Advanced Methods in Material Forming
th The 8 International Conference of the European Scienti?c Association for Material Forming ESAFORM took place in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) at the end of April 2005 (http://conference.utcluj.ro/esaform2005). The conference was organised by the Research Centre on Sheet Metal Forming Technology CERTETA together with the European Scienti?c Association for Material Forming ESAFORM (http://www.esaform.org). The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and the Romanian Academy were also co-organisers of that scienti?c event. The main purpose of the ESAFORM conferences is to bring together specialists from universities, research centres and industry interested in the forming processes of metallic as well as non-metallic materials. The conf- ences are organised each year by di?erent European universities. The previous meetings were organised by the following academic institutions: 1998 – Ecole des Mines de Paris (Sophia Antipolis, France); 1999 – University of Minho (Guimaraes, Portugal); 2000 – University of Stuttgart (Germany); 2001 – UniversityofLiege(Belgium);2002–AGHUniversityofScienceandTechn- ogy–Krakow(Poland);2003–UniversityofSalerno(Italy);2004–University of Trondheim (Norway). The number of participants in the ESAFORM c- ferences increased continuously: from about 100 specialists registered in the ?rst conference to 280 in the last one.
Presents challenges in material forming Includes polymer sciences and composite materials