Quality Assessment
Investigation of fabricated specimens using C-Scan facility for the identification of damage and impurities.
Hi-Speed Imaging and DIC
HiSpeed imaging can achive framerates up to 500k fps. Acquired images can be post-processed by specialty Digital Image Correlation software (GOM Aramis)
Damage Simulation
Development of specialty Finite Elements and numerical tools for the simulation of damage initiation and propagation in composites.
Material Characterization
Specialty material testing and characterization, using international standards (ISO, ASTM, etc.)
Nanoscale Modeling
Nanomechanics simulation and development of specialty numerical tools.
Damped Composites
Experimental investigation of composites damping.
Composite Bridge
Design, manufacturing and testing of a bridge fully made of advanced composites.
Impact Facility
Hi-Speed impact testing facility. Typical velocities are around 300m/s.
Modeling of Morphing Structures
Numerical modeling and simulations of morphing structures and components.
Coupon Fabrication and Instrumentation
Coupon fabrication and instrumentation following international standards (ISO, ASTM, etc.) and successful practices.
Design and Manufacturing
The Group is highly trained on the whole manufacturing process; from concept to final product.
Active and Morphing Structures Facility
Experimental investigation of SMA-based active and morphing structures.

Structural Mechanics and Smart Materials Group

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics,
University of Patras, 26500 Rion-Patras, Greece
Tel +30-2610-969438 (Lab Secretary)
Fax + 30-2610-969417

email: saam [AT] mech [DOT] upatras [DOT] gr


Who we are...

The Group is involved in the development of mechanics, analytical methods, finite elements and computational tools, enabling formal modeling and engineering of advanced materials and advanced structural concepts. The group is particularly active in the field of smart materials and adaptive structures, as well as, in the broader area of composite materials and composite structures.

What we do...

The Group is currently involved in various research projects. Our activities are focused on, but NOT limited to, Smart Materials & Adaptive Structures; Damped Composites & Structures; Carbon Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites; Shape Memory Alloys; Damage Detection & Structural Health Monitoring etc.

Join us...

We are always looking for people who are interested in or spacialize to advanced technology applications. If you wish to be actively involved into one of the most innovative and emerging technology areas today, feel free to contact Prof. D. Saravanos or the members of the SAAM Group. Especially for MEAD Students, we provide a series of introductory research projects in the form of Student and Diploma Theses.

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Hailstone Impact
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Modeling of Impact



The impact testing facility composed of:hailstone impact

  • a gas cannon that operates with pressurized nitrogen.
  • a protective polycarbonate chamber, practically bulletproof.
  • high-speed imaging apparatus, up to 500k fps.

Current Projects

  • INTELLICONT: Development and Manufacturing of Intelligent Lightweight Composite Aircraft Container (2018-2020). CleanSky 2 JTI.
  • BLADEOUT: CROR Blade-Out Impact Simulations and Sample Manufacturing (2016-2019). CleanSky 2 JTI, 686813.
  • TAVAC:Technologies for Active Vibration and Acoustic Comfort (2016-2019), CleanSky 2 JTI.

Completed Projects

  • InnWind: Innovative wind conversion systems (10-20MW) for offshore applications (2012-2017). FP7-ENERGY, GRA- 308974
  • Graphene: Graphene and its Nanocomposites: Production, Properties and Applications (2012-2017). Thalis National Project
  • OPENAIR: Optimisation for low Environmental Noise impact Aircraft (2009-2014). FP7-TRANSPORT
  • FIMAC: Fast impact cross-analysis methodology for composite leading edge structures (2014-2015). CleanSky JTI, SGO-02-073
  • FlexSense: Flexible sensor coopearation for structural health diagnorsis/prognosis (2014-2015). CleanSky-JTI, GRA-01-054.
  • MOSKIN: Morphing Skin with a Tailored Non-conventional Laminate (2012-2014). CleanSky-JTI, GRA-298164
  • SMyTE: Shape Memory Alloy Trailing Edge (2012-2013).FP7-CleanSky JTI, GRA-02-015
  • WISMOS: Wireless Integrated Strain Monitoring and Simulation System (2011-2012). CleanSky JTI, ECO-01-005
  • IIMEC: International Institute of Multifunctional Materials for Energy Conversion (2010-2013). NSF, USA
  • Preliminary Studies on Damage Tolerant Strategies for Composite Damage Detection and Health Monitoring (2008-2009). EOARD Grant
  • Integrated Wind Turbine Design (2005-2009). FP6-Energy
  • NOESIS: Aerospace Nanotube Hybrid Composite Structures with Sensing and Actuating Capabilities (2005-2009). FP6-Aerospace
  • Pythagoras: Smart Mechanical Structures with Stochastic Damage Self-Detection Capability (2005-2006). Hellenic Ministry of Education
  • International Collaboration on Predictive Μethodologies for the Design of Lamb-Wave Piezoelectric Wafer Active Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring (2004-2007). NSF, USA
  • CNT: Modeling of Electromechanical Behavior of Carbon Nanotubes and Nano-Composite Materials (2003-2006). K. Karatheodori Research Program, Univ. of Patras
  • Heracleitos: Smart Piezoelectric Composites with Damage Self-Monitoring Capabilities (2002-2006). Hellenic Ministry of Education
  • DAMPBLADE: Wind Turbine Rotor Blades For Enhanced Aeroelastic Stability And Fatigue Life Using Passively Damped Composites (2000-2004). FP5-ENERGIE ΕΝΚ6-CT2000-00320
  • EPET-II: Design & Development of a Composite Bridge (1999-2001). National Research Program EPET-II; Inst. of Chemical Engineering

The facility if capable of

  • Ultra High Frequency signal generation and acquisition systems (1-10MHz).
  • High Frequency (1-1MHz) amplifier for active piezoceramic sensor pairs.
  • Laser Doppler Vibrometer (Polytek) non-conduct sensor with high velocity and displacement resolution, and high sampling-frequency (300ksamples/sec).