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Alessandro Ferraro

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Alessandro matriculated in 2008 from Liceo Scientifico Paritario San Benedetto in Parma (IT) with quite good marks. He then decided to proceed in superior education, enrolling in Università degli Studi di Parma. In October 2012 he got his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, obtaining 107/110 points. Alessandro’s final year project, which title was “Preliminary Design of the Water Distribution Network of Reggiolo (RE)”, consisted in the design of the water distribution of a small town. This project helped him develop capabilities to use EPANET, an hydraulics design software commonly used in United States.

In March 2013 he moved to Milan to further his studies in Civil Engineering. He enrolled to study a Master of Science in Civil Structural Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. For his final project, in collaboration with Prof. Perego and Dr. Steeve Chung Kim Yuen, he decided to participate to the activities of Blast Impact and Survivability Research Unit in University of Cape Town.

He plans to graduate by December 2015.

He’s also very interested in sustainable development of civil structures and hopes to work in that field in the future.

Current Research

Supervisors: Dr. Steeve Chung Kim Yuen, Prof. Umberto Perego

Alessandro’s project started in March 2015 and is expected to be completed in September 2015. The aim of the project is to analyse the response of V-shaped steel plates to encased buried charges, which would reproduce the effects of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or a land-mine. These plates are used as hulls of landmine-protected vehicles in peace keeping scenarios. In detail he will compare the performances of different included angle plates in terms of imparted impulse and damage.