Structural Analysis

COORDINATOR

Chiumenti, Michele

CONTACT

Office 202 – Building C2 (North Campus)
Tel.: 934 016 497
E-mail: doctorat.AE.camins@upc.edu

https://deca.upc.edu/ca/doctorat-recerca/doctorat/analisi-estuctural

Background


The doctoral programme in Structural Analysis was launched in 1988 when the Department of Strength of Materials and Structural Engineering was established within the framework of the University Reform Law (LRU) and the Statutes of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. The programme was created to produce doctoral graduates in the field of continuous media mechanics and theory of structures. This is a unique area of activity at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

The design of the programme reflects two strategic orientations. First, it has a strong international dimension to encourage the participation of many students. Professors from Latin America, European countries, Asia and Africa are involved in teaching. Second, the conceptual design of the programme and the scientific content it focuses on closely reflect the challenges and innovation-related problems that Spanish and European industry face as they seek to improve their competitiveness in a global context. One aspect of the programme’s international focus is the regular collaboration of internationally renowned professors in its delivery:


Dr S. Idelsohn (ICREA), Research Professor at CIMNE, Spain
Dr C. Felippa, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Dr R. Löhner, University of Washington, USA
Dr J. Rojek, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Academy of Sciences, Poland
Dr F. Armero, University of Berkeley, USA
Dr S. Botello, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
Dr J. Hurtado, National University of Colombia
Dr M. Cerrolaza, Central University of Venezuela

The programme also has close links with other universities and with companies in RDI. Professors and students work with a large number of companies on RDI projects within the framework of joint projects funded by national and EU research bodies. In the last five years, professors and students on the programme have participated in numerous research projects selected through competitive calls under national and EU programmes.

Rationale for the programme

In recent decades, major technological advances have facilitated deeper and more effective approaches and methods in structural analysis. This has been achieved in part thanks to more powerful and precise calculation tools but also because specialists in the field are being called on to solve increasingly complex problems facing society.

In this context, the doctoral programme in Structural Analysis meets two needs. First, it introduces vertical content related to analysis and calculation of structures. This means studying and analysing the full array of concepts, methods and numerical tools needed to calculate different types of structures: beams, plates, sheets, etc. Students are also introduced to constitutive equations that define the behaviour of materials and therefore their structural response.

Second, the programme covers horizontal content related to the mechanics of continuous media and the use of numerical techniques to solve problems. Study focuses on the numerical solution (linear and nonlinear) of equations related to heat transmission, fracture mechanics and some complex industrial processes (filling of moulds, sheet metal stamping, laminating, forging, etc.) and Navier-Stokes equations, among other topics. This dual approach makes the doctoral programme in Structural Analysis, which covers both the mechanics of continuous media and structure theory, unique at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Programme objectives

The objective of the doctoral programme in Structural Analysis is to develop high-quality researchers in the field of structural analysis, conceived in its broadest sense within the mechanics of continuous media, and in the application of numerical techniques (mainly finite elements) in this area. The programme focuses on two basic aspects of structural analysis:
• Methodology
• Applications

Methodology

In this dimension, the objectives of the programme are as follows:
• To provide students with a deeper knowledge of the most commonly used structural materials and their numerical treatment: two and three-dimensional continuous media, beams, plates and sheets
• To develop and extend students’ knowledge and understanding of constitutive equations for materials that can be used to analyse their behaviour
• To introduce students to the numerical treatment of differential and integral equations that govern the structural behaviour of materials
• To use various numerical solution methods to analyse equations resulting from discretisation of the continuum, including coupling and interaction problems.

Applications

As soon as students have acquired the basic knowledge indicated above, they must choose a specialisation based on the objectives of their doctoral thesis. In this context, the doctoral programme in Structural Analysis covers the following fields:

- Structural engineering, including seismic analysis, structural pathologies, numerical analysis of composite and functional materials, etc.

- Solving multiphysical problems: thermomechanical analysis, fluid-structure interaction, etc.

- Numerical simulation of industrial processes: additive manufacturing, rolling, welding, forging, solidification, deep drawing, etc.

External collaborations

Practically all top-tier universities in the Americas, Europe and Asia with doctoral-level civil engineering programmes (environmental, mechanical or materials) offer doctoral degrees related to structural analysis. Professors in the UPC’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering maintain close relations in research-related areas with many professors at these universities, resulting in joint papers and coordinated research projects. These contacts also facilitate exchanges and periods of mobility for professors and students and participation in the examination committees of various national programmes.

Mobility

Doctoral students will have opportunities to undertake periods of mobility at institutions abroad to carry out research activities and/or participate in conferences that are directly related to their thesis or cover other topics of interest for their training and development.

Mobility is facilitated by research projects carried out through the Department, in collaboration with related research centres (e.g. the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering), and within the framework of European consortia and other international projects.

Quality award

The doctoral programme in Structural Analysis has been recognised with a quality award given by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science following assessment by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (quality award code MCD2005-00341; awarded/renewed for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008).

General information

Access profile

Applicants should have an academic background in engineering, science or technology and have completed a master’s degree in a field related to the scientific area of the programme. Students seeking admission to the programme must demonstrate basic knowledge in the field of structural analysis, particularly with regard to the mechanics of continuous media; solid and fluid mechanics; and linear, nonlinear, static and dynamic behaviour of materials and structures. It is recommended that students have some knowledge of programming (computational mechanics).

In addition to a suitable academic background, it is considered important that applicants have certain personal characteristics – namely, an interest in the research projects carried out within the framework of the programme; critical and analytical skills; initiative and perseverance in their academic work; the ability to work in a team; and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Specific admission requirements

Students who have completed one of the following UPC master's degrees qualify for direct admission to the doctoral programme in Structural Analysis and will not be required to take any bridging courses.

- Master's degree in Civil Engineering
- Master's degree in Numerical Methods in Engineering
- Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Computational Mechanics

The academic committee may recognise other master's degrees or postgraduate studies in the sciences as equivalent to the qualifications listed above. For the recognition of degree equivalency, the academic committee for the programme will assess to what extent the qualification in question corresponds to one of the masters degrees listed above in terms of the number of credits and the subjects studied. The academic standing of the institution that awarded the degree will also be considered. Students who hold a master's degree or have completed postgraduate studies recognised by the UPC as equivalent to one of the masters degree’s specified above will be admitted to the doctoral programme automatically.

The academic committee will consider applications from students who do not meet these requirements on a case-by-case basis. In general, preference will be given to applicants who hold a master's degree in the sciences as defined in the Bologna Process guidelines.

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 four years, counted from the date of first enrolment in the relevant programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited. 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 seven years from the date of first enrolment in the programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited. To calculate these periods, the date of deposit is considered to be the date on which the thesis is made publicly available for review.

If a doctoral candidate has a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%, the maximum period of study is six years for full-time students and nine years for part-time students.

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 requirement to complete this minimum period of study.

Temporary disability leave and leave for the birth of a child, adoption or fostering for the purposes of adoption, temporary foster care, risk during pregnancy or infant feeding, gender violence and any other situation provided for in current regulations do not count towards these periods. Students who find themselves in any of these circumstances must notify the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which must inform the Doctoral School.

Doctoral candidates may request periods of temporary withdrawal from the programme for up to a total of two years. Requests must be justified and addressed to the academic committee responsible for the programme, which will decide whether or not to grant the candidate's request.

Extension of studies
If a doctoral candidate has not applied to deposit their thesis before the expiry of the deadlines specified in the previous section, the academic committee of the doctoral programme may, at the request of the doctoral candidate, authorise an extension of this deadline of one year under the conditions specified for the doctoral programme in question.

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 doctoral candidate not having completed their annual enrolment or applied for a temporary interruption.
  • The doctoral candidate not having formalised annual enrolment on the day after the end of the authorisation to temporarily interrupt or withdraw from the programme.
  • The doctoral candidate receiving a negative reassessment after the deadline set by the academic committee of the doctoral programme to remedy the deficiencies that led to a previous negative assessment.
  • The doctoral candidate having been the subject of disciplinary proceedings leading to their suspension or permanent exclusion from the UPC.
  • A refusal to authorise the extensions applied for, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.3 of these regulations.
  • The doctoral candidate not having submitted the research plan in the period established in Section 8.2 of these regulations.
  • The maximum period of study for the doctoral degree having ended, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.4 of these regulations.

Dismissal from the programme means that the doctoral candidate cannot continue studying at the UPC and that their academic record will be closed. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission, and the committee must reevaluate the candidate in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

A doctoral candidate who has been dismissed due to having exceeded the time limit for completing doctoral studies or due to an unsatisfactory assessment may not be Academic Regulations for Doctoral Studies Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Page 17 of 33 admitted to the same doctoral programme until at least two years have elapsed from the date of dismissal, as provided for in sections 3.4 and 9.2 of these regulations.

Legal framework

Organization

COORDINATOR:
ACADEMIC COMMISSION OF THE PROGRAM:
STRUCTURAL UNITS:
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (PROMOTORA)
SPECIFIC URL OF THE DOCTORAL PROGRAM:
https://deca.upc.edu/ca/doctorat-recerca/doctorat/analisi-estuctural

CONTACT:

Office 202 – Building C2 (North Campus)
Tel.: 934 016 497
E-mail: doctorat.AE.camins@upc.edu


Access, admission and registration

Access profile

Applicants should have an academic background in engineering, science or technology and have completed a master’s degree in a field related to the scientific area of the programme. Students seeking admission to the programme must demonstrate basic knowledge in the field of structural analysis, particularly with regard to the mechanics of continuous media; solid and fluid mechanics; and linear, nonlinear, static and dynamic behaviour of materials and structures. It is recommended that students have some knowledge of programming (computational mechanics).

In addition to a suitable academic background, it is considered important that applicants have certain personal characteristics – namely, an interest in the research projects carried out within the framework of the programme; critical and analytical skills; initiative and perseverance in their academic work; the ability to work in a team; and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Specific admission requirements

Students who have completed one of the following UPC master's degrees qualify for direct admission to the doctoral programme in Structural Analysis and will not be required to take any bridging courses.

- Master's degree in Civil Engineering
- Master's degree in Numerical Methods in Engineering
- Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Computational Mechanics

The academic committee may recognise other master's degrees or postgraduate studies in the sciences as equivalent to the qualifications listed above. For the recognition of degree equivalency, the academic committee for the programme will assess to what extent the qualification in question corresponds to one of the masters degrees listed above in terms of the number of credits and the subjects studied. The academic standing of the institution that awarded the degree will also be considered. Students who hold a master's degree or have completed postgraduate studies recognised by the UPC as equivalent to one of the masters degree’s specified above will be admitted to the doctoral programme automatically.

The academic committee will consider applications from students who do not meet these requirements on a case-by-case basis. In general, preference will be given to applicants who hold a master's degree in the sciences as defined in the Bologna Process guidelines.

Access requirements

As a rule, 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).

Applicants who meet one or more of the following conditions are also eligible for admission:

a) Holders of official Spanish degrees or equivalent Spanish qualifications, provided they have passed 300 ECTS credits in total and they can prove they have reached Level 3 in the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education.
b) Holders of degrees awarded in foreign education systems in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which do not require homologation, who can prove that they have reached Level 7 in the European Qualifications Framework, provided the degree makes the holder eligible for admission to doctoral studies in the country in which it was awarded.
c) Holders of degrees awarded in a country that does not belong to the EHEA, which do not require homologation, on the condition that the University is able to verify that the degree is of a level equivalent to that of official university master's degrees in Spain and that it makes the holder eligible for admission to doctoral studies in the country in which it was awarded.
d) Holders of another doctoral degree.
e) Holders of an official university qualification who, having been awarded a post as a trainee in the entrance examination for specialised medical training, have successfully completed at least two years of training leading to an official degree in a health sciences specialisation.

Note 1: Regulations for access to doctoral studies for individuals with degrees in bachelor's, engineering, or architecture under the system prior to the implementation of the EHEA (CG 47/02 2014).

Note 2: Agreement number 64/2014 of the Governing Council approving the procedure and criteria for assessing the academic requirements for admission to doctoral studies with non-homologated foreign degrees (CG 25/03 2014).

Legal framework

Admission criteria and merits assessment

The academic committee will make admission decisions on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the following factors:


• Nature and details of previous studies (30%)
• Academic record (20%)
• Previous research experience and publications (10%)
• Motivation to undertake studies in structural analysis (10%)
• Scientific/academic excellence of the university or higher education institution where the applicant completed their previous degree (10%)
• Knowledge of English (10%)
• Availability of scholarships or grants (10%)

Training complements

The academic committee for the programme may require that doctoral students pass specific bridging courses. In such cases, the committee will keep track of the bridging courses completed and establish appropriate criteria to limit their duration.

Bridging courses will provide research training. In no case may doctoral students be required to enrol for 60 or more ECTS credits.

When students admitted to the doctoral programme are required to complete additional training, the bridging courses they must take will be specified at the time of admission from among the subjects listed below (grouped according to the master’s course on which they are taught).

Master's degree in Civil Engineering

Subject: Mechanics of Continuous Media

Subject: Structural Analysis

Subject: Structural Engineering

Master's degree in Numerical Methods in Engineering

Subject: Finite Element Method

Subject: Mechanics of Continuous Media

Subject: Computational Solid Mechanics

Subject: Mechanics and Computational Dynamics of Structures


Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Computational Mechanics

Subject: Finite Element Methods

Subject: Continuum Mechanics

Subject: Computational Solid Mechanics

Subject: Computational Structural Mechanics and Dynamics

Enrolment period for new doctoral students

From around mid-September to mid-October of each academic year

February (extraordinary enrolment), mainly for students awaiting visas and/or grants

More information at the registration section for new doctoral students

Enrolment period

From around mid-September to mid-October of each 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

Tutorial (compulsory, 288 hours): Advice, support, progress review and monitoring of doctoral students to ensure that they develop the necessary competencies. This activity will be recorded on the doctoral student activity report and reviewed by the student’s thesis supervisor.

Mobility (optional) (480 hours): Periods of mobility undertaken at institutions abroad to carry out research activity and/or participate in conferences that are directly related to a student’s thesis or cover other topics of interest for their training and development. When students are admitted directly to the programme, they will participate in mobility activities from the second year of study. Otherwise, participation in these activities will begin 12 months after students complete the bridging courses specified as a condition for admission or any additional training required by their tutor or thesis supervisor.
Seminars (optional) (60 hours): When visiting professors are completing stays in the Department, seminars are organised for doctoral students so that they can learn about the results of research projects related to their thesis work.
Courses (optional): The training of doctoral students may be complemented through participation in courses that are part of a specific master’s degree:
• Master's degree in Structural and Construction Engineering
• Master's degree in Numerical Methods in Engineering
• Master's degree in Civil Engineering
• Master's degree in Computational Mechanics
• Others

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 maximum period of study for full-time doctoral studies is four years, counted from the date of first enrolment in the relevant programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited. 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 seven years from the date of first enrolment in the programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited. To calculate these periods, the date of deposit is considered to be the date on which the thesis is made publicly available for review.

If a doctoral candidate has a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%, the maximum period of study is six years for full-time students and nine years for part-time students.

If a doctoral candidate has not applied to deposit their thesis before the expiry of the deadlines specified in the previous section, the academic committee of the doctoral programme may, at the request of the doctoral candidate, authorise an extension of this deadline of one year under the conditions specified for the doctoral programme in question.

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 doctoral candidate not having completed their annual enrolment or applied for a temporary interruption.
  • The doctoral candidate not having formalised annual enrolment on the day after the end of the authorisation to temporarily interrupt or withdraw from the programme.
  • The doctoral candidate receiving a negative reassessment after the deadline set by the academic committee of the doctoral programme to remedy the deficiencies that led to a previous negative assessment.
  • The doctoral candidate having been the subject of disciplinary proceedings leading to their suspension or permanent exclusion from the UPC.
  • A refusal to authorise the extensions applied for, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.3 of these regulations.
  • The doctoral candidate not having submitted the research plan in the period established in Section 8.2 of these regulations.
  • The maximum period of study for the doctoral degree having ended, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.4 of these regulations.

Dismissal from the programme means that the doctoral candidate cannot continue studying at the UPC and that their academic record will be closed. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission, and the committee must reevaluate the candidate in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

A doctoral candidate who has been dismissed due to having exceeded the time limit for completing doctoral studies or due to an unsatisfactory assessment may not be Academic Regulations for Doctoral Studies Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Page 17 of 33 admitted to the same doctoral programme until at least two years have elapsed from the date of dismissal, as provided for in sections 3.4 and 9.2 of these regulations.

Legal framework

Learning resources

Elasticity and Strength of Materials Laboratory (LERMA)

https://lerma.upc.edu/ca

Laboratory for Technological Innovation in Structures and Materials (LITEM)
https://litem.upc.edu/ca

Doctoral Theses

List of authorized thesis for defense

Last update: 20/06/2024 06:45:20.

List of lodged theses

Last update: 20/06/2024 06:30:27.

List of defended theses by year

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  • AGUIRRE RUZ, ALEJANDRO: Numerical approximation of thin structures using stabilized mixed formulations for Infinitesimal and Finite Strain theories, including Fluid-Structure Interaction problem applications.
    Author: AGUIRRE RUZ, ALEJANDRO
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
    Department: (DECA)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 24/05/2024
    Thesis director: CODINA ROVIRA, RAMON | BAIGES AZNAR, JOAN

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: ROMERO OLLEROS, IGNACIO
         SECRETARI: ROSSI BERNECOLI, RICCARDO
         VOCAL NO PRESENCIAL: COLOMÉS GENÉ, JOSEP ORIOL
    Thesis abstract: The theories of thin structures can be classified into two main branches depending upon whether shear deformation in the transverse direction is taken into consideration or not. In this context, theories accounting for shear deformations prove suitable for modeling structures with both thin and thick profiles. In the Finite Element context, they are referred to as C0 theories due to the minimum continuity order of shape functions required to pose a discretized approximation. However, there are space incompatibilities in the standard discrete approximation that exhibits spurious solutions, particularly evident in thin structures. These instabilities, known as numerical locking, result in an artificial stiffening of the structure, whose effect becomes more pronounced for thinner structures. Various forms of numerical locking can be triggered, influenced not only by the slenderness of the structure but also by its shape and the nature of the applied loads. In this context, flat structures are prone to shear locking when exposed to transverse loads. Conversely, curved structures may confront different mechanisms leading to various forms of numerical locking, namely membrane, thickness, and trapezoidal locking. The initial part of the study aims to develop a specialized framework to address instabilities in the context of flat structures in the context of Reissner-Mindlin theory. Subsequently, the second part of the study aims to expand the framework to effectively address instabilities arising in of curved structures in the context of Solid-Shell elements. The locking problem is approached by means of a mixed formulation that considers displacements and stress as unknowns in a curvilinear coordinate framework. This approach allows to isolate the components of the stress tensor in order to study the mechanisms in which every type of numerical locking are triggered. The third part of the thesis is dedicated to integrating the previous advancements into Finite Strain analysis by the inclusion of standard hyperelastic constitutive behavior. With this approach, the problem becomes even more difficult to solve because of the non-linearity and the large deformations the shell is subject to. Lastly, the fourth and final part is dedicated to addressing the Fluid-Structure Interaction problem using an embedded mesh approach, which has consistently been a topic of great research interest in the literature, because of its complexity and wide variety of applications. This problem introduces a variety of challenges that have to be properly addressed: the discontinuous pressure field arising for the structure separating the fluid domain, the computation and imposition of transmission conditions between domains, the coupling strategy, and the algorithmic work needed to join all of these ingredients together. This thesis mainly focuses on overcoming challenges associated with thin structures when employing the conventional Galerkin Finite Element approach. It seeks solutions through stabilized methods, specifically within the Variational Multiscale framework. As result, the formulations developed through the investigations have proven to be robust, allowing to model locking-free thin structures efficiently, and to accurately describe the physics of thin shells immersed in fluid flows and being subject to large deformations.

  • JIMÉNEZ REYES, SERGIO: Development of a unified fatigue constitutive model: from high to low cycle regime.
    Author: JIMÉNEZ REYES, SERGIO
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
    Department: (DECA)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 05/04/2024
    Thesis director: OÑATE IBAÑEZ DE NAVARRA, EUGENIO | BARBU, LUCIA GRATIELA

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: MARTINEZ GARCIA, JAVIER
         SECRETARI: PEREZ MARTINEZ, MARCO ANTONIO
         VOCAL NO PRESENCIAL: LUCCIONI, BIBIANA MARIA
    Thesis abstract: n a context in which research lines such as optimised design, smart design, use of new materials, weight reduction, etc. are becoming more and more common in the engineering field, techniques that allow for an accurate analysis of the real behaviour of materials, parts and structures are becoming essential. This involves understanding the actual overall response exhibited by a material subjected to a heterogeneous set of external forces, which is only possible by abandoning the reductionist view typically adopted in the design phases in which external forces are amplified, resistance properties are diminished and deterioration phenomena are studied one by one. A clear example of this is the treatment given to the study of fatigue phenomenon, which, in general, is limited to an extrapolation of results obtained in a controlled laboratory environment in order to predict failure, disregarding the process and focusing only on the consequences, thus preventing an integrated study of fatigue with any other inelastic process.Unlike conventional approaches based on simplified analytical calculations or specific numerical models for certain regimes, a unified treatment of fatigue is proposed in this thesis based on plastic-damage constitutive laws. Using the Finite Element method, a framework is built to capture the response of a material exposed to quasi-static loading states in both monotonic and fatigue regimes, resulting in the accumulation of plastic strains and/or stiffness degradation.To reach this point, a study of the individual mechanisms of deterioration encompassed within the unified approach proposed in the thesis is carried out. On the one hand, the characterisation of the constitutive response associated with plastic-damage processes is undertaken. This analysis is carried out by adopting three approaches that involve different levels of coupling in the description of damage and plasticity, resulting in three laws that are further exploited for their potential to be adapted for the study of fatigue processes, yielding to fluctuating plastic-damage models. On the other hand, the characterisation of the behaviour under fatigue loading conditions is addressed by studying the effects that cyclic loads inducing dominant tensile stresses have in a material, including scenarios where the stress level may exceed the yield limit. Having identified the inelastic processes associated with fatigue, the objective methodology is then constructed to coherently study and quantify the successive deterioration mechanisms to which a material may be subjected.This sets the guidelines for further work in the simulation of complex processes involving multiple mechanical deterioration phenomena. Thus, this thesis serves as the first step aimed at: defining the foundations, outlining the applications and initiating the exploration of the potential of the proposed approach.

  • TURON PUJOL, FRANCESC: Definition of multidimensional reduced order models for the elastic analysis of large composite structures
    Author: TURON PUJOL, FRANCESC
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/690678
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
    Department: (DECA)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 05/03/2024
    Thesis director: MARTINEZ GARCIA, JAVIER | OTERO GRUER, FERMÍN ENRIQUE

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: BONET CARBONELL, JAVIER
         SECRETARI: TURON TRAVESA, ALBERT
         VOCAL: TIJS, BAS
    Thesis abstract: Modern composite materials, primarily based on the union of polymeric matrices and fibers of glass, carbon or any other fiber of remarkable rigidity, have paved the way for the design and manufacture of lightweight structures that are at the same time extremely stiff and resistant. The very nature of these composite materials and their manufacturing methods have increased the complexity of both the shapes and the designs of the manufactured structures, giving rise to sophisticated laminates joined by transitions with the presence of reinforcements or lightweights.Numerical computational methods, most notably the finite element method, play a key role in the contemporary design and development of this state-of-the-art engineering composite structures. Over the past fifty years, these methods have evolved exponentially alongside computational power. However, the increased complexity of computations stemming from reproducing such materials' behaviors and discretizing their geometries among others, necessitates of a continuous effort to reduce and optimize their computational costs.The discretization of these geometries and the resulting mesh have a direct impact on the computational cost, particularly pronounced in the analysis of slender structures such as beams and shells characteristic of composite materials, where the discretization demands a large number of finite elements in order to capture the stress distribution variations taking place through the laminates. All together further accentuates the need for analytical methodologies that balance computational efficiency and accuracy.To address this challenge, multiple kinematic models have been proposed over time that parameterize the kinematics of a regular beam or laminate with a reduced number of variables, concentrating all the discretization to simple lines or surfaces respectively. However, they are not able to predict the behavior when the laminate loses its regularity, i.e. at and around discontinuities, regions which are usually more critical and therefore of more interest.In, this context, this work explores two methodologies, the second-order multiscale analysis for beam and shell models and the kinematic coupling between models based on the work equilibrium, once presented, it adapts them to irregular beams and laminate areas. For the former, a homogenization process is proposed to characterize, at the constitutive level, the stiffness of irregular regions within the laminate by defining a set of boundary conditions. Regarding the kinematic coupling, it is adapted to layered laminar models, typical of composite structures, thus allowing the use of the most cost-effective model in each region of the structure. The coupling is then used to develop reduced order models compatible with beam and shell elements capable of capturing the stiffness of both regular and irregular regions.This work concludes by acknowledging the potential for further improvement and innovation in these approaches, especially concerning the study of composite structures in regions with discontinuities not easily addressed by conventional shell or beam models.

Last update: 20/06/2024 07:01:05.

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Stabilised variational multi-scale finite element formulations for viscoelastic fluids
Castillo, E.; Moreno, L.; Baiges, J.; Codina, R.
Archives of computational methods in engineering, ISSN: 1134-3060 (JCR Impact Factor-2021: 8.171; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 05/2021
Journal article

Numerical simulation of non-isothermal viscoelastic fluid flows using a VMS stabilized finite element formulation
Moreno, L.; Codina, R.; Baiges, J.
Journal of non-newtonian fluid mechanics, ISSN: 0377-0257 (JCR Impact Factor-2021: 3.112; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 10/2021
Journal article

An embedded strategy for large scale incompressible flow simulations in moving domains
Codina, R.; Baiges, J.; Castañar, I.; Martinez, I.; Moreno, L.; Parada, S.
Journal of computational physics, ISSN: 1090-2716 (JCR Impact Factor-2021: 4.645; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 09/05/2023
Journal article

AUTHOR:CORNEJO VELÁZQUEZ, ALEJANDRO
Title:A fully Lagrangian formulation for fluid-structure interaction between free-surface flows and multi-fracturing solids
Reading date:21/12/2020
Director:OÑATE IBAÑEZ DE NAVARRA, EUGENIO
Co-director:ZARATE ARAIZA, JOSE FRANCISCO
Mention:No mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
La guía definitiva para una tesis exitosa
Publication date: 2021
Book

A three-dimensional FEM–DEM technique for predicting the evolution of fracture in geomaterials and concrete
Zarate, J.; Cornejo, A.; Oñate, E.
Computational particle mechanics, ISSN: 2196-4378 (JCR Impact Factor-2018: 1.566; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 07/2018
Journal article

Methodology for the analysis of post-tensioned structures using a constitutive serial-parallel rule of mixtures
Cornejo, A.; Barbu, L.; Escudero-Torres, C.; Martinez, X.; Oller, S.; Barbat, A. H.
Composite structures, ISSN: 0263-8223 (JCR Impact Factor-2018: 4.829; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 09/2018
Journal article

Methodology for the analysis of post-tensioned structures using a constitutive serial-parallel rule of mixtures: large scale non-linear analysis
Barbu, L.; Cornejo, A.; Martinez, X.; Oller, S.; Barbat, A. H.
Composite structures, ISSN: 0263-8223 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 5.138; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 05/2019
Journal article

Combination of an adaptive remeshing technique with a coupled FEM–DEM approach for analysis of crack propagation problems
Cornejo, A.; Mataix, V.; Zarate, J.; Oñate, E.
Computational particle mechanics, ISSN: 2196-4378 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 2.105; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 07/2020
Journal article

A fully Lagrangian formulation for fluid-structure interaction problems with free-surface flows and fracturing solids
Cornejo, A.; Franci, A.; Zarate, J.; Oñate, E.
Computers & structures, ISSN: 0045-7949 (JCR Impact Factor-2021: 5.372; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 07/2021
Journal article

Combination of the finite element method and particle-based methods for predicting the failure of reinforced concrete structures under extreme water forces
Oñate, E.; Cornejo, A.; Zarate, J.; Kashiyama, K.; Franci, A.
Engineering structures, ISSN: 0141-0296 (JCR Impact Factor-2022: 5.5; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 01/2022
Journal article

A Lagrangian–Eulerian procedure for the coupled solution of the Navier–Stokes and shallow water equations for landslide-generated waves
Maso, M.; Franci, A.; De-Pouplana, I.; Cornejo, A.; Oñate, E.
Advanced modeling and simulation in engineering sciences, ISSN: 2213-7467 (JCR Impact Factor-2021: 4.1
Publication date: 30/07/2022
Journal article

Analysis of the VeRCoRs mock-up of a reactor containment building by means of a constitutive serial-parallel rule of mixtures
Restitution Workshop of the VeRCoRs 2018 benchmark
Presentation date: 28/08/2018
Presentation of work at congresses

Advances in the coupled FEM-DEM technique for predicting the onset and evolution of multifractures in geomaterials and concrete
XV International Conference on Computational Plasticity
Presentation date: 03/09/2019
Presentation of work at congresses

Modeling limit situations by the action of fluids over breakable human-built structures with the Particle Finite Element Method
3rd International Conference on Computational Engineering and Science for Safety and Environmental Problems (COMPSAFE2020)
Presentation date: 08/12/2020
Presentation of work at congresses

Interaction of free-surface flows and stuctures by coupling the PFEM and the FEM-DEM approaches
14th World Congress in Computational Mechanics and European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering
Presentation date: 07/2020
Presentation of work at congresses

Damage assesment of protective structures in water hazard scenarios via a Lagrangian coupled PFEM-FEM-DEM approach
9th Conference on Computational Methods in Marine Engineering
Presentation date: 06/2021
Presentation of work at congresses

Continuous and Discrete Particle-Based Methods for Coupled Thermo-Mechanical Problems
ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference
Presentation date: 08/07/2021
Presentation of work at congresses

Natural hazard induced damage assessment of structures via a fully Lagrangian coupled PFEM-FEM-DEM approach
XVI International Conference on Computational Plasticity
Presentation date: 07/09/2021
Presentation of work at congresses

Thermo-Mechanical Analysis of Continuous and Discrete Media with PFEM and DEM
CILAMCE 2021 - XLII Ibero-Latin-American Congress on Computational Methods in Engineering
Presentation date: 09/11/2021
Presentation of work at congresses

A numerical study of heat transfer mechanisms in dense particulate systems using DEM
10th International Conference on Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids
Presentation date: 07/07/2022
Presentation of work at congresses

A DEM study of heat transfer mechanisms in dense granular materials
9th World Congress on Particle Technology: Exploring Beyond Limits
Presentation date: 20/09/2022
Presentation of work at congresses

AUTHOR:TELLO GUERRA, ALEXIS
Title:Fluid Structure Interaction by means of Reduced Order Models.
Reading date:10/07/2020
Director:CODINA ROVIRA, RAMON
Co-director:BAIGES AZNAR, JOAN
Mention:No mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Fluid structure interaction by means of variational multiscale reduced order models
Tello, A.; Codina, R.; Baiges, J.
International journal for numerical methods in engineering, ISSN: 1097-0207 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 3.477; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 06/2020
Journal article

Field-to-field coupled fluid structure interaction: a reduced order model study
Tello, A.; Codina, R.
International journal for numerical methods in engineering, ISSN: 1097-0207 (JCR Impact Factor-2021: 3.021; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 01/2021
Journal article

AUTHOR:CELIGUETA JORDANA, MIGUEL ANGEL
Title:A particle finite element method for fluid-related problems in civil engineering.
Reading date:14/11/2019
Director:OÑATE IBAÑEZ DE NAVARRA, EUGENIO
Mention:No mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Development of new lagrangian computational methods for ice-ship interaction problems: NICESHIP project
Garcia, J.; Oñate, E.; Serván, B.; Celigueta, M.A.; Latorre, S.; Colom, J.
Springer
Publication date: 29/02/2020
Book chapter

An accurate nonlocal bonded discrete element method for nonlinear analysis of solids: application to concrete fracture tests
Celigueta, M.A.; Latorre, S.; Arrufat, F.; Oñate, E.
Computational particle mechanics, ISSN: 2196-4378 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 2.105; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 05/2020
Journal article

Simulations of landslide wave generation and propagation using the particle finite element method
Mulligan, R.; Franci, A.; Celigueta, M.A.; Take, William Andrew
Journal of geophysical research. Oceans, ISSN: 2169-9291 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 3.405; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 06/2020
Journal article

Partitioned strong coupling of discrete elements with large deformation structural finite elements to model impact on highly flexible tension structures
Sautter, K.; Teschemacher, T.; Celigueta, M.A.; Bucher, P.; Bletzinger, K.; Wüchner, R.
Advances in Civil Engineering, ISSN: 1687-8094 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 1.924; Quartil: Q3)
Publication date: 11/2020
Journal article

Research projects

START DATEEND DATEACTIVITYFINANCING ENTITY
02/11/202303/01/2024Investigación para configuración vehiculo de despegue i aterrizaje vertical (VTOL)IDEASIMPOSIBLES
01/09/202331/08/2025Multiscale Analysis of Laminated Composite Beams and Plates for Computational Design of High-Performance Engineering MaterialsMICINN
01/09/202331/08/2026Degenerated-Multiscale-Kinematics (DMK) techniques in machine learning-aided qualification of laminated composites for aeronautical applicationsMICINN
01/09/202331/08/2026Investigación para la impresión 3D de compuestos aislantes de FRCM para cerramientos inteligentes en edificaciónAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/09/202331/08/2025Análisis multiescala de laminados compuestos mediante elementos degenerados para el diseño computacional de materiales de altas prestacionesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/09/202331/08/2026Simulación numérica y caracterización mecánica de materiales con materias primas secundarias para fabricación aditiva de bajo coste hacia una Economía CircularAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/07/202330/06/2024Low cost building solutions based on earth and vegetal fibers for developing countriesCentre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament de la UPC
27/01/202327/01/2023OSI4IOT Platform
01/12/202230/11/20243D slag concrete manufacturing solutions for marine biotopesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/12/202230/11/2024Noise mitigation via acoustic metamaterial technology: computational design and prototyping solutions (AC-METATECH-DES)Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades
01/12/202230/11/2024Towards establishing a Digital twin for manufacturing via drop-on-demand inkjet printing.MINECO. Secretaria de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación.
19/10/202218/04/2024Demonstration of acoustic metamaterial-based technology for soundproofing ApplicationsAgència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
01/09/202231/08/2025Un innovador paradigma multi-escala basado en datos para el modelado de flujos granulares (GRAIN)Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
01/09/202231/08/2025Modelos computacionales para la evaluacion y tratamiento de disecciones de aorta: diseño de dispositivos endovasculares Computational models for assessment and treatment aortic dissections: evaluation and design endovascular devicesMICINN
01/07/202231/12/2024Sistema constructivo híbrido poliurea-hormigón para seguridad en conservación de pasos de bajo gálibo SAFEPASSAZVI, S.A.
02/06/202231/08/2024Contrato de colaboración para el desarrollo y validación de bioligantes formulados a partir de compuestos naturales de origen vegetalSORIGUE, S.A.
20/05/202220/05/2022Dispositivo y método formador en continuo de tubos compuestos rígidos de geometría variable.
09/05/202209/05/2022Virtual Lab
01/09/202131/08/2024Printing pattern based and MultiScale enhanced performance analysis of advanced Additive Manufacturing componentsMINECO
01/09/202131/08/2024Obtención de prótesis para sustitución de tejido óseo mediante impresión 3D por extrusión y posterior sinterizadoAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/09/202131/08/2024Recursos Multidisciplinares para el Diagnóstico Sísmico. Microzonación y Daño.AGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
30/07/202130/07/2024Proyecto ADRIANO: Desarrollo de una tecnología de construcción 4.0 basda en la impresión 3DAgència per la Competitivitat de l'Empresa (ACCIÓ)
26/07/202130/09/2023Desenvolupament d'un conjunt d'estudis relacionats amb el disseny de cobertes corbades de grans llums de xapes trapezoidals d'acer conformades en fred.ING.Y CONSTRUCCIÓN DEL PERFIL S.A.
01/07/202131/12/2022PIPLATES - Plataforma de Predicció Territorial - 2ª Resolució (Reto 0-1 Avaluació probabilista de el risc sísmic)Generalitat de Catalunya - Departament de la Vicepresidència i de Polítiques Digitals i Territori
01/06/202130/06/2022Desarrollo de un programa informático de soporte al diseño de arcos de chapa trapezoidal de acero conformado en frío. Módulos: análisis, preproceso, postproceso, generador de hipótesis de carga y geneMETALPERFIL, SA
15/03/202115/03/2024Comportament sismo-resistent de connexions en sistemes de construcció industrialitzadaAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
15/03/202115/03/2024IGA application on crashworthiness CAE analysis including advanced plasticity and ductile fractureAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
01/03/202101/03/2024CODA: Next generation of industrial aerodynamic simulation codeMinisterio de Ciencia e Innovación; European Commission
01/03/202101/03/2024Enabling dynamic and Intelligent workflows in the future EuroHPCecosystem (eFlows4HPC)European Commission
15/01/202115/01/2021Acoustic metamaterial and process for manufacturing the same
14/01/202114/01/2021PARACHUTES: a computer program for calculating ram-air parachutes
01/01/202131/12/2023FIBRE composite manufacturing technologies FOR the automation and modular construction in shipYARDSEuropean Commission
01/01/202131/12/2023Development, engineering, production and life-cycle management of improved FIBRE-based material solutions for structure and functional components of large offshore wind enerGY and tidal power platformEuropean Commission
01/01/202130/06/2021Pi-Plates – Plataforma per a la Gestió Predictiva del Territori. REPTE 0 - Avaluació probabilista de el risc sísmicGeneralitat Catalunya
01/01/202131/12/2024Stability and Sensitivity Methods for Flow Control and Industrial DesignEuropean Commission
01/01/202131/12/2024Anàlisi Numàrica i Computació científica (ANiComp)Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
23/11/202023/11/2023Recerca de nous materials compostos verds per a la valorització de subproductes del cànem VALSUCANEMAgència per la Competitivitat de l'Empresa (ACCIÓ)
10/11/202010/11/2020XMC
27/08/202030/08/2020Evaluation of a method for the simulation of Low impedence faults in power equipmentSiemens AG
23/07/202022/01/2022Design tool for optimal performance in Additive Manufacturing (Add2Man)Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
07/07/202007/07/2020Dispositivo y método formador en continuo de tubos compuestos rígidos de geometría variable
01/06/202031/10/2021Bringing Digital Twins to the Edge for mass Industry 4.0 applicationsEuropean Commission
17/03/202017/03/2020Hélice reductora de pérdidas Patente Europea
01/01/202031/12/2022Assessment on alternative aviation fuels developmentEuropean Comission
01/01/202031/12/2020R+D en components estructurals de prestatgeries 2020MECALUX, S.A.
01/01/202031/12/2023An Advanced Circular and Agile Manufacturing Ecosystem based on rapid reconfigurable manufacturing process and individualized consumer preferencesEuropean Commission
31/12/201931/12/2022Tecnologies de Làser i altra Llum (Agrupació BASE3D)Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Governació i Administracions Públiques
20/11/201920/11/2021Desarrollo de una tecnología de integración de marcadores magnéticos en la calzada para permitir el guiado de los vehículos autónomosSORIGUE, S.A.
01/11/201930/04/2022Development of a new generation of cost-efficient polymeric fiber rebars and behaviour assessment in concrete matrices, using innovative computation proceduresSAUDI ARAMCO TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY
01/11/201930/04/2021Computational design and prototyping of acoustic metamaterials for target ambient noise reductionEuropean Research Council
01/10/201931/12/2021Participació en el projecte HYBRIDCONCOMAZVI, S.A.
05/08/201931/08/2019Development od reduced order models for the simulation of the heat transfer problemsSiemens AG
12/07/201912/01/2022REDUVE Refuerzo de estructuras frente a acciones dinámicas con compuestos de malla vegetalAZVI, S.A.
05/06/201904/10/2019Asistencia técnia para la ejecución de ensayos de corrosión de muestras y análisis de la seguridad de la víaCOMSA
01/06/201931/12/2019Desenvolupament d'activitats de recerca i formació per a la millora de la seguretat de les edificacions enfront de sisme a la regió de chiapas, mèxicCentre Cooperació per al Desenvolupament
24/05/201924/05/2019Elemento estructural híbrido
01/05/201901/02/2021Nou sistema de connexió acer-formigó en pilars tubulars mixtos per la millora de la capacitat de càrrega i resistència al foc de l'estructura. STCC.AGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
01/05/201901/09/2020Developement of Molding SolverAltair
01/04/201930/09/2019Offer for the construction of Reduced Order Modelling infrastructure within Kratos – Application to Conjugate Heat Transfer within Kratos – Application to Conjugate Heat TransferSiemens AG
01/04/201930/09/2019SIEMENS: Offer for the exploration of a simplified contact solver within small displacement structural analysisSiemens AG
01/03/201928/02/2020DESENVOLUPAMENT D’ACTIVITYS DE RECERCA I FORMACIÓ PER A LA MILLORA DE LA SEGURETAT DE LES EDIFICACIONS ENFRONT DE SISME A LA REGIÓ DE CHIAPAS (MÈXIC)Centre Cooperació per al Desenvolupament
08/01/201930/09/2019Space Rider Descent SystemCIMSA Ingeniería de sistemas
01/01/201930/06/2024OPEN INNOVATION-RESEARCH TRANSLATION AND APPLIED KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE IN PRACTICE THROUGH UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY-COOPERATIONCommission of European Communities
01/01/201931/12/2019R+D en components estructurals de prestatgeries 2019MECALUX, S.A.
01/01/201930/06/2022Evaluación multinivel de la vulnerabilidad sísmica y mitigación de riesgo de edificios de obra de fábrica para centros urbanos históricos resilentesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201931/12/2021Optimización topológica de estructuras sujetas a interacción fluido-estructura.Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
01/01/201931/12/2022001-P-001646_BASE 3DGENCAT - DEPT. D'EMPRESA I OCUPACIO
01/01/201931/12/2021Advanced Multi-scAle moDEling of coupled mass transport for improving water management in fUel cellSMinisterio de Ciencia e Innovación

Teaching staff and research groups

Research projects

START DATEEND DATEACTIVITYFINANCING ENTITY
02/11/202303/01/2024Investigación para configuración vehiculo de despegue i aterrizaje vertical (VTOL)IDEASIMPOSIBLES
01/09/202331/08/2025Multiscale Analysis of Laminated Composite Beams and Plates for Computational Design of High-Performance Engineering MaterialsMICINN
01/09/202331/08/2026Degenerated-Multiscale-Kinematics (DMK) techniques in machine learning-aided qualification of laminated composites for aeronautical applicationsMICINN
01/09/202331/08/2026Investigación para la impresión 3D de compuestos aislantes de FRCM para cerramientos inteligentes en edificaciónAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/09/202331/08/2025Análisis multiescala de laminados compuestos mediante elementos degenerados para el diseño computacional de materiales de altas prestacionesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/09/202331/08/2026Simulación numérica y caracterización mecánica de materiales con materias primas secundarias para fabricación aditiva de bajo coste hacia una Economía CircularAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/07/202330/06/2024Low cost building solutions based on earth and vegetal fibers for developing countriesCentre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament de la UPC
27/01/202327/01/2023OSI4IOT Platform
01/12/202230/11/20243D slag concrete manufacturing solutions for marine biotopesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/12/202230/11/2024Noise mitigation via acoustic metamaterial technology: computational design and prototyping solutions (AC-METATECH-DES)Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades
01/12/202230/11/2024Towards establishing a Digital twin for manufacturing via drop-on-demand inkjet printing.MINECO. Secretaria de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación.
19/10/202218/04/2024Demonstration of acoustic metamaterial-based technology for soundproofing ApplicationsAgència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
01/09/202231/08/2025Un innovador paradigma multi-escala basado en datos para el modelado de flujos granulares (GRAIN)Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
01/09/202231/08/2025Modelos computacionales para la evaluacion y tratamiento de disecciones de aorta: diseño de dispositivos endovasculares Computational models for assessment and treatment aortic dissections: evaluation and design endovascular devicesMICINN
01/07/202231/12/2024Sistema constructivo híbrido poliurea-hormigón para seguridad en conservación de pasos de bajo gálibo SAFEPASSAZVI, S.A.
02/06/202231/08/2024Contrato de colaboración para el desarrollo y validación de bioligantes formulados a partir de compuestos naturales de origen vegetalSORIGUE, S.A.
20/05/202220/05/2022Dispositivo y método formador en continuo de tubos compuestos rígidos de geometría variable.
09/05/202209/05/2022Virtual Lab
01/09/202131/08/2024Printing pattern based and MultiScale enhanced performance analysis of advanced Additive Manufacturing componentsMINECO
01/09/202131/08/2024Obtención de prótesis para sustitución de tejido óseo mediante impresión 3D por extrusión y posterior sinterizadoAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/09/202131/08/2024Recursos Multidisciplinares para el Diagnóstico Sísmico. Microzonación y Daño.AGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
30/07/202130/07/2024Proyecto ADRIANO: Desarrollo de una tecnología de construcción 4.0 basda en la impresión 3DAgència per la Competitivitat de l'Empresa (ACCIÓ)
26/07/202130/09/2023Desenvolupament d'un conjunt d'estudis relacionats amb el disseny de cobertes corbades de grans llums de xapes trapezoidals d'acer conformades en fred.ING.Y CONSTRUCCIÓN DEL PERFIL S.A.
01/07/202131/12/2022PIPLATES - Plataforma de Predicció Territorial - 2ª Resolució (Reto 0-1 Avaluació probabilista de el risc sísmic)Generalitat de Catalunya - Departament de la Vicepresidència i de Polítiques Digitals i Territori
01/06/202130/06/2022Desarrollo de un programa informático de soporte al diseño de arcos de chapa trapezoidal de acero conformado en frío. Módulos: análisis, preproceso, postproceso, generador de hipótesis de carga y geneMETALPERFIL, SA
15/03/202115/03/2024Comportament sismo-resistent de connexions en sistemes de construcció industrialitzadaAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
15/03/202115/03/2024IGA application on crashworthiness CAE analysis including advanced plasticity and ductile fractureAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
01/03/202101/03/2024CODA: Next generation of industrial aerodynamic simulation codeMinisterio de Ciencia e Innovación; European Commission
01/03/202101/03/2024Enabling dynamic and Intelligent workflows in the future EuroHPCecosystem (eFlows4HPC)European Commission
15/01/202115/01/2021Acoustic metamaterial and process for manufacturing the same
14/01/202114/01/2021PARACHUTES: a computer program for calculating ram-air parachutes
01/01/202131/12/2023FIBRE composite manufacturing technologies FOR the automation and modular construction in shipYARDSEuropean Commission
01/01/202131/12/2023Development, engineering, production and life-cycle management of improved FIBRE-based material solutions for structure and functional components of large offshore wind enerGY and tidal power platformEuropean Commission
01/01/202130/06/2021Pi-Plates – Plataforma per a la Gestió Predictiva del Territori. REPTE 0 - Avaluació probabilista de el risc sísmicGeneralitat Catalunya
01/01/202131/12/2024Stability and Sensitivity Methods for Flow Control and Industrial DesignEuropean Commission
01/01/202131/12/2024Anàlisi Numàrica i Computació científica (ANiComp)Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
23/11/202023/11/2023Recerca de nous materials compostos verds per a la valorització de subproductes del cànem VALSUCANEMAgència per la Competitivitat de l'Empresa (ACCIÓ)
10/11/202010/11/2020XMC
27/08/202030/08/2020Evaluation of a method for the simulation of Low impedence faults in power equipmentSiemens AG
23/07/202022/01/2022Design tool for optimal performance in Additive Manufacturing (Add2Man)Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
07/07/202007/07/2020Dispositivo y método formador en continuo de tubos compuestos rígidos de geometría variable
01/06/202031/10/2021Bringing Digital Twins to the Edge for mass Industry 4.0 applicationsEuropean Commission
17/03/202017/03/2020Hélice reductora de pérdidas Patente Europea
01/01/202031/12/2022Assessment on alternative aviation fuels developmentEuropean Comission
01/01/202031/12/2020R+D en components estructurals de prestatgeries 2020MECALUX, S.A.
01/01/202031/12/2023An Advanced Circular and Agile Manufacturing Ecosystem based on rapid reconfigurable manufacturing process and individualized consumer preferencesEuropean Commission
31/12/201931/12/2022Tecnologies de Làser i altra Llum (Agrupació BASE3D)Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Governació i Administracions Públiques
20/11/201920/11/2021Desarrollo de una tecnología de integración de marcadores magnéticos en la calzada para permitir el guiado de los vehículos autónomosSORIGUE, S.A.
01/11/201930/04/2022Development of a new generation of cost-efficient polymeric fiber rebars and behaviour assessment in concrete matrices, using innovative computation proceduresSAUDI ARAMCO TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY
01/11/201930/04/2021Computational design and prototyping of acoustic metamaterials for target ambient noise reductionEuropean Research Council
01/10/201931/12/2021Participació en el projecte HYBRIDCONCOMAZVI, S.A.
05/08/201931/08/2019Development od reduced order models for the simulation of the heat transfer problemsSiemens AG
12/07/201912/01/2022REDUVE Refuerzo de estructuras frente a acciones dinámicas con compuestos de malla vegetalAZVI, S.A.
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