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



Curriculum Vitae

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 2010May 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 2013Apr 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 2014Sep 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.

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