Universidade do Minho

Brief description of organization: the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Minho is a young and dynamic department including 60 scholars, from which 40 hold a Ph.D. degree. The technical staff consists of 10 technicians. The department is responsible for a five-year graduation in Civil Engineering, three professional Master courses (Municipal Engineering - Majors in Urban Planning, Sanitary Engineering, and Roads; Civil Engineering - Majors in Structures and Geotechnics, Materials, and Construction Processes; MBA in Construction and Property Management), one Erasmus Mundus Master Course (Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions) and one Doctoral course in Civil Engineering.

Brief description of tasks attributed: UMINHO is leading WP2 'Dissemination and exploitation' to which will contribute by laying out the general dissemination and exploitation organization, creating and applying a dedicated monitoring structure, employing its consolidated network in the WP. UMINHO is also leading WP8 'Parametric modelling of structural behaviour' and will mainly take part in WP4; WP5; WP6 and to the case study application of WP9 in close collaboration with PA n. 18 (MONU).

Previous experience relevant to tasks attributed: The Structural Group is highly involved in the areas of computational modelling of the structural behaviour, experimental testing under displacement control and non-destructive testing. A 400 m2 structural laboratory equipped with a strong floor has been completed in 2002 and a new laboratory (additional 400 m2) is being prepared. Available resources include most of the necessary equipment to perform quasi-static cyclic tests, under deformation control, and state of the art NDT. Research interests includes survey, monitoring, assessment, repair and strengthening of historical structures including non-destructive testing, experimental characterisation of constitutive laws, development and implementation of constitutive laws in the fields of cracking, plasticity and damage mechanics, long term behaviour, and numerical analysis. The group has recently organised a series of conferences, such the 3rd International Seminar on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (2001, 500 participants), the 1st Seminar on Masonry Wall Structures (2002, 400 participants), the 4th National Conference on Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (2004, 250 participants), the 3rd International Third International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management (2006, 500 participants), the 5th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (2006, 300 participants), the 5th International Conference on Arch Bridges (2007, 150 participants), the 2nd Seminar on Masonry Wall Structures (2007, 300 participants) and the National Conference on Structural Concrete 2008 (2008, 400 participants). Recently funded research projects in the area of masonry / historical structures include Innovative solutions for non-load bearing masonry infills (Portuguese Science Foundation PTDC-ECM-68188-2006, 2008-), Safety evaluation of timber structures through non-destructive methods and stochastic analysis (PTDC-ECM-68188-2006, 2008-), Development of Innovative Systems for Reinforced Masonry Walls (European Commission, COOP-CT-2005-18120, 2006-), Development of an Industrialized System for Structural Masonry (Portuguese Innovation Agency, IDEIA-70-00130-2004, 2005-), Reduction of Seismic Vulnerability of Ancient Masonry Buildings, Portuguese Science Foundation POCTI-ECM-61671-2004, 2005-2007), Efficient Structures: From Materials to Life Performance (Portuguese Science Foundation REEQ/1092/2001, 2004-2007), Improving the Seismic Resistance of Cultural Heritage Buildings (European Commission, ALA-95-23-2003-077-122, 2004-2006), Industrialized Solutions for Reinforced Masonry Shells (European Commission CRAFT-1999-70420, 2001-2003), and Computational Strategies for the Protection of Historical Churches (Portuguese Science Foundation SAPIENS 33935-99, 2001-2002). The group successfully attracted more than forty sponsored industry contracts in the area of historical buildings, including advanced modelling and non-linear analyses, inspection and diagnosis, as well as strengthening design projects.

Short profile of staff members: Prof. Paulo B. Lourenço: Graduation in Civil Eng. (1990), FEUP / University of Porto. Ph.D, Delft University of Technology (1996). Head of Department and Head of the Structural Group. Specialist in masonry, concrete, stone, ancient and historical constructions, structural analysis and testing. Editor of the International Journal of Architectural Heritage. Coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions. Editorial Board of 5 journals. Scientific Commission of 40+ conferences. Previously involved in several international R&D projects and committees. Supervisor of 26 PhD theses (13 completed) and over 400 scientific publications. Over 200 citations in the Science Citation Index. Dr. Daniel Oliveira: Graduation in Civil Engineering at FEUP / University of Porto (1995). Ph.D, University of Minho (2003). Focus: Strengthening of masonry using FRP, seismology and earthquake engineering. Dr. Graça Vasconcelos: Graduation in Civil Engineering at FEUP / University of Porto (1996). Ph.D, University of Minho (2005), in "Experimental investigations on the mechanics of stone masonry: Characterization of granites and behaviour of ancient masonry shear walls". Dr. Francisco Fernandes: Graduation in Civil Eng. (2001), School of Engineering / University of Minho. Ph.D University of Minho (2006)). Focus: old clay brick masonry material, ancient and historical constructions, structural analysis, destructive and non-destructive testing, GPR tomography. Dr. Luís F. Ramos: Graduation in Civil Eng. (1999), Engineering School / University of Minho. PhD, University of Minho (2007). Focus: damage detection using dynamic identification and sonic testing, monitoring systems.