5th Training School Porto & Viseu, Portugal


"Training School on Production and Characterisation of Decorative Laminates"

5-7 March 2014
Porto & Viseu, Portugal


LEPABE-Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, Porto, Portugal (http://www.fe.up.pt)
Sonae CIDI and ARCP, UPTEC, Centro de Inovação, Rua Júlio de Matos, n.º828/882, Porto, Portugal (http://www.sonaeindustria.com)(http://www.arcp.pt)
ESTG-IPV (Instituto Politécnico de Viseu), Department of Wood Engineering, Campus Politécnico de Repeses, Viseu, Portugal (http://www.estgv.ipv.pt)
Organised jointly by IPV, LEPABE-FEUP, ARCP and Sonae Indústria (SIR).

Training school objectives

The aim of the Training School (TS) is to provide background knowledge and practical training related to low and high-pressure decorative laminates, production and characterisation.

Proposed schedule

Wednesday, 5 March 2014, at Sonae CIDI/FEUP, Porto
Afternoon: High and low pressure laminates: theoretical background
Paper impregnation: hand-on session.

Thursday 6 March 2014 at Sonae CIDI/FEUP, Porto
Morning: Production of laminates and overlaying of wood-based panels with LPL: hand-on session.
Lunch at FEUP
Afternoon: Visit to a Laminates plant (SIR-Sonae Indústria). At the end of the visit, travel by bus to Viseu city centre (150 km from Porto) and accommodations at local hotels.

Friday 7 March 2014, at IPV, Viseu
Morning and afternoon: Testing of impregnation paper with ABES, testing of HPL (resistance to dry heat and to staining) and overlaid particleboard with LPL (formaldehyde emission, edge quality assessment of machined samples): hand-on session.
At the end of the session travel by bus to Porto city centre, FEUP or airport.

Financial support obtained from COST for trainees

For travel cost maximum of € 650 per trainee will be granted.
Number of participants: 20 + 2 invited speakers (Prof. Sergej Medved and Prof. Marius Barbu).
The training school will start on March 5, at 2 p.m. (lunch at 1 p.m.) so travelling on Wednesday morning is possible. The participants should book hotels both at Porto (March, 5) and Viseu (March, 6). Transportation by bus from Porto to Viseu (Thursday, 6) and return (Friday, 7) will be guaranteed by IPV. The arrival at Porto will be around 7 p.m.


We encourage interested scientists to send an informal application together with a letter of motivation. The letter of motivation (max. 1 page) should contain information on how the applicant will benefit from the Training School and in which way the learned techniques will be applied in her/his scientific work.

Send in your application to Luisa Hora de Carvalho. Please forward your application by 31 January 2014 at the latest. The selected candidates will be informed no later than February 14th 2014.

Local organizer and contact:

Luisa Carvalho
Professora Coordenadora
Departamento de Engenharia de Madeiras
Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Viseu
Campus Politécnico de Repeses, 3504-510 Viseu, Portugal
Tel: +351 232 480565 Fax: +351 232 424651
E-mail: lhcarvalho(at)demad.estv.ipv.pt