Previous events

School and Symposiumon Smart Structural Systems Technologies

A School and Symposium on Smart Structural Systems Technologies took place in Porto, Portugal, 5-9 April 2010
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S3T Invited Session

  • S3T Invited Session during the 8th European Symposium on Martensitic Transformations ESOMAT 2009: Evaluation of the SMA Roundrobin modelling initiative

    Date: 07-08 September 2009

    Location: Prague, Czech Republic

    Further information can be found here

Advanced Course on Morphing Aircraft Materials, Mechanisms and Systems

An  Advanced Course on Morphing Aircraft Materials, Mechanisms and Systems took place in Lisbon, Portugal, 17-20 November 2008. The flyer of this advance course can be found here.

Workshop on Modelling of SMAs and SMA actuated structures

A workshop on Modelling of SMAs and SMA Actuated Structures will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, 5-7 May 2008.

Further information about this workshop can be found here.

ESF-NSF Workshop on Sensor Networks for Civil Infrastructure Systems

An ESF-NSF Workshop on Sensor Networks for Civil Infrastructure Systems will take place in Cambridge, UK, 27-29 April 2008.

Recent high profile failures have highlighted the need for effective structural health monitoring in civil engineering. A key requirement of effective monitoring is the installation of many sensors for long term monitoring. Currently the number, location, reading frequency and even type of sensors that engineers can use have been limited by the ability to obtain data from them. The possibility of communicating wirelessly with a network of sensors offers high density, multi-parameter, real time data will revolutionise the way engineers install and use sensors for monitoring and condition assessment of infrastructure.


Through a joint NSF and European Science Foundation (ESF), we have organized a workshop focused on Sensor Networks for Civil Infrastructure Systems. This workshop will provide an overview of sensor technology and will concentrate on how it can be applied to civil engineering applications. The theme will be centred on the common research interests of two Smart Structural Systems Technologies (S3T) projects (UndergroundM3: Micro-Measurement and Monitoring System for Ageing Underground Infrastructures and S3HM: Smart sensing for Structural Health Monitoring) and ongoing NSF research projects in sensor networks. These projects are developing sensor capabilities for long term monitoring and can both gain considerably by sharing their experience to date.


The workshop will include updates on the field trials performed under US and European projects. With the field trials providing an insight into the current state-of-the art sensor networks, discussions will include the requirements for a generic platform that can be used to make informed engineering decisions. Participants will collaborate to identify future research directions and technological barriers. The workshop will be held over two days with the program including presentations, hands-on demonstrations, networking opportunities and dinner in a Cambridge College.



US-Europe Workshop on Adaptive Aerospace Structures and Materials

  • A US-Europe Workshop on Adaptive Aerospace Structures and Materials: Current Capabilities, Future Requirements and Developments took place in Couvent Royal, Saint-Maximin, France, 4-7 November 2007

The European Science Foundation (ESF), in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) organised a workshop focusing on the future aerospace applications of Adaptive Structures and Materials.  This initiative is the result of one of the networking and dissemination activities supported by the ESF-S3T Programme and previous US-Europe collaborative initiatives. S3T (Smart Structural Systems Technology) is currently in progress under ESF’s Collaborative Research Scheme (EUROCORES) and brought together 7 consortia, consisting of over 40 principal investigators and associated partners, from diverse topics of research within the domain of Structural Systems Technologies S3T ( ).  The workshop was organised as a networking and collaborative effort in line with the research focus of a subset of the seven consortia within S3T, namely: MAFESMA (Tools for modelling, design and control of smart structural systems based on shape memory alloys: material algorithms, finite element methods, experiments), SCMeRe (Shape Control of Membrane Reflectors) and SMORPH (Smart Aircraft Morphing Technologies).  


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Workshop programme

Workshop presentations

Attendance List

Practical Information

Pre-workshop assignment

SMSST'07, China, 22-28 May 2007

  • The S3T Programme was invited to give two sessions during the World Forum on Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technologies (SMSST'07) which was held in Chongqing and Nanjing, China, 21-28 May 2007.

    Smart materials and smart structures are destined to be an important part of the incoming technologi­cal revolution. The aim of  the World Forum on Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology (SMSST '07) was to provide a premier opportunity for scientists, professionals and industrial fellows worldwide for sharing and exchanging their ideas on the most recent and advanced developments on the smart structure technologies, for identifying com­mon research problems among the participants, and for promoting international cooperative research on the emerging technologies (see

Short Course on Active Vibration Control, Lyon, 24-26 April 2007

As a result of a suggested networking activity and the ensuing announcements of opportunity within S3T community, two PhD students were supported by the Programme to attend the Short Course on Active Vibration Control which took place on 24-26 April 2007 in Lyon, France. The flyer of the course can be found here (pdf).

The first person is Katarzyna Majewska who is a PhD candidate in the research team of Professor Wieslaw Ostachowicz, in the S3HM Consortium. The title of her Ph.D. thesis is: “The influence of activation of magnetic shape memory (MSM) actuators on certain dynamic characteristic of structures”. Her scientific interests are focused mainly on the use of multi-functional materials (primarily magnetic shape memory alloys) for static and dynamic control of various structures. 

Her research work is focused on a concept of the use of magnetic shape memory (MSM) actuators as a multifunctional material for control, alteration and tuning of forced vibration of a simple rotor. By using of magnetic shape memory (MSM) actuator properties a concept of special rotor rig has been worked out. The main part of the rotor rig is a smart bearing assembly. The smart bearing assembly utilises an actuator with the magnetic shape memory effect (MSME). The main goal of this experimental research is to show how the activation of the magnetic shape memory (MSM) actuator can influence forced vibration of the rotor. It is also to show how to alter, control and tune selected frequencies and modes of natural vibration of the rotor.

The second person is Simon Miller who is a first year PhD student at the University of Manchester working on the SMorph project supervised by Professor Cooper. His work involves the development of adaptive and active solutions for aerospace structures to enable optimal drag reduction and also loads (gusts and Manouevre) control. The Active Vibration Control course in Lyon greatly benefited his studies as he will have to learn and employ such methods in hiswork, and learning about these techniques from experts in the field will be very good for him.