Training Week #02

The second training week is held at EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland) in November 2017. It addresses the challenge of the shift from lab to real in situ conditions.

Basic scientific skills:

  • Signal processing (IFSTTAR)
  • Inverse problem (IFSTTAR)
  • Safety and reliability of structures (EPFL)
  • Topical issues of public economy and civil infrastructures (EPFL)

Advanced scientific skills:

  • Acquisition devices and sensors (including embedded sensors) (NeoStrain)
  • Link between life prediction models and NDT output (IFSTTAR)
  • Foundations of wind energy turbines and other large structures (GuD)
  • Probabilistic approaches of fatigue of steel and composite structures (IFSTTAR)
  • Traffic loads on bridges: measurements (WIM), modelling and use for load effect, strain and stress assessment – POLLUX software (IFSTTAR)
  • Advanced methods for reliability analysis of structures (PHIMECA)
  • Advanced methods for probabilistic sensitivity analysis (PHIMECA)
  • Reliability modelling of wind turbine towers and foundations (AAU)
  • Risk analysis and risk-based optimal planning of operation & Maintenance (AAU)

Complementary skills:

  • Skills to publish their results in high-impacted international journals: lectures and exercises by in-house specialists from EPFL’s Central Services on literature review, critical reading, reviewing and synthesising publications, writing abstracts, plagiarism, structuring a scientific paper, preparing a poster, illustrations).
  • Ethics in research: legislation overview, scientific attitude, professional leadership, role of the researcher in the civil society, research collaboration, cultural sensitivities and gender, sustainability of civil infrastructures (moderators: beneficiaries’ supervisors + in-house ethic expert from EPFL).

Technical visits:

  • Bridge and wind turbine tour (EPFL)