NEWS

MIMS16 Workshop (28-30 Oct. 2016)
Fernando Fraternali, Luciano Feo and Robert E. Skelton announce the 2016 International Workshop on Multiscale Innovative Materials and Structures (MIMS16) to be held on October 28-30 in Cetara (Salerno), at the Cetus Hotel located in a scenic venue of the lovely Amalfi Coast

Editorial Board of Ingegneria Sismica (01/01/2016)
F. Fraternali has been appointed as Associate Editor of Ingegneria Sismica - International Journal of Earthquake Engineering (ISSN: 0393-1420), Patron Editore.

New Patent (18/05/2015)
F.Fraternali files an Italian Patent Application dealing with an Innovative Seismic Isolation Device based on Pentamode Lattices (patent)

Invited Seminar (19/05/2015)
F. Fraternali gives an invited seminar on the Innovative Materials, Structures and Algorithms for Energy Efficient Buildings, Department of Civil Engineering, Universite' de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France, May 19, 2015.

Italy-USA Research Program (10/04/2015)
The collaborative research project between the University of Salerno and the INNOVATIVE STRUCTURES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS has been granted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the year 2015 (2nd year, PIs Fernando Fraternali and Mauricio de Oliveira).

Invited Seminar (04/12/2014)
F. Fraternali gives an invited seminar on the Wave Dynamics of Innovative Nonlinear Lattices, to the Colloquium Series "Nonlinear Analysis", University of Augsburg, Germany, Dec. 04, 2014.

Invited Seminar (02/12/2014)
F. Fraternali gives an invited seminar on the Multiscale Variational Modeling and Characterization of Materials and Structures, to the Department of Civil Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium, Dec. 02 2014.

Congrats Ada! (01/07/2014)
Ada Amendola has been appointed as Visiting Scholar at the Mercury Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Production University of Sheffield, UK.

HETENYI AWARD (18/06/2014)
The paper DIRECTIONAL WAVE PROPAGATION IN A HIGHLY NONLINEAR SQUARE PACKING OF SPHERES, A. Leonard, F. Fraternali, C. Daraio, EXPERIMENTAL MECHANICS , 53(3), 327-337, 2013 has received the 2015 HETENYI AWARD.

Frontiers Editorial Board (12/06/2014)
F. Fraternali has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Materials (ISSN: 2296-8016), Frontiers Publishing.

CLS Editorial Board (09/06/2014)
F. Fraternali has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Curved and Layered Structures (ISSN: 2353-7396), De Gruyter Open.

Congrats Gerardo! (02/06/2014)
Gerardo Carpentieri has been appointed as Visiting Scholar at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA.

Special MRC issue (30/05/2014)
The special issue of Mechanics Research Communications MULTI-SCALE MODELING AND CHARACTERIZATION OF INNOVATIVE MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, Edited by Fernando Fraternali and Anthony D. Rosato, has been published into VOLUME 58, 2014 (www.multiscale.unisa.it).
 
Pentamode isolator (patent)

FERNANDO FRATERNALI
c/o Department of Civil Engineering
University of Salerno
84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy
Phone: (+39) 089 96-4083
Fax: (+39) 089 96-4045
E-mail:   f.fraternali@unisa.it
University of Salerno webpage

Biographical sketch

Fernando Fraternali is Professor of Structural Mechanics in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Salerno, Italy. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Salerno, and a Ph.D. in Multiscale Mechanics from King's College London. F. Fraternali has participated as a PI or co-PI in various research projects funded by the Italian National Research Council, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy-USA scientific cooperation), and US research agencies. Most of his research work concerns computational mechanics; multiscale numerical modeling and simulation of materials and structures; and the computational design and engineering of innovative materials, such as highly nonlinear phononic crystals, environmentally compatible composite materials, nanomaterials and biomaterials. Prof. Fraternali was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship for the academic year 2005/06 and has been Visiting Professor at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology since September 2005 (several periods), and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA, from August 2012 through to the present. Recently, he received the "2015 Hetenyi Award" from the Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. (Bethel, CT 06801, USA; June 2014); the "Contributions to the Variational Theory of Fracture" Award from the Vibration and Wave Propagation Laboratory of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Sept. 2012); and the "Contributions to Understanding the Behavior of Waves in Granular Systems" Award from the Granular Science Laboratory of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Aug. 2012). Prof. Fraternali is on the Board of Editors of the International Journals: Mechanics Research Communications (Elsevier, ISSN: 0093-6413); World Journal of Engineering (Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd, ISSN: 1708-5284); Frontiers in Materials (Frontiers Publishing, ISSN: 2296-8016); Curved and Layered Structures (De Gruyter Open, ISSN: 2353-7396); Ingegneria Sismica - International Journal of Earthquake Engineering (Patron Editore, ISSN: 0393-1420) F. Fraternali is Guest Editor of the following special issues: "Multi-Scale Modeling and Characterization of Innovative Materials and Structures" , Mechanics Research Communications (Vol. 58, June 2014); "Composite lattice materials and structures" , Composites Part B: Engineering, in press.

Note biografiche

Fernando Fraternali e' Professore di Scienza delle Costruzioni nella Universita' degli Studi di Salerno. Ha ricevuto la laurea in Ingegneria Civile per la Difesa del Suolo e la Pianificazione Territoriale con lode dalla Universita' degli Studi di Salerno (laurea quinquennale) ed il PhD in "Multiscale Mechanics" presso il King's College di Londra. Nell'Universita' di Salerno ha precedentemente ricoperto il ruolo di Professore Associato e Ricercatore Universitario per il settore 08/B2 Scienza delle Costruzioni. E' autore di un vasto numero di memorie scientifiche pubblicate su riviste a diffusione internazionale, in atti di convegni, monografie e rapporti interni. Ha partecipato a diversi progetti di ricerca finanziati dal MIUR, dal CNR, dalla Rete dei Laboratori di Ingegneria Sismica (RELUIS), dalla Regione Campania, dal Ministero degli Affari Esteri (Cooperazione Scientifico-Tecnologica Italia-USA) e da Agenzia di Ricerca degli Stati Uniti. Le sue attivita' di ricerca presenti e passate hanno riguardato principalmente la modellazione multiscala della risposta meccanica dei materiali e delle strutture; la progettazione, l'analisi e la sperimentazione di materiali innovativi, quali materiali ecocompatibili, nanomateriali, biomateriali e materiali compositi in genere; la dinamica non lineare delle strutture, con particolare riferimento alle strutture in zona sismica; l'ottimizzazione strutturale e la meccanica delle strutture non resistenti a trazione. F. Fraternali ha goduto di una borsa di studio Fulbright per la categoria "Research Scholar" nell'Anno Accademico 2005/2006 ed e' stato "Visiting Associate in Aeronautics" presso il "California Institute of Technology" (Pasadena, USA), dal Settembre 2005 al Febbraio 2009 (in congedo sabbatico dall'Universita' di Salerno negli anni accademici 2005/2006 e 2006/2007). Dal Febbraio 2009 ad oggi ricopre lo status ufficiale di "Guest" presso il California Institute of Technology. Nel periodo da Agosto a Dicembre 2012 e' stato "Visiting Academic Scholar" presso il "Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering", della "University of California, San Diego", USA. Nel 1991 ha visitato anche il "Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics" del "Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University" (Blacksburg, USA). Recentemente ha ricevuto il "2015 Hetenyi Award" dalla Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. (Bethel, CT 06801, USA; Giugno 2014); il premio "Contributions to the Variational Theory of Fracture" dal Vibration and Wave Propagation Laboratory del Georgia Institute of Technology (Settembre 2012); ed il Premio "Contributions to Understanding the Behavior of Waves in Granular Systems" dal Granular Science Laboratory del New Jersey Institute of Technology (Agosto 2012). Fa parte del Board of Editors delle seguenti riviste scientifiche a diffusione internazionale: "Mechanics Research Communications" (Elsevier, ISSN: 0093-6413); il "World Journal of Engineering" (Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd, ISSN: 1708-5284); "Frontiers in Materials" (Frontiers Publishing, ISSN: 2296-8016) e "Curved and Layered Structures" (De Gruyter Open, ISSN: 2353-7396). F. Fraternali e' Guest Editor della special issue di Mechanics Research Communications "Multi-Scale Modeling and Characterization of Innovative Materials and Structures" (Vol. 58, Giugno 2014) e della special issue di Composites Part B:Engineering "Composite lattice materials and structures" , in corso di stampa.

Research Experience

Materials and Structural Testing Laboratory, University of Salerno, Italy
1992 to present
Seismic design of structures. Collapse spectra. Development and assessment of mechanical theories of laminated composite structures. Effects of moderately large rotations and bimodular material behavior. Local-global stability analysis and post buckling response. Mechanical models of FRP-reinforced structures. Modeling of delamination effects. Service life and failure behavior. Experimental validation. Interlaminar stress measurement. Design and experimentation of junctions for FRP reinforcements. Delamination tests on composite beams. Testing of real scale models of FRP-reinforced structures. Failure test of reinforced concrete beams strengthened with FRP plates and wrappings. Construction, instrumentation, testing and modeling of a FRP-reinforced pavilion vault in masonry bricks. Stress measurement through instrumented bricks. From discrete to continuum variational methods in computational mechanics. Unilateral materials and structures (no-tension/no-compression materials and structures). Structural optimization via variational methods and evolutionary strategies. Free discontinuity models in fracture mechanics. Buckling tests of thin-walled cylinders and tubes. Crack tracking in elastic and no-tension structures.

GALCIT - Graduate Aeronautical Labs, CalTech, Pasadena, CA, USA
2005 to present
Collaboration with Michael Ortiz's research group, the Solid Dynamics group of the Center for the Simulation of the Dynamic Response of Materials (ASC), and the Caltech's Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR). Formulation of constitutive models for the dynamics of polymers and soft biological tissue. Variational multiscale models for fracture and fragmentation of brittle and cohesive materials. Dynamics, damage and fragmentation of composite structures under blast and ballistic loadings. Simulation of traumatic head injuries. Prediction of mechanical and physiological damage to brain tissue. Collaboration with Chiara Daraio's research group on the mechanical and numerical modeling of strongly nonlinear phononic crystals. Multiscale analysis of wave propagation in granular materials. Study of solitary wave propagation, anomalous wave reflections, shock disintegration, tunability of wave properties. Particle methods for the numerical analysis of granular systems. Design of optimal composite granular protectors and granular band-gap materials by computation. Use of solitary waves for non-destructive evaluation. Multiscale mechanical modeling of nanostructures composed of carbon nanotube foams and polymeric films. Study of strain localization, dynamic instability on the micro scale and rate-independent hysteresis on the macro scale. Analysis of the Gamma-convergence of proposed models and their validation against experimental results on compression tests in statics and dynamics.

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA link1, link2
2012 to present
Collaboration with Robert Skelton and Vitali Nesterenko research groups. Building and testing of real-scale models of tensegrity structures. Optimal design of minimum mass tensegrity structures with parametric architecture. Innovative structures for energy efficient buildings. Computational design and experimentation of soft tensegrity metamaterials.

Department of Mechanical and Process Enginering, ETH Zurich, CH
2013 to present
Collaboration with Chiara Daraio's research group on the design and engineering of acoustic metamaterials based on granular materials and tensegrity lattices. Modeling and testing of carbon nanotube structures and hierarchical materials. Tensegrity actuators and sensors.

Department of Materials Science and Enginering, University of Sheffield, UK
Mercury Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Production

2013 to present
Collaborations with Conny Rodenburg and Russel Goodall. Plasma irradiation and particle mask treatments to enhance the surface roughness of polymeric materials. 3D printing of periodic lattices based on tensegrity structures and shape memory metals.

Biomechanics Laboratory, University of Salerno, Italy
2003 to present
Characterization of the mechanical behavior of brain tissue. Measurement of regional and directional mechanical properties of brain pig specimens through tensile tests. Development of constitutive models of brain tissue. Construction of a finite element model of the human head from MRI and CT scans. Validation against laboratory data. Simulations of traumatic brain injuries. Head injury criteria. Experimentation of honeycomb materials and foams for use as dissipative fillers in head protection devices. Falling weight impact tests.

King's College, London, UK, Biomedical Engineering
2008 through 2011
Multiscale models of biomembranes and nanostructures, with applications to the red blood cell membrane and carbon nanotube assemblies. Variational multiscale approach. Continuum limits of the interaction potentials acting at the microscopic scale. Modeling of membrane networks as point particles interacting via harmonic and dihedral potentials. Modeling of carbon nanotube structures as chains of nanoparticles interacting via bistable spring potentials. In situ characterization of the mechanical properties of biomembranes and carbon nanotube structures.

Virginia Tech, Dept. Engineering Science and Mechanics, Blacksburg, VA, USA
Aug-Dec 1991
Development of mechanical models of laminated composite shells.