List of Activities

The technical expertise of Professor Bursi spans multidisciplinary areas including earthquake analysis, risk assessment, petrochemical/oil & gas plants, industrial piping systems, probabilistic analysis and hybrid simulations.  

Some of the research areas in which Professor Bursi has recently been involved include:

  1. Risk assessment of petrochemical plants under extreme loading
  2. Seismic analysis of structural and industrial plant components
  3. Hybrid simulations of industrial plants and structures

Professor Bursi possesses a rich publications history in international journals and conferences. It works in close collaborations with several European academic and industrial organizations by actively participating and coordinating large research projects funded by several national and International bodies including the following:


Ongoing Funded Project


Selected European Union Projects

  • INSPIRE: Innovative ground interface concepts for structure protection. (Grant No: 813424)

Planned Duration: 48 months

Consortium: 8 European universities and 5 private companies.

Principal Investigators: Oreste S. Bursi and Davide Bigoni

Total Funding: € 3,892,123 EURO


  • DISSIPABLE Fully Dissipative and Easily Repairable Devices for Resilient Buildings with Composite Steel-Concrete Structures. (Grant No: 800699)

Planned Duration: 36 months

Consortium: 8 participants.

Principal Investigators: Nicola Tondini and Oreste S. Bursi

Total Funding: € 907,405.82 EURO 


  • SERA: Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Research Infrastructure Alliance for Europe. (Grant No: 730900).

Planned Duration: 36 months

Consortium: 21 participants.

Principal Investigator: Oreste S. Bursi

Total Funding: € 10,000,000 EURO


  • XP-RESILIENCE: Extreme loading analysis of petrochemical plants and design of metamaterial-based shields for enhanced resilience. (Grant No: 721816)

Planned Duration: 48 months

Consortium: 8 European universities and 7 private companies.

Co-ordinators and PIs: Oreste S. Bursi and Nicola Tondini

Total Funding: € 3,393,812 EURO



Selected National Projects

Duration: 2018 (12 months)

Consortium: 4 universities

Principal Investigator: Oreste S. Bursi

Budget: € 15,300