Professor Spyros A Karamanos

Visiting Professor

Research Institute: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment

Research Theme: 

  • Structural Engineering
Prof Spyros A Karamanos
Prof Spyros A Karamanos


Spyros A. Karamanos, is Professor of Computational Structural Mechanics, at the University of Thessaly, Greece, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He teaches courses in Structural Mechanics and Finite Element Methods. From 2016-2019 he was Chair of Structural Engineering, at the School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh.

Spyros specializes in structural mechanics and integrity of energy infrastructure systems, with emphasis on steel structures. His research interests focus on buckling and fatigue of pipelines and offshore structures, mainly tubular components and systems, using computational (finite element) methods, and experimental testing. His research has been funded primarily by European research projects, with the participation of European steel and pipeline industry. He has published more than 180 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Spyros has a 5-year Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1989), and received his PhD in Structural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, USA (1993).

Academic Qualifications: 

  • 1993 Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, USA.
  • 1991 Μ.Sc. in Structural Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, USA.
  • 1989 Diploma (5-year degree) in Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (Highest Honors, 1st out of 350 students).

Research Interests: 

  1. Computational Methods in Structural Mechanics
    • Finite element analysis
    • Computational plasticity
  2. Structural Stability – Buckling of Shells
  3. Inelastic Behavior of Materials and Structures
  4. Design & Analysis of Steel Structures
  5. Fatigue of Welded Connections
  6. Structural Mechanics of Energy Infrastructure
    • Industrial equipment components
    • Pipeline systems (oil & gas, water)
    • Wind energy structural systems (offshore renewable energy)
    • Assessment and retrofitting
  7. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics


  1. Steel Tubular Structures and Components
    • Ultimate strength
    • Fatigue (high-cycle and low-cycle)
    • High-strength steel tubulars
    • Offshore wind energy platforms
  2. Pipeline analysis and design
    • Offshore pipeline mechanics
    • Line pipe manufacturing
    • Geohazards and pipelines
  3. Seismic analysis and behavior
    • Structural steel buildings
    • Pipeline systems (hydrocarbon, water)
  4. Assessment of aging infrastructure
    • Defect analysis
    • Remaining strength and fatigue life
    • Applications to
      • industrial equipment (tanks, vessels, piping)
      • pipelines (hydrocarbon, water)
      • offshore platforms