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Article Type: Guest editorial From: International Journal of Structural Integrity, Volume 5, Issue 3
The 3rd International Workshop on Aerostructures of the European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN), founded in 2008 as an independent European Association for coordinating and supporting the interests of the European universities and facilitate academia to perform funded research, was hosted by Politecnico di Milano on 9-11 October 2013. It was included among the events to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of Politecnico di Milano.
The workshop was a successful event with about 120 participants from academia and industry. A total of 90 papers were presented. Most of them were developed in the framework of running projects funded in the 7th Framework Program and were object of interesting discussions, spanning a wide variety of matters in aerostructure design: from composite materials to new coating processes as repairing techniques, from security and reliability to cost efficiency and much more. In total scientific results from 27 running research projects, were presented, thus accenting the Workshop as a major European dissemination event for new knowledge and emerging technologies related to aerostructures.
The present special issue of the International Journal of Structural Integrity includes a selection of the papers presented in a shorter version at the workshop regarding the subjects of this journal. They are representative of the high-scientific quality and technological merit of aeronautics research carried out in Europe.
We would like to thank the reviewers, for their patience and for their comments and suggestions, and the authors, for their valuable contributions.
Hoping that you will share this view.
Professor Mario Guagliano, Dipartimento di Meccanica, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
Professor Spiros Pantelakis, University of Patras, Patras, Greece