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CIEFMA is a UPC’s consolidated research group aiming to conduct basic science and applied industrial research within the field of Structural Integrity, Micromechanics and Reliability of Engineering Materials. CIEFMA’s main core competences are defined by (1) its capability for successful assessment and understanding of mechanical integrity and reliability of CIEFMA-target materials (zirconia-base ceramics, stainless and high-strength steels, Ti-base alloys, ceramic-metal composites - particularly cemented carbides - and hard coatings) at different length scales; and (2) its potential for implementing advanced processing towards optimizing microstructural design and/or functionality of specific material systems. Within the above framework, research excellence, internationalization and effective knowledge transfer are transversal pillars, linked through “multidisciplinary” and “inter-sectorial” approaches, for defining CIEFMA’s activity. Research fields where CIEFMA focuses its efforts are:

  1. Structural integrity retention under service conditions of engineering materials, including joint structures
  2. Mechanical behavior of advanced ceramics and composites, at both room and high temperatures
  3. Microstructural design of metallic alloys processed by different manufacturing routes
  4. Assessment and understanding of surface degradation phenomena, including changes induced under contact loading as well as environmental/thermal exposure
  5. Micromechanics and nanomechanics of materials, at both bulk and film levels.

CIEFMA - Center for Structural Integrity, Micromechanics and Reliability of Materials
Department of Material Science and Metallurgical Engineering
Campus Diagonal - Besós, building I - Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya.
C/Eduard Maristany 10-14 - 08019 Barcelona, Spain