Gaetano Elia


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Gaetano Elia

Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura
tel: +390805963693
curriculum vitae: [scarica]

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Dr Gaetano Elia gained his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the Technical University of Bari (Italy) in 2004. He was appointed a lectureship in Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University (UK) from 2009 to 2017. Since 2017 he is Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University and, from 2019, he is Associate Professor at the Technical University of Bari. His current research is mainly focused on the numerical assessment of the resilience of geotechnical structures during extreme events, including the analysis of natural and engineered slopes subjected to extreme rainfalls and the performance-based design of shallow foundations, earth dams, deep excavations and tunnels in static and dynamic conditions. Dr Elia acts as reviewer for a number of international journals and for EPSRC-UK. He is member of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT), the Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED), the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) and the Italian Geotechnical Association (AGI). From 2019 to 2022, Dr Elia has been a member of the Editorial Panel for Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering and, since 2023, he is part of the Editorial Board of Computers and Geotechnics.

Pubblicazioni scientifiche

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Collaborazioni internazionali

The research, conducted in collaboration with Annamaria di Lernia, regards the numerical modelling of geotechnical structures subjected to cyclic/earthquake loading and dynamic soil-structure interaction problems (e.g. foundations, natural and artificial slopes, retaining structures) using fully coupled finite element approaches implementing advanced soil constitutive models

  • Newcastle University - Newcastle (REGNO UNITO)
  • University of Tasmania - Hobart (AUSTRALIA)
  • University of Brimingham - Birmingham (REGNO UNITO)

The seismic vulnerability of tunnels in structured soils is studied through 2D and 3D finite element modelling, with the aim of guiding the lining design in real cases. The research combines the calibration of advanced elasto-plastic soil models against laboratory data with outputs from parametric studies to highlight the impact of multi-directional earthquake loading and soil structure degradation in correctly predicting the magnitude of the tunnel lining forces

  • Newcastle University - Newcastle (REGNO UNITO)
  • Thammsat University - Bangkok (THAILANDIA)

The research, conducted in collaboration with Annamaria di Lernia and Gaetano Falcone, aims at identifying the influence of the input motion selection strategies and the effect of soil properties variability on the results of advanced ground response analyses using a Monte Carlo approach

  • Newcastle University - Newcastle (REGNO UNITO)
  • Necmettin Erbakan University - Konya (TURCHIA)

The mechanical behaviour of natural clays and weak rocks is modelled accounting for the features, anisotropy and degradation of soil structure, also in the light of non coaxiality. The structure degradation induces reduction of shear stiffness, related hysteretic dissipation upon cycling and negative hardening. The work aims at developing advanced elasto-plastic constitutive laws benefitting from the theoretical understanding of the cyclic response of clayey materials (e.g. multi-surface kinematic hardening, bounding surface plasticity models) and their extensive validation versus laboratory data

  • Newcastle University - Newcastle (REGNO UNITO)
  • University of West Attica - Atene (GRECIA)