University of Patras

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Applied Mechanics Laboratory, University of Patras (AML/UoP) is in operation since 1980. It is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras (UP). AML/UP deals mainly with the general field of MATERIALS & STRUCTURES giving emphasis in the science, the technology and the applications of composite materials (organic, ceramic and metal matrix), monolithic ceramics and plastics. Research is conducted in a variety of areas including:

  • Finite Element and SPH Techniques for high-strain rate phenomena.
  • Design and optimisation of composite structures, Fatigue Design and Damage Tolerance Approach.
  • Fatigue and Damage behaviour of Composite Laminates, Continuum Damage Approach.
  • Non-destructive Techniques in advanced materials Ultrasonic, Spectral analysis, Acoustic Emission.
  • Diagnostic/prognostic of rotating machinery.
  • Experimental stress analysis.

Educational activities include eighteen formal courses offered at undergraduate and graduate level dealing with the mechanics, analysis and design of composite materials and advanced structures, non-destructive techniques, wave propagation and scattering theory, anisotropic elasticity, etc. Qualified graduates may enrol in the PhD four-year program also offered by the Laboratory. AML is internationally recognised for its contribution in the respective fields through books, lectures, research papers, conferences, professional society activities and research co-operation within the frame of financially supported projects, both by national and international Institutions, mainly by the EU. UP/AML has in its permanent staff 5 university professors and 3 PhD holders (working in the field of Composite Material, Structural Dynamics, Non-Destructive Testing and Numerical Methods) and 4 technicians and support staff. Currently, 23 Engineers and PhD students are working in the Lab. (3 females) in various R&D projects. As part of its continued growth, UP/AML is continually looking for exceptional people to join its staff. During the last 10 years 15 PhD theses have been completed in the general field of Mechanics of Composite Materials and the Non-Destructive Inspection of Materials and Structures.

University of Patras is a public university in Patras, Greece. It is the third largest university in Greece with respect to the size of the student body, the staff, and the number of departments. In 2014, the student population was 21,000

University of Patras (UPAT) activities are summarised in the following. In WP1 UPAT is involved in the manufacturing of test specimens and coupons and their quality control via Non Destructive Inspection (C-scan). In WP2 UPAT participates in the design of experiments and definition of the test programme for dynamic characterisation mechanical tests up to high strain rates. In WP3 UPAT is involved in the assessment of existing LS-DYNA material models to simulate test results from the experiments in and participates in the modelling from nano-to mesoscale by defining RVEs for corresponding load cases. In WP4 UPAT utilises optimisation algorithms to establish material parameter combinations able to capture the nonlinear response of the composite materials under dynamic loading. In WP5 UPAT is establishing methodologies and experimental set-ups for using acoustic emission for location and characterisation of damage. In WP6 UPAT participates in computational models validation of the demonstrator test cases. Finally, in WP7 UPAT contributes to the dissemination of the technical results through joint scientific publications with other members of the consortium.


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