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CIMEST

Centre of study and research on the identification of materials and structures - "Michele Capurso".

The Centre of Research on the Identification of Materials and Structures (CIMEST) was founded in 2002. This centre works as a scientific articulation of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering - DICAM, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna. The Centre aims to promote research on the basic and practical questions of inverse problems, in the fields of Research on Identification, Diagnostics and Structural Strengthening. The Centre also supports the solution of problems of civil society and encourages the exchange of scientific information and links between Italian and foreign researchers in this cultural field.

Research

The Centre aims to promote research on the basic and practical problems of inverse problems, in the fields of Research on Identification, Diagnostics and Structural Strengthening, by using analytical models and numerical techniques. In collaboration with other Italian and foreign centres and departments, the CIMEST aims to develop the following lines of research:

  • the estimate of the elastic constants of isotropic and orthotropic materials, using the approach connected with the Mechanics of Fracture;
  • the identification of the constraint conditions and of the physical, geometrical and mechanical parameters of structures, based on the results of static and dynamic tests;
  • the diagnosis by means of non-destructive tests and the monitoring work on the existing building heritage;
  • the analysis and the modeling of strengthening and structural restoration built with innovative composite materials;
  • the identification of the constitutive laws of composite materials;
  • the identification of abnormal conditions concerning piping system for transporting fluid using numerical optimization techniques;
  • the use of mechanical waves for characterizing and monitoring biological and building materials;
  • the use of classical numerical techniques and the development of innovative numerical methods for modeling and calculating laminated structures, as well as structures made of SMART or Functionally Graded Materials.