The Laboratorio Prove Materiali has obtained from ACCREDIA the extension of the Accreditation to new test fields.
In addition to tests on polymer matrix composite materials and fiber-reinforced cementitious matrix composite materials, the Lab performs now tests on materials and railway components in compliance with the UNI CEI EN ISO / IEC 17025: 2018 standard and with the requirements established by the national accreditation body ACCREDIA:
– Static, dynamic and fatigue tests on prestressed monoblock sleepers;
– Pull-out test and effects of severe environmental conditions on concrete products with under sleeper pad (USP));
– Evaluation test of the effects of exposure to severe environmental conditions on tracks fastening systems;
– Corrosion test in artificial atmospheres on metallic materials: salt spray test with NSS (neutral salt spray) method.
The current list of the accredited tests and the relevant standards are available on the ACCREDIA website (Laboratory no. 1275 E).
Virginio Quaglini had his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 and his PhD degree in Structural Engineering in 2001. He is presently Associate Professor in Structural Analysis and Design and tenured professor at the School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Construction Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.
His current research is focused on the conceptual design, testing and modeling of base isolation and energy dissipation systems for seismic protection of buildings and structures, and the study of bearings for constructions.
He has been Third Party Reviewer for bearings and anti-seismic devices for several projects in Italy and abroad, among which there the elastomeric bearings of Riyadh Metro and Dubai Metro viaducts, the improvement of Dubai Marina Bridges and the antiseismic bearings of the Third Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul.
He has taken part, as Italian delegate, to committees for European standardization on structural bearings, anti-seismic devices and road expansion joints.
Liberato Ferrara, PhD, is associate professor of Structural Analysis and Design and holds the Italian National qualification to full professor.
He has been Fulbright visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Cement Based Materials, Northwestern University, IL, USA and is visiting professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, PRC.
He is the chair of H2020 project ReSHEALience, “Rethinking coastal defence and Green-energy Service infrastructures through enHancEd-durAbiLity high-performance cement-based materials”. He has been responsible of the PoliMi research group in two EU-FP7 projects and coordinated bilateral scientific cooperation projects Italy/South Korea, Italy/India, Italy/Israel and Italy/Germany.
He is currently chair of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) TC 544-Fiber Reinforced Concrete and Italian representative in the COST Action 15020 SARCOS- Self healing as preventive repair in concrete structures.
He authored more than 60 papers published in peer reviewed journals on his research interests, which include material concept and structural applications of advanced cementitious composites, self-healing concrete, 3D printing with cementitious materials and sustainability of cement-based materials and structures.