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7th International Symposium on Fretting Fatigue - ISFF7

April 8th-11th 2013


The symposium will be the 7th in an international series started in Sheffield in 1993 and held most recently in Montreal (2007) and Chengdu (2010). The symposium normally attracts key researchers in fretting fatigue from around the world and provides an opportunity for informal discussions as well as oral and poster sessions


The symposium will be held at Christ Church, Oxford. Christ Church was founded in 1546 by the English monarch (Henry VIII) and is today a world renowned institution, both for its academic role and for its status as the cathedral of the city of Oxford. The symposium will be fully residential, with delegates accommodated in comfortable college accommodation in the centre of Oxford. All meals will be provided, and there will be a conference dinner in the college hall (known to many from the Harry Potter films!). Conference sessions will take place within the college, using a recently completed lecture theatre and adjacent rooms. The programme is attached at the bottom of this page.

Oxford is a historic city and popular tourist destination, situated approximately 100km North-West of London and has frequent coach connections to London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports. There are also excellent rail connections to central London (for Eurostar) and to Birmingham airport.


The conference will take place over four days, with arrival on the afternoon of Monday 8th April, and departure after lunch on Thursday 11th April. The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday evening. Much of the conference will be run as a single session for oral presentations, but parallel sessions and/or posters will be used where appropriate.


Registration is open from Monday 15 October until 28th February 2013 and presenting authors must register by this date as a condition of acceptance of their paper.  There are a limited number of rooms, however, and early registration is advised.  As we can only offer single accommodation, those travelling with partners should book the non-residential package and seek accommodation elsewhere. The following options are available:

Ticket Type Includes Price
Residential en-suite This package includes the conference itself, the book of abstracts, a single en-suite room in Christ Church for 3 nights, and all meals from dinner on 8th April to lunch on 11th April.  Also included is your place at the conference banquet on Weds 10th April. £670
Residential (not en-suite) This option includes all of the above items, but the accommodation is in a single bedroom with shared bathroom facilities. £620
Non-residential This option includes the conference itself, the book of abstracts, lunches on 9th, 10th and 11th April, and your place at the conference banquet on Weds 10th April.  Delegates selecting this option will need to find their own hotel accommodation.  A variety of hotels are available in Oxford, but the city is a popular tourist destination so prices in the centre tend to be relatively expensive. £350
Student Non-residential This option is for bona-fide students only, and includes the same items as the standard non-residential package. Delegates selecting this option will need to find their own hotel or hostel accommodation.  There is a youth hostel in central Oxford (see £260

All of the above options include a place at the conference banquet on 10th April.  Further tickets for the closing banquet (e.g. for accompanying persons) can also be purchased through the booking system at £68 each.  Please select 10//04/2013 from the 'select a date' drop down to purchase guest tickets. Please advise of any special dietary needs when booking for any option.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable.


Topics for the conference will include (but will not necessarily be restricted to):
• Test methods in fretting fatigue
• Recent experimental results in fretting fatigue
• Theories and mechanisms of fretting fatigue or fretting wear
• Modelling of fretting fatigue and/or fretting wear
• Applications and case studies, including the use of coatings, surface treatment and other palliatives


Accepted abstracts will be printed in a book of abstracts, given to each delegate. A selection of authors will be invited to submit full papers for peer review and publication in a special issue of Tribology International.

Key Dates

January 2012 First announcement

May 2012 Call for abstracts

30th September 2012 Closing date for abstract submission

30th November 2012 Notification of acceptance

28th February 2013 Deadline for Registration

8th to 11th April 2013 Symposium

May 2013 Notification of papers selected for publication

31st July 2013 Deadline for receipt of full papers

January 2014 Anticipated publication in Tribology International Special Issue

Call For Abstracts

Potential presenting authors are requested to submit a one to two page abstract as a Word file (.doc or .docx) before 30th September 2012. A template giving the required format can be downloaded using the link at the bottom this page. Completed abstracts should be e-mailed to Authors will be notified of acceptance by 30th November 2012.

International Committee

J.A. Araujo (Brazil); T. El-Bitar (Egypt); T.N. Farris (USA); D.A. Hills (UK); M. Kubota (Japan); R.W. Neu (USA); J. Vizintin (Slovenia); Z. R. Zhou (China).

Local Organising Committee

Prof. David Hills, University of Oxford; Prof. David Nowell, University of Oxford; Dr Daniele Dini, Imperial College London; Dr Nina Banerjee, Rolls-Royce plc

Further Details

For further details, please email

Abstract template.doc31 KB
ISFF7 programme.pdf66.88 KB
ISFF7 Technical Programme...pdf104.32 KB
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