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Applied Mechanics Section

Acronym: SMAP
Head: Paulo Tavares De Castro
Description: The main interests of the staff in the Applied Mechanics Division are in Teaching, Research and Development in various areas of Applied Mechanics and they are mainly concerned with
  • Teaching
    • Classical Mechanics
    • Linear and nonlinear Solid Mechanics
    • Structural Mechanics
    • Computational Mechanics
    • Composite Materials
    • Experimental Mechanics
    • Vibrations
    • Fracture and Damage Mechanics
    • Contact Mechanics
    • Dynamics of Structures
    • Tribology
    • Maintenance
    • Design of Structures and Machines


  • Research and Development
    • Composite materials – Design, Manufacturing and Testing. Product Development. Biomechanics. Crashworthiness of Composite Structures. Mechanical behaviour of advanced composite materials. Joining (Riveted Joints and Adhesives) and repair of composite materials. Impact.
    • Computational Mechanics  Finite Element Method, Hierarchical Finite Element Method and Meshless Methods. Applications in Industrial Forming Processes, Biomechanics, Composite Laminates, Structures, Mechanical Vibrations, Thermomechanical Behaviour of Solids and Structures and Structural Dynamics etc.
    • Contact Mechanics and Lubrification  EHD lubrication. Surface failure. Gear pitting and scuffing. Oil and grease rheology. Triboreactive materials. Lubricant condition monitoring. Rolling bearings fatigue. Lubricant condition monitoring. Reliability and maintainability (RAMS) of electro-mechanical equipments.
    • Experimental Mechanics  Solid mechanics and Structures. Optical Methods. Holographic and Speckle Interferometry. Image Processing. Neural networks and fuzzy logic. NDT of Composites. Biomechanics. Automotive engineering.
    • Fracture and Damage Mechanics  Fatigue. Mechanical behaviour of materials. Failure analysis.
    • Vibrations and Dynamics of Structures  Rotordynamics. Passive and active vibration control. Experimental Modal Analysis. Structural non-linear Dynamics. Thermoelastic Vibrations.


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