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Alessandro Tugnoli

Associate Professor

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-IND/25 Chemical Plants

Coordinator of PhD Programme in Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering


Keywords: inherent safety chemical plant land use planning process and plant design fireproofing process safety resilience sustainability oil & gas offshore cyber security security biomass

Main research topics:

1) Sustainability implementation in plant and process design

-  Development of indicators (KPI) and metrics, based on flow-sheet analysis, for the assessment of the sustainability profile of industrial processes

-  Development of advanced methods for normalization and aggregation of indicators, aimed at the integrated implementation of sustainability strategies in process and plant design

- Sustainability assessment of suppy chains for bio-fuels from vegetable biomasses

2) quantitative risk assessment and implementation of inherent safety strategies in process plants

-  Development of quantitative methods for the assessment of inherent safety profile in process and plant design (“conceptual” and “basic design”), based on the analysis of expected consequences of potential accidents

-  Development of strategies and methods for the implementation of inherent safety in plant layout design

-  Safety analysis for land-use planning in major risk areas

-  Safety analysis of hazardous substances, with particular reference to hazardous product formation in runaway reactions and out-of-control conditions

-  Analysis and modelling of the performance of passive fire protection (fireproofing) materials in preventing escalation chains (domino effect)

- Identification of hazards from malicious attacks (security and cyber-security) to process plants


See also: Industrial Safety & Environmental Sustainability


Participation in ongoing and completed research grants

2004 - 2005    MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education and Research), PRIN 2004, National research project (6 partners): "Development of an integrated approach to safety, sustainability and environmental impact assessment of brominated flame retardants"

2008 - 2009    MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education and Research), PRIN 2007, National research project (4 partners): "Development of Key Performance Indicators for the introduction of safety and sustainability drivers in process design"

2009    European Commission, Joint Research Centre, IPSC: “Description of accident scenarios, failure frequencies, risk assessment data and separation distances for Land-Use Planning evaluations around Seveso plants”.

2008 -2013     European Community , VII Framework Program, Large-scale research project (80 partners): "Integ-Risk: Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management of Emerging, New Technology Related Risks". Sub-Project 2: "Emerging Risk Management  Framework"

2012-2016       European Commission, 7th Framework Programme - Nanoscience, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies. Small or medium scale focused research project: “TOSCA – Total Operations Management for Safety Critical Activities”, FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6

2012-2016       European Commission, 7th Framework Programme – SEC-2012.1.5-1 Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear and Explosive Demo Phase II, FP7-SEC-2012.1.5-1 SEC-2012.1.5-1: “EDEN – End-user driven DEmo for cbrNe”, 2013-15, Grant agreement no: 313077

2016-2017 Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico (MISE) – DGS-UMIG - «Progetto Indicatori »

2018-2020 INAIL - Integrated Management of Safety and Security Synergies in Seveso Plants (SAF€RA 4STER)

2020-2021 Italian Ministry of Economic Developement (MISE), «Security in offshore O&G plants»

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