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First Name, Last Name:

FABRIZIO, PAOLACCI

Current Position:

Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering - University of Roma Tre

CURRICULUM VITAE

  • Place and date of birth: Cave(Rm), June 08, 1965
  • May 1992 – degree in Civil Engineering at University of Rome “La Sapienza”
  • September 1997 – Ph.D in Structural Engineering
  • September 1999 to March 2000 visiting scholar at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of California, Berkeley.
  • July 2000 – Research Fellowship at the Department of Science of Architecture - University Roma Tre
  • September 2000 – Technical Director of the Laboratory of Material and Structures - Department of Structure of University Roma Tre.
  • October 2005 to this day – Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University Roma Tre.
  • October 2010 – Member of the scientific council of the Ph.D School of Engineering - University Roma Tre
  • June 2011 – Head of Laboratory of Material and Structures - Department of Structure of University Roma Tre

RESEARCH TOPICS

  • Performance-based design of steel-concrete composite bridges
  • Assessment and reduction of the seismic risk of reinforced concrete buildings and bridges
  • Seismic risk of major-hazard industrial plants and applicability of innovative protection systems (base isolation and energy dissipation)
  • Seismic vulnerability of high-voltage electric networks and substations and applicability of innovative seismic protection systems
  • Passive and semi-active control of structures

RESEARCH ACTIVITY AND PROJECTS

The research activity developed in recent years has focused on several issues associated with the seismic response of civil and industrial structures and components and with the study of protection systems against earthquakes. In particular, studies conducted over the past years, which still constitute a large part of ongoing researches, can be subdivided as follows:

    • Performance-based design of steel-concrete composite bridges: This research activity regards the applicability of a new design philosophy to small-medium span steel-concrete composite: the Performance-based design approach. In this respect the following European project proposed by a wide international team and coordinated by writer, has been funded in 2012 by the Research funds on Steel and Coal (RFCS) of the European Commission.
      • SEQBRI Project 2012-2014 (Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering analysis of short-medium span steel-concrete composite bridges, Grant Agreement: RFCS-CT-2012-00032). SEQBRI project aims at applying the PBEE methodology to these bridges with S355M/N-S460M/N fine grain steels, to provide the foundation for a new generation of European seismic codes and to extend EN1998-1 and EN1998-2. The research team, coordinated by Fabrizio Paolacci, is an international consortium of 6 partners: University Roma Tre, University of Trento, University of Aachen (RWTH), Service d'Etudes Techniques des Routes et Autoroutes (Setra), ArcelorMittal Research and Development Esch, S.Sathopoulos - K. Farros Consulting Engineers S.A.
    • Assessment of the seismic response of existing bridges and applicability of seismic isolation systems: This activity is subdivided in several sub-themes: 1) definition of protocols for in-situ investigation of the mechanical characteristics of concrete 2) methods for the seismic assessment of structures, 3) design and execution of experimental tests (cyclic and pseudodynamic) on old R.C. bridges with portal frame piers, 4) definition of accurate models to account for degradation phenomena (bond-slip, buckling of steel bars, strain-penetration, flexural-shear interaction, 5) evaluation of the seismic risk of existing bridges under the action of mainshocks and aftershocks, 6) applicability of seismic isolation systems. On this subject I have cooperated and coordinated several research projects. In particular:
      • Reluis Project 2005-2008 (Rete dei Laboratori di Ingegneria sismica) – Thrust 3 – Existing bridges. One of the objectives of the project was to evaluate the cyclic behaviour of old bridge piers. For this reason several imposed displacement tests were conducted in the laboratory of the Department of Structures of University Roma Tre in order to study the cyclic behaviour of R.C. frame piers with plain steel bars and to calibrate a reliable non-linear model able to accurately describe its behaviour.
      • Transnational Access project RETRO’ 2010-2012 (SERIES Transnational Access User Agreement N° 31724), funded within the European projet SERIES (7° Framework) for the execution of pseudodynamic tests on an old R.C viaduct with frame piers, whose execution is planned for the end of 2012 in the European Laboratory for the Seismic Assessment of strucrures. The project, coordinated by Fabrizio Paolacci, includes an International team of researchers coming from Politecnico di Torino (prof. R. Ceravolo), University of Patras – Greece (prof. N. Makris), University of Bogazici – Turkey (prof. M. Erdik), Università del Sannio (prof. L. Di Sarno), Alga Spa Milan (Dr. A. Marioni)
    • Seismic risk of major-hazard industrial plants and applicability of innovative protection systems (base isolation and energy dissipation). The main goal of this activity is the study of the seismic behaviour of industrial components installed in chemical and petrochemical plants, particularly vulnerable to earthquakes. A second goal of this research is the study of the applicability of passive control systems for the seismic protection of industrial structures. From 2004 to now several research projects have been funded to which Fabrizio Paolacci has provided important contributions on the theme of seismic response of tanks and piping systems.
      • European Project Induse-2-Safety (component fragility evaluation and seismic safety assessment of "special risk petrochemical plants under design basis and beyond design basis accidents, Grant No: RFS-PR-13056) – Coordinated by Prof. Oreste S. Bursi of the University of Trento. INDUSE-2-SAFETY aims at developing a quantitative risk assessment methodology for seismic loss prevention of “special risk” petrochemical plants and components, e.g., support structures, piping systems, tanks and pressure vessels, flange and tee joints, etc. The proposed probabilistic based methodology will ensure safe functioning/shutdown under ground motions of increasing spectral acceleration through extensive analytical, FE and experimental investigations. Related harmonized importance factors γI and limit state probabilities will provide a uniform hazard versus a uniform risk basis for EN 1990/EN 1998.
      • European Project INDUSE (Structural safety of industrial steel tanks, pressure vessels and piping systems under seismic loading – 7° Framework) – coordinated by prof. Spyros Karamanos of the University of Thessaly (Greece). The activity of Fabrizio Paolacci concerns the assessment of seismic behaviour of piping systems by numerical and experimental activities in collaboration with the University of Trento (Italy). To develop the activities the University of Trento has assigned to Fabrizio Paolacci two research grants (2010, 2011)
      • Reluis Project Thrust 2 – Special Systems (2010-2012). The project, devoted to the seismic analysis of special systems, includes a task coordinated by the Unit Roma Tre, which has the ambitious objective to write guidelines for the design and the assessment of the most common industrial components (tanks, furnaces, piping systems, service frames, etc..) and to individuate their criticisms. Experimental test will be also conducted on flanged joints of piping systems.
      • Study of isolation systems for the seismic protection of Major-Hazard industrial plants and components placed on high seismic hazard zones. Analysis of base isolation systems for the seismic protection of tanks, design and execution of shaking-table tests on a reduced scale steel storage tank. The activities carried out during 2004-2006 have been funded by ISPEL-DIPIA. The experimental tests has been performed at the Laboratory of the Research Center ENEA/Casaccia at Rome.
    • Other activities developed within National and International research programs. In addition to the activities detailed above, some other interesting activities regarding passive and semi-active control of structures have been developed by Fabrizio Paolacci.
      • European Project SPACE (Semi-active and Passive Control of the Dynamic Behaviour of Structures subjected to Earthquake, Wind and Vibrations). Study of the cyclic behaviour of Magneto-Rheological dampers for the semi-active control of structures: Experimental activity on a prototype of Magneto-Rheological Dampers carried out at the laboratories of ISMES (Bergamo, Italy) and Thales Underwater Systems (TALES, Sophia Antipolis, France) – European Project SPACE, Coordinator: Dr. R. Medeot. Fabrizio Paolacci was a member of the research unit Roma Tre, coordinated by prof G. Serino.
      • VIA Project - Reduction of Seismic vulnerability of Infrastractural System and Phisical Enviroment, National Coordinator: Prof. M.Calvi, Funded by INGV. The activity regards the evaluation of the seismic behaviour of high-voltage electrical equipment and design of a passive control system for its seismic protection. In particular, Experimental activity on electrical equipment, Fragility analysis of electrical apparatuses, evaluation of the seismic vulnerability of electric substations, proposal of a new base isolation system based on steel cable dampers. Fabrizio Paolacci was a member of the research unit Roma Tre, coordinated by Prof. R. Giannini.

OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

        • Technician at the Laboratory of Materials and Structures of University Roma Tre from 2000 to 2005.
        • Director the Laboratory of Materials and Structures of University Roma Tre from 2011.
        • Member of the scientific committee of the workshop entitled " Applicability of passive control for the seismic protection of industrial plants in collaboration with centro ENEA/La casaccia (Ing. G.Decanio), Department of Structural Engineering and Department of chemical engineering of University of Roma Tre, (Prof. V.Ciampi. Prof. M. de Angelis, Prof. di Cave, Ing. L. Luccone), DIPIA-ISPESL (Ing. M. Mariani, Ing. M. Ciucci) and the Italian company ALGA S.p.a. Milan (Ing. A. Marioni).

AFFILIATION AND MEMBERSHIP

        • Member of the Department of Engineering - University Roma Tre,
        • Member of Faculty of Engineering – University Roma Tre,
        • Member of Doctoral School of Engineering at University Roma Tre
        • Associate Member of the Italian National Association of Seismic Engineering,
        • Member of the Italian Association of Prestressed Reinforced Concrete.
        • Member of Assisi International association (Anti-Seismic Systems International Society
        • Member of American Association of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Fellowship provided by CNR (National Research Council) for a research activity of six months at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of California at Berkeley from September 1999 to February 2000, under the scientific guide of Prof. Filip Filippou, In this occasion Fabrizio Paolacci has worked on modeling of reinforced concrete buildings with relevant torsional-coupling effects and their seismic protection by using dissipative bracings systems.

PEER-REVIEW ACTIVITY

  • Journal of Earthquake Engineering.
  • Journal Construction and Building Materials.
  • Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology.
  • ACI Materials Journal.
  • ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering
  • Engineering Structures
  • Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering
  • Structural Engineering International
  • Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
  • ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering
  • Natural Hazard
  • Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibrations
  • Natural Hazard
  • Journal of Sound and Vibrations
  • Computers and Fluids
  • Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

TEACHING ACTIVITY

University Roma Tre (Faculty of Architecture)

• Courses of “Automatic Calculus” and “Design of structures” (30 e 60 h) within the main course entitled “Laboratorio di Costruzioni dell’Architettura 2”, Faculty of Architecture, University of Roma Tre. (A/A 1998-1999, 1999- 2000, 2000-2001);
• Course of “Design of structures” (30 h) within the main course entitled “Laboratory of Construction of the Architecture 2”, Faculty of Architecture, University of Roma TRE, (A/A 1999-2000, 2000-2001)
• Teaching support activity within the Courses of Automatic Calculus and Design of structures (30 e 60 h) within the main course entitled “Laboratory of Construction of the Architecture 2”, Faculty of Architecture, University of Roma Tre, (A/A 2001-2002).

University Roma Tre (Faculty of Engineering)

• Course entitled “Tecnica delle Costruzioni” – Module I (40 h) - A/Y 2004-2005) and course entitled “Tecnica delle Costruzioni” – Module I and II (70 h) (A/A 2005- 2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008)
• Course entitled “Progetto di Strutture” – (60 h) - (A/Y 2008-2009)
• Course entitled “Complementi di Tecnica delle Costruzioni” – (60 h) (A/A 2008- 2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011)
• Course entitled “Cemento Armato Precompresso” – (60 h) - 2011-2012
• Teaching support activity to the Master course entitled “Passive protection of Structures – Base isolation within the Master MICA (Master of Innovation and Control of reinforced concrete) - 2005
• Course entitled “Basics of earthquake engineering” within the Master MICA (Master of Innovation and control of reinforced concrete) – 2009, 2010, 2011
• Course entitled “Seismic Assessment of existing bridges” within the Master MICA (Master of Innovation and control of reinforced concrete) – 2011
• Tutoring of undergraduate and graduate students

University of Trento (Faculty of Engineering)

2 seminars within the course of “Theory and design of bridges” entitled:a) Optimal design of dissipative devices for passive control of bridgesb) Experimental investigation of the applicability of passive control: base isolation of tanks

Doctorate school in Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems – University of Trento

Course entitled: Design and Testing of structures and bridges in earthquake engineering Offered by Oreste Bursi & Fabrizio Paolacci A/Y 2008/2009, 2009/2010

University of Bogazici, Istanbul (Turkey) (2013)

Fellowship of Teaching Mobility Erasmus program provided by the University Roma Tre for a teaching activity at the University of Bogazici (Istanbul, Turkey). The activity devoted to PhD student regards a series of lessons on seismic analysis of industrial plant. 25-29 November 2013

Eucentre – Rome (2014)

Assessment of the seismic vulnerability of tanks, Formazione Professionale Continua – ReLUIS/EUCENTRE 2014

University of Lubjliana, Lubjliana (Slovenia) (2015)

Fellowship of Teaching Mobility Erasmus Plus program provided by the University Roma Tre for a teaching activity at the University of Lubjliana (Lubjliana, Slovenia). The activity devoted to PhD student regards a series of lessons on seismic analysis of industrial plant. 02-06 February 2015

 Publications

Author of more than 100 papers on international Journals and Conferences

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