Marco Paggi

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Marco Paggi received his Master's Degree in Civil Engineering in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 2005 from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. After a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Politecnico di Torino from 2005 to 2007, he became Assistant Professor of Structural Mechanics in the same University (2007-2013). He spent the year 2010 as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Institute of Continuum Mechanics of the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. Since November 2013 he is Associate Professor of Structural Mechanics at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy, where he was member of the Academic Council from November 2013 to December 2015 and he serves as Director's Delegate for Research and Technology Transfer since December 2015. He is the representative of the IMT School in the Board of the Joint Technology Transfer Office (together with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Scuola Normale Superiore), since February 15, 2016.

He has been appointed visiting Professor in the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca during October 2013, visiting Full Professor in the Laboratoire de Modélisation et Simulation Multi Echelle of the Université Paris EST during May 2014, visiting scholar in the Solids and Structural Mechanics Group at the University of Trento during October 2015 and April 2016. 

He is an Elected Member of the Executive Committee of the Mechanics of Materials Group of the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics since September 2015. He has been an Elected Member of the Executive Board of the Italian Group of Fracture, 2009-2011 & 2011-2013. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science since 2014, Member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design since 2011, Member of the Editorial Review Board of the journal Frontiers in Mechanics of Materials since 2014, Member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences since 2015, Member of the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports of Nature Publishing Group for the category Chemical Physics since 2015, Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Solids and Structures since 2016.

He has been recipient of the Young Scientist Award by the European Structural Integrity Society in 2010. Since March 2013 he is a nominated Member of the Young Academy of Europe.  

He is the principal investigator of an ERC Starting Grant 2012 and an ERC Proof of Concept 2016 by the European Research Council. He has been the principal investigator of a Vigoni Project 2010 in collaboration with Prof. P. Wriggers from the Leibniz University of Hannover and of a FIRB Futuro in Ricerca 2010 project granted by MIUR.

He served as peer-reviewer of research proposals for the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), the National Council for Scientific Research of Romania, the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and the Czech Science Foundation. 

He is member of the Task 13 Committee on Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems of the International Energy Agency, Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS) since October 2014. 

At IMT Lucca he is the director of the research unit Multi-scale Analysis of Materials (MUSAM) and of the PhD curriculum in Computational Mechanics for the 29th cycle. His research interests span various areas of continuum mechanics, with special focus on computational methods for nonlinear partial differential equations, interface mechanical problems, contact mechanics, fracture mechanics, material models for renewable energy applications, multi-physics simulations.

 

Honours and awards

March 2014 – Nominated Member of the Young Academy of Europe.

March 2012 – Scholarship ABMEC (Brazilian Association for Computational Methods in Engineering) for the participation in the 10th World Congress of Computational Mechanics, July 8-13, 2012, San Paolo, Brasil.

2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 - Award for Outstanding Scientific Activity of Young Researchers conferred by Politecnico di Torino (2008: 5th position among all young faculty members; 2009: 2nd position; 2010: 1st position; 2011: 1st position).

January 2011 - Prize for Outstanding Collaboration of a Visiting Researcher (Auszeichnung für hervorragende Zusammenarbeit als Gastwissenschaftler), conferred by the Freundeskreis der Leibniz Universität Hannover, Sektion Mechanik.

September 2010 - 2010 Young Scientist Award, conferred by the European Structural Integrity Society. The purpose of the Young Scientist Award is to recognize individuals younger than 40 who have made distinguished, innovative work in fracture mechanics in their early career. The award was given to Dr. Paggi: "For outstanding contributions to fracture mechanics, and particularly in fatigue scaling, friction effects and nonlinear crack modelling".

January 2010 - Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The AvH sponsorship is limited to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in research and who contribute significantly to international cooperation and understanding.

June 2009 - Prize for Young Authors IGF 2009 conferred by the Italian Group of Fracture (IGF) for the paper entitled "Fatigue of quasi-brittle materials: a unified interpretation of microstructural size, crack size and size-scale effects".

March 2009 - Selected by a joint ESF-ALLEA review panel as one of the 21 participants to attend the ESF-ALLEA Early Career Researchers Forum "Humanities Spring 2009 I" with the title "From Learned Societies to Knowledge-Based Society: Towards a European Young Academy? ", Vienna, 8-10 June, 2009.

September 2002 - Prize Optime for the best young graduates of the year, conferred by the Industrial Union of Turin, in collaboration with the Turin University and Politecnico di Torino.  

 

Coordination of research projects

2012-2017 – Principal investigator of the ERC Starting Grant 2012 CA2PVM "Multi-scale and multi-physics computational approach to design and durability of photovoltaic modules", granted by the European Research Council (1.483.980 Euro).

2012-2016 - Principal investigator of the FIRB Futuro in Ricerca 2010 "Structural mechanics models for renewable energy applications". The project is granted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, MIUR (954,800 Euro).

2011-2012 - Principal investigator of the Vigoni Project 2010 "3D modelling of crack propagation in polycrystalline materials" (15,000 Euro). The project, in collaboration with Prof. P. Wriggers, Leibniz University Hannover, Hannover, Germany, is granted by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), Ateneo Italo-Tedesco, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD).

 

Member of scientific committees and organization of symposia

Member of the Scientific Committee of the 14th International Conference on Fracture, June 18-23, 2017, Rhodes, Greece.

Chairman of the GIMC-GMA2016 XXI National Conference of Computational Mechanics and the VIII Meeting of the AIMETA Materials Group, June 27-29, 2016, Lucca, Italy.

Organizer of the Special Session "Advanced multi-physics and multi-scale techniques for modeling inelastic processes in solids: damage, fracture and contact mechanics", in the European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering, Crete, Greece, June 5-10, 2016, together with J. Reinoso (University of Seville) and M. Corrado (Politecnico di Torino and EPFL).

Chairman of the EUROMECH Colloquium 575 on Contact Mechanics and Coupled Problems in Surface Phenomena, March 30-April 2, 2015, Lucca, Italy (Co-Chairman: Prof. D.A. Hills, University of Oxford, UK). 

Member of the Local Organizing Committee of the ECCOMAS Thematic Conference eXtended Discretization MethodS XDMS 2015, September 9-11, 2015, Ferrara, Italy.

Organizer of the Special Session "Phase field and enhanced finite element formulations for fracture mechanics", ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on eXtended Discretization MethodS, Ferrara, Italy  September 9-11, 2015, together with T. Rabczuk (University of Weimar, Germany) and J. Reinoso (University of Seville, Spain).

Member of the Scientific Committee of the Workshop "State of the art and challenges in thermal and mechanical modelling of ceramic materials", Trento, Italy, March 20, 2015 (together with W. Pabst (Prague), S. Romero-Baivier (Belgium), A. Tampieri (Italy), J.R. Willis (UK); Chairman: F. Dal Corso (Italy)). http://hotbricks.unitn.it/workshop2015.php

Organizer of the Session "Material simulation for energy applications" in the 1st International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics, July 8-10, Aberdeen, UK, together with D. Antoun (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA), L. De Lorenzis (TU Braunschweig, Germany) and A. Piccolroaz (University of Trento, Italy).

Organizer of the Session "Numerical and experimental research on the durability of photovoltaic modules" in the 1st International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics, July 8-10, Aberdeen, UK, together with J. Reinoso (University of Hannover, Germany) and F. Haase (Institute for Solar Energy Research, Hameln, Germany).

Member of the Local Organizing Committee of the XXI Congress of the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, September 17-20, 2013, Torino, Italy.

Organizer of the Minisymposium "Fracture and structural integrity" in the XXI Congress of the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, September 17-20, 2013, Torino, Italy, together with G. Ferro (Politecnico di Torino, Italy), D. Firrao (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) and A. Spagnoli (University of Parma, Italy).

Organizer of the Minisymposium "Computational Contact Mechanics" in the III South-East European Conference on Computational Mechanics (ECCOMAS Special Interest Conference), June 12-14, 2013, Kos, Greece, together with N. Möes (University of Nantes, France) and G. Anciaux (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland).

Organizer of the Special Session "Multiphysics and multiscale modelling of composites for renewable energy applications" in the 2013 ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Smart Materials and Structures, June 24-26, 2013, Torino, Italy, together with L. de Lorenzis (University of Salento, Italy) and A. Piccolroaz (University of Trento, Italy).

Member of the Scientific Committee of the 8th FraMCoS International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures, March 10-14, 2013, Toledo, Spain.

Organizer of the Workshop of the Italian Group of Fracture on "Virtual Testing of Materials and Structures", October 8, 2012, Torino, Italy (together with A. Carpinteri, Politecnico di Torino, Italy).

Member of the Local Organizing Committee of the IUTAM Symposium "Fracture phenomena in nature and technology", July 1-5, 2012, Brescia, Italy.

Organizer of the Minisymposium "Fracture and Contact Mechanics for Interface Problems" at the 10th World Conference on Computational Mechanics-WCCM10, July 8-13, 2012, San Paolo, Brasil, together with A. Carpinteri (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) and P. Wriggers (University of Hannover, Germany).

Organizer of the Minisymposium "Fracture and Contact Mechanics for Interface Problems" at the IV European Conference on Computational Mechanics, Paris, May 16-21, 2010, together with A. Carpinteri (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) and P. Wriggers (University of Hannover, Germany).

Member of the Local Organizing Committee of the 11th International Conference on Fracture (ICF11), Turin, Italy, March 20-25, 2005.

 

Invited seminars and keynote lectures

"Multi-scale and multi-field modelling and testing of photovoltaic modules", Keynote Lecture at the Workshop on Multi-Scale and Multi-Physics Testing, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, February 18-19, 2016. 

"Numerical methods for thermos-mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, and failure analysis", Seminar at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania, Italy, December 4, 2015.

"Multi-field and multi-scale computational approach to design and durability of photovoltaic Modules: project overview and achievements", Seminar at the Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy, October 21, 2015.

"Computational methods for nonlinear fracture mechanics problems with large displacements", Seminar at the Solid and Structural Mechanics Group of the University of Trento, Trento, Italy, September 28, 2015.

"Multi-physics Modelling of Photovoltaic Laminates", Invited seminar at the MUSIC Graduate School on Multiscale Methods for Interface Coupling, Institute of Continuum Mechanics, Leibniz University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany, May 18, 2015.

"New trends in computational modelling of interfaces", Invited seminar at the Laboratorio di Fisica Non Lineare e Modelli Matematici, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Roma, May 15, 2015.

"A geometrical multiscale numerical method for coupled hygro-thermo-elastic problems in layered materials" (authors: P. Lenarda and M. Paggi), Invited talk at the Workshop State of the art and challenges in thermal and mechanical modelling of ceramic materials, Trento, March 20, 2015.

"Modelling and simulation of fracture in classical and hierarchical polycrystalline materials towards the design of super-resistant cutting tools", Invited lecture at the Special Interest Seminar on Simulation and Modelling in Hard Materials, Euro PM2014 Congress & Exhibition, Salzburg, Austria, 21-24/09/2014.

"Flaw tolerance of continuum and discrete mechanical systems: the roles of heterogeneity and nonlocality" (M. Paggi, A. Infuso), Opening lecture at the ECT* Workshop on New Frontiers in Multiscale Modelling of Advanced Materials, Trento, Italy, 17-20/06/2014.

"Nonlinear fracture dynamics of laminates with finite thickness adhesives", Seminar at the University of Seville, Seville, Spain, 27/6/2014.

"Multi-physics modelling of cracking in quasi-brittle materials for energy applications", Invited seminar at the University of Trento, Trento, Italy, 18/6/2014. 

"Experimental evidence of electro-thermo-elastic coupling in quasi-brittle materials for energy applications", Invited seminar at the University of Trento, Trento, Italy, 18/6/2014.  

"Quantitative analysis of cracking in in photovoltaic modules using a multi-physics approach", Invited seminar at the Institute of Solar Energy Research, Hamelin, Germany, 3/6/2014.

"An overview on contact and fracture mechanics for interface problems", Seminar at the University of Evry, Evry, France, 23/05/2014.

"Multi-scale and multi-physics models applied to interface problems", Invited seminar at the University of Paris-EST, Marne-La-Valléee, France, 16/5/2014.  

"Mechanical challenges in the durability of photovoltaic modules", Invited seminar at the Institute for Mechanics of the Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 17/12/2013. 

"Modelling of cracking in PV modules: Physical aspects and Computational Methods", Opening lecture of the Workshop "Measurements and Models for PV-Module analysis", Institute of Solar Energy Research, Hamelin, Germany, 5/11/2013. 

"Recent advances of interface constitutive laws for Fracture Mechanics", Seminar at the Institute of Structural Mechanics of the Leibniz University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany, 19-23/08/2013. 

"Emergent properties in interface mechanical problems: A paradigm of organized complexity", Seminar at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy, 5/3/2013.  

"Physical modelling and computational strategies for 2D and 3D cohesive fracture and recent progresses towards muli-physics", Seminar at the University of Paris-EST, Marne-La-Valléee, France, 16/5/2014.    

"Length scales in fracture mechanics of heterogeneous and hierarchical materials: the role of imperfect interfaces on the scaling of material properties", Lecture delivered at the Workshop of the Multiscale Methods for Interface Coupling (MUSIC) International Research Training Group in St. Anton, Austria, 12-16/12/2011.   

"Length scales in contact mechanics of rough surfaces: scaling of real contact area and thermal contact conductance", Lecture delivered at the Workshop of the Multiscale Methods for Interface Coupling (MUSIC) International Research Training Group in St. Anton, Austria, 12-16/12/2011.    

"Normal and tangential contact between rough surfaces: mathematical aspects and numerical treatment", Seminar delivered at the Institute of Computational Science of the University of Lugano, Switzerland, 07/12/2011.    

"Length scales in contact mechanics and their effects on tribological properties", Seminar delivered at the Laboratoire de Simulation en Mécanique des Solides, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 14/04/2011.    

"A nonlocal cohesive zone model for finite thickness interfaces: mathematical formulation, numerical implementation and materials science applications", Seminar delivered at the Department of Structural Mechanics of the University of Pavia, Italy, 08/04/2011.   

"Analogy between singular elastic and electromagnetic fields at multimaterial wedge tips and applications to metamaterials"  Seminar delivered at the Department of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford, UK, 28/02/2011.  

"Zusammenarbeit und Forschungsaktivitäten an dem Institut für Kontinuumsmechanik", Seminar delivered at the Institut für Dynamik und Schwingungen of the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, 28/01/2011.  

"Constitutive modelling of finite thickness interfaces: a computational approach based on molecular dynamics, damage mechanics and nonlinear fracture mechanics", Seminar delivered at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 12/01/2011.  

"A generalized dimensional analysis approach to fatigue crack growth", Keynote Lecture delivered at the 12th International Conference on Fracture, 12-17/07/2009, Ottawa, Canada.   

 

International collaborations

Germany: Prof. P. Wriggers (Leibniz University of Hannover), Prof. R. Brendel and Dr. S. Kajari-Schroeder (Institute for Solar Energy Research, Hamelin), Prof. R. Rolfes (Leibniz University of Hannover), Prof. T. Rabczuk (University of Weimar), Prof. V. Popov (TU Berlin).
France: Prof. Q.-C. He (University of Paris-EST).
UK: Dr. J.A. Greenwood (University of Cambridge), Prof. D.A. Hills (University of Oxford), Dr. R. Ruiz-
Baier (University of Oxford), Prof. F. Borodich (Cardiff University). 
Spain: Dr. J. Reinoso and Prof. V. Mantic (University of Seville, Spain). 
Portugal: Prof. P. Areias (University of Evora).
USA: Prof. J.R. Barber (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan), Prof. C. Linder (Stanford, CA). 
Australia: Prof. R. Jones (Monash University).
Russia: Prof. O. Naimark and Dr. O. Plekhov (Russian Academy of Science, Perm).

 

Research Interests

Since 2002, Prof. Paggi is author of 3 didactic textbooks on structural mechanics and thermoelasticity and of more than 150 publications in the fields of fracture mechanics and contact mechanics, among which more than 90 in international refereed journals and 7 book chapters. For updated bibliometric data, please visit Google Scholar.

Characterized by a strong background in theoretical and applied mechanics, Prof. Paggi has focused his research on the mathematical description of the stress field in interface problems, the development of new interface constitutive relations, their implementation in numerical methods and their validation with experimental tests. Applications ranged from civil engineering to mechanical engineering, passing through electronics, materials science and biomechanics.

Since 2012, Prof. Paggi is actively working on interface problems in multi-physics by developing new physico-mathematical models for fracture and contact mechanics and the rigorous treatment of coupled nonlinear partial differential equations using monolithic implicit solution schemes in the finite element method.