Structural Mechanics


UNIVPM’s Structural Mechanics group has hosted excellence in the matter of research since its start as of Universita’ di Ancona. It was the down of a rigorous scientific approach and critical thinking. Prof. Paolo Podio Guidugli (Roma Tor Vergata professor and Accademico dei Lincei fellow), full professor at the Ancona University from 1975 to1977, has contributed thanks to his interests and passion on the continuum mechanics, mechanics of materials, linear and nonlinear elasticity.

In 1977, Prof. Giovanni Menditto is appointed, the Istituto di Scienza e Tecnica delle Costruzioni moves its first steps. Professor Menditto plays a key role for the design of the Materials and Structures Laboratory (Lab. di Prove Materiali e Strutture) within the DICEA department. Today the lab brings the name of its founder.

In the period ‘95-’98, Angelo Marcello Tarantino (today full professor at UniMORE) works in the Istituto di Scienza e Tecnica delle Costruzioni as a researcher. His contribution is in the field of viscoelasticity, fractures, bifurcation theory, linear and nonlinear dynamics, chaos, piezo- and- magnetic elasticity.

More recently, Eng. Lando Mentrasti (working on curved beams, structural mechanics, characterization of Italian Bamboo) and Professor Giammichele Cocchi (on the rheology of concrete structure, flexural instability, nonlinear fracture) have been contributors of the group, they are both retired.


The research group develops and disseminates knowledge, tools and innovative techniques for understanding and solving problems in the realm of applied science and engineering.

It investigates the static and dynamic behavior of structures. It aims at designing buildings and mechanical parts, and any other component for the benefit of mechanical engineering and architectural design. The group also tackles issues in bio and nano engineering paying attention to advanced materials.


Materials and Structures Official Testing Laboratory – LPMS
Centro di Taratura LAT N° 160

Research activities

We research both classical and innovative topics of theoretical and applied mechanics of solids and materials.

Mechanics of materials (classical and new materials)
  • Multifield theories for the mechanical behavior of materials
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Composite materials and their application
  • Modelling of shape memory alloy
  • Defects in crystal
  • 1D e 2D materials (graphene, CNT)
  • Metamaterials and wave propagation
Structural modelling
  • Linear and nonlinear structural mechanics of mono- and bidimensional structures
  • Elasticity of anisotropic materials
  • Combined flexural and torsional behavior of curved beams
  • Predictive modelling of oil pipelines
  • Interaction between shape and structure
  • Structural optimization
  • Continuum mechanics of complex structures
Dynamics and Stability of structures
  • Nonlinear dynamics of structures
  • Sensors and actuators dynamics at macro and micro scale (MEMS–NEMS)
  • Dynamical integrity
  • Stability of structures
  • Thermo-mechanical behavior of structures
Computational mechanics
  • Numerical models for fracture mechanics and plasticity
  • Algorithms for non-reflective infinite structures
  • Computation of basins of attraction and integrity measures
  • Machine learning e data-driven for static and dynamic identification
Energy Harvesting
  • Vibration and sea waves energy harvesting
  • Prototyping
  • Optimization of harvesting via active and passive control
Seismic Vulnerability
  • Development of methodologies for assessing the seismic vulnerability of buildings with functional significance (e.g., industrial warehouses), strategic importance (e.g., schools, barracks), and historical value (e.g., palaces, churches).
  • Analysis of both global collapse mechanisms, involving the entire structure, and local collapse mechanisms, affecting only specific parts of the structure.
  • Seismic vulnerability of complex systems (e.g., historical centers, provincial areas).
  • Scheduling of support interventions to restore the structural integrity of the built environment.
Monitoring of existing buildings
  • Implementation of structural monitoring techniques by equipping buildings with specialized sensors to provide short-term and long-term health assessments of the structure.
  • Objective diagnosis of the structural damage incurred.
Buildings dynamics
  • Modeling and dynamic analysis of buildings.
  • Simulation of damage phenomena.
  • Formulating solutions to recover and/or enhance and/or restore the structural performance of buildings, including those of architectural heritage.
  • Implementation of seismic-resistant devices.
Crystals for High-Energy Physics (“Crystal Clear Collaboration”(CCC- Cern R&D Experiment 18))
  • Modelling and control of the crystal quality
  • Process optimization
  • Structural characterization, surface analysis, residual stress on polycrystals
  • Theoretical models for the assessment of elasto-optics properties
  • Problems of charged particles in crystal solids


Prof. Fabrizio Davì

Prof. Stefano Lenci

Prof. Giovanni Lancioni

Prof. Michele Serpilli

Prof. Francesco Clementi

Dr. Pierpaolo Belardinelli

Dr. Valeria Settimi