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App4SHM – Smartphone application for structural health monitoring

  • Period of funding 2021

Development of a smartphone application to monitor the structural health of buildings and special structures (like bridges) after catastrophic events.

This application will be able to interrogate the phone’s internal sensors, or other paired devices via Bluetooth or USB, and to analyze and compare the data collected through intelligent algorithms properly trained in order to detect damage and quantify the structural risk in real time. As it is a mobile application with access to a server, it is possible to create a networked system of several nodes through the simultaneous use of several smartphones.

This is a R&D project funded by COFAC and involving students and professors from ULHT’s civil engineering and computer science courses: Eloi Figueiredo, Hugo Rebelo, Ionut Moldovan, Luís Silva, Nuno Penim, Paulo Oliveira, Pedro Alves.

BuildingAdapt – Pioneer study to analyze the resilience of university buildings to climate change: ULHT campus

  • Funding Institution COFAC
  • Coordinator Eloi Figueiredo (ULHT)
  • Period of funding March 2021 to March 2023

Human beings spend more than 90% of their time inside buildings. Therefore, the characteristics of the indoor climate of these spaces have a substantial influence on the health and comfort of its occupants. Taking into account the expected changes in the outdoor climate in the near future, which invariably will affect the quality of the indoor climate, timely and considerate preparation of our buildings is necessary to minimize the consequences of climate change to our everyday life.

In order to anticipate the problems arising from this situation and since these changes can jeopardize the health and comfort of the occupants of the buildings, this project aims to study a set of measures that can be adapted by the ULHT buildings in order to be more resilient to climate change and, therefore, ensure an adequate indoor climate.

To this end, a non-destructive methodology will be used based on a two phased approach:

  • Monitoring campaigns to determine the indoor temperature and relative humidity of the case studies, which will feed phase 2 with real-life measurements;
  • Computational modelling of the case-studies and development of hygrothermal analyses, which take into account measurements from phase 1 and that will allow to thoroughly analyse the proposed measures, thus choosing the most appropriate ones to minimize the effects of climate change in the indoor climate of the case studies.”