Work Plan

The proposed package of measures, as introduced in the Work Programme, is broken down into the following work packages:

WP1    Thematic Conferences

Organising the national Conference on Fracture Mechanics (CFM) with participation of foreign specialists (Kielce, September 2003, with about 60 papers and about 80 participants). The conference will be supported by the Polish Group on Fracture.

Organising Symposium on Fatigue of Materials and Structures (SFMS), (Bydgoszcz, May 2004, with about 70 papers and with about 90 participants), supported by Polish Academy of Science (PAS).

Organising two national Conferences with participation of foreign specialists on Research Problems in Civil Engineering (CRPCE), (Krynica, September 2003 and 2004 with about 140 papers and with about 400 participants).

WP2    Seminars and Summer Schools

Organising Local Seminars on Structural Integrity (LSSI), (Wednesdays for a period of ten months each year 2002-2005; 20-40 participants from SMEs and post-graduate and PhD students) sponsored by Polish Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (PATAM).

Organising International Summer School of Fracture Mechanics (ISSFM),  (Opole, June 2005,more than 30 classes for about 80 participants) sponsored by European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS).

Organising International Summer School on Full-scale and Model-scale Studies of Dynamical Behaviour of Large Structures (ISSFMSDBLS), (June 2003).

Organising International Summer School on Dynamic Damage Assessment of Existing Structures (ISSDDAES), (June 2004).

WP3    PhD Studies

Preparing and introducing the new study programme on “Multiaxial fatigue and fracture”, which will be included in the PhD programme offered by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FME) at TUO.

Organising three competitions for PhD students in the purpose of financing 12 candidates to participate in conferences, workshops or summer schools on Structural Integrity.

Adjusting the PhD study programme at the Faculty of Civil Engineering (FCE)to the international level (subject variety and language skills).

WP4    Post-graduate Studies

Preparing curricula of four-semester studies (15 courses) on Computer Aided Design and Testing of Machines (CADTM) with links to industry needs.

Organising one-semester studies on Assessment, Identification and Rehabilitation of Existing Civil Engineering Structures (AIRECE),  (2003).

Organising one-semester studies on Advanced Problems in Structural Dynamics (APSD), (2004).

WP5    Practical Training and Study Visits

Sending 6 PhD or post-graduate students for practical training and studying for six months to leading European research centres.

Sending 6 post-doctoral researchers for three months study visits to partner institutions.

Organising 6 two-week missions to partner institutions in order to obtain consultation, advice and expert opinion on elaborated teaching materials.

Organising 12 one-week reciprocal visits to and from leading European centres and CESTI in order to establish close links in research collaboration.

WP6    Activating participation in FP6 projects

Organising six missions to conferences or workshops in order to establish contacts with consortia submitting proposals.

Organising three information events during conferences specified in WP1.

Giving proposals to the competition of FP6 on innovation method in fatigue and fracture mechanics being developed at the Department of Mechanics and Machine Design (DMMD) TUO

WP7    Promotion and Dissemination

Organising exhibitions on original energy saving fatigue test facilities made by DMMD TUO at thematic conferences.

Preparing brochures on CESTI activities and the laboratory facilities.

WP8    Development of CESTI

Updating software and hardware of CAD/CAM Laboratory for research and teaching infrastructure to attract young researchers.

Developing the Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics Laboratory in order to offer young researchers better facilities.

Further development of experimental facilities in the Structural Testing Laboratory at the Faculty of Civil Engineering (FCE) to propose wider participation of young researchers and PhD students.



The long-term sustainable effects of the Centre activities can be summarised as follows:

The scientific long-term cooperation with international partners of the Centre will be strengthened.

New scientific contacts around Europe will be established.

The realisation of the subsequent work packages will lead to submitting new proposals for research projects under the FP6 work and at the national level.

The professional scientific competence of TUO academic staff and in particular, the staff of CESTI will be improved.

The long-term cooperation of large and MSE with CESTI will be enhanced and transfer of scientific innovations from our Centre to industry will become more advanced.




List of acronyms
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AIRSEC - Assessment, Identification and Rehabilitation of Existing Civil  Engineering Structures
APSD - Advanced Problems in Structural Dynamics
CADTM - Computer Aided Design and Testing of Machines
CCEPAS - Committee of Civil Engineering PAS
CFM - Conference on Fracture Mechanics
CRPCE - Conference on Research Problems in Civil Engineering
DMMD - Department of Mechanics and Machine Design
ESIS - European Structural Integrity Society
FCE - Faculty of Civil Engineering
FME - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
IAB - International Advisory Board
ISSDDAES - International Summer School on Dynamic Damage Assessment of Existing Structures
ISSFM - International Summer School of Fracture Mechanics
ISSFMSDBLS - International Summer School on Full – scale and Model – scale studies of Dynamical Behaviour of Large Structures
LEC - Local Executive Committee
LSSI - Local Seminars on Structural Integrity
MEN - Ministry of National Education
NAB - National Advisory Board
PA - Polish Academy of Sciences
PACET - Polish Association of Civil Engineers and Technicians
PATAM - Polish Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
SCSR - State Committee for Scientific Research
SFMS - Symposium on Fatigue of Materials and Structures
TUO - Technical University of Opole