4th International Summer School on Fatigue
and Damage Mechanics of Composite Materials

Summer School

After three successful editions in 2015, 2019, and 2022, with an overall participation of more than 200 enthusiastic PhD students and young researchers from all over the world, the fourth edition of the Summer School on Fatigue and damage mechanics of composites will be held in Vicenza (Italy) from June 10 to June 14, 2024. The venue is the Department of Management and Engineering, the Vicenza campus of the University of Padova.

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.

The school program keeps being improved based on the experience and the feedbacks received from the previous editions, and will include tailored theoretical section, 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:

  • Damage mechanics of composites
  • Effects of manufacturing on damage evolution
  • Damage based procedures for strength/life prediction
  • Fatigue of bonded connections
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Application exercises
  • Industrial case histories


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.

School Coordinator

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

Published on  December 6th, 2023       |       Privacy