VANALI Marcello

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Prof. Marcello Vanali, PhD
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale
Università degli Studi di Parma
Parco Area delle Scienze, 181/A
43124 – PARMA

Ph.D. Applied Mechanics, Politecnico di Milano, 2003
Degree: Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 1998

Associate Professor in mechanical measurements, Università degli studi di Parma, Dept. Industrial Engineering.

In charge of the Master Courses of Mechanical Measurement and Machine System vibrations & diagnostics .
Member of the SEM society of Experimental Mechanics, civil structures and sensors technical divisions.
Has a strong collaboration with the industrial world. Among the companies it is worth citing Agusta Westland group (Vibro acoustic problems), Pirelli Tyre (Asphalt characterization and testing machines diagnosis) and Alpiq (pump cavitation diagnosis).
Associate editor for Shock&Vibration and reviewer for a number of engineering journals like MSSP, JSV etc…
His works of the last years (2012-2015) was focused on vibroacoustic behaviour of complex system, diagnosis of diefferent machines using vibration monitoring, structural health monitoring and long term monitoring of huge civil structures (Satdio San Siro in Milano, Palazzo Lombardia, Duomo di Milano).

Main Reserch interests:
Fluid&structure interaction
Comfort&safety of railway veichles
Monitornig of civil structures
Health monitoring & condition based monitoring

Curriculum Vitae
Prof. Ing. Marcello Vanali, PhD
Prof. Marcello Vanali:
- He was born in Varese July 17, 1970 and is based in Milano in Via Luigi Porro Lambertenghi 28;
- He received his Diploma at the Technical Institute G. Zucchi of Varese in 1989 with the vote 49/60;
- He joined the Faculty of Engineering of the Polytechnic of Milan in the academic year 1989-1990;
- He graduated in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan, February 19, 1998, bringing a vote of 95/100 with thesis "Dynamic characterization of a not metallic fiber-optic cable (ADSS)"; (Prof. M. Falco);
- He held from December 1998 to May 2002 a four-year research grant from the "Section of measures and experimental techniques" of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Polytechnic of Milan, on "measurements in vibration and noise";
- He received the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mechanics on 27/02/2003 with a thesis entitled "Analytical study experimental vibro-acoustic impact generated by the transit of trains in urban areas"
- Was assistant professor of mechanical and thermal measurements from May 1, 2002 to 31/07/2011 at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano
- Is now Associate professor at “Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale”, University of Parma since 01/08/2011, confirmed in 2014.
- Is reviewer for a number of international journal like "Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing" (MSSP), JASA, JSV etc….;
Is associated editor for Shock & Vibration;
- Is a member of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), both in "Sensors and Instrumentation" and “civil structures” technical committee.
 English: Good written and spoken.
 Spanish: Good written and spoken.
 French: Sufficient knowledge of written and spoken.
Teaching activity
Since the beginning he was involved as an assistant professor in courses in the field of experimental techniques, measurements, and signal processing. Then he became teacher in the same courses at Politecnico di Milano especially holding courses in the following subjects:
Mechanical and Thermal measurements
Measurements (Diagnosis and signal processing)
Advanced measurement techniques (Modal Analysis, acoustic measurememts).
He is now Associate Professor in Parma, holding the following courses:
Mechanical and thermal measurements
Dynamic and diagnostics of mechanical systems
Scientific activity
The undersigned indicates a summary of the scientific breakthrough for lines of research, oriented towards their subjects of Mechanical and Thermal Measurement and experimental aspects of Applied Mechanics:
a) fluid structure interaction: as part of this research I collaborated to conduct a series of test campaigns with the aim of characterizing the forces acting on bodies immersed in fluids in motion, studied innovative methods of measurement and signal processing in order to identify the parameters needed for the subsequent numerical modelling. Especially I took part in the following research / experimental tests:
• Development of methods for the characterization of damping of electrical cables and optical fibers both in the laboratory and in the field.
• Measurements of damping and numerical calculations to characterize the behavior of the Millenium Wheel (British Airways London Eye) cables.
• Tests for the characterization of the vortex shedding phenomenon on cables immersed in water, influence of current and waves.
• Characterization of the forces acting on submerged bridge decks (research in collaboration with the Department of Hydraulics of the Milan Polytechnic).
• Analysis of the dynamic behavior of damping devices for conductors, research project funded under the “young researchers” funding.
b) Comfort and safety of railway vehicles: in the context of this research the undersigned has participated in the development of measurement methods and models for analyzing the behavior of railway vehicles from the point of view of safety and driving comfort.
c) Train structure interaction: in this context I participated in the development of test methods for the characterization of the behavior of different superstructures used in subway lines in terms of the transmission of vibration and fatigue behavior.
d) Acoustic: as part of this research I participated in a research project (HIPERTRACK) for the development of a European railway superstructure for high-speed trains with low vibro-acoustic impact. In this research I focussed on the development of sound source localization techniques and on the study of train wheels acoustic behaviour.
e) Structural monitoring: main focus is on the developing of measurement systems and measurement techniques for the health monitoring of civil and mechanical structures. As a part of this research it is worth citing the permanent monitoring of San Siro Stadium in Milano, the Duomo in Milano and Palazzo Lombardia in Milano.
f) Developing of micro-electromechanical sensors (MEMS): in this area I participated in the development of measurement methods for the kinematic characterization of MEMS devices.. The activity was carried out in collaboration with ST Micro-electronics.
g) Human structure interaction: I took part in many field tests concerning dynamic testing and vibration serviceability issues of civil structures (stairs, passageways, highway flyovers etc…). The activity lead to the development of a load model able to predict in service vibrations taking into account all the passive and active people effects.

By appointment, via e-mail.

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2013/2014




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Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Architettura
Parco Area delle Scienze, 181/A
43124 PARMA