Fields of expertise
Computational mechanics, Atomistic modeling of wear, Surface roughness, Avalanche behavior, Central-Force Models, Fluid-solid coupled models, Science Communication
MissionAs a scientist, my goals are to conduct cutting edge research, participate in the training of new engineers and researchers, and spread scientific knowledge to the general public.
The aim of my PhD is to investigate what happens at the interface of two surfaces when rubbed against one another. This process involves several strongly tied phenomena - namely friction, contact and wear - whose physical origins are still poorly understood. By means of numerical modeling and thanks to the available HPC resources, I'm focusing on the surface roughness evolution during adhesive wear processes.
I am or have been assistant for several classes, whose subjects range from calculus through solid mechanics up to finite element modeling, and supervisor for projects both at bachelor and master level.
I strongly believe that what we scientists learn at the frontiers of the knowledge needs to be delivered to the general public, in the most digestible and effective fashion. I am thus actively involved in science communication as a member of the Catalyst and my passion is to explain science through films (and am a proud winner of Exposure 2016 edition).
BiographyI graduated in Civil Engineering (major in Structural Engineering) at the University of Padua in April 2014, discussing my thesis on avalanche behavior in disordered inhomogeneous media. I carried out the thesis under the supervision of Prof. B.A. Schrefler (DICEA, UniPD) and Prof. J.F. Molinari (LSMS, EPFL).
After graduation I worked as a consultant in a company in Venice providing civil engineering and architectural services. In the meantime, I continued my collaboration with DICEA and LSMS, investigating avalanche behavior and pressure fluctuations in fracturing porous media.
In late 2015 I gave up the consultant job to dedicate myself to research, starting a PhD at LSMS in April 2016.
EducationPhD, Mechanics, Jean-François Molinari, LSMS, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), 2016-ongoing
Laurea Magistrale (M.Sc.), Civil Engineering, Università degli Studi di Padova, 2011-2014
Erasmus Program, Master thesis, LSMS, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), 2013-2014
Laurea (B.Sc.), Civil Engineering, Università degli Studi di Padova, 2008-2011
Interaction between crack tip advancement and fluid flow in fracturing saturated porous mediaMechanics Research Communications. 2017. DOI : 10.1016/j.mechrescom.2016.09.011.
Avalanches in dry and saturated disordered media at fracture in shear and mixed mode scenariosMechanics Research Communications. 2017. DOI : 10.1016/j.mechrescom.2016.08.002.
Avalanches in dry and saturated disordered media at fracturePhysical Review E. 2016. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevE.93.043002.
Peer-reviewed (outside EPFL)
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