"TAMER Trans-Atlantic Micromechanics Evolving Research - Materials containing inhomogeneities of diverse physical properties, shapes and orientations"
FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES [2014-2018, Research Unit Coordinator: Prof. Bigoni]
"BISHNAM - Bio-inspired hierarchical super nanomaterials"
FP7-IDEAS-2011-ERCStG [2012-2016, Project Coordinator: Prof. Pugno]
"Structural mechanics models for renewable energy applications",
FIRB 2010 [2011-2016, Research Unit Coordinator: Dr. Piccolroaz]
"Multi-scale modelling of material instabilities, mechanical waves, gradient effects, and metamaterials"
MIUR Cofin 2009 [2011-2013, Research Unit Coordinator: Prof. Bigoni]
The aim of the lab is the investigation of the behaviour of materials and structures, subject to quasi-static and dynamic loadings, working on small-size models invented to capture the most important mechanical aspects.
We use photoelasticity, high-speed cameras, miniaturized accelerometers, with three testing machines and a linear actuator. In addition to teaching models of frames and truss structures, we have tested models of masonry and voussoirs arches, elastic structures in conditions of buckling or flutter instability, material reinforced through thin inclusions, granular materials, and forming of metallic and ceramic powders.
Testing machine for
Laboratory for Numerical Modelling of Materials
New boundary element and finite element techniques are developed for linear and nonlinear material models to analyze problems involving deformation, fracture and damage of structures.
Electromechanical testing machines (two ELE Tritest 50 by ELE International Ltd, one Midi 10 and one Beta 100 by Messphysik Materials Testing);
Engraving Machines (EGX-600 and MDX-540 by Roland);
3D printer (GMAX3D by Gimax);
Testing machine for nanomechanical characterization (Agilent UTM T150 by Agilent Technologies);
POLYTEC Hydraulic Control Power Units, Pressure max 200bar;