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Nicola Menga
Prof. Associato
Settore Scientifico-Disciplinare
Dipartimento di Meccanica, Matematica e Management
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Nicola obtained his Master cum laude in Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy) in 2011. After spending about one year in the Tribology group at Imperial College London, in 2015 he obtained his PhD in Tribology, funded by GE Avio, with a thesis on the effect of adhesion and friction viscoelastic contacts. Then, he gained a post-doc fellowship at Polytechnic University of Bari and a Visiting Academic position at Imperial College working on contact mechanics, adhesion, and viscoelasticity of layered and multilayer materials. From 2019 to 2021, he was granted a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (funded by EU) at Imperial College London (UK) to develop frictional contact models for thin soft materials.

In 2020, he gained a Senior Lectureship at the Polytechnic University of Bari. In 2023, he became Associate Professor of Applied Mechanics in the same university, where he is currently member of the Tribology Lab. Since 2023, he is Principal Investigator of the research project TRIBOSCORE (TRibological modellIng for sustainaBle design Of induStrial friCtiOnal inteRfacEs), and co-Investigator of ELFIN (ELectroactive gripper For mIcro-object maNipulation), both funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Researach.

His research interests mainly focus on tribology and interfacial phenomena, mostly aiming at controlling friction and adhesion in real systems (eg., tires, micro/macro grippers, tapes, etc.). Key topics include the modelling of elastic/viscoelastic frictional contacts of real interfaces in sliding/static condition in the presence of adhesion, also accounting for the deformable substrate thickness; the study of the detachment behavior (i.e., peeling) between elastic/viscoelastic tapes adhering on deformable substrate; and the effect of roughness on surface wettability (roughness induced super-hydrophobicity). He is also interested in friction-related nonlinear dynamics of multi-DoF systems, such as seismic isolators with viscoelastic nonlinear damping (Rubber Layer Roller Bearings), and macro-/micro-structured interfaces for sliding friction control (dry ski slopes).


List of selected publications:

  • Müller, C., Müser, M. H., Carbone, G., & Menga, N. (2023). Significance of elastic coupling for stresses and leakage in frictional contacts. Physical Review Letters131(15), 156201.
  • Carbone, G., Mandriota, C., & Menga, N. (2022). Theory of viscoelastic adhesion and friction. Extreme Mechanics Letters56, 101877.
  • Menga, N., Carbone, G., & Dini, D. (2018). Do uniform tangential interfacial stresses enhance adhesion?. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids112, 145-156.
  • Menga, N., Afferrante, L., & Carbone, G. (2016). Effect of thickness and boundary conditions on the behavior of viscoelastic layers in sliding contact with wavy profiles. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids95, 517-529.
  • Ceglie, M., Menga, N., & Carbone, G. (2024). Modelling the non-steady peeling of viscoelastic tapes. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences267, 108982.
  • Ceglie, M., Menga, N., & Carbone, G. (2022). The role of interfacial friction on the peeling of thin viscoelastic tapes. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids159, 104706.
  • Menga, N., Dini, D., & Carbone, G. (2020). Tuning the periodic V-peeling behavior of elastic tapes applied to thin compliant substrates. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences170, 105331.
  • Menga, N., Di Mundo, R., & Carbone, G. (2017). Soft blasting of fluorinated polymers: The easy way to superhydrophobicity. Materials & Design121, 414-420.
  • Menga, N., Bottiglione, F., & Carbone, G. (2021). Nonlinear viscoelastic isolation for seismic vibration mitigation. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing157, 107626.
  • Menga, N., Bottiglione, F., & Carbone, G. (2019). The nonlinear dynamic behavior of a Rubber-Layer Roller Bearing (RLRB) for vibration isolation. Journal of Sound and Vibration463, 114952.
  • Menga, N., Bottiglione, F., & Carbone, G. (2023). Exploiting surface textures dynamics for dry friction control. Nonlinear Dynamics111(4), 3099-3112.