Luis Simões da Silva


Luis Simões da Silva graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Coimbra in 1984, received an MSc in „Structural Steel Design“ with Distinction at Imperial College London in 1986 and a PhD in “Structural Mechanics” also at Imperial College London in 1989. He received the title of Docteur Honoris Causa from the University of Liege, Belgium, in 2018. He is Vice-Rector of the University of Coimbra and Professor of Steel Construction at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Coimbra. Head of Department of Civil Engineering (2001-2003; 205-2007; 2013-2015). Director of ISISE – Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering (2015-2019), Research Centre financed by FCT (Portuguese Science Foundation) evaluated in 2014 with EXCELLENT. President of cmm (Portuguese Steelwork Association). Member of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering. Chair of the Technical Management Board of ECCS (2007-2013) and President of ECCS (2011-2013). Involved in large number of Technical and Scientific Committees in the field of Steel Construction. Author of 600+ scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Large involvement in internationally-funded R&D projects.


Stability design of steel structures: from members to plates and shells

L. Simões da Silva, Trayana Tankova, João Pedro Martins
ISISE, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal

This paper presents an overview of the current design procedures for the buckling design of members, plates and curved panels. It highlights recent developments in these fields, namely methodologies for the evaluation of the buckling resistance of generic beam-columns with variable cross section, loading and boundary conditions, the evaluation of the reliability of the Winter curve in slender webs and the development of design guidance for curved panels. Finally, the incorporation of some of these developments in the current revision of Eurocode 3 is discussed.