Laboratory of Technology and Strength of Materials (LTSM)

Laboratory of Technology and Strength of Materials (LTSM) is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics of LTSM. The research activities of LTSM are in the fields of Materials Science, Strength of Materials and Structural Analysis. LTSM has participated in more than 80 EU funded research projects in Aeronautics. During the last decade more than 200 publications were made by LTSM members, while in the last two decades, more than 20 doctoral theses have been completed. Since 2002, the Director of LTSM is the Chairman of EASN TIS.

In the last 25 years, LTSM has gathered significant experience in the field of aerospace composite materials by working on the design, experimental characterization and numerical modeling of composite structural parts. Moreover, in the last 5 years, LTSM has expanded its activities to nanomaterials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, and multifunctional nanocomposites.

Role in the project

LTSM-UP staff has long experience in the field of mechanical characterization of materials and numerical simulation of structural behaviour, obtained by 25 years of research in the specific areas, as well as through the participation in numerous (more than 40) European competitive research programs in the fields of materials, structural analysis and technology development. In the frame of ICARUS project LTSM-UP will participate in the following activities:

Material design by multi-scale analysis. Design of material microstructure based on mechanical behaviour simulation in micro- and macro-scale. Material representative volume elements behaviour in the micro-scale are used for the assessment of material behaviour in the macro-scale. LTSM has extensive experience in the specific area, as well as the proper computational tools for conducting the respective numerical simulations.

Mechanical characterization of developed materials. LTSM has a fully equipped and certified laboratory and extensive experience for the mechanical characterization of materials. Mechanical tests include tension/compression, fatigue, and impact. Strain measurements during tests are obtained using available high speed acquisition units and full-field Digital Image Correlation System.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 713514.

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