Tommaso Massai, Ph.D.
Scientific Laboratory Technician
Office:Via di Santa Marta, 3 – 50139 Florence (Italy)
BLWT: piazza Ciardi, 25 – 59100 Prato (Italy)
Phone: +39 055 2758858
BLWT: +39 0574 602558
2007: Laurea cum laude in Building Engineering – Ma.Sc. (University of Florence).
2010-2012: PhD Candidate (no scholarship) in Civil and Environmental Engineering (University of Florence, in consortium with TU Braunschweig).
2012-2015: Ph.D. fellowship, International Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering – 27° cycle (University of Florence, in consortium with TU Braunschweig).
2015: Ph.D. Defence in Civil and Environmental Engineering, discussing a thesis on “On the Interaction between vortex-induced vibrations and galloping in rectangular cylinders of low side ratio”. Italian (Dottore di Ricerca) and German (Doktor Ingenieur) Ph.D. titles. Thesis Supervisors: Prof. Ing. Gianni Bartoli and Prof. -Ing. Klaus Thiele.
May 2015 – August 2016: Research Fellow at Civil Engineering Department of University of Florence
since September 2017: Scientific Laboratory Technician at CRIACIV.
Fields of Interest
Experimental Fluid Mechanics & Dynamics: experimental techniques applied and developed within PhD and other research projects both in wind tunnels and in water channels; bluff-body aerodynamics and aeroelasticity, mainly focused on the PhD topic, that is the VIV-galloping interference, but also, from the experimental point of view, extended to divergent phenomena (flutter and quasi-steady galloping) and vortex-induced vibrations.
Analytical modelling of aeroelastic phenomena.
Numerical and physical laboratory modelling: since Ma.Sc. the necessity of wind tunnel models manufacturing has become a sort of useful hobby for the laboratory activities, together with the improvement of numerical 3D modelling skills, which allow to manage complex geometries prototyping.
Experiences in Laboratories abroad
May 2010 – May 2015 – WIND TUNNEL – Research periods (a total of 9 months – 3 x 3 months) at the Institute for Steel Structures (Stahlbau – TU Braunschweig, Braunschweig – Germany) on the topic of my PhD project, under the supervision of Prof.-Ing. Udo Peil, Klaus Thile and Dr.-Ing. Mathias Clobes.
Nov 2013 – Apr 2014 – WATER CHANNEL – Research period at the Department of Aeronautical & Mechanical Engineering (Monash University, Melbourne – Australia) on the topic of my PhD project (Flow-Induced Vibrations in rectangular cylinders). Experimental campaign on 3:2 and 1:1 rectangular/square cylinders under the supervision of Prof. John Sheridan and Ph.D. Jisheng Zhao, Co-supervised by Prof. David Lo Jacono.
May 2014 – Sep 2014 – WIND TUNNEL – Research period at the “Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse” (IMFT, Toulouse – France). Data analysis under the supervision of Prof. David Lo Jacono (IMFT – UPS, Toulouse) based on the experimental campaign previously conducted in Melbourne at Monash University.