Pedro Vilaça

Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering

  • Puumiehenkuja 3, 02150 Espoo


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Pedro Vilaça (b. 1969) is Ph.D from the Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST) of the University of Lisbon and is Associate Professor (tenured) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Aalto University since March 2013, where he is the Head of the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials (AM2) research group. From 2003 to 2013, Vilaça was Assistant Professor with permanent position, at IST. His main research focus are on Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Welding technologies, including solid and fusion state processing of engineering materials with conventional and advanced techniques. Other research interests include coating and surface processing, adhesive technology, materials science, mechanical design, computational mechanics and product development. During his career, he has built a large collaboration network with scientists all around the world. Pedro Vilaça has mature experience in leading R&D teams on welding and NDT related projects related in several industrial fields, with emphasis for transport industry. Supervisor of 9 completed doctoral students, several ongoing doctoral theses and over 50 master students.

Responsible of projects on fundamental science and support of industrial activities. Pedro Vilaça is also responsible for projects on commercialization of innovative technological solutions, and co-founder of LENNAHC Oy, a spinoff from Aalto since June 2018.

Pedro Vilaça (ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4749-3036) has h-index = 22 (Scopus), 27 (Google Scholar). In terms of publication record, has 1 book, 4 book chapters, 92 papers in International Journals with peer reviewing; 18 papers in National Journals; 150 communications in Conferences; 15 Patents and other IPR.


  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Welding
  • Friction Stir Welding
  • Solid-State Processing
  • Engineering Materials
  • Product Development
  • Mechanical Design

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Research Output

Improved accuracy of thermal desorption spectroscopy by specimen cooling during measurement of hydrogen concentration in a high-strength steel

Fangnon, E., Malitckii, E., Yagodzinskyy, Y. & Vilaça, P., 10 Mar 2020, In : Materials. 13, 5, 10 p., 1252.

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    Monitoring of the mechanical load and thermal history during friction stir channelling under constant position and constant force control modes

    Vidal, C., Infante, V. & Vilaça, P., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Manufacturing Processes. 49, p. 323-334 12 p.

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  • Multiphysical characterization of FSW of aluminum electrical busbars with copper ends

    Ólafsson, D., Vilaça, P. & Vesanko, J., 1 Jan 2020, In : Welding in the World. 64, 1, p. 59-71 13 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    32 Downloads (Pure)

    Repairing of exit-hole in dissimilar Al-Mg friction stir welding: process and microstructural pattern

    Mehta, K. P., Patel, R., Vyas, H., Memon, S. & Vilaça, P., 2020, In : Manufacturing Letters. 23, p. 67-70 4 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Single-phase friction riveting: metallic rivet deformation, temperature evolution, and joint mechanical performance

    Pina Cipriano, G., Ahiya, A., dos Santos, J. F., Vilaça, P. & Amancio-Filho, S. T., 1 Jan 2020, In : Welding in the World. 64, 1, p. 47-58 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    26 Downloads (Pure)


    AeroMC2 - 20130_2020

    Vilaça, P., Mehta, K., Sorger, G., Dasgupta, S., Tero, T. & Gribova, E.


    Project: EU: EIT

    THEwFuelCell: Fuel Cells based on Through Hole Extrusion Welding

    Vilaça, P., Khadka, P., Lionetti, F., Fonseca Rodrigues, S. & Ruuska, H.


    Project: Business Finland: New business from research ideas (TUTLI)

    QUCAM: New methods and techniques for reliable control of quality of advanced engineering materials

    Vilaça, P., Malitckii, E., Yagodzinskyy, Y., Pohjalainen, T., Fangnon, A. & Romu, J.


    Project: Business Finland: New business from research ideas (TUTLI)


    Publication Forum (Julkaisufoorumi) (External organisation)

    Pedro Santos Vilaca da Silva (Member)

    Activity: Membership typesPosition of trust in an academic community


    Pedro Santos Vilaca da Silva (Visiting researcher)
    8 Feb 201612 Feb 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisit abroad

    External evaluator and reviewer panel to the Slovenian Agency for Research

    Pedro Santos Vilaca da Silva (Examiner)
    Mar 2016

    Activity: Examination typesEvaluation of funding applications

    Virgínia Infante

    Pedro Santos Vilaca da Silva (Host)
    15 Jul 201615 Sep 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting a visitor