Within the field of advanced applications in engineering, lightweight materials and structures can offer a wide range of opportunities for new product developments as well as improvements on existing solutions. The present workshop intends to focus on recent developments in such materials and structures, based on cellular solid materials with an unprecedented spectrum of attractive functional and structural properties, relying on the combination of geometric arrangement of the internal cellular structure and the properties of the base material. Included in the cellular solid material class are man-made materials such as, for example, porous materials, engineering honeycombs and polymeric, metallic, ceramic and composite foams, as well as natural materials, such as wood, cork and bone. These materials can be used in numerous industrial applications, such as lightweight structures, impact energy absorbers, biomedical devices and implants, filters, electrodes, catalysts and heat exchangers. This workshop will illustrate some of these examples, describing how they are used in engineering, nature and medicine. The workshop will combine a series of lectures given by researchers in this field with hands-on experimental and/or numerical relevant works. The organizing committee hopes this can be an opportunity for an interesting benchmark and exchange of ideas between university and industry members.

14:00 – 14:15 Opening Session
Robertt Valente (GRIDS, TEMA), Isabel Duarte (GRIDS, TEMA), António Andrade-Campos (GRIDS, TEMA), António Bastos (TEMA)

14:15 – 14:45 Numerical and experimental study of AFS forming
Helder Mata, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engeneering , University of Porto, Portugal

14:45 – 15:15 Modelling and assessment of static and dynamic properties of agglomerated cork material
Ricardo Sousa, GRIDS Research Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, TEMA, GRIDS, University of Aveiro, Portugal

15:15 – 15:45 MF-RETROFIT European Project: Contributions for multifunctional lightweight construction materials and components
Claúdia Amaral, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal

15:45 – 16:15 Preparation of cellular ceramics by emulsification of ceramic suspensions
Nuno Vitorino, Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, CICECO, University of Aveiro, Portugal

16:15 – 16:45 Numerical simulation of compressive response of aluminium foams with internal geometry definition
Nuno Peixinho, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal

16:45 – 17:15 Advanced discretization meshless techniques in structural mechanics
Jorge Belinha, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engeneering, University of Porto, Portugal

17:15 – 17:45 Experimental and numerical mechanical characterization of porous materials
Matej Vesenjak, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Organising Committee

Isabel Duarte (Chairperson, GRIDS, TEMA, UA)
Robertt Valente (GRIDS, TEMA, UA)
António Andrade-Campos (GRIDS, TEMA, UA)

Workshop Location

Auditorium/Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro


29 APRIL 2015


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