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Structural Behaviour Unit
Structural Behaviour Unit
Helena Cruz
Helena Cruz


The Structural Behaviour Unit (NCE) is a division of the Structures Department that resulted from merging the former Structural Behaviour and Timber Structures Units, combining their areas of competence:

Behaviour of structures and structural elements in timber, reinforced or prestressed concrete, steel and masonry, including their safety when exposed to fire;

Diagnostic techniques, safety assessment, rehabilitation and reinforcement of structures;

Prefabricated building systems;

Temporary structures (greenhouses, scaffolding, falsework);

Wood-based products for construction;

Durability and protection of timber and other biomaterials;

Steel products for reinforced or prestressed concrete.