Symposium on Medical Devices of the Future – What’s Needed for Fatigue, Fracture Resistance, and Durability in Transportation, Medical Devices, and Exoskeletons

Date: November 1, 2022 - November 2, 2022

Event Location:  Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Organized by: ASTM Committees E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, and F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits




About the Event

The Symposium on Medical Devices of the Future – What’s Needed for Fatigue, Fracture Resistance, and Durability in Transportation, Medical Devices, and Exoskeletons will be held Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon November 1, 2022 and November 2, 2022. The symposium is organized by ASTM Committees E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, and F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits, and will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States in conjunction with the standards development meetings of the committees.


Objective and Scope

Invited speakers will present contemporary design and material requirements and address methodologies in fatigue crack initiation, crack propagation, and failure analyses employed in ground vehicle, aircraft, aerospace, medical devices, etc. that may be employed in exosuits and exoskeletons

Topics for this symposium may include:

  • Environmental Parameters / Material Behavior
  • Standard Methodologies to Characterize Materials Employed in Medical and Exoskeleton/Exosuit Design
  • Strain-based and Stress-based Fatigue Behavior
  • Fracture Mechanics Behavior
  • Deformation Characteristics
  • Characterization of Material/Device for Design Reliability,
  • Mean Strain, Mean Stress Response of Nitinol
  • Lifetime Prediction Techniques for Medical and Exoskeleton/Exosuit Devices
  • Metallurgy, Microstructures and Mechanical Properties Processing Parameters / Material Behavior
  • Simulation Characterizations and Applications to Design and Prediction
  • Material Selection for Biocompatibility and/or Wearability

The language of the symposium will be English.


Abstract Submission

To participate in the symposium, authors must submit a 250 to 300-word preliminary abstract using the online Abstract Submission Portal no later than DATE. To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database, please email and let us know that you have submitted an abstract.

The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. The symposium chair(s) will notify you via email and postal mail by DATE of your paper’s acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the author will be requested to submit a final abstract a few months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in a program booklet at the symposium.


Publication Information

Symposium authors are required to submit their papers for ASTM publication in an STP, an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors’ instructions via email only. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than DATE at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost. Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be included in the STP.

Please note that all submitted papers are subject to peer review by two independent reviewers. The STP will be submitted to the Library of Congress with an ISBN number and will be reviewed for inclusion in the Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) and Google Scholar.


Technical Program

A technical program (presentation times, paper titles, and presenters’ names) will be posted on this website in June 2022.



Registration is now open. The fees to attend this symposium are listed below.




ASTM Member $100.00 $200.00
Non-member $200.00 $300.00
Presenter $100.00 $200.00
Session Chair $50.00 $100.00
Student Free Free

All Attendees – All attendees are urged to pre-register for this SYMPOSIUM/WORKSHOP so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not pre-register, then you must register onsite. All attendees must check in at the ASTM Registration Area to obtain their name badge before entering the event room.

Students – Students may apply for a reduced fee provided they are a full-time student and are not employed full time. In order to receive the reduced fee, the student must provide a valid university email address for registration and present a valid student ID when obtaining their name badge in the ASTM registration area before entering the event room.

Cancellations – A refund of the sympsoium fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the start of the event. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Symposia Operations at or 610-832-9568.

If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Symposia Operations at Tel: 610-832-9568, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).



Registration opens approximately 10 weeks before the start of the symposium.


Technical Chair Contact Information


M.R. Mitchell                                                  Terry Woods
Mechanics & Materials                                 Food & Drug Administration
Email:           Email:
Phone: +1 928-814-8622                              Phone: +1 301 796-2503

Janet Gbur                                                     Brian Berg
Case Western Reserve University               Boston Scientific Corp.
Email:                                Email:
Phone: +1 330-398-9963                              Phone: +1 763-494-2677

Don Peterson
Northern Illinois University
Phone: +1 815-753-2256


Continuing Education Units

SYMPOSIUM/WORKSHOP attendees interested in receiving 0.35 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) must complete the CEU application form in the back of the program booklet and submit it to an ASTM staff member on site. You must be registered and have attended the entire event in order to receive the CEU’s. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 2 to 4 weeks after the SYMPOSIUM/WORKSHOP concludes.


Hotel Information

The symposium will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. More information on how to make your sleeping room reservation will be posted approximately 12 weeks prior to the start of the event.


Standards Development Meetings

The ASTM sponsoring committees invite you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required to attend. For more information about the committees and their future meetings, please visit their hompages.

E08 Hompage

F04 Hompage

F48 Homepage