Dr.-Ing. Antonio Papangelo

Bio: Dr.-Ing. Antonio Papangelo obtained his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bari (PoliBa) in 2013. In March 2017 he defended his Ph.D. thesis at PoliBa on the themes of tribology and nonlinear dynamics. During his post-doc activity, he has been visiting scientist at the Sandia labs (University of New Mexico), at the VUTC Lab (Imperial College London), and at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). He has been working as a research assistant in the Dynamics Group for about two years. He is now Research Associate at PoliBa while it holds a visiting researcher position at TUHH.

Research: Since his Ph.D. studies Antonio has focused on topics related to tribology and nonlinear dynamics. In the field of tribology, his main interests are adhesion, friction, stick-slip transition, extended friction models, contact mechanics, rough contact, soft matter, viscoelasticity. In the field of nonlinear dynamics, his main contributions are focused on the spatial localization of vibrations in weakly coupled mechanical structures applied to vibrations of slender structures. His interest is in both externally excited and self-excited structures. He has obtained from the German Research Foundation funding for a project entitled “Exploring and exploiting complex nonlinear dynamical states in friction-excited mechanical systems”, which has supported his research studies at TUHH. Together with Prof. Hoffmann he has currently scientific responsibility on a DFG project entitled “Nonlinear Vibration Localization in Cyclic Structures” granted by the German Research Foundation. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Lubricants (MDPI) and Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering (Tribology section).

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A selection of 10 journal papers published in international journals:

  1. Papangelo, A. On the effect of shear loading rate on contact area shrinking in adhesive soft contacts (2021) Tribology letters, 69(2), 1-9. (IF:2.57)

  2. Papangelo, A., Ciavarella, M. The effect of wear on ThermoElastic Instabilities (TEI) in bimaterial interfaces (2020) Tribology International, 142, art. no. 105977. (IF: 4.27)

  3. Papangelo, A., Putignano, C., & Hoffmann, N. Self-excited vibrations due to viscoelastic interactions (2020) Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 144, 106894. (IF: 6.47)

  4. Sahli, R., Pallares, G., Papangelo, A., Ciavarella, M., Ducottet, C., Ponthus, N., Scheibert, J. Shear-Induced Anisotropy in Rough Elastomer Contact (2019) Physical Review Letters, 122 (21), art. no. 214301. (IF=9,23)

  5. Papangelo, A., Scheibert, J., Sahli, R., Pallares, G., Ciavarella, M., Shear-induced contact area anisotropy explained by a fracture mechanics model (2019) Physical Review E, 99 (5), art. no. 053005. (IF: 2.28)

  6. Papangelo, A., Ciavarella, M. On mixed-mode fracture mechanics models for contact area reduction under shear load in soft materials (2019) Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 124, pp. 159-171. (IF=5)

  7. Papangelo, A., Hoffmann, N., Grolet, A., Stender, M., Ciavarella, M. Multiple spatially localized dynamical states in friction-excited oscillator chains (2018) Journal of Sound and Vibration, 417, pp. 56-64. (IF=3,12)

  8. Papangelo, A., Hoffmann, N., Ciavarella, M. Load-separation curves for the contact of self-affine rough surfaces (2017) Scientific Reports, 7 (1), art. no. 6900. (IF=4,12)

  9. Ciavarella, M., Papangelo, A. Discussion of "measuring and Understanding Contact Area at the Nanoscale: A Review" (Jacobs, T. D. B., and Ashlie Martini, A., 2017, ASME Appl. Mech. Rev., 69(6), p. 061101) (2017) Applied Mechanics Reviews, 69 (6), art. no. 065502. (IF: 7.85)

  10. Papangelo, A., Ciavarella, M., Hoffmann, N. Subcritical bifurcation in a self-excited single-degree-of freedom system with velocity weakening-strengthening friction law: analytical results and comparison with experiments (2017) Nonlinear Dynamics, 90 (3), pp. 2037-2046. (IF=3,46)

  • Scientific responsibility with Prof. N. Hoffmann for the project “Nonlinear Vibration Localization in Cyclic Structures” granted by the German Research Foundation (HO 3852/19-1).

  • Principal Investigator for the project “Exploring and exploiting complex nonlinear dynamical states in friction-excited mechanical systems” granted by the German Research Foundation (PA 3303/1-1).

  • Participation in “Dynamical response of cyclic symmetric structures externally excited with applications to turbofan aero engines”, funded by MIUR (Italy).

  • Mechanical Behaviour of Materials

  • Training Course on Finite Element Analysis