Mechanical and Industrial Engineering PhD @ROMA TRE

Smart cities sustainability: procedures for the evaluation of localized urban heat island phenomena and mitigation techniques.

The urban air quality is related to the wide-open spaces presence. Cities discomfort is due to air overheating and pollutions. These are connected to urban density, building geometrical and thermal characteristics, asphalt proprieties, lack of vegetation, and others. Urbanizations has led to an increase of air temperature, that means an increase of Urban Heat Island phenomena (UHI). Its basic definition is the increase in temperature of urban areas in comparison to its rural surroundings. In the mesoscale, UHI phenomena is...

Design, development and characterization of stress-optimized Ti-TiN multilayer PVD-coatings

Residual stresses in PVD-coating deteriorate the adhesion of coatings and adversely affect the performance of coated components.  Although it might have positive effects such as resistance to cracking, wear and fatigue failure. A proper control of residual stress is essential for successful coating development. Multilayer system with alternate hard (ceramic) and soft (metallic) layers in comparison with monolayer, offer much more ease: to control residual stresses, improve adhesion, increase overall thickness and produce the toughening response. However, in order to...

Miniaturized piezoelectric sensors integrated into a highly expandable polymeric network.

My research activity is part of a bigger project “Morphing Locally and Globally Structures with Multiscale Intelligence by Mimicking Nature” (MORPHOSIS), funded by European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant 2012) which is related to the realization of intelligent morphing materials by integrating several innovative materials/technologies. Within this framework, my research is related to the realization of miniaturized piezoelectric-based devices and their integration into a highly expandable polymeric network. The research activity goes all the way from the material fabrication to...

Development of integrated methods, based on nanoindentation and Focused Ion Beam (FIB), for space resolved mechanical characterization

My work has contributed to the development of a procedure for the proper evaluation of mechanical maps in multi-phase materials, publication. This activity was published as “Mechanical property measurements of heterogeneous materials by selective nanoindentation: Application to LiMn2O4 cathode” (Materials Science & Engineering A 593 (2014) 92–102) The purchase of a new head of the nanoindenter has given the opportunity to further implement the development of the technique for the mapping of the elastic modulus and hardness, by the use...

Predictive Model for Evaluating Energy Performance of Building Envelope

The research is related to the buildings energy performance, investigating different construction typologies  and carrying out instrumental measurements for analyzing the energy behavior of different building elements. This activity aims to characterize buildings elements by using  appropriate tools, such as heat flow meter, surface temperature probes and thermal imaging camera. The main goal of this work is to evaluate the Standards effectiveness when they are applied to the existing buildings, in which the material thermal properties are in most cases unknown. Due to...