IINSPIRE aims to foster a new generation of highly qualified researchers and engineers, which will create a critical mass kernel, able to implement a holistic and novel soil-foundation-structure concept for the efficient protection of structures from all ground induced hazards, including earthquakes and all other sources of low-frequency noise and vibration excitations. This concept offers a drastic breakthrough over the existing approaches in crucial aspects: A)Wave inhibition capabilities over broadband low-frequency excitation in all three spatial directions B)General applicability to broad classes of structures and infrastructures C)Simple, reliable and resilient design, leading to easy and low-cost implementation and maintenance INSPIRE mainly relies on recent innovative scientific and technological concepts, mainly developed within the broad concept of meta-materials. The notion of “meta-materials” refers to natural or artificial materials or structures which exhibit extraordinary properties for inhibiting or conditioning wave propagation in all spatial directions over broad frequency bands. Quite recently, the feasibility of the application of meta-material concepts has been also demonstrated for seismic and infrasound waves. These general developments of metamaterials will be further enriched and advanced through novel absorption and isolation concepts, such as negative effective mass and stiffness

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Alessandro Marzani

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali

National Technical University of Athens - NTUA(Greece)

Other Participants:
Rina Consulting Spa (Italy)
Ingenieurgesellschaft Dr.-Ing.Fischbach Mbh (Germany)
Fip Industriale Spa (Italy)
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE Directorate F-Health, Consumers and Reference Materials (Belgium)
Università Studi Trento (Italy)
Universite Des Sciences Et Technologies De Lille - Lille I (France)
Trevi - Societa' Per Azioni (Italy)
Adt-Omega Consulting Engineers S.A. (Greece)
HF Holding SA (Belgium)
Baudyn GmbH (Germany)
Cnrs (France)
ADK Consulting Engineers S.A. (Greece)
Group Science (Greece)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Isolgomma S.R.L. (Italy)
Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich (Switzerland)
Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern (Germany)
Université De Mons (Umons) (Belgium)
Sncf (France)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 3.892.123,44
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/03/2019
End Date: 28/02/2023

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Sustainable cities This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.