1.12.2002 - 30.11.2003
Executive publishable summary

CONTRACT N : G1MA-CT- 2002-04058
PROJECT N : GMA1- 2002- 72025
REPORTING PERIOD : FROM 12/2002 TO 11/2003
Date of issue of this report : 08.12. 2003

Centre of Structural Integrity (CESTI) was established to contribute a further development of Technical University of Opole (TUO) as an international research Centre. The overall aim and aspirations of the Centre is its integration into the European Research Area (ERA).The mission of CESTI is development research and dissemination of knowledge in:

The CESTI consists of four Departments of TUO:

In the first year of CESTI activity, national conferences with participation of foreign specialists were organised: Conference on Fracture Mechanics (CFM) - Kielce, September 2003,Conference on Research Problems in Civil Engineering (CRPCE), Krynica, September 2003. Eight new PhDs have been promoted. Eighteen missions to partner institution and workshop visits abroad were organised and were connected with participating at conferences, summer schools and setting up new co-operation with other research centres and promotion of CESTI as well.

Within CESTI, cyclic open Local Seminars on Structural Integrity ( LSSI) are held every week at DMMD TUO. During the meetings, lectures and papers which refer to scientific activity of the Centre are presented (55 seminars have been taken so far). Moreover, a competition was announced and decided for the postgraduate students of FME and FCE to co-finance their participation at national and international conferences ( 4 visits to conference participation have been financially supported).

A new curriculum of postgraduate studies at FCE on Assessment, Identification and Rehabilitation of Existing Civil Engineering Structures was prepared.

Within the CESTI activity three proposals for FP6 were prepared and submitted. The thematic brochures on CESTI were drawn up, the web site on CESTI was activated ( where detailed information about the TUO Centre were presented. Posters and folders of fatigue stands and machines operated at DMMD TUO laboratories were printed and distributed. Also the promotion materials were prepared in order to exhibit fatigue stands.

Within the CESTI activity the research and modern multimedia equipment was purchased to carry out the research objectives of the Centre. Stands of CAD/CAM Laboratory and Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics Laboratory at DMMD TUO were modernised as well. A new prototype of strain machine for fatigue tests of materials under combined bending with torsion has been designed. To promote and disseminate the research results of Centre, 7 books and 33 papers were published.