageing; D. Chaulet, et al. Melt Corrosion of Refractories; W.E. Lee, S. Zhang. Ageing Under Self-Irradiation: Influence on Positron Annihilation Characteristics in Plutonium-Hafnium Oxide Ceramics; L.F. Timofeeva, et al. Field Monitoring of the Ageing of Composite High Voltage Insulators; G.A. George, et al. Experimental Techniques. Advanced Analytical Techniques for Studying Polymer Oxidation; N.C. Billingham, V. Dudler. Cable Condition Monitoring Using Indenter Measurements; S.G. Burnay. Oxidation of Stressed Polymers as Studied by Chemiluminescence; K. Jacobson, et al. Analytical Techniques & Modelling of the Lithium Hydride Ageing Reactions; D.A. Broughton. Ultra-Accelerated Thermal Ageing Tests; A.M. Emsley, et al. Application of Tritium Tracer Techniques to Materials Ageing and Lifetime Extension Studies; P.R. Deacon, et al. Ageing and Lifetime of Electronic Components Studies By Means of a High-Resolution In-Situ Measurement Technique; K. Croes, et al. Techniques for Monitoring Material Degradation; J.E. Field. Application of the Pressurised Unsaturated Flow (PUF) Test for Accelerated Ageing of Waste Forms; B.P. McGrail, et al. Making and Using Quantitative Measurements of Thermal Degradation; R.S. Lehrle. Modelling Radiation Damage in Polyureth
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