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Luca Caracoglia

Associate Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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  • 441 Snell Engineering Center
  • 617.373.5186

Research Focus

structural dynamics; wind engineering; wind energy; wind-induced vibration; fluid-structure interaction; linear and nonlinear cable dynamics; climate change

About

Luca Caracoglia is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He joined Northeastern University in 2005. Prior to this appointment, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (USA) in 2001-2002 and a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, USA) in 2002-2004. He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Trieste, Italy in 2001.

Luca Caracoglia’s research and professional interests are in structural dynamics, random vibration, wind engineering, fluid-structure interaction of civil engineering structures, nonlinear cable network dynamics, wind energy and wind-based energy harvesting systems. He has been author/co-author of 80 peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters (published or in press) and more than 110 conference proceedings / presentations in these fields. He has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in: Statics/Solid Mechanics, Structural Analysis, Steel Structure Design, Pre-stressed Concrete, Bridge Design, Wind Engineering and Wind Energy Systems.

Luca Caracoglia received the NSF-CAREER Award for young investigators in 2009. He chaired the 3rd Workshop of the American Association for Wind Engineering in 2012 (AAWE2012) and the 8th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications (BBAA VIII) in 2016. He served as a member of the International Executive Board of the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) in 2012 – 2017. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the ANIV – Italian National Association for Wind Engineering (member of IAWE).

Luca Caracoglia currently serves as an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering and the Journal of Fluids and Structures (Elsevier). He is also a member of the editorial board for the journals Engineering Structures (Elsevier), Structural Control and Health Monitoring (Wiley), Structural Safety (Elsevier) and Wind and Structures (Techno-Press).

Finally, Luca Caracoglia was granted two concurrent Full Professor Habilitations (accreditations, “professore prima fascia”) by the Italian Ministry of Public Instruction, University and Research (MIUR) in 2019. The first one is for the Scientific Discipline ICAR 08/B3, Civil Engineering/Structural Design (“Tecnica delle Costruzioni”). The second one is for the Scientific Discipline ICAR 08/B2, Civil Engineering/Structural Mechanics (“Scienza delle Costruzioni”). His status will last for six years until 2025. Regulations are dictated by the Directorial Decree (“Decreto Direttoriale”) 2175/2018.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Trieste, Italy, Structural Engineering, 2001
  • 5-year Diploma, University of Trieste, Italy, Civil Engineering 1997

Licensure

  • Professional Engineer: Italy

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 Full Professor, National Scientific Habilitation (Accreditation), Scientific Discipline ICAR 08/B2, Civil Engineering/Structural Mechanics (“Scienza delle Costruzioni”), Directorial Decree  2175/2018, Ministry of Instruction, University and Research, Italy (2019-2025);
  • 2019 Full Professor, National Scientific Habilitation (Accreditation), Scientific Discipline ICAR 08/B3, Civil Engineering/Structural Design (“Tecnica delle Costruzioni”), Directorial Decree 2175/2018, Ministry of Instruction, University and Research, Italy (2019-2025);
  • 2010 ASCE Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • 2009 Faculty Early CAREER Development Award. National Science Foundation
  • 2004 Winner of a Travel Fellowship, awarded by the Engineering Mechanics Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers, to attend the 17th Engineering Mechanics Conference, University of Delaware
  • 2000 Winner of a Study Fellowship, “Short-term mobility program of researchers”, sponsored by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) – Department of International Exchanges; visiting-scholar program at the Johns Hopkins University
  • 1999 Winner of a Study Fellowship, “Short-term mobility program of researchers”, sponsored by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) – Department of International Exchanges; visiting-scholar program at the Johns Hopkins University

Teaching Interests

Affiliations to Other Colleges or Universities

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Wind Engineering
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Italian National Association for Wind Engineering
  • Society for Experimental Mechanics

Research Overview

structural dynamics; wind engineering; wind energy; wind-induced vibration; fluid-structure interaction; linear and nonlinear cable dynamics; climate change

Selected Research Projects

  • Collaborative Research: Active Control of Nonlinear Flow-Induced Instability of Wind Turbine Blades under Stochastic Perturbations
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Performance-Based Wind Engineering: Stochastic Approximation for the Wind-Induced Dynamics of the Next-Generation Tall Buildings and Tower Structures
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • L. Lerimonti, I. Venanzi, L. Caracoglia, A.L. Materazzi, Cost-based Design of Nonstructural Elements for Tall Buildings under Extreme Wind Environments, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, ASCE, 32(3), 2019, 04019020
  • V. Le, L. Caracoglia, Generation and Characterization of a Non-Stationary Flow Field in a Small-Scale Wind Tunnel Using a Multi-Blade Flow Device, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 186, 2019, 1-16
  • S. Li, L. Caracoglia, Surrogate Model Monte Carlo Simulation for Stochastic Flutter Analysis of Wind Turbine Blades, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 188, 2019, 43-60
  • W. Cui, L. Caracoglia, A Unified Framework for Performance-Based Wind Engineering of Tall Buildings in Hurricane-Prone Regions Based on Lifetime Intervention-Cost Estimation, Structural Safety, 73, 2018, 75-86
  • L. Caracoglia, Modeling the Coupled Electro-Mechanical Response of a Torsional-Flutter-Based Wind Harvester with a Focus on Energy Efficiency Examination, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 174, 2018, 437-450

Faculty

May 23, 2019

How Wind Engineering Can Effect Designs of Buildings

CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia is hosting the 1st Northeastern University – Tongji University Workshop on Wind Engineering this week to discuss the latest research on how wind effects structure design.

Faculty

May 08, 2019

Caracoglia Granted Two Concurrent Habilitations as a Full Professor by the Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Research

CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia was granted two concurrent Full Professor Habilitations (accreditations) by the Italian Ministry of Public Instruction, University and Research (MIUR).

Faculty

Mar 21, 2019

The Potential to Power the Nation

CEE Chair Jerome Hajjar, Associate Professors Andrew Myers, Luca Caracoglia, and CCSH Professor Jennie Stephens are researching ways to build safe and effective offshore wind farms that have the capacity to power the entire country.

Faculty

Mar 15, 2019

Examining Turbulent Wind Effects on Tall Buildings

CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia was awarded a $260K NSF grant for “Stochastic Approximation Algorithms for Wind-Induced Dynamics of Next-Generation Tall Buildings and Tower Structures.”

Jun 13, 2016

Experts Gather to Discuss Wind Effects

Researchers from around the world gathered last week to discuss how best to analyze the construct tall buildings, bridges, and other non-streamlined bodies to stand up to high winds at the 8th Inter­na­tional Col­lo­quium on Bluff Body Aero­dy­namics and Appli­ca­tions.

Sep 30, 2015

Designing Large Efficient Wind Turbines

CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia was awarded an $155K NSF for "Active Control of Nonlinear Flow-Induced Instability of Wind Turbine Blades under Stochastic Perturbations".

Sep 11, 2014

Prof. Luca Caracoglia Receives NSF Award

Congratulations to CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia who was recently awarded an NSF award to support his research assessing dynamic response of tall buildings and wind-turbine towers to transient wind loads due to downburst windstorms, a meteorological phenomenon that induces an outburst of damaging wind loads near the ground. 

Nov 14, 2011

CEE Department Hosts Second US-Japan Workshop on Wind Hazards

On November 12, 2011, Northeastern University's Wind Engineering Research Group hosted the Second U.S.-Japan Workshop on Structural Dynamics and Monitoring of Bridges and Flexible Structures against Wind Hazards.

Faculty

Apr 06, 2011

FY12 TIER 1 Award Recipients

28 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY12 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different research projects.

Mar 11, 2011

ASCE Awards Made for 2010 Outstanding Journal Reviewers

Congratulations to Luca Caracoglia, Assistant Professor, and Jerome F. Hajjar, Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, for being selected as 2010 Outstanding Reviewers for their review activities for two refereed journals published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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