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Prof. Stefano Manzoni

Phone: +39.02.2399.8589

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Marcella Netti
Phone: +39.02.2399.8530

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Stefano Manzoni is associate professor at the department of mechanical engineering of Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) since December 2014, where he currently teaches courses related to digital signal processing and modal analysis. He received the European PhD with honors in mechanical system engineering in 2006 with a thesis related to vibration and noise control in the railway field, developed at PoliMi and Fraunhofer Institute LBF in Darmstadt (Germany).
Currently, he is member of the faculty of the Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering at PoliMi and member of the board of the department of Mechanical Engineering of PoliMi as delegate for teaching.
He acts as academic editor for different scientific journals and he has several collaborations with Italian and international universities.
His main scientific interests are in the fields of:

  • vibration control with smart materials. More specifically, he focuses on the use of passive and semi-active piezoelectric shunts, for which he received awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and shape memory alloys which are used to develop adaptive tuned mass dampers;
  • human-structure interaction, where the action of humans on the dynamics of slender structures (e.g. footbridges, staircases) is studied theoretically and experimentally
  • modal analysis, with special focus on methods for scaling mode shapes obtained from operational modal analysis;
  • structural  monitoring of rotating machineries and civil structures (among which the high-rise building which is site of the regional government in Milan) using both advanced signal processing (e.g. machine learning approaches) and smart materials;
  • signal processing and mechanical measurements.

Thesis Proposals

Thesis MIS 001/2021 - Development of new strategies for semi-passive and semi-active vibration control by means of shunted piezoelectric actuators (i.e., the piezoelectric actuator is connected to a properly designed passive/active electrical network and this allows to produce a control action on the vibrating structure) - Prof. Stefano Manzoni

Thesis MIS 017/2021 - Vibration control by developing adaptive tuned mass dampers based on shape memory alloys - Prof. Stefano Manzoni

Thesis MIS 018/2021 - Structural health monitoring by using periodic arrays of piezoelectric actuators properly positioned on the structure to be monitored - Prof. Stefano Manzoni

Thesis MIS 019/2021 - Development of models to predict the effects of people on the dynamics of the structure they occupy (e.g., the crowd on a stadium grandstand, people walking on a slender footbridge) - Prof. Stefano Manzoni

Thesis MIS 020/2021 - Development of numerical/statistical models to the purpose of structural health monitoring of Palazzo Regione Lombardia in Milan (i.e., one of the tallest skyscrapers of the city) - Prof. Stefano Manzoni