Miguel Abreu room HIL E 47.2
PhD student tel



Miguel Abreu received is graduation diploma in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon (IST) in 1999 and is MSc degree in Structural Engineering from the same University in 2002. Worked in a structural design office from 1999 to 2000 and from 2000 to 2009 was a Fellow Researcher at the Portuguese National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC). Currently works as Research Assistant in ETH Zurich, Architecture Departure, on the PhD project: “Damage and Moisture Transport in Cracked Media: A 3d Multi-Scale Discrete Model”, were the main aim is to couple a damage and water transport model for the estimation of the permeability of cracked brittle materials, like concrete, stone and ceramics.



Main research interests:

  • 3D crack simulation discrete models for brittle materials;
  • transport network models applied to water transfer in porous media;
  • combined damage and water transfer models;
  • experimental techniques for the calibration and validation of said models.

Fig. 1: Lattice numerical model of cooling tile cracking with a strong glaze/ceramic bond.

Other research interests:

  • ceramic wall and floor tile coatings;
  • damage due to the crystallization of soluble salts;
  • moisture in old building masonry walls;
  • structural damage in old buildings, assessment and rehabilitation.



Journal papers

  • Gonçalves, T., Abreu, M., Rodrigues, J. D (2006). Evaluating the salt content of salt-contaminated samples on the basis of their hygroscopic behaviour. Part II: Experiments eith nine common soluble salts. Journal of Cultural Heritage, Volume 7, Issue 3; July-September 2006, Pages 193-200. (pdf)
  • Gonçalves, T. D., Abreu, M. (2007). Testing of salt-contaminated materials: use of wqueous solutions for control of relative humidity. Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Volume 35, Issue 5; September 2007. (pdf)

Other publications

  • Mimoso, J., Silva, A. S., Abreu, M., Costa, D., Gonçalves, T., Coentro, S. (2009). Decay of historic azulejos in Portugal: an assessment of researchneeds. International Seminar on the conservation of Glazed Ceramic Tiles, Lisbon, Portugal, 15-16 April 2009. (pdf)
  • Abreu, M. M., Lemos, J. V., Carmeliet, J., Schlangen, E. (2007). Modelling compressive cracking in concrete using a modified lattice model. Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and concrete Structures - New Trends in Fracture Mechanics of Concrete. Carpinteri, et al. (ed). Taylor & Francis Group, London, 2007. ISBN 978-0-415-44065-3 (pdf)
  • Gonçalves, T. D., Rodrigues, J. D., Abreu, M. M., Esteves, A. M., Silva, A. S., (2006). Causes of salt decay and repair of plasters and renders of five historic buildings in Portugal, in Proc. Int. Conf. on Heritage, Weathering and Conservation (HWC 2006, 21-24 June, Madrid), Vol. 1, R.Fort, M. Alvarez de Buergo, M. Gomez-Heras and C. Vasquez-Calvo (Ed.), Taylor and Francis / Balkema, 2006, pp 273-284. (pdf)
  • Abreu, M., Lucas, J. C., Leitão, V. (2004). Modelling the behavior of ceramic tiles coatings. In Qualicer 2004, VIII World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality, Castellóm (Spain): Cámara Oficial de Comercio, Industria y Navegation, 2004, (14p.). (pdf)

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