Prof. João Almeida lectures course in Pavia


Prof. João Almeida and Dr. António Correia (LNEC, Lisbon) have concluded their co-lecturing of the 5-week intensive course "Nonlinear Response Analysis", which is part of the curriculum "Reduction of Seismic Risk (ROSE)" of the international Master of Science programme in "Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards". This Master is managed by the Understanding and Managing Extremes Graduate School (UME),, set up by the IUSS Pavia (Institute for Advanced Studies) and the University of Pavia.

Due to travel restrictions in the context of the current COVID pandemic, the 4-ECTS 55-hour-lecture course was taught online to both MSc students as well as PhD students of the ROSE curriculum of the doctoral programme in Understanding and Managing Extremes .

The course presented and applied state-of-the-art simulation methods for the nonlinear response of structures to earthquake loads. It focused strongly on the understanding of static and dynamic analysis procedures of equivalent frame models. The derivations and assumptions of the underlying structural theories and numerical solution methods were thoroughly presented and illustrated with a set of Jupyter Notebook documents and Python scripts. The course evaluation consisted of three group assignments, a project addressing the complete assessment of a reinforced concrete structure – delivered in the form of a report and an oral presentation, and an individual final exam.

The University of Pavia is one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 825. Many renowned humanists and scientists studied and taught at the Alma Ticinensis Universitas, such as Cardano, a mathematician who found out the Cardanic joint and the solution of cubic equations, and Alessandro Volta, the inventor of electric piles. Nowadays, the multidisciplinary University of Pavia includes nine faculties, three campuses, the largest Residence Hall system in Italy, and modern facilities at the University Sports Center.

The Institute for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia is the last step of a long lasting higher education process that started in 825 when King Lotharius appointed Pavia, the ancient capital of the Lombard kingdom, as the site for higher education of his kingdom. IUSS Pavia fulfils, since 1997, an advanced teaching and research model successfully implemented by other prestigious institutions in Italy, like the Scuola Normale Superiore and the Scuola Sant'Anna in Pisa. Due to the completeness of its education and training fields, which allows a strong interdisciplinary approach, the mission of IUSS is that of contributing to the growth of a small number of highly educated students by offering them, at any step of their higher education, qualified programs enhancing their capabilities and knowledge. IUSS Pavia is also committed to scientific progress by preparing young researchers and developing scientific research programs."

Published on July 13, 2020