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ClimaBridge – Impact of climate change on the structural health of bridges

  • Promoter Entity COFAC – Lusófona University
  • Coordinator Eloi Figueiredo (ULHT)
  • Funding Institution EEA Grants
  • Partners Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) and Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC)
  • Period of funding March 2021 to March 2023
  • Website climabridge.ulusofona.pt

The goal of this project is to develop a systematic framework for the probabilistic assessment of the impact of climate change on the structural health of existing bridges, by coupling climate risk evaluation and health monitoring techniques. Basically, we intend to integrate existing procedures for the assessment of climate change threats into the Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of bridges, leading to a climate-aware SHM framework.

Additionally, this project intends to present the latest technological updates on the SHM of bridges to the scientific community, technical staff of consultancy companies and public entities in Portugal and Norway, as well as to promote technological advances and business initiatives around the life-cycle management of bridges.
Various activities are planned under the ClimaBridge Project, namely: two three-day workshops (Lisbon and Oslo), a joint course on SHM, long-term monitoring of an existing railway bridge, several scientific meetings and a one-day conference.

Geodynamics and vibrations due to trains

  • Promoter Entity COFAC – Lusófona University
  • Coordinator Nuno Santos (ULP)
  • Funding Institution EEA Grants
  • Partners NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute)
  • Period of funding March 2021 to March 2023

A project dedicated to the themes of geodynamics and vibrations induced by rail traffic and financed by the Fund for Bilateral Relations – EEA Grants. The initiative is promoted by the Lusófona University and has the participation of a Norwegian partner (NGI). It is coordinated by Nuno Santos.

For more information, visit the EEA Grants Portugal.

Reconhecer Project

  • Coordenador Elói Figueiredo (ULHT) e Luís Oliveira Santos (LNEC)
  • Starting April 2019

The Barcelos City Council intends to inventory special structures like bridges, viaducts, tunnels, overpasses, underpasses, and water passages existing in the municipality, which are under its direct responsibility. For this purpose, the municipal executive approved the implementation of the “Reconhecer” project, developed by the Lusófona University and the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC), through a protocol involving the three entities. According to the document, this project also intends to support the definition of a strategy for monitoring the condition of those special structures, to facilitate the budgeting of their maintenance and, ultimately, to promote permanent protection of human lives.

Ravago – Utilização de fibras INNOCELL FG3000 em misturas do tipo Stone Mastic Asphalt (SMA)

  • Coordenador Luís Quaresma (ULHT)
  • Starting October 2018

This work aims to evaluate the behavior of Stone Mastic Asphalt (SMA) type mixtures using cellulose fibers with polyolefin waxes, including the application of these mixtures in an experimental section included in the national road network. The work is financed by the company RAVAGO CHEMICALS SPAIN, SA and includes cooperation with Infraestruturas de Portugal.

 

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