The second International Conference on Durability, Repair and Maintenance of Structures will take place at the Faculty of Engineeering of the University of Porto on the 13 and 14 of March 2025.

This conference will be chaired by Professor Lucas F. M. da Silva (University of Porto, Portugal) and co-chaired by 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 11, 2024

Notification of acceptance to authors

October 25, 2024

Early bird registration deadline

November 15, 2024

Full article submission deadline (not mandatory)

March 13, 2025

Call for papers

Download the abstract template

The abstracts (one-page) should be sent by October 11, 2024 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 Science, 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. This has led to the establishment and successful organization of DRMS 2023 “Durability, Repair and Maintenance of Structures.


To register for the Conference, please fill in the electronic registration form. Each participant, including the authors, must pay the respective registration fee.

Early bird (Until November 15, 2024)
Regular delegate - 650 EUR
Student (MSc or PhD) - 550 EUR
Online - Videoconference - 350 EUR

Standard (From November 16, 2024)
Regular delegate - 750 EUR
Student (MSc or PhD) - 650 EUR
Online - Videoconference - 450 EUR

The conference fee includes the book of abstracts, lunches, conference dinner, coffee-breaks and reception first day. Indicate in the abstract submission email if you want oral or poster presentation.

Cancellation policy
In case of cancellation, written notification should be sent to the chairs of the conference. If received before January 10, 2025, the registration fees will be refunded with a deduction of 75 €. Refund will not be possible for cancellations after January 10, 2025.

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

 Abreu events - Porto office
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Conference chairmen
Lucas F M da Silva
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
António Torres Marques
University of Porto, Portugal
Masayuki Nakada
Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan

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

Scientific committee

Antonie Grall (Université de Technologie de Troyes, France)
António Mendes Lopes (University of Porto, Portugal)
Chiaki Sato (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Dariusz Mazurkiewicz (Politechnika Lubelska, Poland)
Georges El-Saikaly (École de technologie supérieure, Canada)
Guillermo A. Riveros (US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, USA)
Hans-Gerd Busmann (Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology, Germany)
Hsien Hua Lee (National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan)
Jiann-Wen Woody Ju (University of California, USA)
J Ramon Gaxiola-Camacho (Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Mexico)
Keith Worden (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Mahmoud Shafiee (University of Surrey, UK)
Marcin Koniorczyk (Lodz University of Technology, Poland)
Marino Quaresimin (University of Padua, Italy)
Mariusz Maslak (Cracow University of Technology, Poland)
Mitsuyasu Iwanami (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Natalie Rauter (University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Germany)
Olesja Starkova (Institute for Mechanics of Materials, Latvia)
Ricardo Carbas (INEGI, Portugal)
Richard Clegg (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Roberto J Torrent (Materials Advanced Services Ltd, Switzerland)
Shey-Huei Sheu (Asia University, Taiwan)
Yasushi Miyano (Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan)


Conference proceedings with the accepted abstracts will be available at the registration.

Full papers will be published in special issue of Discover Mechanical Engineering (Springer), Applied Research (Wiley), UPorto Journal of Engineering (University of Porto) and in the book series Proceedings of Engineering Mechanics: Research, Technology and Education (Springer), provided they meet the necessary standards.

Full papers should be sent to the email lucas@fe.up.pt until March 13, 2025.
The text should be in single column format and double line spacing.


The programme will be made available soon


Instructions for the preparation of posters
The posters should be supplied in A0 size (841 mm x 1189 mm) in portrait format. The text and illustrations should be legible at a distance of 2 meters. The posters will be available online on this website at the time of the conference. For remote presenters, links to videoconferencing will be available to allow direct contact between the poster's author and the other conference participants.


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