The Laboratory is active in the study of rheology and rheometry of mixtures and fluids for industrial use or of a biological nature; of elastic, viscoelastic continuums, possibly with time-dependent behaviour, with the possibility to perform detailed measurements to estimate the structure of mechanical constitutive equations.

This laboratory offers itself to the industrial division of the Parma area for quality control and R&D. It is a research partner with the activation of conventions, programmed measurement activities, and is a vehicle for product innovation.

The laboratory is equipped with some of the most advanced instruments in the fields of rheometry and fluid analysis.

  • The Anton Paar MCR 702e MultiDrive is the most versatile and powerful platform suitable for the dynamic mechanical analysis of solid, soft, and liquid samples: the combination of an air-bearing-supported upper rotational drive and an air-bearing-supported lower linear drive enables to perform all kinds of rheological investigations.
  • The Anton Paar DMA 5000 allows measuring density and concentration at 6-digit accuracy, and it is the most precise digital density meter currently on the market. The patented Pulsed Excitation Method delivers the most stable density results based on comprehensive knowledge of the oscillation characteristics. It is ideal for high-end R&D applications.
  • The Anton Paar Physica MCR 101, the Rotovisco RT10 Haake and the TE-BBR Cannon rheometers complete the laboratory equipment, making possible a wide range of measurements with the best geometries for each application.

In addition to consultancy and contract work, the Laboratory also has teaching purposes for the numerous Civil and Industrial Engineering courses that provide knowledge and skills in Complex Fluid Mechanics and Mechanics of Materials, and for training activities in Doctorates.


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Recent Research Projects

FIL 2019 Increased road safety on draining pavements through the development of percolation retardant fluids for anti-icing solutions, 65 000, 00 Euro, P.I.: Felice Giuliani.

Selected publications

  1. Autelitano, F., Longo, S., Giuliani, F. 2022. Phyto-based sodium chloride hydrogel for highway winter maintenance of porous asphalt pavements. Construction and Building Materials, 319, 126082. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2021.126082.
  2. Longo, S., Chiapponi, L., Petrolo, D., Lenci, A., Di Federico, V., 2021. Converging gravity currents of power-law fluid. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 918, A5, 1–30, DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2021.305, ©The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press.
  3. Giuliani, F., Petrolo, D., Chiapponi, L., Zanini, A., Longo, S., 2021. Advancement in measuring the hydraulic conductivity of porous asphalt pavements. Construction and Building Materials, 300, 124110, DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2021.124110.
  4. Petrolo, D., Chiapponi, L., Longo, S., Celli, M., Barletta, A., Di Federico, V., 2020. Onset of Darcy-Bénard convection under throughflow of a shear-thinning fluid. Journal of Fluid Mechanics Rapids, Vol. 889, R2, 1–12, DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2020.84, ©2020 Cambridge University Press.
  5. Chiapponi, L., Petrolo, D., Lenci, A., Di Federico, V., Longo, S., 2020. Dispersion induced by non-Newtonian gravity flow in a layered fracture or formation. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 903, A14,1–35. DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2020.624, ©The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press.
  6. Chiapponi, L., Ciriello, V., Longo, S., Di Federico, V., 2019. Non-Newtonian backflow in an elastic fracture. Water Resources Research, 55, 10144 – 10158, DOI: 10.1029/2019WR026071.
  7. Garilli, E., Autelitano, F., Giuliani, F., 2019. Use of bending beam rheometer test for rheological analysis of asphalt emulsion-cement mastics in cold in-place recycling. Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 222, 484-492. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.06.141.
  8. Flores, G., Gallego, J., Giuliani, F., Autelitano, F., 2018. Aging of asphalt binder in hot pavement rehabilitation. Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 187, 214–219. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.07.216.
  9. Autelitano, F., Giuliani, F., 2018. Influence of chemical additives and wax modifiers on odor emissions of road asphalt. Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 183 485-492. DOI:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.06.168.
  10. Rodríguez-Alloza, A.M., Gallego, J., Giuliani, F., 2017. Complex shear modulus and phase angle of crumb rubber modified binders containing organic warm mix asphalt additives. Materials and Structures, SPRINGER, 50(77). DOI: 10.1617/s11527-016-0950-1.
  11. Gallego, J., Rodríguez-Alloza, A.M., Giuliani, F., 2016. Black curves and creep behaviour of crumb rubber modified binders containing warm mix asphalt additives. Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, Springer, 20, 389-403. DOI: 10.1007/s11043-016-9300-5.
  12. Romeo, E., Ghizzardi, V., Rastelli, S., Montepara, A. 2016. Influence of mineral fillers and their fractional voids on mastic rheological and mechanical properties. RILEM Bookseries, Springer Nature, 11, 681-692. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-7342-3_55.
  13. Rodríguez-Alloza, A.M., Gallego, J., Perez,I., Bonati, A, Giuliani, F., 2014. High and low temperature properties of crumb rubber modified binders containing warm mix asphalt additives. Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 53, 460-466. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2013.12.026.
  14. Rossi, D., Filippi, S., Merusi, F., Giuliani, F., Polacco, G., 2013. Internal structure of bitumen/polymer/wax ternary mixtures for warm mix asphalts. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Wiley online Library, 2013, 129(6), 3341-3354. DOI:10.1002/app.39057.
  15. Giuliani, F., Merusi, F., Polacco, G., Filippi, S., Paci, M., 2012. Effectiveness of sodium chloride-based anti-icing filler in asphalt mixtures. Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 30, 174-179. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2011.12.036.
  16. Merusi, F., Giuliani, F., 2011. Intrinsic resistance to non-reversible deformation in modified asphalt binders and its relation with specification criteria. Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 25, 3356-3366. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2011.03.026.
  17. Merusi, F., Giuliani, F., 2011. Rheological characterization of wax-modified asphalt binders at high service temperatures. Materials and Structures, Springer, 44, 1809-1820. DOI: 10.1617/s11527-011-9739-4.
  18. Giuliani, F., Merusi, F., 2010. Advanced rheological characterization of non-reversible deformation and fatigue behavior in crumb rubber modified asphalt binders. Road Materials and Pavement Design, Taylor and Francis, 11(SPECIAL ISSUE), 197-224. DOI: 10.3166/RMPD.11HS.197-224.
  19. Merusi, F., Polacco, G., Nicoletti, A., Giuliani, F., 2010. Kerosene resistance of asphalt binders modified with crumb rubber: solubility and rheological aspects. Materials and Structures, Springer, 43, 1271-1281. DOI: 10.1617/s11527-009-9579-7.
  20. Giuliani, F., Merusi, F., Filippi, S., Biondi, D., Finocchiaro, M.L., Polacco, G., 2009. Effects of polymer modification on the fuel resistance of asphalt binders. Fuel, Elsevier, 88, 1539-1546. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2008.12.023.
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