Founded in 2008, the Composites Research Group (CORE Group) is a research group of the Civil Engineering Research and Innovation for Sustainability (CERIS) research unit of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon. We perform fundamental and applied research, development, and teaching activities on advanced fibre-polymer composite systems for civil engineering applications.
The main research areas of the CORE group are the mechanical behaviour, connection technology, long-term performance, durability, fire behaviour and sustainability of fibre-polymer composite systems, including profiles, sandwich structures, strengthening systems and reinforcing bars. Members of the CORE group have been involved in relevant projects, namely (i) the São Mateus Footbridge (2013); (ii) the São Silvestre Footbridge (2015); (iii) the Clickhouse (2015); (iv) the EasyFloor (2019) and (v) the underpasses of A33 highway (2020). Members of the CORE group launched the new course “Composites for Civil Engineering Structures” of the MSc in Civil Engineering of IST.