The aim of the Conference is to present and review the latest achievements in MODELING, TESTING, DESIGN, CONTROL and HEALTH MONITORING of masonry structures strengthened with composite materials.

Composite materials with continuous fibres embedded in a polymer or cementitious matrix are herein considered as strengthening techniques for masonry.
Seismic vulnerability mitigation, durability and temperature influence are suitable key words to be discussed at the conference.

Presentation of laboratory tests and case studies, described throughly and in details, are strongly encouraged. 

The Conference is organized by AICO (Associazione Italiana Compositi per le Costruzioni, established in 1996, hosted by the University ALMA MATER of Bologna, with patronage of Università IUAV di Venezia, Wroclaw University of Technology and ROMA TRE University of Rome.


The previous editions were in Venice (Years 2000, 2004, 2009) hosted by Università IUAV di Venezia, in Ravenna (Year 2014) hosted by University ALMA MATER of Bologna and in Bologna (Year 2017) hosted by University ALMA MATER of Bologna.

Now, in 2018, the new edition will present innovative developments. The new field of FRCM (Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Matrix) seems very interesting for compatibility with ancient Masonry. New types of fibres are on the table: PBO, basalt and special steel and more.

The threat to Heritage due to earthquake encourages us to use the most appropriate technology to preserve the monuments.

The composites are a coherent answer.