Research Seminar in Structural Integrity

Academic year
Subject Area
Structural Integrity
Language of Instruction
Other Languages of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
3rd Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

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Teaching Methods

The organization of the curricular unit is a function of the profile of the students who attend it, in each academic year, and must be determined according to the objectives defined by the teachers. This organization determines the weight of each components of the syllabus, in each academic year. The following complementary activities will be developed:

1- Participation in lectures.

2- Master classes.

3- Presentation and discussion of scientific articles/research topics by students.

4- Preparation of a monograph and/or project, with presentation and discussion in a workshop.

Learning Outcomes

Students should be able to:

• Demonstrate a comprehensive view of the state-of-the art and the main research challenges of the scientific area of Structural integrity;

• Demonstrate fundamental knowledge about the syllabus of the curricular unit, namely through its application in the critical analysis of scientific works, including those that take place in the DEM research groups in the area of Structural integrity;

• Demonstrate autonomous learning, synthesis and scientific writing skills, in particular through their application in written reports and manuscripts;

• Demonstrate verbal communication skills, including proactive participation in lectures.

Work Placement(s)



1. Fracture and fatigue

Fracture: "Failure Assessment Diagram" (FAD) and Crack Driving Force (CDF) approache; practical cases of fracture; welded structures. Fatigue: Fatigue from notches; Biaxial fatigue; Fatigue crack propagation. European procedure “FITNET”.

2. Advanced composites

Composites and their applications. Processing and mechanical behavior. Fatigue and impact response. Damage caused by fatigue. Structural integrity of impacted composites. Non-destructive techniques for evaluation of impact damage in laminated composites.

3. Numerical simulation

Finite element method. Software

Physical models: geometry, material, loading and boundary conditions

Numerical models. Identification and optimization of numerical variables

Application to biomechanics and composite materials

Simulation of fatigue crack propagation

4. Tribology

Surfaces of engineering components and tribological behavior

Contact mechanics

Lubricants and lubrication regimes

Friction and wear

Surface treatments

Head Lecturer(s)

Amílcar Lopes Ramalho

Assessment Methods

Report of a seminar or field trip: 50.0%
Synthesis work: 50.0%


Para cada tópico abordado na unidade curricular será fornecida aos alunos uma lista actualizada de referências bibliográficas relevantes e adequadas ao perfil do aluno.