MDA 2020

Due to the current situation of Covid 19, the conference is postponed to 5 and 6 November 2020.

The 3rd International Conference on Materials Design and Applications 2020 will take place in Porto, Portugal, 25-26 June 5-6 November 2020. The conference venue is the campus of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), which offers excellent facilities for high quality scientific interactions. FEUP is located in the town of Porto in the Northern region of Portugal. Porto is a beautiful and lively city, steeped in history and rich in great experiences. With its magnificent location by the Atlantic coast, Porto is the city of the world famous Port Wine and the River Douro.

This conference is held every two years in Porto and chaired by Prof Lucas F. M. da Silva.

The focus is on fundamental research and application areas in the field of the design and application of engineering materials, predominantly within the context of mechanical engineering applications such as automobile, railway, marine, aerospace, biomedical, pressure vessel technology, turbine technology, etc. This includes a wide range ofmaterials engineering and technology, including metals, e.g., lightweight metallicmaterials, polymers, composites, and ceramics. Advanced applications would include manufacturing in the new or newer materials, testing methods, multi-scale experimental and computational aspects (e.g. micro- and nano-scale techniques).

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts:
6 March 5 June 2020

Notification of Acceptance to Authors:
31 March 19 June 2020

Early bird registration:
17 April 10 July 2020 

Call for Papers
Abstract template
Abstracts should be sent electronically to Lucas F M da Silva at Indicate in the email if you want oral or poster presentation.

Registration form


To register for the Conference, please fill in the electronic registration form. Each participant, including authors, is expected to pay the corresponding registration fee.

Early bird (Until 17th April 10th July 2020)
Regular delegate - 550 EUR
Student (MSc or PhD) - 450 EUR
Online participation - 300 EUR

Standard (From 17th April 10th July 2020)
Regular delegate - 650 EUR
Student (MSc or PhD) - 550 EUR
Online participation - 400 EUR

The conference fee includes cd-rom of abstracts, lunches, conference dinner, coffee-breaks and reception first day.

Cancellation Policy
In case of cancellation, a written notification should be sent to the conference chairman. If it is received prior to May 15th September 11th, 2020, registration fees will be refunded with a deduction of €75. No refund can be made after May 15th September 11th, 2020.

Payment of Conference Fee
Payments are accepted by bank transfer or credit card. Register here.

Ms. Lurdes Catalino
 tel.: +351 222 043 573
 fax: +351 222 043 693


Lucas F M da Silva
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal

International Scientific Committee
A Akhavan-Safar (INEGI, Portugal)
A Barroso (University of Seville, Spain)
A Ferreira (University of Porto, Portugal)
A A Fernandes (University of Porto, Portugal)
A J Brunner (Empa Duebendorf, Switzerland)
A Pirondi (Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy)
A Rodríguez-Prieto (UNED, Spain)
A Torres Marques (University of Porto, Portugal)
A Ureña (University of Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
B Vaidhyanathan (Loughborough University, UK)
Bohumil Kasal (Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Germany)
C McCarthy (University of Limerick, Ireland)
C Sato (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
D Chen (Ryerson University, Canada)
D M Constantinescu (University Politechnica of Bucharest, Romania)
E Dragoni (Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)
F Berto (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
F Jacquemin (University of Nantes, France)
F J Lino Alves (University of Porto, Portugal)
F S C Silva (University of Minho, Portugal)
F Tornabene (University of Salento, Italy)
F Vaz (IST, Portugal)
H C Rodrigues
 (IST, Portugal)
J Abenojar (University of Carlos III, Spain)
J A M Ferreira (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
J-F Chatelain (École de Technologie Supérieure, Canada)
J F Ferrero (Université Toulouse III, France)
J J L Morais (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal)
J P Davim (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
J Seabra (University of Porto, Portugal)
K Dilger (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany)
Ł Sadowski (Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland)
M Quaresimin (University of Padova, Italy)
M R Ayatollahi
(Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran)
M Vieira (University of Porto, Portugal)
N Carrere (Safran, France)
P J Bártolo (University of Manchester, UK)
P Martins (IST, Portugal)
P Tavares de Castro (University of Porto, Portugal)
R Benedictus (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
R Carbas
(INEGI, Portugal)
R D Adams (University of Oxford, UK)
R Natal (University of Porto, Portugal)
S de Barros (CEFET/RJ, Brazil)
S Leen (NUI Galway, Ireland)
S Mezlini (Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Monastir, Tunisia)
V Tita (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
W D Li (Dalian University of Technology, China)
Y Bar-Cohen (NASA, USA)


Conference proceedings (CD-ROM) with the accepted abstracts will be available at registration. The CD-ROM will have an ISBN number.

Full papers will be published in special issues of Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications (SAGE), Science and Engineering of Composite Materials (DE GRUYTER, no fees involved), Journal of Advanced Joining Processes (ELSEVIER), U.P. Journal of Engineering (University of Porto) and in a book of the book series Advanced Structured Materials (SPRINGER) (provided they meet the quality standards).

The full papers (not compulsory) should be sent to before the 25th of June 5th November 2020. The text should be in single column format and double line spacing.

The book of abstracts (cd-rom) with the accepted abstracts available at the registration. The book of abstracts can also be downloaded with a password.


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Venue and Hotels

Conference venue: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
If you are arriving by subway (Metro), you should exit at IPO station (walking distance to FEUP).
Note that when travelling from Sá Carneiro airport and from the main train station (Campanhã), there is a SUBWAY/METRO connection, with transboarding in Trindade (Trindade Station) to the IPO station. Information on Metro.

Please consult the list of hotels with special rates. To benefit from this, please access the registration area using online facilities.
For further information about travel and hotels, please contact:
Ms. Lurdes Catalino

Viagens Abreu, SA
Tel.: +351 222 043 573
Fax: +351 222 043 693


The best poster presentation will be awarded with a certificate and online access for 12 months to Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications.

The best oral presentation will be awarded with a certificate and online access for 24 months to Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications.