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Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture - DICAr

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DICAr originates on March 1st 2012 from the fusion of three smaller departments, namely: "Building and Territory Engineering", "Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering" and "Structural Mechanics", that now constitute the three Sections of "Architecture and Territory", "Hydraulics, Environment and Energetic" and "Structures and Materials".

The Architecture and Territory Section carries out researches concerning Technical Architecture, Architectural Composition, Cartography and Territorial Informative Systems, Design, Architectural Relief, Photogrammetry, Territorial Infrastructures, Building Production and Technology, Restoration and Reconstruction, Architectural History, Urbanistic Technique, Topography, Transports.
These researches are mostly performed in laboratories laboratories that can also carry out consulting and outsourcing services: the AML (Architectural Maker Laboratory), the DAda Lab. (Drawing and Architecture DocumentAtion), the Geomatics Lab., the Landscape construction and Architecture Lab, the Building and Planning Knowledge and Technology Lab,. the University and Business Joint Landscape Survey & Design (LS3D) Lab. and the Urban Planning Lab. (UP Lab) are the main research centers of the section.

The Hydraulics, Environment and Energy Section is interested in theoretical and modeling studies, both numerical and experimental, concerning the following civil engineering branches: technical phisics (enclosed environments analysis, environmental control, systems); classic fluid dynamics (mono- and multi-phase flows, interaction problems) and biomedical fluid dynamics (hepatic thermo-removal); hydrology (basin hydrological events); urban hydraulics (water mains and drainage systems); health-environmental engineering (urban evacuation water and liquid wastes treatment, contaminated seats reclaim, solid wastes management and recovery); environmental pollution processes modeling (pollutant transport and transformation processes); hydraulic risk (flood diffusion and debris transport phenomena, risk mapping); turbo-machines (flow and cavitation in pumps phenomena).

The Structures and Materials Section undertakes research into the fundamentals and applications of structural mechanics and materials. . The areas of interest range from civil engineering , industrial engineering , biomechanics , and more generally to all those areas where structures and the mechanical behavior of materials, represent elements of particular relevance to scientific and technical applications.
In the framework of civil applications, research subjects include the design of innovative materials and novel structure types , reliability analysis of structures and systems , development of effective methods for seismic design , vibration control, the study of existing buildings and historical monuments and interactions between structures and the environment.
In the industrial sector typical applications include the study of non-conventional structures , analysis of coupled fields ( multiphysics ) with the extension of solid and structural mechanics into the biomechanical, biomedical and MEMS application ambit. In particular, topics of interest in the biomechanics field extend from the modeling of biological tissues, to the study of sports performance and rehabilitation techniques , including applications of advanced materials for the production of implants for orthopedic, orthodontic and cardiac surgery, and using computational models supported by experimental validation in cardiovascular fluid dynamics.
The rigorous study of Structures and Materials requires the development of theoretical models, numerical simulations and the design of appropriate tests which present their own data collection issues. The section’s experimental testing laboratory is one of the largest in Italy; here you can study the behavior of structures up to 36 meters long and up to 7 meters high. It is even possibly for this reason that the laboratory facility of the university of Pavia is one of the founding members of the Interuniversity Consortium " ReLUIS", Network of Italian University Laboratories for Earthquake Engineering . Suitable equipment are also available for experimental tests on small samples of special materials and biological specimens. Moreover, these features are accompanied by a rapid prototyping service for solids (3D molding) .
In addition to the experimental laboratory activities, the Division of Structures and Materials is also involved in direct on-site experimental work, monitoring and inspecting s existing structures such as bridges , towers , buildings and other types of civil and industrial structures.

Via Ferrata, 3 - 27100 Pavia

Administrative office hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8.00-13.00    14.00-17.30
Friday: 8.00-13.00

Materials reception time in Official Materials Testing Laboratory:
Monday-Friday 9.00-12.00