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Surface Transports (ST)

Surface Transports (ST)

Surface Transports (ST)

New Materials and Joining Technologies for Environmentally Friendly Road Vehicles.


  • Novel technological and methodological solutions for the design of advanced road vehicles with focus on environmental friendliness and safety.

Key Tasks

  • Structural characteristics of road vehicle and modelling approaches for vehicle system and structural components
  • New materials and structural solutions for structural vehicle components
  • Advanced joining technologies for hybrid materials in structural components
  • Life cycle assessment of structural component
  • Vehicle dynamics performance in terms of maneuverability and comfort


  • Computational methods and tools for the analysis of the structural components influence on the dynamic performance of vehicles. 
  • New materials and structural solutions tailored for the substitution of selected structural components of vehicles. 
  • Methodology for the life cycle assessment of new structural components solutions.

Featured Publications

Beygi, R. et al. The inhibitory effect of stir zone liquefaction and eutectic-phase formation on the growth of γ/β intermetallics during dissimilar FSW of Al/Mg alloys (2021) Journal of Manufacturing Processes, 70, pp. 152-162.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmapro.2021.08.049.
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Beygi, R. et al. A comprehensive analysis of a pseudo-brittle fracture at the interface of intermetallic of η and steel in aluminum/steel joints made by FSW: Microstructure and fracture behavior (2021) Materials Science and Engineering A, 824, art. no. 141812.
DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2021.141812.
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Beygi, R. et al. Design of friction stir welding for butt joining of aluminum to steel of dissimilar thickness: heat treatment and fracture behavior. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 112(7-8), 1951-1964.
DOI: 10.1007/s00170-020-06406-3
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Beygi, R. et al. Comparative Study Between Stainless Steel and Carbon Steel During Dissimilar Friction Stir Welding with Aluminum: Kinetics of Al–Fe Intermetallic Growth (2022) Metals and Materials International, 28(8), pp. 1948-1959.
DOI: 10.1007/s12540-021-01070-y
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Beygi, R. et al. Utilizing a ductile damage criterion for fracture analysis of a dissimilar aluminum/steel joint made by friction stir welding (2022) Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 274 (15).
DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2022.108775
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Millan, P. et al. Clearance joints and friction models for the modelling of friction damped railway freight vehicles (2022) Multibody System Dynamics (article in press).
DOI: 10.1007/s11044-022-09857-6
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Global Coordinator

Jorge Alberto Cadete Ambrosio

Other Institutional Coordinators

Fausto Miguel Cereja Seixas Freire
Lucas Filipe Martins Silva


Pedro Millan
Reza Beygi