New Available Position on C4: “Innovative Metamaterials and Metastructures for Risk Reduction”

The #ELEDIA Research Center is pleased to announce the availability of the #PhD scholarship on 

C4 – Innovative Metamaterials and Metastructures for Risk Reduction and Fitness for Service of Special Risk Industrial Plants

in the context of the second call for applications for the admission to the 39th Cycle (Academic Year 2023/2024) of the Doctoral Programme in “Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering” of the Università di Trento.

To tackle the mitigation of natural-technological (NaTech) events, the PhD candidate has to propose innovative metamaterial-based solutions for disaster reduction in special risk facilities and methods to increase nearby community resilience. To achieve this scope, the relevant project builds upon the most recent innovative scientific and technological concepts developed within the research field of locally resonant phononic #metamaterials. In particular, the feasibility of such metamaterial-based isolation concepts and systems has also been demonstrated across different low-frequency ranges, e.g. from seismic to acoustic waves. These general developments have further advanced through novel absorption and isolation concepts which can achieve negative effective mass and stiffness moduli in media and structures and through nonlinear mechanisms such as bistability. Also, impact-based mechanisms and relevant devices, e.g. nonlinear energy sink devices, can easily reduce vibrations via energy transfer to higher modes.

Therefore, the PhD candidate should try to conceive and develop: i) metamaterials and/or metastructures capable of rendering industrial plant equipment fully or partially isolated from the effects of incident waves impinging from all directions; ii) modelling and simulation
procedures based on both high-fidelity and surrogate models (digital twins) for the quantification of fragility and recovery functions and the reduction of risks that derive from NaTech events and fitness for service; iii) periodic metamaterials and structures for energy harvesting in view of localized structural health monitoring of critical equipment.

📅 Deadline for application: September 4th, 2023, hrs. 4.00 PM (Italian time, GMT +2).
Duration: Three years
Start of the Academic Year: November 1st, 2023
Official language: English
Scientific contact persons: Oreste S. Bursi and Giacomo Oliveri

The selection foresees some short online test starting from the 11 September 2023.

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