Marco Amabili

Academic title(s): 

Canada Research Chair, Tier I

Marco Amabili
Contact Information

Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 461

Email address: 
marco.amabili [at]

Ph.D. University of Bologna, Italy
M.S. in Mech. Eng, University of Ancona (Marche Polytechnic University), Italy

Research areas: 
Vibrations, Acoustics, and Fluid-Structure
Selected publications: 
  • M. Amabili, P. Balasubramanian, I. Bozzo, I.D. Breslavsky, G. Ferrari, G. Franchini, F. Giovanniello, C. Pogue, 2020, Physical Review X, vol. 10, 011015. Nonlinear dynamics of human aortas for material characterization. This paper was featured in the Physics Magazine of the American Physical Society (APS);
  • M. Amabili, 2018, Nonlinear Mechanics of Shells and Plates: Composite, Soft and Biological Materials, Cambridge University Press, New York, USA.
  • M. Amabili, 2008, Nonlinear Vibrations and Stability of Shells and Plates, Cambridge University Press, New York, USA.
  • M. Amabili, I.D. Breslavsky, J.N. Reddy, 2019, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol. 346, pp. 841-861. Nonlinear higher-order shell theory for incompressible biological hyperelastic materials.
  • M. Amabili, 2018, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, vol. 118, pp. 275-292.Nonlinear damping in nonlinear vibrations of rectangular plates: derivation from viscoelasticity and experimental validation.
  • P. Balasubramanian, G. Ferrari, M. Amabili, 2018, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, vol. 111, pp. 376-398. Identification of the viscoelastic response and nonlinear damping of a rubber plate in nonlinear vibration regime.
  • D. Davidovikj, F. Alijani, S.J. Cartamil-Bueno, H.S.J. van der Zant, M. Amabili, P.G. Steeneken, 2017, Nature Communications, vol. 8, art. 1253. Nonlinear dynamic characterization of two-dimensional materials.



Current research: 
  • Nonlinear vibrations of shell structures.
  • Derivation of nonlinear damping from viscoelasticity.
  • Biomechanics of the human aorta and aortic grafts.
  • Reduced-order models for nonlinear dynamics.
  • Stability of shells and plates with fluid-structure interaction.
  • Vibrations of laminated and FGM shells.
  • Experimental nonlinear dynamic identification.



Areas of interest: 

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, functionally graded materials and biological tissues. 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 (i) obtaining very accurate reduced-order models that can be fully studied by using bifurcation analysis, and (ii) investigating nonlinear damping. The applications of my research are in very different fields: aeronautics, aerospace, vascular mechanics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, energy generation.



Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2020.
  • 2021 Raymond D. Mindlin Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Worcester Reed Warner Medal 2020, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Established in 1930.
  • Elected Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, 2020.
  • Elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2018.
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, 2019.
  • Elected to the European Academy of Sciences, 2020.
  • Christophe Pierre Research Excellence Award, McGill University, 2015.
  • Koiter lecture of the Dutch research school on Engineering Mechanics, 2019
  • Member of the Executive Committee of Applied Mechanics Division ASME, 2019-2024
  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2011.



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