Nano-/ Micromechanics of Materials
Plasticity, fracture and fatigue are well known to determine the lifetime of technical components in daily-life applications (e.g. car engines, railroad wheels, jet-planes). A comprehensive understanding of life limiting mechanisms exists macroscopically. The ongoing trend for miniaturization of micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) and microelectronic components requires a proper knowledge of materials also at the micrometer length scale, which today is still lacking.