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Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Engenharia Mecânica

Unidade de I&D

Unidade de Engenharia e Tecnologia Naval [MECH-LVT-Lisboa-134] visitada em 03/03/2008

Classificação: Very Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This unit is composed of four groups, all in the area of marine technology and engineering. The unit coordinator is also the Principal Investigator (PI) for all four groups. The productivity within the unit varies from good to excellent and the productivity of the unit as a whole is very good. The unit focuses on very relevant topics and produces research that is internationally competitive. The unit has extensive international collaborations and has been able to receive large amounts of external funding from both industry and international programs. The overall training is very good, although in some groups it is only good.
The unit is one of the top marine engineering departments in Europe. The unit has numerous international collaborations, is very productive, and constitutes a unique asset for Portugal. The growth of the unit has been impressive, with many new post-docs joining in the last few years.
The research facilities are not adequate as the unit has very little office space to work with. A unit of this caliber deserves a much better space.
The fact that all groups in the unit are headed by the unit coordinator is reason for some concern. We would expect to see other leaders emerge among the groups.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Marine Dynamics and Hydrodynamics [RG-MECH-LVT-Lisboa-134-2326]
This is a group of 6 PhD and 8 non-PhD researchers. The research is in the area of sea-keeping, wave loads, ship manoeuvring and control, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
The 10 papers listed are all published in international journals with a total impact factor of 3.4, and a total number of citations of 9. The other relevant publications are 3 book chapters and 7 papers in international conferences. The total impact factor per PhD is 0.6 and the number of citations per PhD is 1.5.
The relevance of the research is very good. The relatively new research line on CFD needs strong effort, support and expertise. Future plan descriptions are vague; details in every line of research would be useful. The topics of research for this group have received international recognition through funding from EU programs. The researchers have been involved in the organization of one large international conference, as well as two national conferences (these are a subset of the conferences listed by another group in this unit, "134-2033 Marine Environment"). The PI is in the editorial board of an international journal (different from the one listed for "Marine Environment"). With respect to internationalization, there are 6 journal papers, with a total impact factor of 1.7 and total number of citations of 8. There is also one chapter in a book and 3 papers in international conferences.
The group's current funding discounting funding already reported by the "Marine Environment" group, is 293.000 Euros.
The training is good. The group produced 3 Masters (2003, 2004, and 2005), and one Ph.D student graduated in 2007.
Marine wind farms and ocean wave energy are two additional useful applications of interest to Portugal, which would naturally fit in this group’s research.
Marine Environment [RG-MECH-LVT-Lisboa-134-2033]
This is a group of 4 PhD and 13 non-PhD researchers. The research is on the numeric modelling of ocean waves, with applications such as the prediction of abnormal waves and modelling of oil spills.
The productivity of this group is excellent. The group has listed 10 papers with a total impact factor of 11 and a total of 52 citations. Four of the papers have been cited 9 times or more. The other 10 relevant publications are 3 book chapters and 7 papers in international conferences. The total impact factor per PhD is 2.8 and the number of citations per PhD is 13.

The relevance of this group’s research is excellent. The topics of research for this group have received international recognition through funding from EU programs. A few of the journal papers are highly cited, and the researchers have been involved in the organization of five large international conferences, as well as two national conferences. The PI is on the editorial board of an international journal. With respect to internationalization, there are 7 journal papers, with a total impact factor of 2.5 and a total number of citations of 8. There are also two chapters in books and one paper in an international conference.
The feasibility of the research is excellent. The group's current funding is 958,000 Euros, corresponding to four projects. Two of the funding programs are from the EU's SUST Program and two others from the IDEA/PRIME Program.
The training is very good. This group has produced 3 Masters in 2003, one in 2004 and another in 2006. One Ph.D. student graduated in 2003.
Marine Structures [RG-MECH-LVT-Lisboa-134-2327]
This is a group of 11 PhD and 12 non-PhD researchers. Their research is in the area of strength of metal and composite structures. There is also a design component that includes geometric modelling and design optimization.
The productivity is very good. The 10 papers listed are all published in international journals with a total impact factor of 2.3, and a total number of citations of 13. The other relevant publications are 3 book chapters and 7 papers in international conferences. In terms of the output, the total impact factor per PhD is 0.2 and the number of citations per PhD is 1.1.
The relevance is excellent. The topics of research for this group have received international recognition through funding from EU programs. The researchers have been involved in the organization of one large international conference, as well as two national conferences (these are a subset of the conferences listed by another group in this unit, "134-2033 Marine Environment", and are the same as those listed for group 134-2326). The PI is in the editorial board of another international journal (different from the ones listed for the other groups). With respect to internationalization, there are 2 journal papers, with a total impact factor of 1.3 and a total number of citations of 2. There are also 4 chapters in books and 4 papers presented at international conferences.
The feasibility is excellent. The group's current funding is 880.000 Euros. The objectives are well defined, and it is clear from what was already achieved that the group will continue to produce internationally recognized research.
The training has been very good. The group graduated 5 Masters (1 in 2003, 1 in 2005, 2 in 2006, and 1 in 2007) and 3 PhD (2003, 2005, and 2006).
Safety, Reliability and Maintenance [RG-MECH-LVT-Lisboa-134-2328]
This is a group of 10 PhD and 15 non-PhD researchers. Their research is on the assessment of safety, reliability and maintainability of structures and equipment.
Productivity is good to very good. The 10 papers listed are all published in international journals with a total impact factor of 2.1, and a total number of citations of 6. The other relevant publications are 8 book chapters and 2 papers in international conferences. In terms of the output the total impact factor per PhD is 0.2 and the number of citations per PhD is 0.6.
The relevance is good. The topics of research for this group have received international recognition through funding from EU programs. In addition to the conferences already listed in the other groups in this unit, this group has been involved in the organization of two national conferences. The PI is the editor of an international journal with an impact factor of 0.92, and is on the editorial board of two journals (different from the ones listed for the other groups). One PhD is associate editor of another international journal. With respect to internationalization, there is 1 journal paper, 2 chapters in books, and 9 papers in international conferences.
The group's current funding is 700.000 Euros.
The training has been good. This group graduated 3 Masters (all in 2006) and 1 PhD student (2007).