The first International Conference on Durability, Repair and Maintenance of Structures will take place at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) on the 16th and 17th of March 2023.

This conference will be chaired by Professor Lucas F. M. da Silva (University of Porto, Portugal) and co-chaired by Professor Kenneth Reifsnider (University of Texas at Arlington, USA), Professor António Torres Marques (University of Porto, Portugal) and Professor Masayuki Nakada (Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan).

The focus of this conference is the study of the durability, repair and maintenance processes of engineering structures. Novel research works carried out in various topics within these wider themes will be accepted.

Among the topics covered are:
-corrosion processes and corrosion protection;
-creep failure processes;
-damage and degradation under service loadings;
-diagnostics and prognostics algorithms;
-durability and failure of additively manufactured structures;
-durability in civil engineering applications;
-durability in aerospace applications;
-durability of composite, concretes and metals;
-failure and reliability analysis;
-fatigue testing and characterization;
-hygroscopic behaviour of materials;
-intelligent fault detection;
-long term performance of marine structures;
-maintenance methodologies;
-methodologies for fatigue design;
-repair of composite materials and structures;
-risk assessment and failure detection;
-smart maintenance tools;
-structural health monitoring;
-structural joint durability;
-vibrations and signal processes;

Abstract submission deadline

October 14, 2022

Notification of acceptance to authors

October 28, 2022

Early bird registration deadline

November 11, 2022

Full article submission deadline (not mandatory)

March 16, 2023

Call for papers

Download the abstract template

The abstracts (one-page) should be sent by October 14, 2022 to the organizing committee via email to lucas@fe.up.pt. Please state in the email if you wish an oral or poster presentation.


DURACOSYS Conference has been created by Professors Albert Cardon (VUB – Belgium), Ken Reifsneider (USA) and Hiroshi Fukuda, Tokyo University of Science, Japan.

After the meeting on Durability Analysis of Polymer Based Composite Systems (August 1990 – Brussels) and the Invited International Informal Seminar on Durability Analysis of Composite Systems, in Porto - Portugal, 18-21/7/1993, the following International Conferences took place:

•Progress in Durability Analysis of Composite Systems - Duracosys 95, 16th – 21st July 1995 – Brussels, Belgium;
•Duracosys 97, September 1997 – Virginia Tech, USA, 14th – 17th September 1997;
•International Conference on Recent Developments in Durability Analysis of Composite Systems, 11th – 14th July 1999 – Brussels, Belgium;
•5th International Conference on Durability Analysis of Composite Systems - Duracosys 2001, Tokyo Science University, Japan, November 6-9, 2001;
•6th International Conference on Durability Analysis of Composite Systems (Duracosys 2004), in Riga-Latvia, May 12-15, 2004;
•7th International Conference on Durability Analysis of Composite Systems - Duracosys 2006, Virginia Tech, USA, 10th – 13th September 2006.

DURACOSYS 2008 - 8th International Conference on Durability of Composite Systems, held at Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal, July 16th – 18th 2008, took place after the death of Prof. Albert Cardon, and paid a Tribute to Him during the Conference. In fact, besides being a co-founder of these Conferences, Prof. Cardon has devoted his life to Durability of Composite Systems and, above all, became an example as a Professor.

Then, the following sequence occurred:

•9th International Conference on Durability Analysis of Composite Systems - Duracosys 2010, Patras, Greece, 12th – 15th September 2010;
•10th International Conference on Durability Analysis of Composite Systems - Duracosys 2012, Brussels, Belgium, 17th – 19th September 2012;
•11th International Conference on Durability Analysis of Composite Systems - Duracosys 2014, Tokyo University of Sciene, Japan, 15th – 17th September 2014;
•12th International Conference on Durability Analysis of Composite Systems - Duracosys 2016, University of Texas AT Arlington, USA, 12th – 15th June 2016.

Sometime has passed and it was felt a need to enlarge the scope of the conference although keeping the focus on durability, but including repair and maintenance processes of engineering structures – DRMS 2023 “Durability, Repair and Maintenance of Structures.


The registration for the conference can be made on the following link. Each participant, including the authors, must pay the respective registration fee.

Early bird (Until November 11, 2022)
Regular delegate - 600 EUR
Student (MSc or PhD) - 500 EUR
Online - Videoconference - 350 EUR

Standard (From November 12, 2022)
Regular delegate - 700 EUR
Student (MSc or PhD) - 600 EUR
Online - Videoconference - 450 EUR

The conference registration includes the book of abstracts, lunches, coffee-breaks, conference dinner and reception at the end of the first day.

Cancellation policy
In case of cancellation, written notification should be sent to the chairs of the conference. If received before January 16, 2023, the registration fees will be refunded with a deduction of 75 €. Refund will not be possible for cancellations after January 16, 2023.

Payment can be made by bank transfer or by credit card.

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Conference chairmen
Lucas F M da Silva
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Kenneth Reifsnider
University of Texas at Arlington, USA
António Torres Marques
University of Porto, Portugal
Masayuki Nakada
Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan

Organising committee
Eduardo A. S. Marques
Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial, Portugal
Alireza Akhavan-Safar
Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial, Portugal

Scientific committee

Alberto D’Amore (University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy)
Ali Fatemi (University of Memphis, USA)
Antonie Grall (Université de Technologie de Troyes, France)
António Mendes Lopes (University of Porto, Portugal)
Chiaki Sato (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Enrico Zio (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Fathollah Taheri-Behrooz (Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran)
Filippo Berto (NTNU, Norway)
George Papanicolaou (University of Patras, Greece)
Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France)
Jerome Antoni (University of Lyon, France)
Jiann-Wen Woody Ju (University of California, USA)
Keith Worden (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Mahmood Mehrdad Shokrieh (University of Science and Technology, Iran)
Mahmoud Shafiee (University of Kent, UK)
Paul Casto (General Electric, USA)
Ramesh Talreja (Texas A&M University, UK)
Ricardo Carbas (INEGI, Portugal)
Richard Clegg  (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Robert E. Melchers (The University of Newcastle, Australia)
Rui Miranda Guedes (University of Porto, Portugal)
Shey-Huei Sheu (Asia University, Taiwan)
Yasushi Miyano (Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan)


The book of abstracts with the accepted abstracts can be downloaded with a password.

Papers presented at the conference may be published in special issues of Advances in Structural Engineering (SAGE), UPorto Journal of Engineering (University of Porto), Applied Research (Wiley), Discover Mechanical Engineering (Springer) and in the book series Proceedings of Engineering Mechanics: Research, Technology and Education (Springer), provided they meet the necessary standards.

Full articles (not mandatory) should be sent to the organising committee via email to lucas@fe.up.pt until March 16, 2023.


Final programme


Posters and links for online poster session

Poster 1

Poster 2

Poster 3

Poster 4

Poster 5


The best presentation and poster will be elected by a vote of the scientific board members and the winners will receive a free registration in the next edition of the DRMS conference.

Conference venue and hotels

Conference venue: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
If you arrive via Metro, please exit on the IPO station (a short walking distance from FEUP).
If you arrive directly from the Sá Carneiro airport or from Campanhã station, please take the Metro to Trindade station, and then head to the IPO station. Additional information on the Metro.

Please consult the list of hotels, available at special rates. To benefit from this offer, please access the online registration area.
For further information on hotels and travel, please contact:
Lurdes Catalino

Abreu events - Porto office
T.: +351 22 204 3570
M.: +351 965 101 393