Valentina Laface





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Valentina Laface (female) is Civil Engineer and PhD in Ocean Engineering. Currently, she is assistant professor at Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (UNIRC) (Italy) and at Natural Ocean Engineering Laboratory (NOEL Her expertise concerns the short and long-term statistics of ocean waves, including the knowledge of models for ocean storm analysis and prediction, analysis of signals (wave and pressure data) via sophisticated mathematical and statistical tools, such as compressive sensing, wavelet transform and evolutionary power spectrum, analysis of wave forces on marine structures, stochastics dynamics, wave resource assessment, nonlinear sea waves. She is also working on offshore wind energy investigating aspects related with dynamics of floating supports of wind turbine using tuned mass dampers. Further, her interest are strongly focused on the use of storm models in practical problems such as downtime estimations of WECs, fatigue analysis of marine structures, long term analysis, structural damage. In this regard, she developed a very simple model basing on DNV GL storm temporal evolution which can be employed for all the aspect mentioned above.

She published more than 30 papers on international journals and conference proceedings. She is reviewer for important journals in the field such as Applied Ocean Research and Ocean Engineering and she is topic editor for Journal of Marine science and Engineering. She participated to the project “Study for the development of the green mobility in the port of Civitavecchia through the implementation of the pilot technology REWEC 3” funded by the European Commission (TENtec number 2013-IT-92050-S) and to the project “large multipurpose platforms for exploiting renewable energy in open seas”, supported by Marie Curie action FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES.