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Research interests

My research activity is documented by over 80 publications in international journals, books and conference proceedings and focuses mainly on the study of the dynamic response of structures to random loading. There are five research strands I currently undertake:

1) Vibration control of existing structures - development of the Vibrating Barrier (ViBa) device

2) Stochastic modelling of earthquake induced ground motion

3) Stochastic analysis of linear and nonlinear behaving structures

4) Structural identification and health monitoring

5) Computational stochastic mechanics

 

Probably my most significant achievement is demonstrated by the research on vibrating barriers. The research has been supported by the EPSRC first grant :  “Vibrating Barriers for the control of seismic waves (ViBa)”. EP/K004867/1, 2013-2014 (PI: P. Cacciola), and has been published in various leading peer-reviewed journal publications (see Research Output below). It has to be emphasised that my research on the Vibrating Barriers demonstrated extraordinary success and visibility all around the world, as highlighted in major newspapers/media including Forbes, Word Economic Forum, and Radio New Zealand, to mention just a few. Notably, this research also resulted in a motion for a European Parliament resolution on the importance of the building sector in relation to seismic activity explicitly mentioning my research achievement : “whereas at the Built Environment and Civil Engineering Department of the University of Brighton, the ViBa vibrating barrier has been invented, an instrument which absorbs the impact of an earthquake by 40-80% and can be inserted into existing buildings without modifying them” (B8-0964/2015).

Scholarly biography

I am Principal Lecturer (since January 2013) and Civil Engineering Subject Leader at the University of Brighton.

I conducted my PhD studies at the University of Messina, in partnership with the University of Catania (both in Italy) on the stochastic analysis of structures with passive control systems. After the PhD (2002), I was employed as Research Fellow at the University of Messina working on: i) the theoretical and experimental analysis of structures under random loadings (2002-2006), and ii) modelling cyclical behaviour of soils via Finite Element codes (2007-2009).

During this period I was also a visiting researcher at Rice University in Houston (USA) working with Professor P.D. Spanos on the stochastic analysis of hysteretic systems (2003) and at the Laboratoire de Mechanique des Structures Industrielle Durables (LaMSID; Clamart, France, now called IMSIA) researching the simulation of ground motion acceleration time histories used for the seismic analysis of nuclear power plants (2009). The latter position was fully supported by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

I joined the University of Brighton in 2009 as Senior Lecturer. After the appointment I covered various roles within the School such as Course Leader and responsible for the accreditation of Civil Engineering courses, Assistant Head of the School (Head of the Division of Built Environment and Civil Engineering) and Interim Head of the School (February- August 2016).

Approach to teaching

I teach Structural and Stress analysis at Year 1, Dynamics of Structures at Year 3 and Random Vibrations of Structures at Year 4

I always try to incorporate my research activity with the modules I teach, pushing the boundaries of knowledge so to stimulate my students' imagination, creativity and critical thinking. My students are always asked to propose solutions and present their views to open challenges. Particularly in the final year project, the students are encouraged to act as young researchers with the ambitious aim that their contribution might also be published for the benefit of the scientific community.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Catania

Keywords

  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Structural Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Dynamics of Structures
  • Random Vibrations
  • Vibration Control

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Research Output 2000 2018

  • 42 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
  • 24 Article
  • 12 Chapter

A Vibrating Barrier with Grounded Inerter For Non-Invasive Seismic Protection of Existing Structures

Cacciola, P., Giaralis, A. & Tombari, A. 18 Jun 2018 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering (16ECEE).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
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Soil structure interactions
Vibration control
Equations of motion
Transfer functions
Costs

Improving Urban Seismic Resilience through Vibrating Barriers

Coronado, J., Lomurno, R., Tombari, A. & Cacciola, P. 6 Aug 2017 ICOSSAR2017 12th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability. Vienna, p. 2789-2798 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
File
Soils
Soil structure interactions
Topography
Numerical models
Earthquakes

Non linear and linearized combination coefficients for modal pushover analysis

Colajanni, P., Cacciola, P., Potenzone, B., Spinella, N. & Testa, G. 7 Sep 2017 p. 93-112 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Static analysis
Modal analysis
Linearization
Linear systems
Nonlinear systems

Vibration control of a cluster of buildings through the Vibrating Barrier

Tombari, A., Espinosa, M. G., Alexander, N. A. & Cacciola, P. 23 Sep 2017 101, p. 219-236 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Vibration Control of a Cluster of Buildings through the Vibrating Barrier

Tombari, A., Espinosa, M. G., D'Amico, L., Alexander, N. A. & Cacciola, P. 9 Jan 2017 16WCEE 2017 16th World Conference on Earthquake. Santiago Chile, p. 0-0 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
File
Vibration control
Soil structure interactions
Soils
Computer simulation