Improve the competitiveness of NNU by strengthening its leading role in the seismic risk mitigation field and by promoting the training of young scientists through expanded bachelor’s degree courses in structural engineering including laboratory-based experimentation and problem solving in addition to the lecture based teaching methods currently employed.
Description of work and role of partners
Task 4.1 Enhancement of NNU laboratory capability
In order to improve NNU’s capacities and enable it to carry out its tasks alongside the expertise and capacity of EUCENTRE, an enhancement of the research centre facilities will be taken into account. In particular, the experimental capabilities of NNU laboratory will be upgraded with new equipment that is required to perform experimental-based training. Equipment will be also dedicated to dissemination purposes. Such equipment will be sustainable by the centre after the cessation of the project. To determine the funding needed for the equipment and its expected impact, a feasibility study on the development of NNU laboratory will be performed. This will require a careful mapping and description of experimental activities that will be possible to carry out with the new equipment.
Task 4.2 Upgrading the theory and practice of Laboratory operations
Participants: EUCENTRE, NNU
The theory and practice of laboratory operations and experimental testing will be updated in the collective minds of NNU researchers. To achieve this goal, training modules for NNU staff will be organised by EUCENTRE in order to revise several aspects, including test instrumentation and acquisition systems, basics of signal processing, testing strategy, design of a specimen and so on. In addition, technical visits to join the knowledge of the EUCENTRE and the theory that governs its practice of laboratory operations and experimentation will be organized. This will make the most of the experience of EUCENTRE staff to impact the theoretical tenants with which experiment and practice in the laboratory is currently conducted at NNU.
WP4 will collaborate closely with WP3 – Training and knowledge exchange.