The International Centre for Mechanical Sciences announces with the deepest sorrow that Professor Bruno A. Boley passed away in Providence RI on February 11, 2017.

He was born in Gorizia (Italy) in 1924, and his family name Bolaffio was changed into Boley when, in 1939, his family migrated to the United States because of the anti-Semitic laws promulgated by Fascist Italy. In the United States he was admitted to City College of New York in 1940, where he received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1943. Three years later, he obtained a Sc.D. in Aeronautical Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn where, upon graduation, he was appointed assistant professor of aeronautical engineering. In 1948, he joined the Goodyear Aircraft Company in Akron, Ohio, returning to Academia in 1950, as an associate professor in aeronautical engineering at Ohio State University in Columbus. From 1952 to 1968, “his most productive years” according to Bruno’s own definition, he was Professor of Civil Engineering at Columbia University. In 1968 he was appointed Professor of Engineering and chairman of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell University. In 1972 he joined the Technological Institute at Northwestern University, where he served as Dean until 1986, and then as Dean Emeritus before returning, in 1988, to a professorship at his former department at Columbia. He was internationally recognized for his many seminal contributions to the field of mechanics and, perhaps more importantly, for his good nature and generosity. Among his many achievements and honors, are the classic text (with Jerome Weiner) “Theory of Thermal Stresses”, the Worcester Reed Warner Medal in 1991 (from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers), and the election to the US National Academy of Engineering in 1975. For his whole lifetime he maintained strong personal and scientific ties in Italy. He was a visiting professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan, Italy (1964–1965), and his two children (Daniel and Jaqueline) attended secondary school in Milan. During Summer Holidays, Bruno’s family often visited the beach resort of Grado (in the Province of Gorizia, where Bruno had started from). For ten years he was a member of the Scientific Council of CISM. In 1974, as Editor-in-Chief, he started the publication of the Mechanics Research Communications, a well-known international journal that was and still is sponsored by CISM.

The International Centre for Mechanical Sciences announces with the deepest sorrow that Professor Stephen C. Cowin passed away on October 19, 2016. He has been coordinator and lecturer at CISM courses since 1995.
Here below the obituary we received form the Department of Biomedical Engineering of The City College of New York.


It is with great sadness that the Department of Biomedical Engineering mourns the death of one of its co-founders, Stephen C. Cowin, on October 19, 2016, one week shy of his 82nd birthday. Professor Cowin, an internationally recognized scholar in the field of biomechanics and solid mechanics more generally, first came to The City College in the fall of 1988 as a CUNY Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He was a senior member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1988 to 2002 when he transferred to the newly created Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) in 2002, where he served for one year as its first department chair. He remained in the BME Department until his retirement in 2015. Before the creation of the BME Department and undergraduate degree program, Professor Cowin helped create a new CUNY PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering in 1999. Prior to coming to The City College in 1988 Professor Cowin had taught at Tulane University for 25 years, where he co-founded their Biomedical Engineering Department with William Van Buskirk in 1977 and was the Alden J. Laborde Professor of Engineering. Professor Cowin received his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins in 1956 and 1958, respectively, and his PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Penn State in 1962.

Professor Cowin is widely recognized for his pioneering research in the mechanics of materials, in particular the influence of microstructure on the gross mechanical behavior of granular, composite, and biological materials. In the early part of his career he wrote classic papers on continuum theory for granular materials (with MA Goodman), a non-linear theory for elastic materials with voids (with JW Nunziato), and developed basic theorems in anisotropic elasticity (with MM Mehrabadi). While at Tulane he started his research on bone remodeling in response to mechanical forces and introduced the concept of the fabric tensor for cancellous bone in which he tried to explain Wolff’s law for trabecular architecture, which dated back to the last part of the 19th century. Shortly after his arrival at City College he started to work with CUNY Distinguished Professor Sheldon Weinbaum on a cellular level hypothesis to explain how bone cells (osteocytes) sense mechanical forces due to human locomotion. Their inaugural paper in 1994 on the effect of fluid forces on the dendritic processes of osteocytes helped expand research on mechanotransduction in living bone. Until recently, this paper (> 1000 Google citations) was the most cited paper in the J. Biomechanics since its founding and was the catalyst for the International Bone Fluid Flow Workshop, which Professor Cowin inaugurated in 1997. In 1995 the authors received the Research Award of the European Society of Biomechanics. Professor Cowin has worked extensively with Professor Weinbaum since then and has also collaborated closely with CCNY Professors SP Fritton and L Cardoso on bone poroelasticity.

Professor Cowin is one of the most highly cited investigators in the field of biomechanics. He has published more than 250 research papers, edited five books on bone and tissue mechanics, including the Bone Mechanics Handbook in 1989 and 2001. His book on Tissue Mechanics with S Doty is also in its 2nd edition. His research papers and books have been cited over 10,000 times on the Web of Science and he has received numerous awards. Foremost among these are his election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004, the Melville Medal of the ASME 1993, the HR Lissner Award of the ASME in 1999, the MA Biot Medal of the ASCE in 2004, and the Honorary Lifetime Award by the International Society for Porous Media in 2016, in addition to the Research Award of the European Society of Biomechanics in 1995.

Professor Cowin was also an engaged, dedicated, and effective teacher. He is survived by his wife of many years, Martha, their two children Thomas and Jennifer and eight grandchildren.

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our dear friend and colleague, Iztok Žun. He was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana and Head of the Laboratory for Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics. He has been lecturer at CISM courses and since 2012 he was member of our Scientific Council.

Professor Žun was at the University of Ljubljana since 1987. He has been since then strongly committed to a number of activities in Multiphase Flow, being c-chairman of the European-Japanese Two Phase Flow Group and c-chairman of the Virtual International Research Institute of Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer. He was the Assembly Officer of the World Conferences on Experimental Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, and Thermodynamics, and member of the Eurotherm Committee, and of the Slovene Engineering Academy.

In his PhD in 1976, Professor Žun was the first to show how transverse lift force and bubble dispersion act on bubbles in turbulent liquid flow causing either wall void peaking or void coring flow regimes. He has authored or hundreds of journal and conference papers and was regularly invited to deliver lectures at universities, conferences, and in the industry all over the world. Professor Žun was the founder of the European-Japanese Two-Phase Flow Group which had its inaugural meeting in 1998 in his home country Slovenia. He was a recipient of the JSMF 2003 Award given by the Japanese Society for Multiphase Flow and was awarded in Slovenia the 1999 Zois Certificate of Recognition for significant achievements in scientific, research and development activities in relation to complex two phase flow.

Our good friend Professor Iztok Žun passed away on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016. He had been ill for several years. He was an excellent scientist, a good friend and a genuine gentleman. His dedication to the community of multiphase flow was extraordinary. In our Scientific Council he was active in bringing Slovenia closer to CISM and also in providing insights and good advice for the activities of CISM in Fluid Mechanics.

As many of his friends and colleagues, I remember him last at our ICMF conference in Firenze.
Personally, I am indebted to him for his good advices and help with his strategic vision and good example.

He bravely fought his illness always with a smile.

We will all miss him

Alfredo Soldati

Deputy Secretary General
Innernational Center fof Mechanical Sciences

Professor Bernhard Schrefler awarded with the Gauss-Newton Medal

Professor Bernhard Schrefler, Secretary General of CISM, has been awarded with the Gauss-Newton Medal, the highest award given by IACM.

It honors individuals who have made outstanding, sustained contributions in the field of computational mechanics generally over periods representing substantial portions of their professional careers.

The medal is bronze and carries the images of Newton and Gauss in recognition of the synergy between mathematics, numerical analysis, and mathematical modeling of physical events that underpin much of the broad field of computational mechanics.

Professor Schrefler has received the medal on July 25th, 2016 during the opening of the World Congress on Computational Mechanics in Seoul (South Korea).

The International Centre for Mechanical Sciences offices will be closed for summer vacation from August 4th to August 19th, 2016.

Elisabeth Guazzelli awarded with the 2016 Fluid Mechanics Prize by EUROMECH

CISM Rector Professor Elisabeth Guazzelli has received the 2016 Fluid Mechanics Prize by EUROMECH in recognition of her ground-breaking experiments on sedimenting suspensions, demonstrating the origin of particle fluctuations and cluster formation, for her decisive guidance of theory through focused experiments, and for her important contributions to the European mechanics community.

The International Centre for Mechanical Sciences announces with the deepest sorrow that Professor Sándor Kaliszky passed away in Budapest on April 10, 2016.

Recalling his long and untiring cooperation with the Centre as Rector from 1986 until 2001 and Member of the Scientific Council for over 30 years, we shall miss the esteemed scientist and the man of great humanity.

Professor Kaliszky obtained a degree in civil engineering in 1950 at the Technical University of Budapest and defended his doctoral dissertation in 1962.
First Lecturer at the Faculty of Mechanics, Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Budapest and then Research Associate at the Building Science Institute until 1955.
Successively Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor from 1963 on. From 1971 until 1993 Head of the Mechanics Department (later Department of Structural Mechanics). Since 1998, Professor Emeritus
Between 1967 and 1973, he was also Vice Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering. He taught and researched also at a number of foreign institutions: University of Southampton (UK, 1964-1965), Monash University, Melbourne (1973), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1980-1981, 1984-1985).
From 1986 to 2001 he was Resident Rector of CISM.

Correspondent member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 1990 and full member in 1995. From 1993 to 1996 leader of the Applied Mechanics Research Group of this Academy.
Past chairman of the Hungarian National Committee of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), member of the International Association of Bridges and Structural Engineering (IABSE), and the International Council of Associations of Science (ICSU). Member of the editorial board of several scientific journals.

His research interests comprised plastic design of reinforced concrete slabs, limit state analysis, optimal design of ductile structures, soil and structure interaction, analysis of large panel buildings, topology optimization and computational models.

He is author or co-author of thirteen books and book chapters, and more of than one hundred and fifty scientific publications.

For his activity he received many awards, among them the Academic Award (1966), the Budapest University of Technology Medal (1993), the Cracow University Gold Medal (1995), Coins of the University of Liège (1995), Albert Szent-Györgyi Prize (1997), Ipolyi Arnold science Development Award (1997, Hungarian Scientific Research Fund) and the Széchenyi Prize (1998).


Funeral address for Sándor Kaliszky, on May 9, 2016
By Wilhelm Schneider

Dear family and friends of Sándor,

Let me apologize for speaking to you in English. I have never before felt so much regret for not being able to understand, and to speak, Hungarian.

Above all, I should like to say that I consider it a great honor – but also a great obligation – to represent CISM (the International Centre of Mechanical Sciences), located in Udine, and to forward the sincere condolences from the Rectors, the Secretary General as well as the Deputy Secretary General to the family and all friends in Budapest.

Kaliszky Sándor was a most remarkable man. He had many, very many talents – but, he tried to hide them, always avoiding to show other people his superior intellectual abilities. This, and other qualities, made Sándor a very lovely person. I doubt that he ever had an enemy, but I am sure he had very many friends, and it was of great importance to Sándor to foster his friendships.

Last Friday, there was the meeting of the Scientific Council of CISM. The rector who chaired the meeting asked the members to rise, and he gave an account of Sándor’s achievements for CISM. Afterwards, I have heard many colleagues express their regret about Sándor’s absence – the terminal absence, as we had to realize, though it was hard to believe.

Sándor’s relation to CISM was a long and fruitful one: He was a member of the Scientific Council for more than 30 years, and he served as Resident Rector from 1985 to 2001 (that was 1 year more than three full terms).

CISM was an essential part of Sándor’s life – and vice versa. To give evidence for that, numerous stories could be told. Here I can provide only two illustrative examples.

- When someone had to be found to take over the job of Secretary General, Sándor spared no effort and, eventually, travelled to Padova to interview the candidate on the spot. Incidentally, I had the pleasure to accompany Sándor on that trip and to spend an unforgettable evening with him in Italy.

- Moreover, when Sandor, after serving as Resident rector for 10 years, wanted to retire, mainly with the idea to spend more time with his beloved family, we – his colleagues at CISM – made it clear to him that it was too early to leave CISM without his guidance. He accepted another term of five years. However, when those five years were over, we persuaded him to continue his duties until he had found a suitable successor. That took another year, with his family waiting until husband, father and grandfather could spend more time at home.

At CISM, Sándor proved to be an excellent organizer, gifted with a fantastic memory. It was incredible how many things he could tell “by heart”, as he used to say, while the colleagues were desperately searching their papers. He made his decisions calmly, with natural authority. For him, speaking in a loud voice has never been necessary.

Sándor’s duties as Resident Rector also covered social activities. With courtesy, a smile on his face, he always created a pleasant atmosphere. Everybody, from course participants to lecturers, from accompanying persons to politicians, felt welcome. Kaliszky Sándor was the soul of CISM.

Allow me to add a few personal words. When we served together as rectors – he as the “primus inter pares” – it happened from time to time that we thought differently about a particular problem. Then our discussion could become quite lively. Mostly, we eventually came to a consensus – and if that could not be achieved, we always ended the discussion with the mutual assurance “We are still friends”.

It was part of our duties at CISM to evaluate proposals of courses. Thus, Sándor and I regularly talked about the scientific work of others.

However, Sándor was too modest to talk about his own scientific work. One could only get a glimpse of his scientific interests when he allowed himself to make a mild joke about the relative importance of solid vs. fluid mechanics. Therefore, to my regret, I had to leave it to better-qualified colleagues to pay tribute to Sándor’s scientific achievements.

I should like to finish by offering my sincere condolences to Sándor’s family – his sons, his daughters-in-law, and his grandchildren. As far as I am concerned, I lost not only an important colleague, I also lost a good friend. I cannot tell how much I shall miss Sándor. I can only say, for the last time, “Mi mindig barátok vagyunk“.

18 marzo 2016 - Progetto di collaborazione per lo sviluppo tra Italia e Camerun.
Alla presenza del Presidente della Repubblica Italiana, Sergio Mattarella, del Magnifico Rettore di Padova Prof. Rosario Rizzuto, del Direttore del ENSTP Prof. George Elambo Nkeng, il Prof. Bernhard Schrefler, Segretario Generale del CISM ha tenuto una lecture sulle possibilità aperte dalla ricerca scientifica presso l’Ateneo di Padova ma anche in relazione al contesto camerunense.

25 febbraio 2016 - Il CISM ha ottenuto il riconoscimento come Provider ed è stato autorizzato dal CNI - Consiglio Nazionale degli Ingegneri ad erogare attività di Formazione Professionale Continua per gli Ingegneri.

Da oggi, per la frequenza dei nostri specifici corsi, gli Ingegneri avranno la possibilità di conseguire i CFP (Crediti Formativi Professionali) validi ai fini della Formazione Continua Obbligatoria.

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our dear advisor, friend and colleague, Franz Ziegler, Professor Emeritus of Rational Mechanics at the TU Vienna, who passed away on January 4, 2016.

Franz Ziegler joined the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) in 1972, where he taught and conducted research for over 34 years, serving as the Head of the Institute of Rational Mechanics. While Franz “retired” to emeritus status in 2006, he remained active in research and editorial activities until his death.

Franz Ziegler was an internationally highly recognized and exceptionally innovative researcher in various fields of theoretical and applied mechanics, such as wave propagation, deterministic and random vibrations of elastic and inelastic structures, thermal stresses, fluid-structure interaction, dynamic plasticity, structural control, and numerical and experimental methods in structural dynamics. The results and findings of his research are recorded in about 300 papers published in peer reviewed journals, books, and conference proceedings. He was the author of the comprehensive textbook “Mechanics of Solids and Fluids”, published in several editions in German, English, and Russian. As a Member of the Editorial Board of various prominent scientific journals, particularly as an Editor of Acta Mechanica, Franz dedicatedly served the scientific community.

Our scientific community recognized Franz’s contributions by many awards, including the Peter Kapitza medal of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and the EUROMECH Solid Mechanics Prize. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the Polytechnical State University of St. Petersburg, Russia. He was elected Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Science, elected Member Abroad of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and elected Member Abroad of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He served as Secretary General of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), President and Deputy President of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM), President of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibrations (IIAV), and Chairman of the Board of the Austrian Association of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (OGE).

Let us hold him in grateful memory!

Christoph Adam (Innsbruck University); Hans Irschik (Linz University);
Rudolf Heuer, Franz G. Rammerstorfer, Wilhelm Schneider (TU Vienna),
on behalf of Franz’s colleagues and friends

The Former Rector of CISM professor Manuel Garcia Velarde has been awarded by the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) with the Blaise Pascal Medal 2015.
The ceremony has taken place in Brest (France), on October 28th, 2015.

The Deputy Secretary General of CISM, Alfredo Soldati has been honored with the 2015 ASME Lewis F. Moody Award.

Professor Stepan Gabor, member of CISM Scientific Council, received the 2015 ASME Thomas K Caughey Dynamics Award.

Online il programma del ciclo di conferenze aperte al pubblico Incontri con la Scienza

Giovedì 8 ottobre alle ore 18.30, Cesare Barbieri(Università degli Studi di Padova) - Le ultime scoperte sul Sistema Solare

Giovedì 15 ottobre alle ore 18.30, Paolo Serafini(Università degli Studi di Udine) - Matematica e Democrazia: La Ricerca dell’Impossibile

Giovedì 22 ottobre alle ore 18.30, Alfredo Sodlati(Università degli Studi di Udine) - Picasso, Ulisse, il Plancton e l’Inquinamento Atmosferico

Giovedì 29 ottobre alle ore 18.30, Furio Honsell(Sindaco di Udine) - La matematica dei giochi e i giochi della matematica

Giovedì 5 novembre alle ore 18.30, Angelo Vianello(Università degli Studi di Udine) - L’evoluzione della vita sulla Terra: una storia di competizione e cooperazione

Giovedì 12 novembre alle ore 18.30, Rinaldo Psaro(CNR Milano) - Scienza dei Materiali e Arte

Scarica il PROGRAMMA

Con il patrocinio del
Comune di Udine

The International Centre for Mechanical Sciences offices will be closed for summer vacation from August 3rd to August 19th, 2015.

Firmato l’Accordo quadro tra l’Università degli Studi di Udine e il Centro Internazionale di Scienze Meccaniche
Udine, 8 luglio 2015

L’Accordo prevede una collaborazione rafforzata su internazionalizzazione, scambio di docenti, progetti di ricerca e riconoscimento dei crediti formativi per gli studenti iscritti ai corsi magistrali e di dottorato dell’Università, oltre ad un uso in comune di strutture e servizi.

Firma Accordo UNIUD-CISM

Bando Funder35

è partito il Bando Funder35 dedicato alle organizzazioni culturali non profit composte da under 35, promosso da 18 fondazioni private tra cui la Fondazione CRUP.
Il bando mette a disposizione 2,65 milioni di euro di risorse private allo scopo di sostenere, accompagnare e rafforzare le imprese giovanili sul piano sia organizzativo che gestionale, premiando l’innovatività.
L’iniziativa è rivolta alle organizzazioni culturali senza scopo di lucro (imprese sociali, cooperative sociali, associazioni culturali, onlus, fondazioni, ecc.) composte in prevalenza da giovani di età inferiore ai 35 anni, impegnate principalmente nell’ambito della produzione artistica\creativa in tutte le sue forme, da quelle tradizionali a quelle di ultima generazione o nell’ambito dei servizi di supporto alla conoscenza, alla valorizazione, alla tutela, alla protezione, alla circolazione dei beni e delle attività culturali.

Scadenza presentate delle proposte: 10 luglio 2015

Fluidodinamica computazionale: corso avanzato con Ugo Piomelli

Il corso di dottorato di ricerca in Ingegneria energetica e ambientale dell’Università di Udine, in collaborazione con il Centro internazionale di scienze meccaniche di Udine – Cism, organizza, dal 19 al 22 maggio a Udine, un corso avanzato dedicato alla fluidodinamica computazionale nelle sue possibili applicazioni energetiche e ambientali, dal titolo Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (Cfd) techniques for turbulent flows: Theory and applications.

ICTAM 2016

Every four years, the mechanics community from around the world gathers at the Congresses organized under auspices of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) to discuss science, strengthen relationships, and marvel at the ever-growing applications of this discipline. Following the 23rd IUTAM Congress in Beijing in 2012, Canada will have the pleasure of hosting the 24th Congress in Montréal from 21–26 August 2016.

CONFERENZE 2015 - Incontro a carattere divulgativo aperto al pubblico
Illuminazione a LED: un premio Nobel al risparmio energetico

Venerdì 30 gennaio 2015 - ore 18.00 presso il CISM [Scarica la locandina]

CISM is currently accepting proposals for courses to be held in 2016 or later.

For submission check

Matematici di tutto il mondo a scuola a Udine sugli sviluppi della teoria della varietà di Fano
Con Alessio Corti e Yuri Prokhorov, al via presso il Cism la Scuola dell’European Mathematical Society di geometria algebrica

Una quarantina di studiosi provenienti da istituti accademici e centri di ricerca di eccellenza di tutto il mondo si riuniranno al CISM da lunedì 29 settembre a venerdì 3 ottobre – inizio lunedì alle 10.45 - per partecipare alla scuola New Perspectives on the classification of Fano Manifolds ( Organizzata da Pietro De Poi e Francesco Zucconi, docenti del Dipartimento di matematica e informatica dell’Università di Udine, l’obiettivo della scuola è fare il punto sui recenti sviluppi della teoria della varietà di Fano.
Saranno presenti Alessio Corti dell’Imperial College di Londra - che terrà un corso su “Mirror symmetry and Fano manifolds” - e il matematico Yuri Prokhorov - che terrà un corso su “Explicit birational geometry and Fano varieties” - saranno discusse alcune delle più profonde scoperte della matematica contemporanea. L’iniziativa è finanziata grazie al prestigioso premio europeo erogato dall’Unione Matematica Europea, finalizzato alla formazione e all’internazionalizzazione.

Il Direttore del Dipartimento di Energia e Ambiente, Gianni Comini, insieme con Giulio Croce dell’Università di Udine e Enrico Nobile dell’Università di Trieste, ha curato la quarta edizione dei Fondamenti di Termofluidodinamica Computazionale. Il volume continua il progetto editoriale nato nel 2001 con l’obiettivo di produrre un testo nel quale i fondamenti e le applicazioni della termofluidodinamica computazionale siano illustrati dal punto di vista di chi utilizza, o intende utilizzare, i metodi numerici e, in particolare, strumenti CFD, nella ricerca o nelle applicazioni ingegneristiche. Negli anni, il progetto ha incontrato un successo crescente, anche per la sua capacità di rinnovarsi seguendo gli sviluppi più recenti della ricerca attraverso il coinvolgimento di nuovi autori specialisti nei settori via, via emergenti. A questa quarta edizione, notevolmente riveduta e ampliata, hanno partecipato docenti e ricercatori provenienti da sette sedi universitarie diverse. Di conseguenza i diversi capitoli offrono un panorama completo dei fondamenti di termofluidodinamica computazionale insegnati in Italia all’interno di corsi di laurea magistrale e di dottorato.

G. Comini, G. Croce e E. Nobile (a cura di), Fondamenti di Termofluidodinamica Computazionale, Quarta Edizione, SGEditoriali, ISBN 978–88-89884–29-4, Padova, pp. 493, 2014

The International Centre for Mechanical Sciences offices will be closed for summer vacation from August 1st to August 17th, 2014.

Mercoledì 18 giugno 2014, ore 18.45 presso la nostra Sede, il Professor Antonio De Simone (SISSA, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste), terrà una conferenza dal titolo “Microrobot in movimento: Si puo’ imparare dalla biologia?”

Per lo spostamento di robot microscopici, sviluppati per diverse applicazioni nei campi della tecnologia e della salute umana, non si possono utilizzare meccanismi classici correntemente applicati alla scala macroscopica dalle industrie navale, automobilistica e aeronautica.
A queste scale microniche, la progettazione del ‘motore’ deve essere ispirata dalla biologia e in particolare dalla motilita’ dei micro-organismi.

Mercoledì 4 giugno alle ore 18.45 presso la nostra Sede, il Professor Davide Bigoni (Università di Trento) terrà una conferenza dal titolo “Strutture soffici, resistenti e ultraresistenti”.

Attraverso le strutture le forze vengono trasmesse e distribuite negli edifici, nelle macchine e nelle strutture biologiche, in modo da renderne possibile l’equilibrio. Molte delle strutture inventate dall’uomo sono ottimali e trovano un riscontro in natura; ad esempio, le strutture reticolari hanno come controparte in natura i vertebrati, le murature la madreperla, le strutture tensegrity il citoscheletro all’interno delle cellule.
Nella presentazione si metterà in luce il percorso creativo con cui sono state ideate le più importanti strutture nella storia dell’uomo (il sistema trave-pilastro, l’arco e la volta), evidenziando parallelismi con alcune strutture biologiche e segnalando l’importanza dei concetti della meccanica della frattura e della instabilità.

Venerdì 23 maggio il convegno del Pilot Center Alpe Danube Adria
Fluidodinamica: al CISM il 19° convegno ADA-PC, dove si incontrano ricerca e industria.
Confronto fra i maggiori esperti della comunità di lavoro Alpe Adria su studi destinati all’applicazione nell’industria di processo.

Si terrà a Udine il prossimo convegno del Pilot Center Alpe Danube Adria, promosso dalla Comunità Europea di ricerca sul flusso, la turbolenza e la combustione (ERCOFTAC) e giunto ormai alla sua 19ma edizione. Il Convegno è organizzato dall’Università degli Studi di Udine in collaborazione con il Centro Internazionale di Scienze Meccaniche (CISM) e si svolgerà, il giorno Venerdì 23 Maggio 2014, nella prestigiosa sede di Palazzo del Torso-Mangilli, in Piazza Garibaldi 18. Il Pilot Center Alpe Danube Adria costituisce da più di un decennio un consolidato forum di cooperazione transfrontaliera mirato al rafforzamento delle collaborazioni scientifiche tra studiosi che svolgono la propria attività di ricerca nell’ambito della meccanica dei fluidi e che operano presso enti regionali confinanti della comunità di lavoro Alpe Adria. Al convegno parteciperanno una trentina di studiosi provenienti da istituti accademici, centri di ricerca ed industrie di Austria, Slovenia, Croazia, Ungheria ed Italia. «I temi trattati - anticipa Cristian Marchioli, collaboratore del Dipartimento di Fluidodinamica del CISM ed organizzatore locale del Convegno - sono legati al ruolo della fluidodinamica nelle applicazioni energetiche di tipo industriale ed ambientale, dalla combustione all’abbattimento degli inquinanti, dai sistemi di trasporto alla conversione, accumulo e distribuzione dell’energia.». Il convegno si tiene con cadenza semestrale dal 2004 e, aggiunge Alfredo Soldati, vice Segretario Generale del CISM, «per la prima volta si terrà in Italia. Per questo motivo, la scelta di Udine rappresenta un onore per il CISM e per la città».

The Professor Manuel Garcia Velarde, former Rector of CISM from 2002 to 2004, has been recently appointed Officier De L’Ordre National du Mérite by the President of the French Republic.


Il Dipartimento di Fluidodinamica (DdF) del Centro Internazionale di Scienze Meccaniche di Udine (CISM), organizza, grazie alla collaborazione ed al supporto del Corso di dottorato di ricerca in Ingegneria energetica e ambientale dell’Università di Udine, coordinato dal Professor Alfredo Soldati, un ciclo di seminari dedicati alla fluidodinamica nelle sue possibili applicazioni energetiche e ambientali. I seminari, aperti a tutti gli interessati, porteranno nei prossimi mesi a Udine alcuni tra i maggiori esperti provenienti da università e centri di ricerca italiani ed europei.

Il ciclo di seminari permetterà una discussione ampia di tematiche e problemi relativi alla ricerca fondamentale e applicata. I diversi studiosi «faranno il punto – anticipa Cristian Marchioli, ricercatore di fluidodinamica del DdF e coordinatore dei seminari del corso di dottorato – sul ruolo della fluidodinamica sia nelle applicazioni energetiche, dalla combustione all’abbattimento degli inquinanti (ad esempio tramite filtri catalitici), dai sistemi di trasporto alla conversione, accumulo e distribuzione dell’energia, sia nelle applicazioni ambientali, come la sequestrazione dell’anidride carbonica atmosferica da parte di mari e oceani».

Tra gli altri, i prossimi relatori saranno: Paola Cinnella dell’Università ParisTECH e Università del Salento, Dan Henningson del KTH Royal Institute of Technology di Stoccolma, Dieter Bothe del Politecnico di Darmstadt, Valeria Garbin dell’Imperial College di Londra, Stephane Vincent dell’Università di Bordeaux, Luigi Fraccarollo dell’Università di Trento e Luigi La Ragione del Politecnico di Bari.

Venerdì 20 Dicembre 2013 alle ore 11.00 presso la
Sala Multimediale del DIMI (Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica) dell’Università di Udine
il Dott. Francesco Lucci, (EMPA Materials Science & Technology, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland)
terrà il seminario: “Simulazione numerica di reazioni catalitiche.”

L’incontro è organizzato nell’ambito del progetto “Sviluppo di filtri catalitici e antiparticolato ad alta efficienza per una sostenibile mobilità compatibile con Euro 6” del Dipartimento di Fluidodinamica del CISM.

Dr Gianfranco Comelli has been appointed Vice President of CISM during the meeting of the Board of Directors held on Saturday, December 14th, 2013. Dr Comelli is also the representative of the CRUP Foundation in the Board of Directors.
CISM is currently accepting proposals for courses to be held in 2015 or later.

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The Deputy Secretary General of CISM, Alfredo Soldati, new “Fellow ” of the American Physical Society.

On the occasion of the 66th annual meeting of the American Physical Society, held in Pittsburgh from November 24 to 26, the Deputy Secretary General of CISM and Director of ​ the​ Department of Fluid Dynamics​ of CISM​, Professor Alfredo Soldati has been awarded the prestigious honorary title of “Fellow ​ of the American Physical Society​”.

Soldati recevied the fellowship “for his contribution to our understanding of the role of turbulence in multiphase flow processes and for nurturing and promoting the teaching and study of multiphase flow phenomena”. His studies are related to the topological structure of turbulent flows in relation to the presence of dispersed phases as drops, solid particles and bubbles. These studies are motivated by solving problems related to the sustainable production of energy and systematically applied to innovative solutions for industries and territories.


On the occasion of Energia in Gioco (Play Energy) – 2013, the Department of Energy and Environment of CISM (DEA), in cooperation with the Ludoteca of the Municipality of Udine, has realized the Portale dell’Energia - Portal of Energy. The aim is to provide links to the web sites of the most interesting education projects concerning energy carried on in Italy, and to redistribute significant support materials that are freely available on line. The selection of web sites and support materials by DEA ensures independence, transparency, and respect of the diversity of ideas and, consequently, the portal has the potentiality of becoming a most followed guide for both students and teachers.

During the meeting of the Board of Directors, held on Saturday, October 5th 2013, the present Vice-President, Dr Mario Pezzetta, has been elected President of CISM.

Prof. Gianni Comini, Director of the Department of Energy and Environment of CISM, is the senior co-author of the pdf-book in Italian:

Gianni Comini e Stefano Savino, La Captazione dell’Energia Solare (The Capture of Solar Energy), CISMISBN 9788885137455, 2013

which is now “live” on Google Books. The book, that can be viewed and downloaded free of charge at

presents the physical and thermal fundamentals of the capture of solar energy in flat plate and concentrating collectors utilized in photovoltaic and thermal applications.

In addition to dealing with topics of great practical interest, the book also demonstrates the feasibility of direct publishing at, practically, zero cost. Since future pdf-books will most likely be sold through Google Books, the new procedure will not prevent CISM from making profits out of its editorial efforts.


The International CAE Conference is one of the most relevant events in Europe on simulation based engineering and sciences and will be held in Pacengo (Verona) on the 21st and 22nd October 2013.
The competition is open to students, graduated students, researchers and professors from both universities and research centers.
Participation is free and the best five posters will be awarded with a tablet.
Due to popular demand the deadline for the poster’s submission is postponed to September 30th.

Further information can be found on:

The International Centre for Mechanical Sciences announces with the deepest sorrow that on June 17th, 2013, dr Antonio Venicio Turello, President of our Centre, passed away.

Recalling his role as President since the foundation of the Centre, we shall miss the man of great brilliance, cleverness and effectiveness.


COST Action Fp1005 “Fibre suspension flow modelling: a key for innovation and competitiveness in the pulp & paper industry”

is an Action of the COST Programme (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) funded in the period 07/2011 – 06/2015

by the European Science Foundation, allowing coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level.

Further information can be found on:
COST Programme

CISM Co-organizes

Further information can be found on:
The First NEMB Workshop