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Enrico Sassoni

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-IND/22 Materials Science and Technology

Research

Keywords: Cultural heritage Natural stones Marble Hydroxyapatite Inorganic consolidants Masonry Decay Fiber reinforced composites Natural fiber based composites

  1. Innovative consolidants and protectives for conservation of stone in Cultural Heritage

    Development of novel hydroxyapatite-based consolidants and protectives for carbonate stones (marble and porous limestone), having enhanced effectiveness, compatibility and durability with respect to available commercial products. Improvement of existing TEOS-based consolidants for silicate stones, by acceleration of hydrolysis-condensation reactions.

  2. Innovative techniques for evaluating the structural safety of historic masonries

    Study and improvement of the adhesion between masonry and fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) used for existing building rehabilitation. Development of novel moderately-destructive methods (e.g. testing of small cores) for determination of masonry strength. Improvement of existing methods (e.g. double punch test, DPT) for mechanical characterization of historic bedding mortars.

  3. Sustainable natural fiber-based composites for the building sector

    Development of novel sustainable composite materials, based on renewable vegetable fibers, for building thermal insulation. Development of novel alkali-activated materials from waste precursors (e.g. brick powder) for rehabilitation of existing masonry buildings.

  4. Decay mechanisms of historic building materials and predictive models
    Study of stone and mortar decay in real historic buildings, in collaboration with Authorities in charge of their conservation (e.g., Cathedral of Modena, IT, XII-XIV cent., UNESCO's World Heritage List; the Ducal Palace in Mantua, IT, XVI cent.; Monumental Cemetery in Bologna, IT, XIX cent., Association of Significant Cemeteries of Europe). Development of models for predicting stone and mortar durability based on their microstructural features, also including fractal geometry-based models.

 

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