Marco Amabili

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Marco Amabili
Born San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy
Residence Canada
Nationality Italian
Fields Theoretical, computational and experimental dynamics
Institutions McGill University
Alma mater University of Bologna (Ph.D.), University of Ancona (Master Eng.)
Known for Nonlinear vibrations of shells, vibrations of shells with fluid-structure interaction, Shell theories
He is a Professor at McGill University holding the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)
Fig.1. Comparison of numerical and experimental results for shell divergence. Nondimensional shell amplitude at x = L / 2 versus the nondimensional water-flow velocity V for an aluminium shell with internal water flow; n = 6 mode and pressure differential at PM = -5.8 kPa at x = L / 2  ; ——, stable solutions; – –, unstable solutions. Model with 45 dofs, ka = 1×107 N / m2 and kr = 0.3×103 N / rad. ●, experimental data points.

Marco Amabili is a Professor who holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, Montreal, Québec, Canada.[1]


Amabili is very well-known for the study of nonlinear vibrations and dynamic stability of shell and plate structures, a subject to which he has given many contributions. Professor Amabili serves as Contributing Editor for International Journal of Non-linear Mechanics (Elsevier). He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluids and Structures,[2] Elsevier,[3] Applied Mechanics Reviews, ASME,[4] Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, ASME, Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines.[5] He is member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Sound and Vibration, Elsevier, and International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics. He has been the Chair of the ASME Technical Committee Dynamics and Control of Systems and Structures.

Professor Amabili is working in the area of vibrations, nonlinear dynamics and stability of thin-walled structures, reduced-order models and fluid-structure interaction. His research is multi-disciplinary, and it has been utilized in the design and analysis of aeronautical and aerospace structures, laminated and FGM shell structures, human blood flow problems in aorta, safety of pressure tanks and innovative flow-meters. Amabili is the author of about 400 papers (190 in referred international journals) in vibrations and dynamics and has achieved an h-Index 39. He is the author of the monograph Nonlinear Vibrations and Stability of Shells and Plates published by Cambridge University Press.

Amabili, together with M.P. Païdoussis and F. Pellicano, has showed for the first time the strongly subcritical behavior of the stability of circular cylindrical shells conveying flow (Fig.1). A series of papers presented theoretical, numerical and experimental investigations, showing that a supported circular shell made of aluminum, plastic or rubber presents divergence for much smaller velocity than predicted by linear theory. Amabili developed in 2014 an innovative 8-parameter thickness deformation shell theory that retains the geometric nonlinear terms in all the 8 parameters describing the shell deformation. This theory is particularly suitable to model soft tissues.


International Awards[edit]

  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Plenary lecture at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) organized by ASME, Denver, 2011
  • Christophe Pierre Research Award, 2015.
  • Chair of the Thematic Session on Stability of Structures at the 2016 ICTAM Conference of IUTAM, Montreal



  1. ^ "Canada Research Chairs - Chairholders". Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Amabili, M.; Pellicano, F.; Païdoussis, M.P. (1999). "Non-linear Dynamics and Stability of Circular Cylindrical Shells Containing Flowing Fluid. Part I: Stability". Journal of Sound and Vibration. 225 (4): 655–699. doi:10.1006/jsvi.1999.2255. ISSN 0022-460X. 
  3. ^ Amabili, M; Pellicano, F.; Païdoussis, M.P. (2000). "Non-linear Dynamics and Stability of Circular Cylindrical Shells Containing Flowing Fluid. Part IV: Large-Amplitude Vibrations with Flow". Journal of Sound and Vibration. 237 (4): 641–666. doi:10.1006/jsvi.2000.3070. ISSN 0022-460X. 
  4. ^ Amabili, Marco; Pellicano, Francesco; Paı̈doussis, Michael P. (2002). "Non-linear dynamics and stability of circular cylindrical shells conveying flowing fluid". Computers & Structures. 80 (9-10): 899–906. doi:10.1016/S0045-7949(02)00055-X. ISSN 0045-7949. 
  5. ^ Amabili, M.; Karagiozis, K.; Païdoussis, M.P. (2009). "Effect of geometric imperfections on non-linear stability of circular cylindrical shells conveying fluid". International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics. 44 (3): 276–289. doi:10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2008.11.006. ISSN 0020-7462.