Scientific Breakthrough

Structural Integrity is the ability of a structure to withstand the service loads, resisting structural failure due to fracture, deformation, or fatigue. To construct a structure with adequate structural integrity, selection of the material’s mechanical properties is always takes place.

However, often the employment of materials in structures that operate in extreme environmental conditions, has resulted to different near-surface properties than the bulk, and then structural failures might occur. This phenomenon happens very often inbridges, metallic structures, turbine blades, aircrafts (Fig.1) etc.

Unfortunately, human casualties, rendering this problem of major importance for engineers, follow many of these failures.

Consequently, there is a massive need for finding alternative ways to prevent failures and improve the integrity of structures during their in service life. Improving the integrity of structures before or during their in-service life is an innovative attempt that will bring a breakthrough to material sciences and engineering, as well as to structural design. This achievement will allow engineers to build revolutionary constructions. Moreover, the in service life of structures could be extended, offering an increase in the value for money, in a tough economic era.

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The InnoSMART project has received funding from the European Union's H2020 Framework Programme under the call FET-OPEN under grant agreement No 664892