3rd International Summer School on Fatigue
and Damage Mechanics of Composite Materials

Summer School

After the first two successful edition in 2015 and 2019, with the enthusiastic participation of students and young researchers from all over the world, the third edition of the international Summer School on Fatigue and Damage Mechanics of Composites will be held in Vicenza (Italy) from the 4th to the 8th of July 2022. The venue is the Department of Management and Engineering, campus of the University of Padova in Vicenza. The School has received the patronage of ESCM (the European Society for Composite Materials), AIAS (the Italian Society for Mechanical Design) and Assocompositi (the Italian Association of Composite Industries), IGF (the Italian Group of Fracture).

The School aims at providing young scientists and engineers both from Academia and Industry with the unique opportunity to meet and learn from leading international experts about advances in the fatigue and damage mechanics of polymer-based composite materials.

Based on the experience and the feedback received after the first two editions, the format will be improved with more tailored theoretical sections, hands-on activities and the presentation of industrial application cases provided by experts of leading worldwide companies. Particular attention will be always devoted to the understanding of damage mechanisms and the paths to incorporate them into predictive models.

During the five-day program, senior researchers and industry representatives will provide lectures on experimental techniques for damage investigations, damage evolution under fatigue, analytical and numerical modeling of damage, structural health monitoring and examples of design against damage in advanced industrial applications.


The course is specifically designed for Ph.D. students, young researchers and industry engineers working in the field of composite materials, already in possess of a basic knowledge of the mechanics of composites.

Certificates will be issued on the basis of participation to the course and the evaluation of the final assessment will entitle Ph.D. students to 5 ECTS.

The Organizing Committee is exploring financial support possibilities to grant half of the registration fees for selected valuable participants. Further information will be available soon.

School Coordinator

Professor Marino Quaresimin (University of Padova), Editor of Composites Science and Technology.

Published on  April 28th, 2022       |       Privacy