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Director: Professor Vassilis Kostopoulos
Tel.: +302610 997234, +302610 997233
fax +302610 992644
E-mail: milymper@mech.upatras.gr

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

  • Design and Optimisation of Composite Structures, Fatigue Design and Damage Tolerance Approach,
  • Finite Elements Techniques (Implicit and Explicit), Stress Analysis,
  • Fatigue and Damage behaviour of Composite Laminates, Continuum Damage Approach,
  • Non-destructive Techniques in Advanced Materials Ultrasonic, Spectral Analysis, Acoustic Emission,
  • Boundary Elements
  • Wave Propagation and Scattering in Acoustics, Electromagnetism, Elasticity and Thermoelasticity,
  • Inverse Problems, Inversion of Scattering Data,
  • Vibration Analysis and Damping Control,
  • Fluids – Structures Interaction,
  • Ageing Systems and Health Monitoring of Engineering Systems, Safety Management of Composite structures,
  • Repair of Metal and Composite Structures Using Composite Patches,
  • Hierarchical Modelling Approach,
  • Characterisation of Material Properties, Using Conventional and Ultrasonic Techniques,
  • Analysis of the Thermo-Mechanical Behaviour of Polymers and composites,
  • Experimental Stress Analysis,
  • Smart Materials and Structures

Educational activities include eighteen formal courses offered at undergraduate and graduate level dealing with the mechanics, analysis and design of composite materials and advanced structures, non-destructive techniques, wave propagation and scattering theory, anisotropic elasticity, etc. Qualified graduates may enrol in the PhD four-year programme also offered by the Laboratory. AML is internationally recognised for its contribution in the respective fields through books, lectures, research papers, conferences, professional society activities and research co-operation within the frame of financially supported projects, both by national and international Institutions, mainly by the EU.


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