Lecture of Professor Massimiliano Zingales from University of Palermo

Lecture of Professor Massimiliano Zingales from University of Palermo



Lecture of Professor Massimiliano Zingales from University of Palermo


Nell’ambito delle attività formative del Dottorato di Ricerca in Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e della Sicurezza., presso il Laboratorio Naturale di Ingegneria Marittima NOEL dell’Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, in località Rada delle Mura Greche, lungomare Falcomatà, mercoledì 19 dicembre 2018, alle ore 10,  il

Prof. Ing. Massimiliano Zingales

del Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, Aerospaziale, dei Materiali dell’Università di Palermo

terrà un seminario dal titolo:

On Biomechanics and Fractional Calculus:
Human knee & other amenities

Il seminario è organizzato dal NOEL con il supporto del Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, dell’Energia dell’Ambiente e dei Materiali (DICEAM) e dell’Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria.


The mechanics beyond living tissues and physiology is usually referred as biomechanics and its
treatment involves multiphysics contexts as: Poromechanics, Material Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics,
Computational Mechanics, Image analysis, Experimental mechanics. Biomechanical sciences are
studied systematically, worldwide, since the beginning of the nineties of the last century and they
require experimental facilities to define accurate protocols and experimenal set-up.
In this talk biomechanics of the human knee as well as biomechanics of other living tissues will
be outlined showing the activities of the Structural & Stochastic Biomechanics (SSB) group of
Palermo University based at the experimental facilities of ATeN-Center. The experimental findings
are framed in the powerful theoretical context of fractional-order calculus that proves to be
appropriate to describe, phenomenologically, the experimental results by means of mesoscale
approaches. Biomechanics of soft tissues of the human knee: Meniscus, ligaments and tendons are
discussed and their multiscale modeling involving coupled diffusive phenomena and micro-macro
relations are reported showing their specific connection with fractional-order calculus. Some other
experimental findinds involving biomechanics of blood flow in small capillaries, biomechanics of
the spinal chord as well as the biomechanics of blood aneurismatic vessels will be also discussed
in the course of the seminar.