Michele Mossa - Professor of Hydraulics
Chief Scientist of the LIC: prof. Michele Mossa
LIC – Coastal Engineering Laboratory
Area Universitaria di Valenzano
Strada Provinciale Valenzano - Casamassima, Km 3, 70010 Valenzano, BA – Italy
Competencies and research activities
The Costal Engineering Laboratory (LIC) of the Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry of the Polytechnic University of Bari was designed for advanced research and technical support to the Public Administration in coastal territorial management.
The mission of the laboratory is to provide facilities for researchers, PhD and MSc-students, as well as to perform practical work and demonstrations in support of teaching at the university. It also has the potential for physical-experimental research in the fields of Maritime and Environmental Hydraulics.
The laboratory has a total surface area of 30,000 m2, a laboratory area of 12,000 m2 and an office area of 500 m2.
The major experimental facilities at the LIC are:
1. Two tanks used for three-dimensional physical models for maritime and costal engineering research. The costal model basin is 100 m long, 50 m wide and 1.2 m deep, while the offshore model basin is 50 m long, 30 m wide and 3 m deep. The costal model facility is equipped with a wave maker.
2. Two wave channels, which are 2.4 m wide, 50 m long and 1.2 m deep. They are equipped with a wavemaker.
3. Very large flume for sea currents. The channel is 15 m long, 4 m wide and 0.4 m deep.
4. Positive and negative buoyant jet systems. The abovementioned channel includes a buoyant jet thermal-hydraulic system with process-computers.
The LIC has many advanced equipment and instrumentation for morphological and hydraulics analysis, such as: bottom propellers, Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (ADV), Vessel-Mounted Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (VM-ACP), micro whirls flow meters, pressure gauges, bottom profiler, densimeter, ultrasonic wave height meter, high-precision GPS transceivers, spectrometer, LDV (Laser Doppler Velocimeter) system, laser scanner, drone.
The LIC is also equipped with software and data acquisition systems for the study of the wave climate hindcasting and forecasting, wave propagation, storm and swell activity inside harbors, solid transport, beach evolution, circulation currents and pollutant diffusion. For the field sea monitoring the LIC has installed a system in the Canale Navigabile of the Mar Piccolo of Taranto (Italy) for the monitoring of sea currents and waves. Another system has been installed has installed in the Mar Grande of Taranto (Italy) for the monitoring of sea currents, waves, water quality and weather.
The LIC hosts also equipment of the colleagues of the mechanical engineering department of the Technical University of Bari, such as a wind tunnel and an experimental apparatus to determine the performance of pumps and turbines.
The LIC staff includes many researchers, technicians and students whose work makes the laboratory a reference point in the field of Hydraulics, Maritime and Environmental Hydraulics. The LIC promotes relationships and cooperation with international universities and research institutions.
For further details, please see the following websites:
Collaborations with companies and institutions
Italian University Ministry with Research Projects of National Interest
European Union for research projects
Co.N.I.S.Ma. – National Inter-University Consortium for Marine Sciences
National Research Council Technological cooperation and transfer:
Basin Authority of Arno
Basin Authority of Apulia
Municipality of Mola di Bari
Municipality of Bari
Province of Massa Carrara
Port System Authority of the Ionian Sea
Port Authority of Bari
Regional Agency for Environment Prevention and Protection - Puglia
Company Impresub Diving Marine Contractor S.r.l.
Company Price Water House Coopersgm
Company Coastal Protection Systems s.r.l.
Company Edil Impianti S.r.l.
Company Marconsult S.r.l., Genova
Sviluppo Italia – Roma
National Research Council