15 Settembre 2023

Energy screw piles

Volete saperne di più sulle geostrutture energetiche? Mai sentito parlare di "Phase Change Materials"? Nell’ambito dei Geotechnical Meetings @PoliTO il giorno Venerdì 15 Settembre alle ore 16:30 presso l'aula Albenga (DISEG, Ingresso 1, 2° piano) il Dr. Luis A. Bandeira Neto, proveniente dall'Università di Melbourne, terrà un seminario dal titolo:
“Energy Screw Piles: Group thermal interferences and use of Phase Change Materials”.
Vi invitiamo a partecipare numerosi/e!
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#enertun #geothermskin #geostruttureenergetiche #PCM

CNRIG 2023 just ended - tunnels, rockfalls and snow among the topics presented

The VIII edition of the CNRIG (Convegno Nazionale dei Ricercatori di Ingegneria Geotecnica) was held in Palermo between the 5th and the 7th of July.
The conference entitled “Geotechnical Engineering in the Digital and Technological Era” was organised through the unity of purpose of "Università degli Studi di Palermo", "Università degli studi di Enna Kore", "Università degli studi di Catania" and "Università degli studi di Messina".
It has been an intensive and fruitful three-day conference through which attendees shared their research developments in the form of oral presentations or posters.
Among all, the contributions from the Politecnico di Torino and the Rockmech team were the following.

- "A Simple Parametric Numerical Model to Assist the Design of Repair Works and Maintenance of Tunnels" by Simone De Feudis, Alessandra Insana and Marco Barla.

This contribution, presented during the poster session, analysed the support that numerical modelling, even kept at a very basic level, could provide to designers to define the proper conditions of applications of typological prompt interventions aimed at temporarily counteracting tunnel ageing.

- "A Semi-quantitative Approach to Assess the Propensity of Rockfall Source Areas to Instability Based on the Susceptibility Index to Failure (SIF): the Case Study of Capo Calavà (Italy)" by Maria Lia Napoli, Monica Barbero, Francesco Castelli, Marta Castelli and Valentina Lentini.

This contribution, which was shared through an oral presentation during the "Processes involved in deformations and instabilities" session, presented a practical semi-quantitative methodology to assess the probability of failure of unstable rock blocks for different environments and scales of interest.

- "Some Improvements of a Visco-Plastic Constitutive Model for Snow" by Gianmarco Vallero, Monica Barbero, Fabrizio Barpi, Mauro Borri-Brunetto and Valerio De Biagi.

This contribution, shared in the form of a poster, presented some improvements to an existing constitutive model for snow that was developed in the framework of the nonlinear theory of elasto-visco-plasticity.

Congratulations to Maria Lia Napoli, Monica Barbero and Marta Castelli, whose paper was selected as one of the five contributions to be submitted for an extended version to the RIG (Rivista Italiana di Geotecnica).

The ARV 2nd consortium meeting in Oslo

The General Assembly of the ARV project was held in Oslo between 24th and 26th of May. Among the three days, the visit to the stunning Voldsløkka school, which is one of the 6️⃣ Climate Positive Circular Communities #CPCC of the project. In the photo, together with the other participants, also Alessandra Insana, Marco Barla (DISEG), Paolo Simeone and Guglielmo Ricciardi (DAD) the multidisciplinary group from the Politecnico di Torino.


Interactions between large landslides and infrastructures

Interactions between large landslides and infrastructures. Marco Barla will share experiences from Italy at the free webinar of the AMITOS (Associacion Mexicana de ingenieria de tuneles y obras subterraneas). If interested, join here (13th April @ 18 CET):

The recording of the meeting can be find here:

4 February 2023

Meeting of the Foliage Cost Action project in Lille

From Gabi to Foliage (FOstering Large-scale ImplementAtion of energy GEostructure), the COST action on energy geostructures is again on the move. The last two days, in Lille (France), were an opportunity to meet in person colleagues from around Europe and share recent updates in the implementation of energy geostructures. Marco Barla and Alessandra Insana presented the activities going on at Politecnico di Torino related to Enertun, Geothermskin and other relevant research findings.

5 September 2022

Il Politecnico al centro della ricerca internazionale nel campo della geomeccanica computazionale

Dal 30 agosto al 2 settembre scorsi, il Politecnico ha ospitato la 16esima Conferenza internazionale dell’International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics-IACMAG, il cui tema generale è stato “Challenges and Innovations in Geomechanics”, dedicato alle sfide e alle innovazioni nel campo della geomeccanica computazionale, a 50 anni dalla prima conferenza IACMAG, che si era tenuta negli Stati Uniti nel 1972.

23-24th May 2022

Meeting of the Energy geostructures Elgip working group

Two days of group work for the Elgip working group on Energy Geostructures. The focus of the meeting (the first in presence after more than two years of online meetings) was to discuss and write recommendations for the design of Energy geostructures, which will be a deliverable of the group. The meeting was very fruitful and a big step forward was made so that the finish line is now much closer. The meeting was held at the Castello del Valentino and the participants had the opportunity to take advantage of the beauty of the setting.

3 March 2022

Sustainable Pipe Jacking Technology in the Urban Environment

The new, just published, book “Sustainable Pipe Jacking Technology in the Urban Environment—Recent Advances and Innovations” connects fundamental theories of the behavior of soils and rocks to the broad concept of trenchless technology, but with special emphasis on sustainable pipe jacking technologies in the urban environment. It is written in such a way that it complements standard textbooks covering basic principles of trenchless technology, soilmechanics, and geotechnical engineering. This book takes its readers a step further and immerses them in the world of pipe jacking and microtunneling operations and applications practiced in five countries, namely Australia, China, Italy, Malaysia, and Singapore based on all of the authors’ research and practical experiences in these countries. Altogether, there are ten detailed case studies found in the various chapters of this book to benefit readers on how impactful research outcomes are translated to geotechnical engineering practice. Among the Authors Marco Barla and Alessandra Insana. The PoliTo contribution also comes from the PhD work of Marco Camusso (2008).

22 Febbraio 2022

Economia circolare e nuove comunità climatiche (ARV)

Con il sopralluogo al quartiere di Piedicastello dei giorni scorsi, è ufficialmente partito il progetto europeo ARV che vede coinvolto il team Rockmech.

26 Gennaio 2022

Challenges in the Lyon-Turin base tunnel project

Challenges in the Lyon-Turin base tunnel project is the lecture presented by Alessandra Insana at the next ISRM YOUNG MEMBERS’ SEMINAR SERIES on 26th January 2022 (17:00 GMT).

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