Research members

D. Bigoni
L. Deseri
N. Pugno

M. Gei
A. Piccolroaz
F. Dal Corso
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Associate Professor

R. Springhetti
D. Misseroni
M.F. Pantano
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor


L. Argani - Assistant Professor at University of Trento
A. Bacigalupo - Associate Professor at University of Genoa
K. Bertoldi - Professor at Harvard University
E. Bortot - Lecturer at Northumbria University Newcastle
F. Bosi - Associate Professor at University College London
M. Bacca - Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia
L. Galuppi - Assistant Professor at University of Parma
P.A. Gourgiotis - Lecturer at Durham University
R. Guarino - Post-Doc at EPFL
L. Morini - Lecturer at Cardiff university
G. Noselli - Associate Professor at SISSA
T. Papathanasiou - Lecturer at Brunel University London
S. Roccabianca - Assistant Professor at Michigan State University
S. Signetti - Researcher at Fraunhofer Institute


‘Serpentine locomotion through elastic energy release’
published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface.


Dal Corso, F., Misseroni, D., Pugno, N.M., Movchan, A.B., Movchan, N.V., Bigoni, D. (2017).
Serpentine locomotion through elastic energy release [Open access].
Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 14: 20170055.


‘From the elastica compass to the elastica catapult:
an essay on the mechanics of soft robot arm’
featured on the cover of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A


C. Armanini, F. Dal Corso, D. Misseroni, D. Bigoni
From the elastica compass to the elastica catapult:
an essay on the mechanics of soft robot arm
[Open Access]
Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 2017, 20160870.


‘Folding and faulting of an elastic continuum’
featured on the cover of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A

D. Bigoni, P.A. Gourgiotis
Folding and faulting of an elastic continuum [Open Access]
Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 2016, 20160018.


‘Injection of an elastic rod’ published in Extreme Mechanics Letters.


F. Bosi, D.Misseroni, F. Dal Corso, and D. Bigoni
Development of configurational forces during the injection of an elastic rod.
Extreme Mechanics Letters, 2015, 4, 83-88.


‘Dripping of an elastic rod’ published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A.


F. Bosi, D. Misseroni, F. Dal Corso, and D. Bigoni
Self-encapsulation, or the ‘dripping’ of an elastic rod [Open Access]
Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 2015, 471, 20150195.


‘Torsional locomotion’ featured on the cover of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A.


D. Bigoni, F. Dal Corso, D.Misseroni and F. Bosi
Torsional locomotion [Open Access]
Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 2014, 20140599.


  Davide Bigoni
  Nonlinear Solid Mechanics
  Bifurcation Theory and Material Instability

   Cambridge University Press (Hardback)
   550 pages
   235 b/w illus. 18 colour illus. 10 tables
   Dimensions: 253 x 177 mm
   Available from August 2012

   Contents, Preface and Foreword

Movies of experiments and numerical simulations

Eshelby-like forces
Super materials
Torsional locomotion

Bio-inspired and graphene nanomaterials
Tensile buckling
Flutter induced by friction

Multiple bifurcations
Shear bands
Elastica arm scale

Mechanics of masonry
Blade instability
Strain gradient plasticity

Stiff inclusions
Dripping of a rod
Injection of an elastic rod

The elastica compass and the elastica catapult
Serpentine locomotion
through energy release

Teaching models

Truss structures
Frame structures

Free Software

Boundary elements
BP yield function
downloadable programs
downloadable programs



Instabilities Lab
The aim of the lab is the investigation of the behaviour of materials and structures, subject to quasi-static and dynamic loadings, working on small-size models invented to capture the most important mechanical aspects. We use photoelasticity, high-speed cameras, miniaturized accelerometers, with three testing machines and a linear actuator. In addition to teaching models of frames and truss structures, we have tested models of masonry and voussoirs arches, elastic structures in conditions of buckling or flutter instability, material reinforced through thin inclusions, granular materials, and forming of metallic and ceramic powders.

Electromechanical testing machines and transmission polariscope
[Responsible: D. Misseroni]

Engraving Machine
[Responsible: D. Misseroni]

Electromechanical testing machine
[Responsible: D. Misseroni]

Laboratory of Bio-Inspired & Graphene Nanomechanics

Testing machine for
nanomechanical characterization

[Responsible: M.F. Pantano]

HPC cluster
[Responsible: R. Guarino]

Laboratory for Numerical Modelling of Materials
New boundary element and finite element techniques are developed for linear and nonlinear material models to analyze problems involving deformation, fracture and damage of structures. The laboratory uses a HPC cluster shared with the Laboratory of Applied Mathematics of the University of Trento.


  • Electromechanical testing machines (two ELE Tritest 50 by ELE International Ltd, one Midi 10 and one Beta 100 by Messphysik Materials Testing);
  • Engraving Machines (EGX-600 and MDX-540 by Roland);
  • 3D printer (GMAX3D by Gimax);
  • Testing machine for nanomechanical characterization (Agilent UTM T150 by Agilent Technologies);
  • POLYTEC Hydraulic Control Power Units, Pressure max 200bar;
  • Triaxial Hoeck Load Cell A137 38.10x75mm 1.5", 70MPa;
  • Linear drive unit (Damo s.r.l., model AMV120LB) equipped with ABB (ABB Sace S.p.A.) AC servo motor (model BSM0400CN00) and controlled with ABB servo drive (model BSD0400);
  • Linear/circular transmission polariscope designed by us and equipped with a white and sodium vapor lightbox purchased from Tiedemann & Betz;
  • Vibration Test System TIRA vib 51144 (Frequency range 2-6500 Hz, Rated peak force SINE/RANDOM 440N, Max rated travel 25.4mm) equipped with Power Amplifier TIRA BAA 1000 (Frequency range 2-20000 Hz);
  • ElectroForce Linearmotor 3300 Series II by Bose (Frequency range 1-100 Hz, Rated peak force SINE/RANDOM 3000N, Max rated travel 25 mm);
  • Stereoscopic microscope Nikon SMZ-800 equipped with Objectives (P-Plan Apo 0.5X and P-ED Plan 1.5X by Nikon);
  • Digital cameras Nikon D100 and D200 equipped with AF Nikkor 18-35mm 1:3.5-4.5 D, AF-S micro Nikkor 105 mm 1:2.8G ED and AF-S micro Nikkor 70–180 mm 1:4.5–5.6 D lenses;
  • Soleil-Babinet compensator (400-1000nm) of Thorlabs, model SBC-VIS;
  • Full HD camcorder Sony Handycam HDR-XR550;
  • Stereoscopic 3D Full HD camcorder Sony Handycam HDR-TD10E;
  • High definition digital camera SONY NEX-5N and alpha6300 with APS-C Sensor;
  • High speed digital camera CASIO EX-FH25;
  • High speed image acquisition Dalsa Genie HM1400 GigE (1400 x 1024, 64 fps);
  • High accuracy distributed data acquisition system Measurement Systems Ltd Datascan 7320;
  • Modular data acquisition systems NI CompactDAQ (NI cDAQ-9172) and NI CompactRIO (NI cRIO-9074) equipped with NI-9219, NI-9233, NI-9237, NI-9401, NI-9411 and NI-9263 modules;
  • 8-slot PXI mainframe chassis NI PXI-1042Q equipped with NI PXI-8108 controller, NI PXI-5105 8-channel digitizer/oscilloscope and NI PXI-6221 data acquisition system;
  • Olympus PANAMETRICS-NDT square wave pulser/receiver 5077PR and PANAMETRICS-NDT EPOCH 4B Ultrasonic flow detector equipped with Olympus Contact Transducers for Longitudinal waves (NDT 5MHZ/1.0", NDT 1MHZ/1.0", NDT 0.5MHZ/1.5", NDT 100kHZ/1.5", NDT 50kHZ/1.5") and Normal Incidence Shear Waves (1MHz/1.00", 0.5MHz/1.00", 100kHz/1.00");
  • HPC cluster (two 64-core ProLiant BL460c by HP);
  • HP blade system composed of 7 compute nodes of the type HP Proliant BL685 G7, each equipped with 4 AMD Opteron 6272/16c processors and 256 GB of RAM. The blades are interconnected with each other via Infiniband. The system thus has a total number of 448 CPU cores.
  • Finite element codes for linear and nonlinear structural and solid mechanics applications;
  • Codes for solid modelling and mesh generation;
  • Mathematical libraries;
  • Codes for symbolic manipulation;
  • Finite element and boundary element codes developed in the Computational Solid and Structural Mechanics Lab are available (see Free Software);
  • FEM codes: ABAQUS, Comsol Multiphysics.

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Prof. Davide Bigoni   Prof. Luca Deseri   Prof. Nicola Pugno
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Meccanica
Università di Trento, via Mesiano, 77 I-38123 Trento (Italia)

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