R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Engenharia Civil

Unidade de I&D

Laboratório da Tecnologia do Betão e do Comportamento Estrutural - LABEST [CIVE-Norte-Porto-717] visitada em 28/11/2007

Classificação: Very Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
LABEST is an outstanding research unit; in the panel’s estimation the best performing of the fourteen units visited. It is relatively small, but clearly focussed on materials science and structures. The topic areas look to of continuing academic and practitioner interest and there is a good mix of experimental and theoretical work. Organisationally, it appears strong and there is clear strategic direction.
There is perhaps work to be done to get greater integration of the Fire group with the core LABEST activity. There may also be a need to increase its size if it is to have a truly international profile.
Publication levels are high and there is a good presence in internationally recognised outlets.
The unit maintains a careful oversight of developments both at the national and international levels of activity. The group has organised international conferences and is active in relevant European working groups. There is active engagement in European collaborative research.
There is clear evidence of effective collaboration with the construction industry.
The number of MSc and PhD completions is strong and the students appear comfortable with the support they get from the unit. For example, unusually, there is a faculty-level programme of training offered.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Concrete Technology and Structural Behaviour [RG-CIVE-Norte-Porto-717-2181]
Structural Fire Resistance [RG-CIVE-Centro-Aveiro-717-2182]