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REAL-fit Project News

ICSAS 24 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

We are excited to share that our research paper, ‘Towards the System-Based Design of Aluminium Portal Frames’, was presented at the 10th International Conference on Steel and Aluminium Structures in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 5-7, 2024. The presentation was delivered by Anđelo Valčić, a teaching and research assistant at the Chair for Metal Structures, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb.

This pioneering research, co-authored with Itsaso Arrayago from Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya and Davor Skejić from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, marks a significant step in exploring the synergy between system-based design principles and aluminium.


Around fifty participants, top-class experts in the field of metal structures, were an exceptional audience for the topics of the seminar ALUMINIUM AND ALUMINIUM ALLOYS AS A CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL, organised by the Croatian Society for Material Protection and the Chair of Material Protection (FSB, Zagreb) on 13 May 2024.
Under the direction of Prof. Ivan Juraga, 11 topics closely related to the properties, welding, corrosion behaviour, heat treatment and problems in the application of aluminium alloys were presented. Prof. Davor Skejić had the honour of presenting a topic entitled ‘Development of European standards for the design of aluminium structures – HRZZ project REAL-fit’, in which he presented the idea and current status of the REAL-fit project in addition to the innovations brought about by the second generation of Eurocode 9.

Presentation of the project

The REAL-fit project was presented in the Journal for Welding and Allied Techniques – WELDING 67 (2024) 1/2. The journal Welding has been published since 1958 and is one of the oldest technical journals in Croatia. It is published by the Croatian Society for Welding Technology and employees from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, are involved in its publication.

Material for laboratory specimens

In March 2024, we purchased six types of aluminium plates, two different alloys in three different thicknesses each, which we will use during the REAL-fit project.

We are looking forward to testing their mechanical properties and chemical compositions.

Kick-off meeting

On 16 January 2024, the kick-off meeting of the REAL-fit project took place at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb.

In addition to the presentation of the project, a detailed analysis of the work plan was also carried out.

An interdisciplinary working group consisting of 10 members from 3 different institutions was officially formed. This will bring together experts from the field of aluminium structures and the specific field of aluminium welding.