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(Area 0008 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura)
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Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0002-5367-6560
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ERC sectors

PE8_3 - Civil engineering, architecture, maritime/hydraulic engineering, geotechnics, waste treatment PE8_4 - Computational engineering PE8_8 - Materials engineering (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, etc.)


Application of dimensional analysis to the scaling competition between plastic collapse and brittle fracture Application of fractional calculus to field and boundary equations of an elastic body deformable only over a fractal sub-set Energy emissions from fracture phenomena and earthquakes Fatigue limit and threshold with the related scaling laws Interpretation of brittle crack propagation and of stick-slip friction instability in the framework of catastrophe theory by rené thom Nonlinear and chaotic dynamic behaviour of cracked or damaged solids Size effects on the friction coefficient and the criticality of rock slopes Solution to the problem of propagation stability of cracks bridged by reinforcements and/or fibres based on rigorous conditions of equilibrium and compatibility
Scientific responsibilities and other assignments

Awards and Honors

  • Premio Odone Belluzzi conferred by Università di Bologna, Italy (1976)
  • Borse di Studio NATO Senior presso la Lehigh University, Pennsylvania conferred by Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, Italy (1982)
  • Medaglia Robert L'Hermite, RILEM conferred by Reunion Internationale des Laboratoires et Experts des Materiaux, Systemes de Construction et Ouvrages (English: International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems, and Structures), Italy (1982)
  • Borse di Studio NATO Senior presso la Northwestern University, Illinois conferred by Northwestern University, Illinois, Italy (1985)
  • Eminent Scientist Award, Wessex Institute of Technology, Southampton, UK conferred by Wessex Institute of Technology, Southampton, UK, Italy (2000)
  • Medaglia Griffith per la Meccanica della Frattura conferred by ESIS, Italy (2008)
  • Swedlow Memorial Lecture Award conferred by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), USA, Italy (2011)
  • Medaglia d’Oro Paul Paris, ICF conferred by International Congress on Fracture (ICF), CINA, Italy (2013)
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Editorial boards

  • MECCANICA (2012-), Director

Management or scientific roles in Research Institutes

  • Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (2011-2013)
  • Politecnico di TORINO (1990-9999)
  • Politecnico di TORINO (1989-1995)


  • FraMCoS-6, 6th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures, Sheraton Hotel Conference Centre, Catania, ITALY, June 17-22, 2007, Program chair
  • ICF11, 11th International Conference on Fracture 2005, Turin, ITALY, March 20-25, 2005, Program chair

Other research or teaching roles outside Politecnico

  • Visiting Researcher at Universidade de São Paulo, USP (1/8/2010-31/8/2010)
  • Visiting Researcher at Lehigh University (1/9/1982-31/3/1983)