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Marco Amabili

Amabili Professor
Canada Research Chair Tier 1

Ph.D. University of Bologna, Italy
M.Eng. University of Ancona, Italy

MacDonald Engineering Building, Rm 461 Map
External Website
marco [dot] amabili [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Research Interests

Primary Research Theme : Vibrations, Acoustics, and Fluid-Structure Interaction
Research Group/Lab : Vibrations and Hydrodynamics

My main research interest is nonlinear vibrations and stability of shells with and without fluid-structure interaction. I study vibrations of shells and plates made of traditional, composite and functionally graded materials. I have a wide research approach, since I use numerical and analytical tools, as well as laboratory experiments with the most advanced instrumentation, including laser Doppler vibrometers, LMS modal analysis system and large water tunnels. Particular attention is developed in obtaining very accurate reduced-order models that can be fully studied by using bifurcation analysis. The applications of my research are in very different fields: aeronautics, aerospace, biomechanics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, energy generation.

Current Research Projects

  • Nonlinear vibrations of shell structures.
  • Reduced-order models for nonlinear dynamics.
  • Stability of shells and plates with fluid-structure interaction.
  • Buckling of human aorta related to dissection.
  • Vibrations of laminated and FGM shells.
  • Experimental nonlinear dynamic identification.
  • Coriolis flowmeters.

Most Significant Publications

  • M. Amabili, 2008, Nonlinear Vibrations and Stability of Shells and Plates, Cambridge University Press, New York, USA.
  • M. Amabili, J.N. Reddy, 2010, International Journal of Non-linear Mechanics, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 409-418. A new non-linear higher-order shear deformation theory for large-amplitude vibrations of laminated doubly curved shells.
  • M. Amabili, K. Karagiozis and M.P. Païdoussis, 2009, International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 276-289. Effect of geometric imperfections on nonlinear stability of circular cylindrical shells conveying fluid.
  • M. Amabili and S. Carra, 2009, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 321, No. 3-5, pp. 936-954. Thermal effects on geometrically nonlinear vibrations of rectangular plates with fixed edges
  • M. Amabili, 2003, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 264, No. 5, pp. 1091-1125. Comparison of shell theories for large-amplitude vibrations of circular cylindrical shells: Lagrangian approach.
  • M. Amabili and F. Pellicano, 2002, Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 69, No. 2, pp. 117-129. Multimode approach to nonlinear supersonic flutter of imperfect circular cylindrical shells.


MECH 315 Mechanics 3
MECH 500 Sel Topics in Mechanical Eng

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