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Project supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, grant number US23GR15.

Project supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation,
grant number US23GR15.

  • NEXTBUILDING

    Next-generation green structures for natural disaster-proof buildings

INFO

Project supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, grant number US23GR15.

  • Italian unit
    • University of Salerno
      Scientific Coordinator: Ada Amendola, Associate Professor (adaamendola1@unisa.it)

  • United States units
    • University of Colorado, Boulder
      Scientific Coordinator: Massimo Ruzzene, Full Professor (massimo.ruzzene@colorado.edu)
    • University of California, Irvine
      Scientific Coordinator: Julian Jose Rimoli, Full Professor (jrimoli@uci.edu)

RESEARCH GROUP

Operating unit at the University of Salerno (UNISA): Ada Amendola, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor of Rational Mechanics; Fernando Fraternali, Full Professor of Structural Mechanics; Sara Antinozzi, Researcher; Andrea di Filippo, Post-Doc Collaborator; Valentina Adinolfi, Baidehi Has, Julia de Castro Motta, Giuseppina Di Chiara, Hossein Honarvar, Giovanni Germano, Angela Lato, Rana Nazifi Charandabi, Francesco Nigro, Roberta Oliva, PhD students; Hazar Etteyeb, Fellow. USA Units: Massimo Ruzzene, Scientific Director and Full Professor of Materials Mechanics (Colorado University – CU); Julian Jose Rimoli (University of California Irvine – UCI), Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Kevin Garanger, Post-Doc Collaborator (UCI).

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Project Codes: 300393MAE23AMEND_01, CUP: D44D23000120001

The project “Next-generation structures for natural disaster-proof buildings” (NEXTBUILDING) develops the next generation of architecture structural systems for use in natural hazard-proof buildings. This combination of sustainable engineering, tensegrity structures and mechanical metamaterials trail blazes radically new science-enabled technology solutions for different building components (façade and core-structures; seismic isolators). The final goal is to create next-generation meta-buildings that are protected against seismic waves, high winds and flooding. The buildings of the future must demonstrate enhanced sustainability and structural resilience to natural hazards like earthquakes, storm winds, floods and tsunami. This project applies sustainable engineering concepts and techniques to metamaterials, biomimetic and bioinspired materials to achieve such goals. The proposed research develops innovative structural systems that fuse green building philosophy with natural hazards engineering. The project is articulated across two main workpackages / WP (BRACE and ISOLATE), investigated through the design, manufacturing, and testing of demonstrative prototypes. ISOLATE develops bio-inspired, sustainable seismic “metaisolators” that protect buildings from earthquakes and flooding. The aim of the BRACE WP is to develop lightweight bracing devices for use in wind-resistant core structures, belt trusses and outriggers, designed through fractal geometry. NEXTBUILDING is a consortium in which blue-sky engineering research and high-tech industrial actors work in a synergistic manner. It includes 7 partners: 5 from academic institutions: UNISA, Univ. Colorado Boulder (CU), Univ. of Catania (UNICT), Univ. California Irvine (UCI), and Georgia Tech (GT); and 2 industrial partners: NEWMATT srl and VESTRUT srl. It will foster a generation of young researchers with multidisciplinary civil, mechanical and environmental engineering skills.


Progetto realizzato con il contributo del Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, Direzione Generale per la Promozione del Sistema Paese.
Project supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, grant number US23GR15.