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Melania Istrate


After completing her MSc in 2002 in Mechanical Engineering, University of Iasi, Romania, Melania Vasilica Istrate completed her studies at the University of Valladolid, presenting the research work entitled “3D simulation of a knee prosthesis using the Finite Element Method” to get the Advanced Studies Degree from the Faculty of Engineering in 2004. In 2009 she obtained the adaptation of her Romanian Degree to the Mechanical Engineering Degree recognized by the Spanish Educational System. Now she is completing her PhD Thesis focused on human perception for vibrations in slender structures such as floors and footbridges.

Currently she works as Technical Manager in the Mechanical Engineering Division of CARTIF, a Spanish technological centre focused in control and robotics. She is involved in project developing related to:

  • Smart structural systems in the field of logistics
  • Design and development of optimized support structures for renewable energy devices, including machinery and mechanism for solar trackers and wind turbines
  • Manufacturing process design for building components, including traditional, recycled and advanced materials. New solutions for sustainable and modular buildings
  • Active and passive protection systems for seismic and wind resistant structures and infraestructures
  • Assesment and monitoring of slender structures and infraestructures
  • Pasive, semiactive and active control devices for vibration mitigation
  • Digital mock-up and simulation
  • Active participation in working groups related to: PESI, LOGISTOP, PTEC, MANUFUTURE

Due to the increasing professional interest on human-induced dynamic loading, vibration serviceability and human response to vibration and perception, Melania V Istrate joined the Civil Research Group, University of Warwick, in order to collaborate with Dr Stana Živanović and to find common research lines for future cooperation. Her stay, as Visiting Fellow, from 18 May 2012 to 17 August 2012, is partially funded by CARTIF and Santander-Warwick project “Pedestrian Locomotion and Perception of Vibration on Lively Surfaces of Different Hardness”. Experiments to be done, within this collaboration, in the GaitLab and in the lab-scale footbridge will be important for establishing a model of vibration perception leading to her Ph Dissertation. For that, several facilities, such as flexible pavements, optical tracking equipment with up to 16 markers, accelerometers, force plate, etc. will be used during her stay.

Research Interests

  • Structural design and simulation
  • Vibration serviceability and human perception and response to vibration

Selected Publications

  • Istrate, M. V., Lorenzana Ibán, A., Ibán Lorenzana, N. and Vasallo Belver, A. (2012) Quantifying footbridges serviceability, DYNA.
  • Istrate, M., Ibán, N., Vasallo, A., Lorenzana, A. and Diaz, I. M. (2012) Discomfort evaluation on lively footbridges with soft-rubber pavement, IMAC XXX, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics.
  • Vasallo Belver, A., Zivanovic, S., Dang, H. V., Istrate, M. and Lorenzana Iban, A. (2012), Modal Testing and FE Model Updating of a Lively Staircase Structure, IMAC XXX, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics.
  • Istrate, M., Gregorio, A., Vasallo, A. and Lorenzana, A. (2011) Improving comfortability through adding soft rubber pavement on lively footbridges, EVACES.
  • Vasallo, A., Istrate, M. and Lorenzana, A (2010) Simulation of the aeroelastic response of a stress ribbon footbridge using a simplified method, The Seventh International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology.

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    - Structural design and simulation

    - Vibration serviceability and human perception and response to vibration

    Melania Istrate

    Melania Istrate