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Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Civil Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo

Research areas

Civil and Urban Construction Engineering

  1. Eco-efficient cementitious materials and components: Includes researches that aim to develop low-cost and low environmental impact solutions for cementitious materials, which consume 1/3 of the raw materials, and emit 5% of GHG. Includes (a) low binder index concrete; (B) use of residues in cementitious materials; (C) non-asbestos composites; (D) new binders and calcined clays; (E) cementitious materials with functional gradation; (F) advanced characterization of aggregates and filler; (G) development of self-cleaning surfaces; And (h) improved durability.
  2. Project Management: It includes the development of methodological innovations aimed at the planning, organization, direction and control of the project process, which involves the formulation of strategies for project management, project development and coordination, evaluation and feedback, In addition to activities directly linked to the management of project teams, such as contracting projects, defining scopes, stages and information systems for the project, and the management of interfaces with clients.
  3. Management of Cities: The objective of the surveys is to analyze the existing management models and propose management forms appropriate to the local, regional and national context. It also aims to establish city performance criteria, encompassing its various sub-systems of infrastructure, social services and equipment, and the analysis of urban legislation and proposals for innovative city control and management systems.
  4. Solutions for Sustainable Construction: Includes more conceptual research related to sustainability in construction, addressing topics such as: (a) disassembly; (B) performance of cold surfaces; (C) waste management; (D) energy; (E) water, (f) life cycle assessment; And (g) durabilitye.
  5. Infrastructure Solutions: Try to develop solutions and tools to improve design, materials, construction, durability and infrastructure management, with emphasis on concrete-based materials: (a) concrete reinforced with fibers; (B) instrumentation of infrastructure works; (C) development of control systems; (D) railways.
  6. Rheology and processing of materials: Includes researches whose objective is to develop the tooling and rheology concepts. Research is done on the following reso- logical techniques: (a) squeeze-flow and compressive rheometry; (B) development of rheometers; etc.
  7. Computational Modeling and Simulation: The research aims to develop and apply mathematical models and computational tools in Civil Engineering, aiming at optimizing resources, improving performance and quality and increasing reliability, as well as the application of the computer In the project and teaching activity. It includes topics such as computational simulation techniques, soft-computing, decision theory, multicriteria optimization, information technology, environmental simulation for comfort analysis in buildings, building information modeling, etc.


Structural Engineering

  1. Large structures: design, construction methods and monitoring: Study and evaluation of: a) design criteria, standards and specifications; B) constructive methods; C) numerical modeling; D) actions; E) safety aspects, applied to structures of dams, tall buildings, tunnels and concrete bridges.
  2. Mechanics of Deformable Solids: Subjects related to Mechanics of Continuous Media (finite elasticity), Mechanics of Discontinuous Media (fracturing and fatigue), Rheology of Structural Materials and Soil Mechanics. It includes topics related to the mathematical formulations to describe the mechanical behavior of the deformable solids and the numerical solution of these mathematical models.
  3. Computational Methods in Applied Mechanics: Simulation of metal forming problems, such as sheet conformation and extrusion, by the finite element method. Comparison of commercial software packages. In addition to the development of analysis of the problems of contact with friction in 3D.
  4. Structure Theory: A broad scope, it is a fertile field for technological and scientific research, with great application in Structural Engineering in its broad sense. It deals with topics related to the behavior of structures formed by straight or curved bars, cable structures, plates and shells, focusing on design and analysis (static or dynamic) aspects of structures (linear or non-linear), between Which problems of static or dynamic instability of slender structures.
  5. Structural materials and systems: This line involves research on the application of materials in various structural systems. Experimental, theoretical and normative aspects are focused on the behavior of the different materials and also on the corresponding structural systems.


Geotechnical Engineering

  1. Geotechnical Engineering:Study of the static and dynamic behavior of the various types of foundation and the interaction between the massif (earthy or rocky) and the elements of foundation or containment. Study of underground excavations in the open, constructive sequence etc.
  2. Geomechanics:Geomechanics concentrates the knowledge of the sciences that compose Geotechnical Engineering and which serve as the basis for the various fields of practical application, such as foundations, excavations and earthworks.
  3. Environmental Geotechnics:It addresses the analysis of geoenvironmental risks, biotechnology, disposal of tailings and residues, transport of pollutants in porous media, etc.
  4. Earthworks and rockfill:Includes landfill surveys on soft soils, dams and embankments, natural slopes and cutting, treatment and improvement of massifs.


Hydraulic Engineering

The Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Department develops research for the advancement of technical and scientific knowledge aimed at the knowledge and integration of sustainable water use for the development of human activities in all its needs, solid waste management, planning and Environmental management and environmental technologies applied to the prevention and control of pollution. The research lines include the planning and implementation of river and sea hydraulic works in urban and coastal environments, basic sanitation, the exploration of water and effluent management models, taking into account their transdisciplinary character, the development and implementation of Technologies for treatment of water and industrial and domestic effluents, development of water conservation and reuse programs, management and treatment of solid waste, recovery of degraded areas, innovation in environmental technologies and environmental planning and management.
Research lines

  1. Fluvial and Maritime Hydraulic Works
  2. Water resources
  3. Environmental sanitation
  4. Environmental Planning and Management
  5. Innovation in environmental technologies