De Pasquale Giorgio

Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, POLITO 

Giorgio De Pasquale ( got the PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino in 2010, he is currently Associate Professor in the same university, where he heads the “Smart Structures and Systems” Laboratory.
In 2006 he was visiting student at University of South Florida, in 2014 he was visiting researcher at MIT (Boston).
The academic research is addressed to the design, prototyping and validation of smart structures and systems characterized by multi-functionality, integration and advanced performances, in combination with advanced materials and/or fabrication processes. These activities are hosted by the “Smart Structures and Systems” Laboratory.
The topics related to the smart structures include high specific strength design, lightweight design, properties transition (functionally graded structures), multi-materials design, cellular/lattice structures and multifunctional components, biomimetics, identification of structural damage and predictive monitoring.
The topics related to the integrated systems include complex components with environmental adaptability (sensing, actuation and control), flexible components with embedded sensing functions (e-textiles, smart fabrics, and flexible electronics), special performances components (biocompatibility, wearability, etc), sensors integration and smart sensors networking.
The applicative areas of the scientific research include structural parts of ground vehicles, aircrafts and space vehicles, industrial systems and components, wearable systems for the human body, human-machine interfaces (HMIs), multi-material/functionalized components for energy absorption, conveyor belts and flexible components.

Title of Talk 
Design for Additive Manufacturing Applied to Lightweight and Biomechanical Systems  

The research activities described in the talk are related to the design, modeling and experimental characterization of structures based on additive manufacturing processes. 
The activities of the Smart Structures and Systems Lab at Politecnico di Torino are addressed to multifunctional, lightweight and multimaterial systems where innovative fabrication processes and materials are involved. 
The methodologies applied include the numerical modeling based on the Finite elements method, the analytical modeling, and the experimental mechanics. 
The fabrication process validation and optimization is relevant part of the prototypes development and requires the application of statistical analyses on the cross-linking parameters. The management of complex design shapes and digital CAD information is of primary importance in managing complex projects.