The overall aim and significance of the package for the integration into the European Research Area.

The mission of CESTI is development research and dissemination of knowledge in:

and better integration of these problems into the European Research Area.

It is undeniable that structural integrity problems will always be with us, as the design lifetime of existing engineering plant is extended; but of greater concern are the additional demands on engineers to design and produce faster, more efficient, more reliable industrial structures, that is to operate at higher and lower temperatures and higher load levels in sometimes more aggressive environments; this being applicable to all industrial sectors. The dynamic identification of structures, on the other hand, is a modern tool for better understanding the real behaviour of structural systems under dynamic loads and, from this point of view it serves for better utilisation of structural materials and their more efficient application. It also provides means for dynamic monitoring of existing structures through modal analysis and non-destructive tests. Such methods, well known in some well developed areas of engineering (e.g. aeronautics) only recently have been adopted elsewhere (e.g. in civil engineering). Particular prospects can be expected for structures made of reinforced concrete – material with known variability of its properties depending on problems in cracking and age. That is why dissemination of modal analysis methods among civil engineers should be particularly appreciated. The experience of the members of International Advisory Board in experimental analysis of structural vibrations will help to better understand these problems by engineers and Central Europe scientists. The offered package of activities through thematic conferences, seminars, summer schools, practical training and study visits, missions and other actions will integrate research groups and centres in both national and European levels.

On the national level, CESTI collaboration with research groups from all major Polish cities such as Warszawa, Kraków, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Kielce, Lublin, Częstochowa, Łódz, Poznań, Białystok and Szczecin will be strengthened.

On the European level the present range of CESTI collaboration with research centres from Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Ukraine will be broadened. With some of these centres, the collaboration will be reactivated or initiated.

Representatives from the leading research groups of Polish and foreign centres will be invited to the conferences’ Scientific Committees and to give lectures during summer schools. In this way favourable circumstances for working out joint projects aimed at FP6 will be created.

The effect of the practical training and study visits to and from leading European centres, post graduate and PhD students, post-doctoral and senior researchers, among other things, will be joint publications, which in a natural way bring partners closer and create proper conditions to formulate proposals for European grants. These are well checked up forms of collaboration and CESTI scientists can show numerous joint publications with partners from the leading European centres. All activities undertaken by CESTI actions will contribute to further development of the TUO as an internationally recognised research Centre in the subject of Structural Integrity.