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Experimental Laboratories, Teaching and Research

The Activ-Lab is focused on SMA-actuated applications development and testing, but also devoted to other actuation types. The lab is equipped with a Z+ 20-10 power supply by TDK-Lambda, an EA-PS 3016-20 B power supply by EA Elektro-Automatik GmbH & Co., and with a high performance 6½ digits precision multimeter, model Agilent 34401A (Agilent Technologies).

AML (Architectural Maker Lab) is a research laboratory of the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the University of Pavia which deals with themes of architectural and urban design and 3D printing applications in architecture.
AML promotes theoretical and applied research on themes of contemporary architecture and in the fields of urban transformations, reuse and social housing; the teamwork includes researchers, professionals, PhD students and postdoc.
AML focuses a part of its researches in digital manufacturing and 3D print; the aim is the experimentation of digital technologies in architectural design, archaeology and product design, from the urban scale to the architectural detail.
AML collaborates in interdisciplinary researches with other humanistic and scientific departments of the University of Pavia, promotes didactic activities in the course of Building Engineering and Architecture and supports professionals to realize architectural 3D models.
AML curated and participated to exhibitions in Italy and abroad about contemporary design, the ideal cities in the ancient thought and on contemporary and modern architecture in Milan.

The β-lab studies the cardiovascular fluid-dynamics of in vitro models, aiming at supporting the clinical practice of vascular surgery and validating computational models. The lab is endowed with a pulse-duplicator to reproduce cardiac output or pressure/flow in specific district of the vasculature, to experimental test prostheses such as endografts or stents.

DAda Lab (Drawing and Architecture DocumentAtion)
The Drawing and Architecture DocumentAtion Lab (DAda Lab) works in knowledge research, development and transfer within the field of design, communication and representation for architecture. Research activities concern: Use of documentation technologies for conservation and management of urban landscape, historical parks and green areas, urban environment, historical and monumental architecture; Developing appropriate methodologies for cognitive preliminary investigations aimed at offering a reliable metric and documentary base to design, restoration, urban and landscape spaces planning and protection and environmental impact and diagnostical evaluations.

Landscape construction and Architecture Lab.

Technical Physics Lab.
The Technical Physics Lab. develops its activities in several fields of its knowledge branch especially concerning: a) enclosed environments analysis with relation to energetic performances of the building-machinery system (heat transmission, heat store, solar share, system solutions oriented to environmental parameters control), to sound and illuminating problems (noise transmission); b) environmental control on outer environment (noise pollution) and inner environment (environmental comfort, climate conditions oriented to artistic and architectural goods preservation, sound quality in halls); c) air-conditioning systems performances (heating, refreshment and air-fan).
Mentioned studies are dealt through numerical simulation techniques under stationary and dynamic system and through in situ experimental measurements.

Geomatics Lab.

Urban Hydraulics Lab.
The Urban Hydraulics Lab. works with theoretical and experimental analysis of  urban water distribution and outflow systems. Some of the problems the Lab. faces concern: mathematical modeling of water distribution systems especially referring to their reliability's calculation; performance analysis of water main systems and services; monitoring and modeling of flow-outflow transformation and pollutant's dynamics in urban basins; general ecological quality of water collectors and pollutin impact due to runoff waters dumping, hydraulic and environmental control of sewage dumping in rainy conditions, planing and management features of first rain basins, theoretical and experimental modelling of solid transport in sewers and at the bottom of urban drainage systems basins.

Hydrology Lab.
The Hydrology Lab. attends hydrologic events in basins and related modelling aimed to engineering applications.
Main topics are outflow series (aimed to the study of water resources availability) and raifall and flow rate extreme values series (aimed at studying overflow and low water conditions), in- and outflow transformations and relationships between hydrologic and geomorphological features.
Statistical analysis is mostly used (also extended to collateral topics as riverbed's features).
Topics are both theoretical (like the study of statistic method's aimed to the analysis of overflowing flow rates) and practical (like the study of lakes regulating effects on rivers' regime).

Environmental Pollotion Processes Modelling Lab.
The Environmental Pollution Processes Modelling Lab.'s research deals with identification, numerical simulation and control of pollutant transport and transforming processes in environment (soil, atmosphere, surface and underground water) and with engineered depollution systems. Proprietary code development to describe pollutants dynamics matches with real situations and problems study also committed by outer corporations and third parties.

The Mate-Lab is designed to characterize the mechanical properties of materials (e.g., rubber, biological and bio-artificial materials, shape memory allows)
MTS Insight Testing Systems 10 kN, specialized testing equipment and standard methods. This instrument is extremely important in a line of research on the development of advanced materials with specific mechanical properties.

The Nume-Lab owns an HPC cluster dedicated to numerical simulations. The cluster was designed and it is maintained by the laboratory members in collaboration with the department of informatics of the University of Pavia. The cluster is composed of 4 computational nodes combining 256 cores and 1Tera of RAM. In addition, a login node with 32 cores and 252Giga of RAM is also used for development purposes. A third dedicated server with 24 cores and 66Giga of RAM is used for FEAP.

Flood Risk Lab.
The Flood Risk Lab.'s reseach deals with different lines of investigation regarding: propagation modelling of  underwater waves in natural and man-environments and determination of flooding risk areas; climate change impact, particulary in Lombardia area, aimed to establish possible scenarios of future water availability in the area; the study of sediment transport and debris flows phenomena in order to identify a method to map flood risk in conoids, particulary referring to the study of saturated heterogeneous mixtures impact on obstacles and to the motion separating of saturated granular currents; the study of avalanche phenomena dynamics; the fulfillment of a flood real-time forecasting model.

Building and Planning Knowledge and Technology Lab. (STEP)

Sanitary Environmental Engineering Lab.
The "Processes and Technologies for Water and Waste Treatment Lab. - Elisa Gazzola" is aimed to support both teaching and scientific activity. It was inaugurated on November 15th, 2010.
The staff cooperating with the lab's activities: Collivignarelli Maria Cristina (Assistant Professor in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering - ICAR/03), Abbà Alessandro (PhD in Civil Engineering - Fellowship holder in Sanitary Engineering), Canato Matteo (PhD in Civil Engineering - Fellowship holder in Sanitary Engineering), Castagnola Federico (PhD Student in Civil Engineering Doctorate), Sordi Marco (PhD Student in Civil Engineering Doctorate).
Covered topics are:
  1. Advanced treatment of liquid waste
  2. Waste recovery in the construction industry
  3. Advanced treatment of water for drinking
  4. Functionality checks aimed at optimizing chains for urban and industrial wastewater treatment
  5. Contaminated sites treatment

Numerical and applied Thermofluidynamics Lab.
The Fluiddynamics Lab. deals with the study of typical hydraulic engineering problems and related interdisciplinary subjects by using a numerical and experimental approach; among these: multiphase jets with turbulence, mixing and spread phenomena; the fluid interaction in elastic range with submerged structures and the erosion of sediments at the bottom; non-Newtonian flows in the presence of rapidly varying interfaces; dynamic surge of non-cohesive sediments strained by jets of compressed gas in underwater environment; flows in porous means induced by spread heat sources and coupled with phase changes; bioengineering problems related to thermofluidynamic phenomena in liver tissue (liver thermoablation).

The Proto-lab is created with the idea of providing a rapid-prototyping service, that let you realize a physical model directly from a virtual CAD model.
Within the CompMech group research activities, 3D printing technology is mainly used in the following areas
- Patient specific anatomical models for surgical planning.
- Rigid and silicone mock arteries to be used for in-vitro simulation within beta-lab activities.
- Rapid-prototyping of biomedical devices.
- Object 30 Pro (Objet-Stratasys), a high resolution printer able to print models in 7 different photo-polymeric materials,
- FDM Leapfrog Creatr, with a lower printing resolution but a very wide range of colours and materials

Turbomachinery Lab.
The research carried out in the Turbomachinery Lab. is articulated mainly in the following fields: flow and cavitation of bodies immersed in polymer solutions; cavitation and performance of pumps operating with water and polymer solutions; analysis of hydraulic leaks and flow field in centrifugal pumps operating in forward and backward rotation; performance of centrifugal pumps operating in backward rotation with air-water two-phase mixtures.

UPlab - Urban Planning Lab.
The Lab. is directed by prof. Roberto De Lotto, SSD ICAR20 (Technical and Urban Planning). Professors, assistant professors, PhD students, graduates in Building Engineering/Architecture and voluntary researchers cooperate in the laboratory. Moreover the laboratory engages external advisors.
The lab. deals with the following research topics: flexible and adaptive city; resilient city; Smart City; campus; techniques and methods for environmental assessment; recovery and urban regeneration; city's morphological plan; study and analysis of suburban areas through GIS processing.
The UPLab performs activities for third parties for scientific advice concerning urban planning and design at the municipal level and supra and Environmental Assessment.
Several publications have been made on national and international journals and on scientific texts. The lab. cooperated and still cooperates with several public and private structures and administrations.
Conctat us: uplab@unipv.it