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Stronger S.r.l. is a consulting spin-off company that works as a link between Academic Sector and Industry in Civil and Environmental Engineering …

Stronger S.r.l. is a consulting spin-off company that works as a link between Academic Sector and Industry in Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Company offers high-profile methodologies and tools, which help the construction industry to realize high performance structures from the point of view of dependability, resilience and sustainability.

The team of Stronger S.r.l. is able to analyze structural problems in a scientific and technical manner, by developing specialized numerical analyses with different finite element codes and advanced multiphysics simulations.

The Company’s expertise regards long-span bridges, tunnels, high-rise buildings, offshore wind turbines, innovative precast connections, structures subject to accidental actions such as fire and explosion, devices for energy harvesting, structural assessment of existing buildings and their retrofitting.

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  • 1. 1/35 1/61 1/61 StroNGER Structures of the Next Generation – Energy harvesting and Resilience C. Crosti, S. Arangio, F. Petrini, K. Gkoumas, F. Bontempi
  • 2. 2/35 2/61 2/61 StroNGER Stronger S.r.l. is a consulting spin-off company that works as a link between Academic Sector and Industry in Civil and Environmental Engineering The Company offers high-profile methodologies and tools, which help the construction industry to realize high performance structures from the point of view of dependability, resilience and sustainability. The team of Stronger S.r.l. is able to analyze structural problems in a scientific and technical manner, by developing specialized numerical analyses with different finite element codes and advanced multiphysics simulations. The Company’s expertise regards long-span bridges, tunnels, high-rise buildings, offshore wind turbines, innovative precast connections, structures subject to accidental actions such as fire and explosion, devices for energy harvesting, structural assessment of existing buildings and their retrofitting.
  • 3. University Research Group 3/35 3/61 3/61 STEFANIA ARANGIO FRANCESCO PETRINI KONSTANTINOS GKOUMAS FRANCO BONTEMPI CHIARA CROSTI
  • 4. People 4/35 4/61 4/61 Prof. Ing. Franco Bontempi, Coordinatore scientifico Professor Bontempi is full Professor of Structural Analysis and Design in the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Sapienza University of Rome since 2000. He is currently responsible for the courses of “Structural Analysis and Design”, “Steel Structures”, “Structural Fire Design”. His main research interests are the structural analysis and performance based design of high-rise buildings and bridges, leading a research group among the most active in the field of numerical analysis and structural modeling. He was part of the scientific committees for the new Italian Building Code (Norme Tecniche delle Costruzioni) and for the Messina Strait Bridge. He was also involved in consulting activity on Offshore Wind Turbines and high-rise buildings. He serves frequently as special expert for forensic engineering hearings, regarding structural collapses. He is also member of the board of directors of the Science and Technology Research Center for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CISTeC - Centro di Ricerca di Scienza e Tecnica per la Conservazione del Patrimonio Storico-Architettonico).
  • 5. People 5/35 5/61 5/61 Ing. Chiara Crosti, Co-founder & CEO Chiara Crosti received her bachelor and master degree in Civil Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the same school in 2011. She collaborated actively in various national and international projects. In particular, during the Ph.D. she worked for almost two years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, USA). Her expertise is in the numerical modeling and the assessment of the structural safety of structures and bridges. She also deals with the design and rehabilitation of structures under fire. She was involved as consultant in forensic engineering disputes. Since 2008 she is teaching assistant for the class of Structural Analysis and Design and since 2013 for the class of Structural fire safety in the School of Civil Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome. She also teaches classes for Professional Engineers. Ing. Stefania Arangio, Co-founder & Director Stefania Arangio received a 5-years Laurea degree (equivalent with MEng + MSc) in Civil Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome, and a Ph.D. from the same University in Structural Engineering in 2008. During her Ph.D. she spent several months abroad at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech, USA). Then she had a post-doc position in a project of the Italian Council of Research (CNR) on the structural assessment of urban areas subjected to geological and hydrogeological hazards. During the post-doc she spent some work periods abroad: she was visiting scholar at the City University of New York (USA) and she had a contract with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, USA). Her expertise is in the structural monitoring of buildings and bridges and the structural assessment of the built heritage. She was involved as consultant in forensic engineering disputes. Since 2005 she is teaching assistant for the class of Structural Analysis and Design in the School of Civil Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome. She was also appointed Professor of Precast Structures (2008) in the School of Engineering and Static behavior of the structures (2009) in the School of Architecture “Ludovico Quaroni”. She co-authored two technical books on steel structures and she teaches classes for Professional Engineers.
  • 6. People 6/35 6/61 6/61 Ing. Francesco Petrini, Co-founder & Director Francesco Petrini received a 5-years Laurea degree (equivalent with MEng + MSc) in Civil Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome, and a Ph.D. from the same University in Structural Engineering in 2009. Then he had a post-doc position at Sapienza and worked on the Performance-based wind Design of structures and bridges. He worked also as consultant in the field of complex structures. He spent research periods abroad at the Louisiana State University (USA) and in Greece at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). His expertise is in the numerical modeling and the performace-based design of buildings, bridges and special structures subject to wind and seismic actions. Since 2005 he is teaching assistant for the class of Steel structures in the School of Civil Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome. He was also appointed professor of Structural aspects of Engineering (2009) and Structural reliability (2008) in the School of Engineering and Static behavior of the structures (2009) in the School of Architecture “Ludovico Quaroni”. Konstantinos Gkoumas, Co-founder & Partner Dr Gkoumas holds a 5-year Laurea degree (equivalent with MEng + MSc) in Civil Engineering from the Sapienza University of Rome, and a Ph.D. from the same University in Transportation and Infrastructures (with a Thesis on operational research). Dr Gkoumas is currently a research associate at the Sapienza University of Rome (ITALY). He is a registered engineer in Italy (Rome) and Greece since 2004. He has a professional activity of three years at the Co.Re. Ingegneria (2005-2007). After obtaining his Ph.D. he conducted research on different topics of public transport and structural robustness. Dr Gkoumas spent research periods abroad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), at the Lehigh University (USA) and the Harbin Institute of Technology (PRC). In 2009 he won a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) and he spent a research period at the Institute for Numerical and Applied Mathematics of the University of Goettingen (DE). The current field of research of Dr Gkoumas is Energy Harvesting (EH), focusing on the numerical modeling and on innovative and practical aspects .
  • 7. 7/35 7/61 7/61 UNIVERSITY OF PAVIA Prof. S. Manenti POLITECNICO DI TORINO Prof. A. De Stefano Prof. G.P. Cimellaro Academic collaboration in ITALY POLITECNICO MILANO Prof. P.G. Malerba Prof. F. Biondini Prof. L. Sgambi
  • 8. 8/35 8/61 8/61 Academic collaboration in EUROPE TU Delft Prof. M.A.N. Hendriks TUHH Prof. U. Starossek UN. OF EDINBURGH Prof. J. Torero LOUGHBOROUGH UN. Prof. A. Palmeri DTU Prof. L. Giuliani NTUA Prof. C. Gantes UPC Prof. J.R. Casas
  • 9. Academic collaboration in USA 9/35 9/61 9/61 ILLINOIS Prof. L. A. Bergman CUNY - Prof. M. Ghosn Prof. D. Jauregui NIST - Prof. E. Simiu Dr. D. Duthinh CALTECH - Prof. J. L. Beck Prof. J.C. Naito Prof. M. Barbato
  • 10. 10/35 10/61 10/61 Academic collaboration in CHINA HARBIN IT Prof. Hui LI The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Prof. Y.Q. Ni
  • 11. 11/35 11/61 11/61 Active contacts with major companies operating in the sector
  • 12. Services 12/35 12/61 12/61 1. Design, rehabilitation and optimization of structures and infrastructures 2. Design against fire and explosion 3. Forensic engineering 4. Teaching activities 5. Research and development
  • 13. Services 13/35 13/61 13/61 1. Design, rehabilitation and optimization of structures and infrastructures Consulting activities for: • Analyis of complex and strategic structures in steel, reinforced concrete, masonry, precast elements or with innovative materials; • Development of numerical finite element models of different scale and complexity; • Pedestrian, highway and railway bridges; • Tunnels and foundation works; • Assessment of the safety and reliability of existing structures and design of the rehabilitation interventions; • Design and optimization of special structural components; • Offshore and onshore wind turbines; • Performance-based Wind Design and Performance-based Eartquake design; • Structural Health Monitoring also with the integration of remote sensing data.
  • 14. Services 14/35 14/61 14/61 Review of the final design of the Messina Bridge
  • 15. Services 15/35 15/61 15/61 Numerical modeling for the design of wind turbines 0.60 dalong hub 0.40 P u P (t) Turbulent wind 0.20 w P (t) 0.00 1 Dynamic response -0.20 v P (t) -0.40 P -0.60 Vm(zP) -0.80 Mean wind time [s] -1.00 200 700 1200 1700 2200 2700 3200 2 Design and optimization Waves 7000 6000 z H y vw(z’) y’ 5000 4000 x,x’ Current 3000 z’ 2000 Vcur(z’) 1000 h 0 [KN] Monopile 6.1b 3 Detailing d Tripod Jacket 6.1c 6.3b
  • 16. Services 16/35 16/61 16/61 Structural analysis of structures and infrastractures for the operation of an aqueduct
  • 17. 17/35 17/61 17/61 Services Damage assessment with the support of remote sensing techniques Dati DinSAR da:
  • 18. Services 18/35 18/61 18/61 Vulnerability assessment of existing buildings
  • 19. 19/35 19/61 19/61 Services Structural analysis for the use of innovative materials in the natural restoration of a slab supporting a Roman mosaic
  • 20. Services 20/35 20/61 20/61 Structural analysis for rib supports for tunnels
  • 21. 21/35 21/61 21/61 Services Numerical simulation for an innovative connection for rib supports of tunnels
  • 22. Services 22/35 22/61 22/61 Test of the innovative connection
  • 23. 23/35 23/61 23/61 Services Numerical analysis for the evaluation of the performance of a connection between precast elements in case of earthquake
  • 24. 24/35 24/61 24/61 Services Numerical analysis for the evaluation of the performance of a connection between precast elements in case of earthquake
  • 25. 25/35 25/61 25/61 Services Modeling and optimization of connections between precast elements
  • 26. Services 26/35 26/61 26/61 Modeling and optimization of connections between precast elements STRAUS ABAQUS STRAUS 7 ANSYS
  • 27. Services 27/35 27/61 27/61 2. Design against fire and explosion - Advanced numerical analysis for design against fire, blast and explosions; - Vulnerability assessment of existing structures; - Modeling of actions and loads by means of advanced software
  • 28. Services 28/35 28/61 28/61 3) Forensic Engineering - Technical consulting; - Back analysis for the interpretation of structural failures and collapse of civil structures; - Advanced numerical modeling.
  • 29. 29/35 29/61 29/61 Services Collapse of the I-35W Bridge, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007
  • 30. Services 30/35 30/61 30/61 Collapse of a musical stage, Reggio Calabria, 2011
  • 31. 31/35 31/61 31/61 Services Back analysis of the collapse of a masonry building, Barletta, 2011
  • 32. Services 32/35 32/61 32/61 Assessment of the damage in a building due to the collapse of the adjacent building Subiaco, 2012
  • 33. Services 33/35 33/61 33/61 4) Teaching activity Teaching activity for Professional Engineers in the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering: - Fire Safety Design; - Design against accidental actions; - Numerical modeling; - Steel structures; - Performance-Based wind Design & Performance-Bases Earthquake Design; - Technical codes;
  • 34. Services 34/35 34/61 34/61 4. Research and development Stronger was born as an academic spin off and the Research and Development has an important role. Stronger would like to participate actively as a SME partner in research proposals. A presentation that describes Stronger and its expertise for programs as Horizon 2020 is downloadable at http://www.slideshare.net/StroNGER2012/stro-nger-forhorizon2020. The main topics are: • Sustainability and Henergy Harvesting. StroNGER S.r.l. is working on methodologies and tools for harvesting energy from the vibrations of civil structures and infrastructures. • Resilience assessment – Multihazard approach. StroNGER S.r.l. is developing methods and quantitative indices for the assesment of the resilience of urban areas, also in case of multiple actions as fire after an earthquake. Performance-based Design. StronGER S.r.l. deals with Performance-Based Wind Design & Performance-Based Earthquake Design of complex structures as long span bridges and high-rise buildings. Structural health monitoring and damage assessment • • StroNGER works on advanced methods for the damage assessment of structures and infrastructures by using traditional approaches and soft computing techniques. They worked on the assessment of damage with the integration of remote sensing data (in collaboration with the spin off Survey Lab and the CNR research center IREA): In collaboration with Sapienza University of Rome the Stronger team joined the benchmark on the structural health monitoring
  • 35. Services 35/35 35/61 35/61 Integration of piezoelectric devices to generate energy by means of air flow present in air conditioning systems
  • 36. 36/35 36/61 36/61