Composites materials, complex advanced materials and metamaterials
The research contributes to the Departmental area “materials and mechanics of materials”, i.e., “Innovative materials for infrastructures and structures”. The group works on the study of new materials and the formulation of models for the description of their complex behavior. Formulation of constitutive laws for the complex behavior of materials. Composite and innovative materials for bio-mechanical, geo-mechanical and structural applications. Development of constitutive models for multi-phase damage induced by chemical and physical phenomena and visco-plastic models for the simulation of hot rolling processes. Micro mechanics of fiber-reinforced porous composites, visco-elasto-plastics and brittle polycrystals. Development of constituent models for complex anisotropic biological materials, such as liquid crystals, functionality gradient materials, biomimetic materials, electro-active materials. Theoretical study, modeling and simulation and experimentation for new metamaterials, such as auxetics and phononic crystals. The group works in close collaboration with other Departments of Politecnico di Milano (Department of Mechanics, Manufacturing Systems & Quality Group, Laboratory of Transport Safety; Department of Chemistry: Surface Treatment Groups and +LAB 30 Printing), with important industries of the sector and has many national and international contacts.