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Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics

The doctoral degree in Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics began to take shape in 1984, when a postgraduate programme was created with the same name. For the first time, this programme introduced at the UPC advanced studies relating to earthquakes, their impact on structures and how to reduce their effects. In 1986, under the new Doctoral Degree Law, the programme was approved by the UPC Doctoral Studies Committee. Subsequently, the programme has adapted to regulations relating to doctoral degrees, specifically Royal Decree 778/1998 and Royal Decrees 55 and 56/2005, 189/2007 and 1393/2007. Over these years, the programme has been a catalyst that has driven research and technology transfer activity in the areas of earthquake engineering and structural dynamics and has provided high-level training for numerous students, many of whom are Latin American. Some former students occupy relevant positions in the teaching, technology, research and government infrastructure in various countries.


Rationale for the programme

Most of the losses caused by earthquakes over history, in terms of lives and economic damage, have been caused by poor seismic behaviour of structures. Such behaviour could lead to partial or total collapse of structures, as well as collateral hazards, such as fires and explosions, which often increase the losses. Regulations on earthquake-resistance are improving constantly, enriched with the information obtained from new research and experiences. However, catastrophic losses continue to occur in many countries worldwide, even in those in which earthquake engineering studies are a priority. Clearly, new achievements in structure design can only be applied to new constructions, which are a very small fraction of the total number of existing structures. As the occurrence of seismic phenomena is still outside the control of science, the immediate conclusion is that methods need to be applied that reduce expected damage to existing structures to a minimum. This need has led to studies of the seismic vulnerability of structures, which should be a priority today, with a view to any plan to mitigate future disasters caused by earthquakes. Therefore, the design of new structures and the study of the relationship between vulnerability and damage in existing structures could help to reduce the economic and social costs and the loss of human lives that are caused by all earthquake catastrophes. Particular attention should be focused on the effects of dynamic loads. Consequently, knowledge of the seismic hazard and the study of the behaviour of structures subject to seismic action are vital. The doctoral programme covers an area of knowledge and a field of application in which there are few initiatives and activities in Spain and Latin America. Therefore, the contents and research areas that are offered by the programme are particularly necessary. This can be seen in the constant flow of students, particularly from Latin America, who apply to the programme.

Alignment with strategic objectives of research, development and innovation in Europe, Spain and Catalonia

The doctoral programme is classified within the Spanish National Evaluation and Prospection Agency’s (ANEP) areas of earth sciences, civil engineering and architecture, and technology transfer. In the Seventh Framework Programme, in Environment and Transport.
In the Government of Catalonia’s Research and Innovation Plan 2010-2013, in mitigation and adaptation to climate change, buildings, cities and territories to live, generate value and coexist. And within the Spanish National Plan for Scientific and Technical Research, Development and Innovation, in strategic action on energy and climate change.

The programme focuses on the assessment and management of seismic risk in built environments; knowledge and technology transfer to bodies that manage civil protection at local, regional and national scale; and the development of seismic design techniques that lead to a reduction in risk.

External references

The doctoral programme in Earthquake Engineering is a unique initiative in Spain. A large number of academics and researchers from Spanish-speaking countries have trained in this programme. The president and vice-president of the Spanish Association of Earthquake Engineering (AEIS, http://www.aeissismica.es/index.html) are lecturers on the course and many other lecturers are members of this Association. In turn, the AEIS is part of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE; http://www.iaee.or.jp/index.html) through the European Association for Earthquake Engineering (EAEE; http://www.eaee.boun.edu.tr/eaee.htm). The IAEE brings together the most prestigious institutions and organisations in the world in the area of earthquake engineering. Every four years, the World Conference of Earthquake Engineering is held, at which lecturers and students from the programme present the most relevant results of their research. The levels of control and the impact of papers and presentations at these conferences are comparable to those of the highest level indexed journals.

General objectives:

The general objectives of the programme are to provide high-level third-cycle specialised training in up-to-date contents, technological development and research in the fields of seismology, earthquake engineering and structural dynamics. The programme is designed to produce quality doctoral theses in the areas covered by the collaborating research groups. These include topics relating to the generation of earthquakes and the propagation and attenuation of earthquake waves, as well as the effects they have on structures and how to mitigate them.

Specific objectives:

The development and evolution of the doctoral programme towards the priorities of national, European and international research plans to serve society have led to specialisation in the prediction, assessment and management of earthquake risk, in areas characterised by their high vulnerability (areas that do not necessarily have significant seismic hazard but where the construction types are extremely vulnerable), and areas where the risk is due to the high hazard.

COORDINATOR

Ledesma Villalba, Alberto

CONTACT

Building C2 (North Campus)
Tel.: (+34) 934 011 784
E-mail: doctorat.esis.camins@upc.edu

Programme website

General information

Access profile

In reference to scientific and technological areas of earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, the most suitable academic background for students can be summed up by three parameters:
1. knowledge,
2. capacity, y
3) motivation.

That is:
1. Applicants should have sufficient educational experience to access the frontiers of knowledge in the subject area of the programme.
2. They should have sufficient academic maturity and ability to go further, so that they can make an original, new contribution to the state of knowledge or technology in the area of the doctoral thesis. Consequently, they should be capable of research, development and creation and have the ability to analyse and synthesise, a critical spirit, work capacity, and the ability and skills for team work and oral and written communication. A command of the English language is essential. It is also important to have a good source of funding.

3. Students should be really motivated and ready for a long-term project, they must be ambitious but realistic, with personal maturity and emotional intelligence and a plan for the future that enables them to benefit from the effort and cost that doctoral studies represent.

To date, most of the students on our doctoral programme have had these characteristics. Many of them are now lecturers and researchers in universities, service institutions and research centres in Spain, Latin America and the rest of the world.

The natural route into the doctoral programme is via the master's degree in Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering at the UPC. If students have this qualification they do not need to take additional master’s degree subjects (bridging courses). However, there are two reasons why the programme can be accessed with other qualifications. The first is the multidisciplinary nature of the scientific area covered by the programme. The second is the interest in the subject area and characteristics of the programme in Latin America. The main entrance qualifications are described below. The most suitable background for applicants to the programme is a combination of academic and personal factors, as described above.

Main entrance qualifications
Degrees in the areas of civil engineering, geological engineering and architecture and other degrees in related areas of the earth sciences.

Output profile

Doctoral candidates who complete a doctoral degree will have acquired the following competencies, which are needed to carry out quality research (Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulates official doctoral studies):

a) A systematic understanding of the field of study and a mastery of the research skills and methods related to the field.
b) An ability to conceive, design or create, put into practice and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
c) An ability to contribute to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
d) A capacity for critical analysis and an ability to assess and summarise new and complex ideas.
e) An ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general as regards their fields of knowledge in the manner and languages that are typical of the international scientific community to which they belong.
f) An ability to foster scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural progress in academic and professional contexts within a knowledge-based society.

The award of a doctoral degree must equip the graduate for work in a variety of settings, especially those requiring creativity and innovation. Doctoral graduates must have at least acquired the personal skills needed to:

a) Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
b) Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
c) Design, create, develop and undertake original, innovative projects in their field.
d) Work as part of a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
e) Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity and make judgements with limited information.
f) Offer criticism on and intellectually defend solutions.

Finally, with respect to competencies, doctoral students must:
a) have acquired advanced knowledge at the frontier of their discipline and demonstrated, in the context of internationally recognised scientific research, a deep, detailed and well-grounded understanding of theoretical and practical issues and scientific methodology in one or more research fields;
b) have made an original and significant contribution to scientific research in their field of expertise that has been recognised as such by the international scientific community;
c) have demonstrated that they are capable of designing a research project that serves as a framework for carrying out a critical analysis and assessment of imprecise situations, in which they are able to apply their contributions, expertise and working method to synthesise new and complex ideas that yield a deeper knowledge of the research context in which they work;
d) have developed sufficient autonomy to set up, manage and lead innovative research teams and projects and scientific collaborations (both national and international) within their subject area, in multidisciplinary contexts and, where appropriate, with a substantial element of knowledge transfer;
e) have demonstrated that they are able to carry out their research activity in a socially responsible manner and with scientific integrity;
f) have demonstrated, within their specific scientific context, that they are able to make cultural, social or technological advances and promote innovation in all areas within a knowledge-based society;
g) have demonstrated that they are able to participate in scientific discussions at the international level in their field of expertise and disseminate the results of their research activity to audiences of all kinds.

Number of places

10

Duration of studies and dedication regime

Duration
The maximum period of study for full-time doctoral studies is three years, counted from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. The academic committee of the doctoral programme may authorise a doctoral candidate to pursue doctoral studies on a part-time basis. In this case, the maximum period of study is five years, counting from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. For calculating these periods, the date of admission is considered to be the date of the first enrolment for tutorials, and the date of submission the moment in which the Doctoral School officially deposits the doctoral thesis.

For full-time doctoral candidates, the minimum period of study is two years, counted from the date of an applicant's admission to the programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited; for part-time doctoral candidates it is four years. When there are justified grounds for doing so, and the thesis supervisor and academic tutor have given their authorisation, doctoral candidates may request that the academic committee of their doctoral programme exempt them from the minimum period of study requirement.

The calculation of periods of study will not include periods of absence due to illness, pregnancy or any other reason provided for in the regulations in force. Students who find themselves in any of these circumstances must notify the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which, where appropriate, must inform the Doctoral School. Doctoral candidates may also temporarily withdraw from the programme for up to one year, and this period may be extended for an additional year. Doctoral candidates who wish to interrupt their studies must submit a justified request to the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which will decide whether or not to approve the request. Each programme will establish conditions for readmission to doctoral studies.

Extension
If full-time doctoral candidates have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, the academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year. In exceptional circumstances, a further one-year extension may be granted, subject to the conditions established by the corresponding doctoral programme. In the case of part-time doctoral candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

Dismissal from the doctoral programme
A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

Enrollment aid

No specific ordinary grants.

Organization

COORDINATOR:
ACADEMIC COMMISSION OF THE PROGRAM:
STRUCTURAL UNITS:
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (PROMOTORA)
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Strength of Materials and Structural Engineering
Specific URL of the doctoral program:
https://deca.upc.edu/ca/doctorat-recerca/doctorat/sismica-dinamica-estructural

CONTACT:

Building C2 (North Campus)
Tel.: (+34) 934 011 784
E-mail: doctorat.esis.camins@upc.edu


Agreements with other institutions

There is a collaboration agreement between the programme and the Geological Institute of Catalonia (that is currently being renewed).

Access, admission and registration

Access profile

In reference to scientific and technological areas of earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, the most suitable academic background for students can be summed up by three parameters:
1. knowledge,
2. capacity, y
3) motivation.

That is:
1. Applicants should have sufficient educational experience to access the frontiers of knowledge in the subject area of the programme.
2. They should have sufficient academic maturity and ability to go further, so that they can make an original, new contribution to the state of knowledge or technology in the area of the doctoral thesis. Consequently, they should be capable of research, development and creation and have the ability to analyse and synthesise, a critical spirit, work capacity, and the ability and skills for team work and oral and written communication. A command of the English language is essential. It is also important to have a good source of funding.

3. Students should be really motivated and ready for a long-term project, they must be ambitious but realistic, with personal maturity and emotional intelligence and a plan for the future that enables them to benefit from the effort and cost that doctoral studies represent.

To date, most of the students on our doctoral programme have had these characteristics. Many of them are now lecturers and researchers in universities, service institutions and research centres in Spain, Latin America and the rest of the world.

The natural route into the doctoral programme is via the master's degree in Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering at the UPC. If students have this qualification they do not need to take additional master’s degree subjects (bridging courses). However, there are two reasons why the programme can be accessed with other qualifications. The first is the multidisciplinary nature of the scientific area covered by the programme. The second is the interest in the subject area and characteristics of the programme in Latin America. The main entrance qualifications are described below. The most suitable background for applicants to the programme is a combination of academic and personal factors, as described above.

Main entrance qualifications
Degrees in the areas of civil engineering, geological engineering and architecture and other degrees in related areas of the earth sciences.

Access requirements

Applicants must hold a Spanish bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a Spanish master’s degree or equivalent, provided they have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on the two degrees (Royal Decree 43/2015, of 2 February)

In addition, the following may apply:

  • Holders of an official degree awarded by a university in Spain or any other country in the European Higher Education Area, pursuant to the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, which establishes official university course regulations, who have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on official university degrees, of which at least 60 must be at the master's degree level.
  • Holders of an official Spanish bachelor’s degree comprising at least 300 credits, as provided for by EU regulations. Holder of degrees of this kind must complete bridging courses unless the curriculum of the bachelor’s degree in question included research training credits equivalent in value to those which would be earned on a master's degree.
  • Holders of an official university qualification who, having passed the entrance examination for specialised medical training, have completed at least two years of a training course leading to an official degree in a health-sciences specialisation.
  • Holders of a degree issued under a foreign education system. In these cases, homologation is not required, but the UPC must verify that the degree certifies a level of training equivalent to an official Spanish master's degree and qualifies the holder for admission to doctoral studies in the country where it was issued. Admission on this basis does not imply homologation of the foreign degree or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to doctoral studies.
  • Holders of a Spanish doctoral qualification issued under previous university regulations.
  • Note 1: Doctoral studies entrance regulations for holders of an undergraduate degree awarded before the introduction of the EHEA (CG 47/02 2014)

    Note 2: Governing Council Decision 64/2014, which approves the procedure and criteria for assessing the fulfilment of academic admission requirements for doctoral studies by holders of non-homologated foreign degrees (CG 25/03 2014)

Admission criteria and merits assessment

There are two criteria for admission to the programme. The first is compliance with the established legal requirements. The second is whether students meet the admission requirements defined above, which includes training, ability and motivation in the programme’s scientific and technological disciplines. To access the programme, applicants must comply with legal requirements.

The suitability of an applicant’s background will be assessed according to the following criteria:
a) Whether a student’s academic background (subjects taken) is in line with the disciplines in the programme and
 b) the suitability of their personal background.

The suitability of a student’s academic background will be assessed in the following terms:

 a1) suitable academic background,
a2) suitable academic background with bridging courses, and
a3) unsuitable background.
An evaluation of a1 indicates that the student can enter the programme with no need for bridging courses, and a2 means that the student can enter if they take bridging courses. An evaluation of a3 indicates that the student has not been accepted.

Whether a student’s personal background is suitable is assessed by considering three aspects:
b1) training,
 b2) ability, and
b3) motivation.

The academic record will be assessed for criterion b1. Other prior learning or contributions will be assessed for criterion b2 in the areas of the programme or related fields, including knowledge of English. In addition, merit will be given if a lecturer on the programme has agreed to supervise the student’s thesis. Finally, the students’ statements in the corresponding section of the application form will be considered for criterion b3. If the academic committee considers it appropriate, this section could also be assessed in an interview.

Sections b1, b2 and b3 are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 10. To enter the programme, students must have a score that is not below 6 for any section and an overall score above 7. The overall score will be calculated as a weighted average, in which sections b1 and b2 are worth 35% and section b3 is worth 30 %. This overall mark also serves to prioritise applications if there are more applicants than available places.

Training complements

The academic committee of the programme could ask students to pass specific bridging courses. In this case, it will monitor the bridging courses that are taken and establish appropriate criteria to limit their duration.

Bridging courses will be on research or cross-disciplinary training. Doctoral students will never be required to enrol for bridging courses worth 60 ECTS or more.

Considering the doctoral student activity report (DAD), the academic committee of the programme could propose additional measures to those established in the regulations that lead to the withdrawal of doctoral students who do not meet the established criteria.

Bridging courses for specific academic activities

Most students are expected to come from the master’s degree in Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering, so will not have to take bridging courses.
Students who do not come from this master’s degree should take bridging courses or no more than 60 ECTS in the subjects of the aforementioned master’s degree. The academic committee of the programme will propose bridging courses according to the prior learning of each student.

Each subject from the master’s degree in Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering, which is associated with the doctoral programme, has specific objectives, methodologies and assessment processes. Studying these subjects will prepare students to gain the defined competencies.

Enrolment period for new doctoral students

Dates to be decided between September and October every academic year, as well as an extra period in February.

More information at the registration section for new doctoral students

Enrolment period

Dates to be decided between September and October every academic year.

More information at the general registration section

Monitoring and evaluation of the doctoral student

Procedure for the preparation and defense of the research plan

Doctoral candidates must submit a research plan, which will be included in their doctoral student activity report, before the end of the first year. The plan may be improved over the course of the doctoral degree. It must be endorsed by the tutor and the supervisor, and it must include the method that is to be followed and the aims of the research.

At least one of these annual assessments will include a public presentation and defence of the research plan and work done before a committee composed of three doctoral degree holders, which will be conducted in the manner determined by each academic committee. The examination committee awards a Pass or Fail mark. A Pass mark is a prerequisite for continuing on the doctoral programme. Doctoral candidates awarded a Fail mark must submit a new research plan for assessment by the academic committee of the doctoral programme within six months.

The committee assesses the research plan every year, in addition to all of the other activities in the doctoral student activity report. Doctoral candidates who are awarded two consecutive Fail marks for the research plan will be obliged to definitely withdraw from the programme.

If they change the subject of their thesis, they must submit a new research plan.

Formation activities

Activity: Tutorial.
- 288 hours.
Type: compulsory.

Activity: Courses and seminars.
- 60 hours.

Activity: Workshops.
- 30 hours.

Activity: Publications.
- 30 hours.


Activity: Mobility.
- 480 hours.

Activity: Training in information skills.
- 1.5 hours.

Activity: Research methodology.
- 12 hours.

Activity: Innovation and creativity.
- 18 hours.

Activity: Language and communication skills.
- 18 hours.

Activity: Assessment based on doctoral student activity report (DAD) and research plan.
- 4 hours.

Procedure for assignment of tutor and thesis director

The academic committee of the doctoral programme assigns a thesis supervisor to each doctoral candidate when they are admitted or enrol for the first time, taking account of the thesis supervision commitment referred to in the admission decision.

The thesis supervisor will ensure that training activities carried out by the doctoral candidate are coherent and suitable, and that the topic of the candidate’s doctoral thesis will have an impact and make a novel contribution to knowledge in the relevant field. The thesis supervisor will also guide the doctoral candidate in planning the thesis and, if necessary, tailoring it to any other projects or activities undertaken. The thesis supervisor will generally be a UPC professor or researcher who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience. This includes PhD-holding staff at associated schools (as determined by the Governing Council) and UPC-affiliated research institutes (in accordance with corresponding collaboration and affiliation agreements). When thesis supervisors are UPC staff members, they also act as the doctoral candidate’s tutor.

PhD holders who do not meet these criteria (as a result of their contractual relationship or the nature of the institution to which they are attached) must be approved by the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee in order to participate in a doctoral programme as researchers with documented research experience.

The academic committee of the doctoral programme may approve the appointment of a PhD-holding expert who is not a UPC staff member as a candidate’s thesis supervisor. In such cases, the prior authorisation of the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee is required. A UPC staff member who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience must also be proposed to act as a co-supervisor, or as the doctoral candidate’s tutor if one has not been assigned.

A thesis supervisor may step down from this role if there are justified reasons (recognised as valid by the committee) for doing so. If this occurs, the academic committee of the doctoral programme will assign the doctoral candidate a new thesis supervisor.

Provided there are justified reasons for doing so, and after hearing any relevant input from the doctoral candidate, the academic committee of the doctoral programme may assign a new thesis supervisor at any time during the period of doctoral study.

If there are academic reasons for doing so (an interdisciplinary topic, joint or international programmes, etc.) and the academic committee of the programme gives its approval, an additional thesis supervisor may be assigned. Supervisors and co-supervisors have the same responsibilities and academic recognition.

The maximum number of supervisors of a doctoral thesis is two: a supervisor and a co-supervisor.

For theses carried out under a cotutelle agreement or as part of an Industrial Doctorate, if necessary and if the agreement foresees it this maximum number of supervisors may not apply. This notwithstanding, the maximum number of supervisors belonging to the UPC is two.

More information at the PhD theses section

Permanence

The academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year for full-time doctoral candidates who have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, in the terms outlined in the Academic Regulations for Doctoral Studies of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In the case of part-time candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

International Mention

The doctoral degree certificate may include International Doctorate mention. In this case, the doctoral candidate must meet the following requirements:

a) During the period of study leading to the award of the doctoral degree, the doctoral candidate must have spent at least three months at a respected higher education institution or research centre outside Spain to complete courses or do research work. The stays and activities carried out must be endorsed by the thesis supervisor and authorised by the academic committee of the programme. The candidate must provide a certifying document issued by the person responsible for the research group of the body or bodies where the stay or activity was completed. This information will be added to the doctoral student’s activity report.
b) Part of the thesis (at least the summary and conclusions) must be written and presented in one of the languages commonly used for science communication in the relevant field of knowledge, which must not be an official language of Spain. This rule does not apply to stays and reports in Spanish or to experts from Spanish-speaking countries.
c) At least two PhD-holding experts belonging to a higher education institution or research centre outside Spain must have issued officially certified reports on the thesis.
d) The thesis examination committee must have included at least one PhD-holding expert from a higher education or research institution outside Spain who was not responsible for the candidate’s stay abroad (point a) above).
e) The thesis defence must have taken place on UPC premises or, in the case of joint programmes, at the location specified in the collaboration agreement.

Learning resources


• Access to the UPC virtual environment for teaching: Atenea or https://atenea.upc.edu/moodle/login/index.php
• Classrooms equipped with projectors, class computer and internet access.
• Computer equipment and rooms in the department and the Barcelona School of Civil Engineering (ETSECCPB). General and calculation programmes that are specific to the doctorate.
• Four-wheel drive vehicle that belongs to the department for field visits.
• Depending on the availability of space, students will be provided with a work place in the department with access to high-speed internet (100 Mbps).
• Wi-Fi service in the entire UPC campus.
• Departmental laboratories for teaching practicals and research.

Doctoral Theses

List of authorized thesis for defense

  • MONTALBAN TURON, CARLOS: Análisis estructural de escaleras para edificios frente a viento y sismo
    Author: MONTALBAN TURON, CARLOS
    Thesis file: (contact the Doctoral School to confirm you have a valid doctoral degree and to get the link to the thesis)
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING AND STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS
    Department: (DECA)
    Mode: Normal
    Deposit date: 14/01/2021
    Reading date: pending
    Reading time: pending
    Reading place: pending
    Thesis director: BRUFAU NIUBÓ, ROBERTO | GONZALEZ DRIGO, JOSE RAMON
    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: MAÑA REIXACH, FRUCTUOSO
         SECRETARI: MARTÍN SÁIZ, RODRIGO
         VOCAL: DE SOUSA CRUZ, PAULO JORGE
    Thesis abstract: In this PhD Dissertation the structural performance of buildings with stairs submitted to lateral loads, is investigated. Because of the historical neglect of the interaction effects between the main structure and stairs, in professional and scientific practices, the objective is to address the current uncertainty regarding the structural safety of the evacuation exits of buildings, when they face seismic threats. For this reason, solutions are investigated in search of the optimal interaction between the main structure and the stairs. Currently, the project of buildings with stairs is controlled by different types of regulations, to ensure that, in an accidental situation, the stairs are the safest place and route to evacuate the building. However, in front of seismic threats, it is recommended not to stay in areas of the building with stairs, because it has been proven that they are elements highly vulnerable to the effects of the earthquake. The criteria for fire safety and against seismic threats are contradictory. Therefore, the need to rethink the way of designing stairs as well as their interaction with the building structure is confirmed. In an accidental situation (be it due to fire or to earthquake), the integrity of the staircase is essential to ensure a rapid evacuation of and adequate assistance to the users of the building and, for this reason, the structural safety of the evacuation routes should be guaranteed, in front of any accidental situation. In this research, four three dimensions (3D) models have been defined and, in each one of them, a non-linear static analysis has been performed against incremental pushes in the two main directions, which involves eight pushover analyses. Two analysis models correspond to the usual way of analyzing seismic behavior today, that is, without considering the structural presence of the stairs in the calculation model. The other two propose two different stair solutions, which, in these cases, have been modeled as part of the main structure. The research is carried out through three different fields of knowledge, the coordination of which has made it possible to solve a problem of international concern that each year causes the loss of hundreds of humans¿ lives, serious accidents and significant material damage, on all continents of the world. The three main areas of knowledge are: 1) architecture, 2) steel building engineer-ing, and 3) the study of seismic behavior (earthquake engineering). The contribution of this thesis to the problem of the fragility of the stairs could hardly have been made from the specialization in a single area of the three mentioned ones. Through the development, some preestablished impositions in each field of study are questioned and overcome: 1) the function of stairs in architecture, 2) the reason for the bracing system and the external actions that actually act on them and 3) the determining incidence of the stairs on the overall dynamic and seismic behavior of the building (structural dynamics and seis-mology). The main contribution is to offer, for the first time, an architecture project that provides a transversal solution to the three areas of study. Starting from Le Corbusier's definition, "... architecture is the wise, correct and magnificent game of volumes organized under light¿." Here, the parallelism could be nuanced: "... and of the organized masses in the face of acceleration". The scope of this thesis has been to design buildings in which the main structure and the stairs constitute an effective structural type against the effects of vertical (gravity) and horizontal (wind or earthquake) acceleration loads. The results obtained prove that the integration of the essential elements of the architecture (the main structure and the stairs, in this case) allows creating new, safer, more economical and resilient structural types.
  • SOSSA ARANCIBIA, VIVIANA ALEJANDRA: Inspección no destructiva de estructuras mediante georradar: análisis de daños por corrosión y por otras patologías
    Author: SOSSA ARANCIBIA, VIVIANA ALEJANDRA
    Thesis file: (contact the Doctoral School to confirm you have a valid doctoral degree and to get the link to the thesis)
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING AND STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS
    Department: (DECA)
    Mode: Normal
    Deposit date: 30/11/2020
    Reading date: 11/03/2021
    Reading time: 11:30
    Reading place: PhD thesis by videoconference. Escola Camins. https://meet.google.com/ckz-kgee-amp
    Thesis director: PEREZ GRACIA, MARIA DE LA VEGA | GONZALEZ DRIGO, JOSE RAMON
    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: GARCÍA GARCÍA, FRANCISCO
         SECRETARI: DI CAPUA, DANIEL
         VOCAL: SOLLA CARRACELA, MERCEDES
    Thesis abstract: This thesis aims to studythe capacities and limitations of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to support inspection, assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation tasks, helping to earlydetection and evaluation ofpathologies in unreinforced masonryconstructions, as well as in reinforcing concrete structures.One ofthe most common pathologies in existing reinforced concrete structures is corrosion damage. In fact, this is a pathologythat, in more advanced stages, may comprom ise the integrity of sorne structural elements, or e\en of the whole structural system. Corros ion dam age reduces the effecti\e cross section of steel reinforcing bars , dim inishing the bond between reinforcement and concrete, and affecting, dueto physical and chemical processes, the concrete that inwl\es the corroded steel reinforcing bars. In reinforced concrete structures, the corrosion ofsteel reinforcing bars is, in general, hidden. Accordingly , remotely or at distance assessment techniques are desirable , which aims to assess the integrity of steel elements, generally inaccessible through direct contact.The implementation of non-destructi\e tests (NDT) is a com mon practice when analysing pathologies in historical buildings, where inter'A:lntions should be as minimal invasi\e as possible . Sorne ofthe mostcommon methods to assess corrosion, such as the potential of corrosion, the petrographic analysis and the resistivimeter, present sorne disadvantages in comparison to the GPR. In fact, the uses of such methods require a considerable time, they are slightty invasi\e, and its application is localized, which means thattheir application only co\ers a reduced area of analysi s.In orderto assess the GPR capacity for detecting corros ion dam age, different laboratory tests were respecti\ely de\eloped, being the obtained results extremely satisfactory. Accordingly, it is possible to identify the following achie\ements: (i) a fast data acquisition planning methodologywas well established; (ii) the key elements and parameters for corrosion detection, within a qualitati\e analysis, were respecti\elyidentified; (iii) the contoureffects, related to a change on geometry, were identified and duly controlled; and (iv) a numerical approximation method, based on energy attenuation of GPR, for assessing the presence and degree ofcorrosion in damaged samples, was proposed with success. Obtained results are themsel\es a strong contribution of de\eloped research studies for the state of art.Four in-field tests, implemented on existing structures were respecti\ely developed, aim ing to apply and validate the methodologies, results and conclusions, obtained from laboratory tests. Toree case studies are related to historical constructions, belonging to the cultural heritage of the city of Barcelona, in Spain. The obtained results from GPR, combined, in sorne cases, with boreholes and seism ic tomography, allowed to identify pathologies dueto hum idity, corrosion and differential setttements. A fourth case study, de\eloped on a contemporary structure, in reinforcing concrete, and only using GPR, allowed to identifyand localize pathologies dueto corrosion damage.The laboratorytests and the case studies, using GPR, combined or not with other techniques, showed a strong capacityto detect and assess early stage pathologies, especially dueto corrosion damage, through fast, non-invasi\e and non­ destructi\e prospections.This strategy has econom ical and social advan tages . lndeed, a fast detection of pathologies , allow the rehabilitation of existing structures with a minimum amount of budget, when comparing with the needed resources to face damage in a more se\ere stage. The assessment ofpathologies in earlystages with GPR, especiallywhen combined with other techniques, allow then to ensure more resilient structures, by increasing their reliability, safety, and availability, and by decreasing their operational costs.

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Theses related publications

AUTHOR:ALFARAH, BASHAR
Title:Advanced Computationally Efficient Modeling of RC Structures Nonlinear Cyclic Behavior
Reading date:09/06/2017
Director:LOPEZ ALMANSA, FRANCISCO
Co-director:OLLER MARTINEZ, SERGIO HORACIO
Mention:No
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Alfarah, B.; Murcia-Delso, J.; Lopez Almansa, F.; Oller, S. (2018). RC structures cyclic behavior simulation with a model integrating plasticity, damage, and bond-slip. - Earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, ISSN: 0098-8847 (JCR Impact Factor-2018: 3.419; Quartil: Q1)

Alfarah, B.; Lopez Almansa, F.; Oller, S. (2018). Numerical study on the relevance of columns hidden failure modes in the seismic capacity of non-ductile RC Frames. - Journal of earthquake engineering, ISSN: 1363-2469 (JCR Impact Factor-2018: 2.754; Quartil: Q1)

AUTHOR:SALGADO GÁLVEZ, MARIO ANDRÉS
Title:Probabilistic assessment of earthquake losses at diferent scales considering lost economic production due to premature loss of lives.
Reading date:04/07/2016
Director:CARREÑO TIBADUIZA, MARTHA LILIANA
Co-director:BARBAT BARBAT, HORIA ALEJANDRO
Mention:No
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Salgado-Gálvez, M.A.; Bernal, G.; Cardona, O.D. (2016). Evaluación probabilista de la amenaza sísmica de Colombia con fines de actualización de la Norma Colombiana de Diseño de Puentes CCP-14. - Revista internacional de métodos numéricos para cálculo y diseño en ingeniería, ISSN: 0213-1315 (JCR Impact Factor-2016: 0.431; Quartil: Q4)

Salgado-Gálvez, M.A.; Barbat, A. H.; Cardona, O.D.; Carreño, M.L. (2016). Comparing observed damages and losses with modelled ones using a probabilistic approach: the Lorca 2011 case. - International journal of disaster risk reduction, ISSN: 2212-4209 (JCR Impact Factor-2016: 1.603; Quartil: Q2)

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04/02/201906/05/2019Contrato de apoyo técnico para la revisión del diseño de aparatos de apoyo estructurales del Tren Interurbano Toluca-MéxicoSENER INGENIERÍA DE SISTEMAS S.A.
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01/09/201831/08/2020KEEPING AND INCREASING RESILIENCE OPPORTUNITIES AND SUSTAINABILITY OF COMMUNITIES AGAINST EARTHQUAKESCommission of European Communities
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01/01/201831/12/2021Por una cultura del riesgo sísmicoCommission of European Communities
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01/01/201831/12/2021Deterioro físico del suelo debido a acciones ambientales: soluciones tecnológicas para mitigación de riesgosAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201831/12/2021Modelos estructurales para la gestión eficiente de infraestructuras: Smart BIM modelsAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201831/12/2020INESTABILIDAD HIDROMECÁNICA EN SUELOS: DETECCIÓN Y EVALUACIÓNAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
03/08/201731/12/2017Assessorament en relació a les solucions estructurals i constructives i de resposta de determinats materials a patologies concretes dels monuments.GENCAT-DEP.CULTURA
01/06/201731/05/2018Análisis inicial de la vulnerabilidad sísmica de viviendas e infraestructuras de la franja del Pacífico de Nicaragua para sustentar un proyecto de normas y guías de construcción propiasCentre Cooperació per al Desenvolupament
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13/11/201613/11/2016Dispositivo de aislamiento sísmico con múltiples núcleos y engranajes
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15/07/201515/02/2017Anàlisis mecàniques sobre elements de pedra, morter i obra de fàbrica (Expedient 01/15 FBG)FUNDACIO BOSCH I GIMPERA
01/04/201531/03/2019Geohazards: Risk Assessment, Mitigation and PreventionCommission of European Communities
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01/01/201530/06/2018Simulación avanzada para optimizar el reconomiento geotécnico submarinoMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
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01/01/201531/12/2018LNG Technologies and Innovation for Maritime Transport for the Promotion of Sustainability, Multimodality and the Efficiency of the NetworkEuropean Commission
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01/07/202030/06/2023RYC-2018-025169AGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/06/202031/05/2022Herramienta de planificación espacial y urbana extrema para episodios de olas de calor e inundaciones repentinas. Construyendo la resiliencia para ciudades y regionesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/06/202031/05/2023Avances en el análisis de la cuantificación del riesgo (QRA) por desprendimientos rocosos empleando avances en las técnicas geomáticasAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
06/03/202006/03/2022Estudio comparativo de tecnologías y soluciones en aprendizaje profundo (deep learning) para el diagnóstico de averías en aerogeneradores.ITESTIT,S.L.
23/10/201919/01/2020Introduction to the Geotechnical PFEM in KratosCLIENTS DIVERSOS CONGRESOS
01/09/201928/02/2023Cost reduction and increase performance of floating wind technologyCommission of European Communities
27/07/201926/01/2020Realització d'assaigs dee laboratori per a la mesura de la deformació de fluència en provetes de dos tipus de pedra naturalPATRIMONI 2.0 CONSULTORS SL
01/06/201931/05/2021Geohazards: Identification, Modelling, Preparedness, Assessment, Collaboration and TransferenceAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/04/201931/03/2020Triaxial test on reinforced soils with different binders/injection liquidsBASF Construction Chemicals Europe AG
28/02/201928/02/2019A METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE FRACTURED VOLUME IN A RESERVOIR DOMAIN BY INJECTING A HIGH PRESSURE FLUID
04/02/201906/05/2019Contrato de apoyo técnico para la revisión del diseño de aparatos de apoyo estructurales del Tren Interurbano Toluca-MéxicoSENER INGENIERÍA DE SISTEMAS S.A.
01/01/201931/12/2021Evaluación multinivel de la vulnerabilidad sísmica y mitigación de riesgo de edificios de obra de fábrica para centros urbanos históricos resilentesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201931/12/2021Estructuras de hormigón de altas prestaciones utilizando materials y tecnologías avanzados de diseño y construcciónAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201931/12/2020Realización de campañas de seguimiento de la evolución de las paredes rocosas (Monasterio de Piedra)MONASTERIO DE PIEDRA SA
01/09/201831/08/2020KEEPING AND INCREASING RESILIENCE OPPORTUNITIES AND SUSTAINABILITY OF COMMUNITIES AGAINST EARTHQUAKESCommission of European Communities
21/08/201821/08/2018Un método para la estimación del volumen de fractura, en un dominio de un yacimiento, por inyección de un fluido a alta presión
02/03/201831/12/2018Assessorament sobre l'anàlisi del comportament estructural i constructiu de monuments i compatibilitat de sistemes constructius en temes relacionats amb patologies de diversos monumentsGENCAT-DEP.CULTURA
01/02/201831/12/2019Asesoría de Viaductos de la linea de ferrocarril Thénia-Borjd Bou Arreridj, ArgeliaPöyry Deutschland GmbH
01/01/201831/12/2021Por una cultura del riesgo sísmicoCommission of European Communities
01/01/201831/12/2021Desarrollo y validación de sistemas de monitorización inteligente, estrategias de control del pitch y de amortiguación estructural para aerogeneradores offshore flotantes.AGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201831/12/2021Deterioro físico del suelo debido a acciones ambientales: soluciones tecnológicas para mitigación de riesgosAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201831/12/2021Modelos estructurales para la gestión eficiente de infraestructuras: Smart BIM modelsAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201831/12/2020INESTABILIDAD HIDROMECÁNICA EN SUELOS: DETECCIÓN Y EVALUACIÓNAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
03/08/201731/12/2017Assessorament en relació a les solucions estructurals i constructives i de resposta de determinats materials a patologies concretes dels monuments.GENCAT-DEP.CULTURA
01/06/201731/05/2018Análisis inicial de la vulnerabilidad sísmica de viviendas e infraestructuras de la franja del Pacífico de Nicaragua para sustentar un proyecto de normas y guías de construcción propiasCentre Cooperació per al Desenvolupament
09/05/201702/06/2017Informe sobre los silos A, B y C de ERGANSA situados en el muelle de contradique del puerto de BarcelonaAutoritat Portuària de Barcelona
06/05/201706/05/2017Método y circuito electrónico analógico para la detección de fallos en el sistema hidráulico de variación de paso de pala de una turbina eólica
04/04/201731/12/2017TENSAR INTERNATIONAL LTD. Triaxial tests on reinforced aggregatesTENSAR INTERNATIONAL LTD
01/03/201731/08/2020Applications of coupled termo-hydro-mechanical simulation in landfill operation and maintenanceAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
01/01/201731/12/2018Red temática de álgebra lineal, análisis matricial y aplicacionesMinisterio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad
01/01/201731/12/20202017 SGR 388: Control, Modelització, Identificació i Aplicacions (CoDAlab)AGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
01/01/201731/12/2020Grup de Recerca Reconegut per la Generalitat de CatalunyaAgència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
30/12/201631/12/2020Caracterización y modelización de los desprendimientos rocososMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
30/12/201629/12/2020Histeresis con dependencia de tasa: modelado, análisis, e identificación, con aplicaciones a los amortiguadores magnetoreologicosMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
19/12/201631/03/2018Caracterització mecànica i resistent detallada d'un tipus de fàbrica de maó ceràmic utilitzat en la construcció de les voltes de pla de part de l'estructura del Temple de la Sagrada FamiliaTEMPLE EXPIATORI SAGRADA FAMILIA
13/11/201613/11/2016Dispositivo de aislamiento sísmico con múltiples núcleos y engranajes
19/08/201619/08/2016Method implemented in a computer for the numerical simulation of a porous medium
14/07/201614/07/2016Method to generate the in-situ state of stress in a domain in a geological structure
13/06/201631/12/2016Análisi de solucions estructurals i resposta a materials en monumentsGENCAT-DEP.CULTURA
26/04/201625/08/2016Development of an experimental programme on a novel Technology for the construction of a vaulted structureEIDG. TECHN. HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH
18/02/201631/12/2016IGEOTEST S.L. Proyecto de investigación ERA-NET MD-WINDControl y Prospecciones IGEOTEST S.L
01/01/201631/12/2018Técnicas multiescala para el análisis experimental y numérico de la fiabilidad de las estructuras de obra de fábricaMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
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01/01/201630/11/2019Desarrollo y aplicación de herramientas avanzadas para la evaluación, prevención y gestión del riesgo sísmico.MIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
01/01/201631/12/2018Caracterización y clasificación morfológica de células leucémicas mediante procesamiento digital de imágenes y reconocimiento de patrones para el soporte al diagnósticoMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
01/01/201631/12/2019La isla de calor urbana: Efectos en el cambio climático y modelado para estrategias de planeamiento territorial y urbano. Aplicación a la región metropolitana de BarcelonaMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
01/01/201631/12/2018Interpretación de registros de perforación geotécnica submarinaMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
01/01/201631/12/2018Comportamiento sismico de estructuras con forjados reticulares y disipadores de energía bajo la acción simultánea de dos componentes horizontales del terremotoMinisterio de Ciencia e Innovación
21/07/201531/12/2015Assessorament per a solucions estructurals i constructives de diversos edificis històrics de CatalunyaGENCAT-DEP.CULTURA
15/07/201515/02/2017Anàlisis mecàniques sobre elements de pedra, morter i obra de fàbrica (Expedient 01/15 FBG)FUNDACIO BOSCH I GIMPERA
01/04/201531/03/2019Geohazards: Risk Assessment, Mitigation and PreventionCommission of European Communities
01/04/201531/03/2016investigació i assessorament en temes estructurals de les infraestructures gestionades per Infraestructures de la Generalitat de Catalunya S.A.U. (Infraestructures.cat)Gestió d’Infraestructures S.A.U Generalitat de Catalunya
01/01/201530/06/2018Simulación avanzada para optimizar el reconomiento geotécnico submarinoMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
01/01/201531/12/2018Desarrollo y validación de sistemas de detección de fallos y diseño de estrategias de control tolerante a fallos con aplicación a plantas de energía eólica offshoreMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
01/01/201531/12/2018LNG Technologies and Innovation for Maritime Transport for the Promotion of Sustainability, Multimodality and the Efficiency of the NetworkEuropean Commission
04/01/201431/05/2022Automatic Classification of Digital Images of Peripheral Blood: Application to the Initial Diagnosis of Leukemias and LymphomasFundación GOTEO

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