2018 -  Integrated system for the automated inspection of photovoltaic parks using IR-thermography via autonomous aerial vehicles (drones)


Photovoltaic parks (PVPs) are among the most promising renewable energy technologies, and will be a key component of the future smart energy grids. A significant technological disadvantage of PVPs is the time-consuming and costly inspection and quality control processes, via manual infrared spectroscopic measurements. Moreover, the results of such measurements depend on the environmental conditions and their interpretation is prone to human errors, leading to incorrect conclusions, delayed damage identification, poor maintenance and reduced efficiency. Recently, there are some promising efforts on drone-assisted aerial IR thermography. However, these still rely on manual control by a specialized drone operator who needs to be on site. Also, there is no support for the coordinated use of multiple drones, which is needed to cover medium to large sized PVPs. Addressing these problems, the project aims to develop and evaluate, through a real-world pilot, an integrated system for the automated monitoring of PVPs using aerial infrared (IR) thermography conducted by multiple drones, resulting to (a) reduced inspection duration, (b) improved quality and accuracy of the evaluation process, and (c) direct assessment of PV failures for better energy harvesting.

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  • HIPOCRATES is a Collaborative Project co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Community. Further information on European Community research programmes can be found on the Cordis web site.
  • The aim of HIPOCRATES project is to serve as a platform for developing the required knowledge, technologies, procedures and strategies to deliver self-repairing composite aero-structures, while defining the roadmap to achieve the vision of self-repairing composite structures.

 In order to achieve this aim, the objectives of HIPOCRATES research and development activities are set to give answers in certain directions:

  • To provide experimental evidence to meet the State-of–the-Art shortcomings and broaden the understanding of the self-healing mechanisms.
  • To develop strategies and respective procedures for enabling self-repairing of composite materials by critically analyzing the established techniques.
  • To establish novel routes and technologies for utilizing the self-healing functionalities in aero-structures.
  • To develop new protocols and testing methods in order to specifically quantify the healing magnitude.



2012- 2015        "Development of self healing Composite Materials and innovative technologies for structural health monitoring in aerospace structures"

THALES Programme “Reinforcement of the interdisciplinary and/or inter-institutional research and innovation with the possibility of attracting high standard researchers from abroad through the implementation of basic and applied excellence research”  is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund - ESF) and Greek national funds through the Operational Program “Education and Lifelong Learning” of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF).


                                     thales 2 The partners of the project are the National Technical University of Athens (coordinator) the University of Patras and the University of Ioannina.  In this project we will attempt to manufacture various types of Thermally Remendable Polymers that follows the Diels-Alder (DA) chemical reaction, in order to select the most suitable for the particular application. Alongside the rapid development of nanotechnology and the possibility of manufacturing a nano-scale materials has opened new horizons in materials science.

The project combines these two technologies in an attempt to exploit the distinct properties to develop an advanced polymer with upgraded intrinsic properties. The basic idea is to add in a Thermally Remendable polymer matrix nano-inclusions (ferromagnetic nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, micro wires) obtaining magnetic and electrical properties. A very important aspect is that these properties are proved to be strain depended. So by this manner, it will be possible to identify areas of the material where possible structural failure may start, as microcacks, or even identify damaged areas containing cracks, holes etc. Also the nano-inclusions will act as a heating susceptor (for induction, microwave heating) which will generate and eventually transfer heat to the material in order to activate its self healing properties.

The final result that will emerge from this research will be an advanced material with self healing and strain sensing capabilities which could be repaired locally without having the need to replace it.



2011- 2012            "Thermomechanical and Spectroscopic Characterisation of polymer substrates for photovoltaic cells"


helioThe project is concerned with the study of the mechanical and thermomechanical response of co-polymers employed as substrates in PV cells as well as their operational degradation with a view to their certification in operational environment. Within the scope of the project is the identification/ quality control of the materials with spectroscopic techniques. 


Bonded composite patches are ideal for aircraft structural repair as they offer enhanced specific properties, case-tailored performance and excellent corrosion resistance. Bonding further eliminates stress concentrations induced from mechanical fastening of metal sheets, seals the interface, and reduces the risk of fretting fatigue between the patch and the component.


IAPETUS focuses on the use of improved composite repair systems offering (i) the introduction of new on-aircraft simplified curing technologies, (ii) enhanced fatigue and damage tolerance properties and (iii) integrated damage sensing. This will be performed via the incorporation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) both in the composite matrix of the repair patch as well as in the adhesive. The use CNT modified repair concept will lead to improved performance in the blunting of stress concentrations in the parent surface and the inhibition of crack propagation, leading to enhanced fatigue resistance at the locus of the repair as well as for the patch itself.


At the same time, the patch repair acquires additional functionalities. The CNT doped Carbon Composites can be tailored to reduce the galvanic corrosion in repaired Aluminium structures. As the patch becomes electrically and thermally conductive thermal energy can be infused in the patch either by direct resistance heating (using the patch itself as heating element via the application of electrical voltage) or by induction heating, to instigate a uniform matrix polymerization since the patch system appears improved thermal conductivity too. The electrically conductive percolated network can be employed to assess the damage within the patch and its interface with the repaired structure, as conductivity changes mirror the damage in the doubler/substrate system by tracing micro damage through breaches in the CNT network; thus, the structural efficiency monitoring at any stage in the service life of the aerostructure can be assessed non-destructively.


IAPETUS is realised by 7 industrial partners  (Fundación INASMET Spain, PZL-Swidnik Poland,  Huntsman Advanced Materials GmbH Switzerland, Integrated Aerospace Sciences Corporation (INASCO) Greece, DAHER Aerospace France, GMI AERO France, Hellenic Aerospace Industry SA Greece) and 3 Universities (University of Ioannina Greece,  University of Sheffield UK, University of Patras Greece).




Call for papers

An International Conference



Conference Centre, International Olympic Academy

Ancient Olympia (Archaeological Site), Greece, 28-31 August 2016



The achievements of the ancient Greeks in all areas of human activities, from philosophy, sociology, politics and science to extraordinary technological conceptions and applications are in many cases comparable to modern scientific and technological works. References to highly automated devices, such as Hephaestus’ robots in the Iliad, whose real existence is impossible to confirm, suggest that, even by poetic conception, people at the time were aware of the need for intelligent machines to serve or even replace them with some of their activities.

Social and political institutions of ancient Greece have survived in the modern world, adopted by most of the civilized countries, while scientific research constantly reveals deep knowledge of natural sciences, available in the various historical periods. Moreover, modern scientific developments provide researchers with more and more technical tools, enabling them to deal with areas so far inaccessible.

The present Conference addresses to such new findings in the following general areas:

Philosophy and culture.

Mathematics, Physics and Life Sciences.

Technology: Ancient machines, structures and artifacts, as described in historical, mythological and religious texts and by archaeological studies.

More specific themes follow:

 Philosophy and Culture

1. The Hellenic nation through the ages (an interdisciplinary approach, including mythology, history, archaeology, ethnology, linguistics, genetics, anthropology, folklore).

2. Social and political institutions and evolution of law in the Greek antiquity.

3. The Greek language and the family of Indo-European languages.

4. Athletic games and woman’s world in antiquity, evolution of popular costumes of women, popular dances from antiquity till present.


1. The beginning of mathematics, calendars and astronomy in the Aegean during the Neolithic Era.

2. Navigation and sea currents in the Mediterranean and in open sea, constellations.

3. Cartographic knowledge in the ancient world.

4. Calculating systems from the Neolithic era to the Hellenistic period.

5. Studies of Sacred Sites: unusual phenomena and biomedical effects.

6. Sound and music in antiquity and its relation to human physiology. Ancient medicine and biomedical knowledge.


1. Ancient machinery of all kinds, e.g. lifting and hoisting machines, pumps, cutting and milling machines, mechanisms and materials.

2. Weaponry: defensive and offensive weapons, armors, military equipment.

3. Public buildings, temples and palaces, royal tombs etc.

4. Structures with optimal acoustic design, such as theatres, oracles etc.

5. Roads and bridges, vehicles and chariots.

6. Measuring and calculating devices,

7. Automata and intelligent machines.


Professor Emeritus Stephanos A. Paipetis, founder and former Director of the Institute of Applied Mechanics, University of Patras, specializing in Advanced Composites. Dr. Paipetis is currently working in Ancient Science and Technology, especially of the Homeric Era and has organized a number of successful symposiain the field.

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The languages of the Conference will be English and Greek. Simultaneous translation and audio/video facilities will be provided. Presentation time is 20 min plus 5 min for discussion.





Only papers with at least one author as registered participant will be included in the Proceedings, to be published both in Greek and English. Papers in Greek must be submitted in English as well.


Original and unpublished works are solicited including the latest research findings in the said areas. Full papers as well as posters will be accepted. Authors must first submit an abstract of at least 200 words and the final paper upon acceptance. Abstracts and full papers should be transmitted by email to the Conference Chair by the deadlines listed in the present. The paper format will be available in the webpage.


The Conference Center of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) lies very close to the Archaeological Site of Ancient Olympia. Ancient Olympia lies in Peloponnesus 290 km SW of Athens. Here, in the year 776 BCE the Olympic Games in honour of Zeus were initiated, the ideas of the common cultural heritage of the Hellenic City-States and the Olympic Truce were born. In every Olympic Year, as in 2016, the ceremony of lighting of the Olympic Flame is conducted.


Submission of Abstracts 29 Feb. 2016
Notification of Acceptance 20 Mar. 2016
Submission of Full Papers                

30 Jun 2016


Full participants

   paid before May 31, 2016                          150                    

   paid after    May 31, 2016                            200

Students                                                              30

Accompanying persons                                 50



Hotels of all classes at reduced prices are available in the city of ancient Olympia for conference participants. People interested must book as early as possible since hotels in Olympia are almost 100% full in August. Reduced price less comfortable rooms provided for the athletes are available in cottages within the IOA area.



Olympia is accessible from Athens Airport by regular coach service. Those travelling by car from central Europe, take the A14 to Bari, Italy, cross by ferry to Patras and then drive south to Ancient Olympia (116 km).



Prof. S. A. Paipetis

Mrs. T. Giannarou

Mr. A. Kafantaris

Dr. A. Karabellas

Prof. V. Kostopoulos

Mr. G. Panayotopoulos




Prof. J. Dellis (Greece)

Prof. G. Kontogeorgis (Greece)



Prof. E. Mikroyannakis (Greece)

Prof. Lilian Karalis (Greece)

Prof. Petros Themelis (Greece)



Prof. Angelos Evangelou (Greece)

Prof. Polyxeni Nicolopoulou (Greece)


Prof. X. Moussas (Greece)

Asst. Prof. P. Preka (Greece)

Prof. Ch. Spyridis (Greece)

Prof. S. Theodossiou (Greece)

Dr. M. Tsikritsis (Greece)

Prof. A. Vardulakis (Greece)

Geology-Biology- Genetics

Prof. Elias Mariolakos (Greece)

Prof. S. Papamarinopoulos (Greece)

Prof. C. Triantafylllidis (Greece)


Prof. S. A. Paipetis (Greece)

Prof. Th. Chondros (Greece)

Prof. M. Ceccarelli (Italy)

Prof. E. E. Gdoutos (Greece)

Prof. V. Kostopoulos (Greece)

Prof. A. Kounadis (Greece)

Prof. A. S. Paipetis (Greece)

Prof. D. Polyzos (Greece)

Prof. G. Vatistas (Canada)


et al..

Organized by

The University of Patras


Supported by

KALLIPATEIRA Panhellenic Women Athletic Association

ΕΜΑΕΜSociety for the Study of Ancient Greek Mythology (Greece)

The Region of Western Greece

The Municipal Authority of Ancient Olympia

et al.



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17th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics

Rhodes, Greece, July 3-7, 2016


Chair: Emmanuel E. Gdoutos


Welcome by ICEM17 Executive Chairman

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee and the Scientific Advisory Board it is my great pleasure to extend you a cordial invitation to participate in the 17th International Congress on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM17) to be held in the island of Rhodes, Greece, July 3-7, 2016. ICEM17 is organized under the auspices of the European Society for Experimental Mechanics (EuraSEM).

ICEM17 will focus in all aspects of experimental mechanics. ICEM17 will include two main tracks devoted to experimental analysis of engineering materials and structures, and nanomaterials and nanostructures (MEMS and NEMS). During the conference special symposia covering major areas of research activity organized by members of the Scientific Advisory Board will take place.

The attendees of ICEM17 will have the opportunity to interact with the most outstanding world leaders and get acquainted with the latest developments in the area of experimental mechanics of engineering and nano materials and structures. ICEM17 will be a forum of university, industry and government interaction and exchange of ideas in an area of utmost scientific and technological importance.

I am sure that besides the superb technical program, you will enjoy the majestic island of Rhodes with its unique beaches and scenic beauty, the medieval town and castle of Rhodes, many areas of historical interest and archeological importance, the delicious local cuisine, and the traditional Greek hospitality.

Take a stroll and admire the gates, the towers, the squares, the medieval churches, the bridges, the Castle of Knights, the old Clock, the Acropolis, the ancient monuments, the Temple of Zeus and Athena, the Palace of the Grand Master, the Temple of Apollo, the stadium. Visit the valley of the butterflies, the Minoan city of Ialyssos, the ancient picturesque city of Lindos with its Acropolis, temple and towers, the monastery of Panagia Tsambika with its miracle-working icon.

ICEM17 will be an unforgettable event from the scientific, social and entertainment points of view.

Welcome to the island of sea nymph Rhode, daughter of Poseidon (Neptunus), bride of Helios (Sun). Enjoy the sunrays scattered from Helios that made Rhodes the brightest and sunniest island of the Aegean Sea.

Welcome to the island of Knights, enjoy the biggest medieval city of Europe.

Emmanuel E. Gdoutos
ICEM17 Chairman


Special Issue:

Acoustic Waves in Advanced Materials, Materials MDPI, Deadline 31 May 2016

Guest Editor
Prof. Alkiviadis Paipetis

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, 45110, Greece

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Stress wave propagation in advanced materials and structures has been in the forefront of research for several decades. However, the complexity of propagation phenomena, together with the multiplicity of propagated modes and their interaction with the propagation medium, always provides a fertile ground for new developments, particularly in relation with novel materials, which often possess designed architecture. These developments may range from first principle modeling to advanced technological and diagnostic tools for life cycle assessment and structural health monitoring of materials and structures.

Within the scope of this special issue is the compilation of key contributions related but not limited to: Linear and non Linear Ultrasonics and Imaging, Acoustic Emission, Acoustic Microscopy, Surface and Guided Waves, Non Destructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring, Wave Propagation Modelling and Inverse Problems in Wave Propagation, Signal Processing. Contributions should be related to advanced materials, such as materials with microstructure, controlled architecture and anisotropy, composites and laminar structures, phononic metamaterials, etc.

It is my pleasure to invite you to submit original research papers within the scope of this Special Issue. Short communication and authoritative reviews will also be considered for publication.

Alkiviadis S. Paipetis
Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs).



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