ACES project overview (download presentation)

Construction is the largest sector in the economy of Greece. Structural and Earthquake Engineering are very important for the EU’s Convergence Region of Western Greece (whose capital is Patras), which has the highest seismicity in Europe and will see a surge in infrastructure projects in 2008-20.

University of Patras

The University of Patras is already of international renown in these fields, thanks to a combination of top quality faculty and two very active laboratories of Structures and of Structural Materials. It is now making a concerted effort to enhance its position and ensure continuity to its up-and-coming generation of junior faculty, by improving and modernising its laboratories and by networking with top European RTD centres: the UK’s Building Research Establishment (EU’s largest fire testing facility), the TAMARIS Seismic Laboratory in CEA (FR) – top shaking table facility in the EU - the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA), the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment at the EU’s Joint Research Centre (largest seismic laboratory and hub of earthquake research in the EU), the Politecnico di Torino (renowned for its strength in bridge design), TU Delft and the Geophysical Laboratory at the Université J. Fourier in Grenoble. The European Union generously supports this effort by funding Project ACES (Advanced Center of Excellence in Structural & Earthquake Engineering) of the Seventh Framework Programme, Theme FP7-REGPOT-2007-1 for Unlocking of Research Potential in the EU’s Convergence and Outermost Regions.

The workplan comprises secondments to and from the 7 networking partners, repatriating (at least 3) experienced researchers, extending the capacity of the Structures lab to complex dynamic testing, establishing a fire testing facility at the Structural Materials lab, enhancing the capacity for computational simulation of seismic motions in large basins, 2 international workshops in the vicinity of Patras (with technical tours of infrastructure projects), web-based real time access to laboratory experimentation (tele-presence), production and diffusion of high level RTD.

Latest News

February 14, 2013, 6:05 pm

ACES project was successfully completed on 31st January 2012.
The final report was submitted to the European Commission a few weeks later and was approved on September 2012.

In the course of the four years ACES enhanced the human and material resources of the Structures group, its know-how and international visibility....  read more

March 5, 2012, 3:34 pm

A guide for design of bridges with emphasis on seismic aspects is available. The guide was produced in the framework of the ACES project and is available in English and Greek.

February 17, 2012, 12:37 pm

The Proceedings of the 2nd ACES Workshop "Innovative Materials and Techniques in Concrete Construction" were produced by Springer (hard cover, 379 pages, ISBN 978-94-007-1996-5). More information is available here.

February 17, 2012, 12:45 pm

In the framework of ACES and following an international call for tender, a Vertical Laboratory Furnace was delivered to the Structural Materials Laboratory of the Civil Engineering Department by Bouvier - Technofour S.A.

The vertical laboratory furnace has internal dimensions 3 m (width) by 3 m (height) by 1.2 m (depth). It is adequate for the execution of fire resistance tests of building materials and elements according to the temperature-time curves as described in relevant Standards (CEN and ISO) and other curves (such as the RWS-Rijkswaterstaat curve).

December 7, 2011, 1:11 pm

In collaboration with the Technical Chamber of Greece, West Greece Department, seminars on Eurocodes 2 and 8 were organised in Argostoli.

Σε συνεργασία με το ΤΕΕ - Τμήμα Δυτικής Ελλάδας πραγματοποιήθηκαν στο Αργοστόλι σεμινάρια για τους Ευρωκώδικες 2 και 8.