Mechanics of Materials and Structures Laboratory (MMS)

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Head: Cristina Padovani

The "Mechanics of Materials and Structures" Laboratory is a joint research group constituted by some researchers from ISTI-CNR and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Florence. The MMS Lab carries out research, software development and consulting in the field of continuum mechanics, with a particular focus on structural engineering. The main research subjects are

Computational solid mechanics
Development of mathematical models, numerical methods, and software for modeling the thermo-mechanical behavior of solid continua with a view toward engineering applications. The models studied and the algorithms formulated have been implemented in the finite element code for nonlinear analyses NOSA, entirely developed by the members of the Laboratory. The NOSA code has been successfully applied to a number of engineering problems.

Mechanics of masonry structures
Development of mechanical models and software for the structural analysis of ancient masonry constructions. In particular, the NOSA-ITACA code (available at allows for modeling the nonlinear behavior of masonry constructions under static and dynamic loads, by taking into account the material's inability to withstand tensile stresses.

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