Vice-rector of Politecnico di Torino
Professor of Structural Mechanics
Dept. of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
MSc, Civil Engineering, University of Bari (1991)
| Academic career
Born in Bari (Italy) on May 7, 1966.
April 1991: Master degree in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Bari (score 110/110 cum laude). Winner of the prize “Ing. Vito Sardone”, by the Technical University of Bari.
January 1995: Ph.D. in Structural Engineering at Politecnico di Torino discussing the thesis: “Influence of microstructural disorder on the mechanical properties of heterogeneous materials” (supervisor: Prof. Alberto Carpinteri).
March-November 1995: visiting researcher at the Dept. of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Delft, (ref. Prof. J.G.M. Van Mier).
1995-1998: Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.
1998-2001: Associate Professor of Structural Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.
2002- : Full Professor of Structural Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.
2000-2002: Representative member in the Executive Board of the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering of Politecnico di Torino.
2003-2005: Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.
2005- : Vice-rector of Politecnico di Torino, responsible for Educational Programs and Faculty Activities.
2005- : Member of the Board of Politecnico di Torino
2007- : Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, in Rome
2010- : Member of the Evaluation Board of Politecnico di Torino.
He is responsible for the educational programs (from undergraduate to master level) of Politecnico, both in the principal seats of Torino and in the regional seats. He works for the qualification of the Course programs in the Faculties of Politecnico, for the internationalisation of the curricula and for the improvement of the tutoring, counseling and cultural activities for students. He is also in charge of life-long learning, e-learning programs and special educational projects proposed by the Faculties. As a member of the university board, he is dealing with the Strategic Plan of Politecnico di Torino, strictly related to the strategic plan of the City of Torino.
2007- : Coordinator of the project "Italian Technical University in Pakistan (UESTP)", sponsored by the High Education Commission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2009- : Coordinator of the Committee for the Creation of the Politecnico di Torino branch in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, sponsored by the Uzbekistan Government and by General Motors.
Author of more than 140 scientific publications on subjects of Structural Engineering, Materials Engineering and Fracture Mechanics. In particular, 45 papers have been published on the most important Journals of the field. The principal topics investigated are:
a) damage and fracture of structural materials and rocks;
b) influence of concrete microstructure on its mechanical properties;
c) assessment of strength, ductility and robustness of structures;
d) mechanics of structures: size effects, safety and collapse of large engineering structures;
e) contact mechanics, tribology, adhesion and friction between rough surfaces,
f) penetration mechanics in civil and oil applications;
g) demolition of civil and industrial buildings, cutting of stones and masonry at archaeological sites;
g) biomechanics (soft tissues, skin elasticity and lung mechanics);
h) snow avalanche mechanics and protection.
Since 2007, member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal "The Open Construction & Building Technology Journal" of Bentham Science Publisher.
Actively involved in the principal International Conferences. Invited speaker or keynote speaker in many Conferences as, for instance, the Conferences of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) in Kyoto (1996) and Chicago (2000), the Conferences of the European Materials Society (EUROMAT) in Perm-Russia (1997) and Monaco (1999) and the International Conference of Computational Mechanics at MIT (2005). Regularly participating to the most important Italian Conferences in the fields of Structural Engineering and Solid Mechanics as, for instance, the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (AIMETA) and the Italian Group of Fracture (IGF), where he is has been a member of the Directive Board.
He has been invited to give lectures in prestigious Universities and Schools, such as:
1) Technical University of Delft (Holland);
2) Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Zurigo (Switzerland);
3) University of Munich (Germany);
4) Kyoto University (Japan);
5) Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain);
6) University of Xi’an (China);
7) Ecole Nationale Superieure de Cachan (France);
8) Cambridge University (England);
9) M.I.T. (USA);
10) Imperial College (UK);
11) Advanced School on Scaling Laws and Continuum Mechanics, CISM (Udine).
Organizer of the Conference “Design of Architecture and Interoperability”, on the topic of software interoperability in the field of architectural and structural design of buildings, held in Turin on July 3, 2008, within the XXIII World Conference of Architecture (UIA 2008) in Turin.
Evaluator and referee activity
From 2005, member of the "Expert Evaluators Panel" of the European Commission, Research Directorate - VI and VII FP (Area NMP-NI-4 - New Construction Products and Processes for High Added Value applications and Area ENV.2010.3.1.3-1 Environment).
From 2005, member of the "Evaluator-Referee Panel" for CIVR (Italian Committee For Research Evaluation) - Panel 08 and 09 (Civil and Industrial Engineering).
From 2006, member of the Evaluators Panel of the Public Housing Company (Agenzia Territoriale della Casa, ATC) of the Torino province.
From 2007, member of the Expert Panel of CRUI for the assignement of funds in the framework of the project TRIS (Research Technicians for Southern Italy) funded by CIPE.
From 2010, member of the Evaluation Board of Politecnico di Torino.
Reviewer for many important Journals in the fields of Fracture and Solid Mechanics and in Structural and Material Engineering, as the International Journal of Solids and Structures, the International Journal of Fracture, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, and the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London.
PH.D. programs amd commissions
1995-2004: Member of the RILEM Commission on Quasi-Brittle Failure, chaired by Prof. Z.P. Bazant.
1998-2006: Vice-Coordinator of the Board of the Doctorate School in Structural Engineering of Politecnico di Torino. From 2006, member of the Board.
2001- : Member of the Board of the Doctorate School in Bio-Medical Engineering of Politecnico di Torino.
2007- : Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Member of the Committee for Internationalization, International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, Roma.
2007- : Member of the Board of Consorzio Nettuno (Roma), representative of Politecnico di Torino
2007 - : Coordinator of the Committee for the Creation of the Italian Technical University (UESTP) in Pakistan, sponsored by the Pakistani Government and by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2009 - : Coordinator of the Committee for the Creation of the Politecnico di Torino branch in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, sponsored by the Uzbekistan Government and by General Motors.
Coordination of research programs
2000: Coordinator of a Research Project, funded by the Italian Research Council (Agenzia 2000), on “Extreme pressure conditions at rough interfaces: role of stress singularities and effects on thermal conductance”.
2003: Co-director of a Biomechanics Research Project "Lung mechanics and implications in artificial ventilation" (resp. Prof. Vito Marco Ranieri, Faculty of Medicine, University of Torino), funded by Piedmont Region, 2003. Funded Euro 30.000
2004: Italian Responsible in the Program for Scientific Cooperation Italy-Japan (2004-2006) funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the topic: "Advanced Cement-Based Materials", partnership with Tohoku University in Sendai, Prof. H. Mihashi.
2004-2006: Coordinator of the Research Unit of Politecnico di Torino in the Research Program "Nanotribology" (PRIN 2004, resp. Prof. Valbusa - University of Genova). Funded Euro 100.000.
2005: Coordinator of the Internationalization Project by MIUR (2004-2006) "RICE: Research and Innovation in Civil Engineering", in partnership with Massachussets Institute of Technology, Georgia University of Technology, Imperial College, Delft Technical University, Nagoya University e Tohoku University. Funded Euro 38.500.
2006: Coordinator of a Research Project funded by Baldassini & Tognozzi Spa on the topic of ductility of fiber-reinforced concrete. Funded Euro 14.000.
2006: Coordinator of a Research Project in collaboration with prof. Paal Bergan, head of the Research Dept. of Det Norske Veritas (Oslo, NO) on the application to civil constructions of sandwich panels from naval engineering.
2006-2008: Coordinator of the Research Unit of Politecnico di Torino in the Research Program "Optimization of structural performances and of technological methodologies of concrete tunnel linings" (PRIN 2006, resp. Prof. Plizzari - University of Brescia). Funded Euro 80.000.
2007: Coordinator of a Research Project funded by BUZZI-UNICAL Spa and by Cassa di Risparmio di Alessandria on the topic of self-compacting concrete for structural applications. Funded Euro 30.000.
2008: Coordinator of a Research Project funded by Fondazione CRT (Cassa di Risparmio di Torino) in the framework of "Progetto Alfieri” on the topic of snow avalanche effects and ice collapses in high mountain regions. Funded Euro 40.000.
2008: Coordinator of a Research Project funded by ITALCEMENTI Spa on the behavior under expansion of concrete mixtures. Funded Euro 20.000.
2008: Responsible, for the Politecnico di Torino of the partnership agreement for education, research and technology transfer with GOLDER Associates (www.golder.com), in the field of civil and environmental engineering.
2008: Responsible, for the Politecnico di Torino of the partnership agreement for education, research and technology transfer with CEMEX Research Group AG in Biel (CH) (www.cemex.com), the field of concrete engineering.
2009: Coordinatorof the Research Project "Safety and Vulnerability Assessment of Non-Structural Elements in School Buildings", funded by Regione Piemonte. Funded Euro 200.000.
2009: Coordinator of the Unit of Politecnico di Torino in the Research Program "INNOVANCE", funded by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MSE) (Bando Industria 2015), in collaboration with the Italian Association of Civil Contractors (ANCE). Funded Euro 950.000.
2009: Coordinator of the Unit of Politecnico di Torino in two Research Programs within the European Program INTERREG – Alpine Space, in the field of snow avalanches, risk assessment in mountain zones and guidelines for buildings under avalanche hazard, managed by Regione Valle d’Aosta, in collaboration with French and Swiss partner research centers. Funded Euro 500.000.
Founder and partner of the Italian Association for Forensic Engineering
Member of the following scientific organizations:
1) AIMETA (Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics), since 1992.
2) EUROMECH (European Mechanics Society), since 1994.
3) RILEM Committee on Quasi-Brittle Failure Scaling, since 1995.
4) IGF (Gruppo Italiano Frattura), since 1994. Member of the Board (1997-2005).
5) ESIS (European Structural Integrity Society), since 1995.
6) INFM (National Institute of Physics of Matter), since 1996.
7) AIAS (Italian Association for Stress Analysis), since 1996.
Curriculum published on "Who is who in Science and Engineering" (Ed. 2004-2006).
at the Faculty of Engineering of Politecnico di Torino. He currently
teaches the Course "Structural
mechanics" for the Master Degree of Civil
Engineering and the Course
"Advanced Structural Mechanics" for the Master Degree of Environmental
Engineering. Since 2007 he teaches the Course "Advanced Structures" in
the Faculty of Architecture.
2005- : Technical coordinator of the Master “Engineering and management of Real Estate Properties”, Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale, University of Torino.
Responsible for Politecnico di Torino of the "Top Course for Management
of Social Enterprises - CAFIS", jointly organised by Regione
Piemonte, Confcooperative, Lega Coop Piemonte, University of Torino and
Politecnico di Torino.
In 2006 he was
appointed as Certificator of structures and infrastructures by the
Italian Railway Company (RFI).
Turk, A. Carbone and B. Chiaia, Fractal heterogeneous media, Physical
Review E, vol. 81, pp. 026706 1-7, 2010
C. Cennamo, B. Chiaia, E. Masoero, Optimization of cutting processes for ancient masonry: the Greek Gymnasium in Naples, International Journal of Architectural Heritage, Vol. 3, pp. 235-257, 2009
F. Tomosawa, K.M. Nemati, B.
Chiaia, A. Fantilli, A practical equation for the elastic modulus of
concrete, ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 106, pp. 690-696, 2009
Chiaia, A. Fantilli, P. Vallini, Combining fiber-reinforced concrete
with traditional reinforcement in tunnel linings, Engineering
Structures, Vol. 31, pp. 1600-1606, 2009
Chiaia, A. Fantilli, P. Vallini, Evaluation of crack width in FRC
structures and application to tunnel linings, Materials and
Structures, Vol. 42, pp. 339-351, 2009
Chiaia, B. Frigo, A scale invariant model for snow avalanches, J. Stat.
Mech, Vol. 2056,
pp. 1-16, 2009
Chiaia, E. Masoero, Analogies between progressive collapse of
structures and fracture of materials, International Journal of
Fracture, Vol. 154,
pp. 177-193, 2008
B. Chiaia, P. Cornetti, B. Frigo, Triggering of dry snow slab avalanches and active protection, Cold Regions Science and Technology, Vol. 53, pp. 170-178, 2008
Marano, R. Greco, F. Trentadue, B. Chiaia, Constrained
reliability-based optimization of linear tuned mass dampers for seismic
control, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 44, no.
22-23, pp. 7370-7388, 2007
B. Chiaia, M. Borri-Brunetto, Multiscale modelling of stick-slip transition of rough (fractal) surfaces, Materials Science Forum, Vols. 539-543, pp. 2594-2600, 2007.
B. Chiaia, G. Ferro, Strain localisation in a continuum as an instability event, International Journal of Fracture, Vol. 140, pp.183-188, 2006.B. Chiaia, A. Fantilli, P. Vallini, G.S. Kalamaras, I calcestruzzi fibrorinforzati nei rivestimenti di gallerie, Quarry and Construction, Anno 44, N. 518 (febbraio 2006), pp. 133-141, 2006.
B. Chiaia, D. Peila, N. Bertolotto, Considerazioni sulla modellazione numerica dei rivestimenti di gallerie, Gallerie e grandi opere sotterranee, Vo. 80, (dicembre 2006) pp 17-23, 2006.
V. Fanelli, A. Ferrari, B. Chiaia, VM. Ranieri, Respiration measurements, In: “Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering” (Wiley Reference number 1036), John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2006.
B. Chiaia, A.P. Fantilli, P. Vallini, G. Kalamaras, Fiber reinforced concrete for massive structures: the case of Craviale tunnel, In: IInd FIB Conference, Napoli, 5-8 Giugno 2006. Pubblicato sui Proceedings del Congresso “FIB” pp. 102-103, 2006.
B. Chiaia, M. Borri Brunetto, A nature-inspired model for fibre reinforced membranes at finite strains, In: International IIIrd M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, Cambridge, MA (USA), 14-17 giugno 2005. Pubblicato in “Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics 2005” (ed. K.J. Bathe), 2005.
A. Carpinteri, B. Chiaia, P. Cornetti, A mesoscopic theory of damage and fracture in heterogeneous materials, Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 41, pp.43-50, 2004.
A. Carpinteri, B. Chiaia, P. Cornetti, The elastic problem for fractal media: basic theory and finite element formulation, Computer and Structures, Vol. 82, N. 6, pp. 499-508, 2004.
Borri-Brunetto, A. Carpinteri, B. Chiaia, The effect of
scale and criticality in rock slope stability, Rock Mechanics and Rock
Engineering, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp.117-126, 2004.
A. Carpinteri, B. Chiaia, P. Cornetti, Critical stress intensity factor fracture criterion, In: "Problems of Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue” (E.E. Gdoutos, C.A. Rodopoulos and J.R. Yates Eds.), pp. 173-188, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands 2003.
B.N.J. Persson, F. Bucher, B. Chiaia, Elastic contact between randomly rough surfaces: comparison of theory with (exact) numerical results, Physical Review B, Vol. 65, pp.184106(1-7), 2002.
Chiaia, On the sliding instabilities at rough surfaces, Journal of the
Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp. 895-924, 2002.
B. Chiaia, Fracture mechanisms induced in a brittle material by a hard cutting indenter, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 38, No. 44/45, pp. 7747-7768, 2001.
B. Chiaia, J.G.M. Van Mier, A. Vervuurt, Crack growth mechanisms in four different concretes: microscopic observation and fractal analysis, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol. 28, pp. 103-114, 1998.
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