The mechanical properties of materials are crucially determined by their microstructure. For example, the morphology of the microstructure often enables a forecast of mechanical properties by using the strengthening mechanisms as a basis. Likewise, the observation of the deformation and damage behavior is of paramount importance. In this context there should be analyzed which microstructural ingredients are decisive for the deformation and damage behavior. Particular emphasis is placed here at high strain rate conditions.
Hence, contributions to this symposium deal with the relationship between the microstructure and the mechanical properties including the damage behavior in all material classes. The investigations might be realized either experimentally or computationally. The overall target might be the prediction of properties and damage behavior from the knowledge of the microstructure.