Research

In the last 10 years I have been investigating the behaviour of structural systems subjected to accidental actions, i.e. earthquake and particularly fire. Particular focus has been devoted to the behaviour of steel structures. Three main strands of interest encompass my research activity: 

•Structural fire engineering

•Design steel structures

•Earthquake engineering

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS as P.I. or Co-P.I.

2021 – Present Research Fund of Coal and Steel “FISHWALL - Fire and seismic performances of hybrid fire walls in case of single-storey industrial and commercial steel”: 8 partners, total funding 822,515.79€; unit funding 188,006.67€ (Awarded & Local P.I.).

2018 – Present Research Fund of Coal and Steel “DISSIPABLE - Fully dissipative and easily repairable devices for resilient buildings with composite steel-concrete structures”: 8 partners, total funding 907,405.82€; unit funding 149,214.90€ (Local P.I.).

2018 – Present Transnational Access Use within the H2020 SERA Project. Access to the ELSA Laboratory at the Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy) “EQUFIRE - Multi-hazard performance assessment of structural and non-structural components subjected to seismic and fire following earthquake by means of geographically distributed testing” (Awarded & Local P.I.).

2019 – 2021 Autonomous Province of Trento Research Fund “Analysis and methods for the evaluation of the seismic vulnerability of existing school buildings and possible retrofitting according to the Building Code D.M. 17.01.2018”, total funding 80,000€ (P.I.).

2017 – 2018 Research Fund of Coal and Steel “LOCAFIplus Temperature assessment of a vertical steel member subjected to localised fire – Valorisation”: 20 partners, total funding 813,700.65€; unit funding 41,705.80€ (Awarded & Local P.I.).

2016 – 2020 HORIZON2020 ITN Marie Skłodowska-Curie “XP-RESILIENCE Extreme loading analysis of petrochemical plants and design of metamaterial-based shields for enhanced resilience”: total funding 3,393,811.98€; unit funding 516,122.64€ (Co-P.I.).

2010 – 2013 FP7 Marie Curie Individual Fellowship COFUND "FIRAS" PAT Post-doc 2009–Outgoing: research project on the resistance of steel and steel-composite structures subjected to fire and seismic loadings, total funding 180,000€ (Awarded & P.I.).

2009 – 2010 Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Trento, Italy (Awarded).

2005 – 2008 Doctoral fellowship, Italian Ministry of Education, Italy (Awarded).