Associate Professor Alessandro Toffoli

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: D423
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Air-Sea Interaction (breaking, ocean mixing and sea drag)
  • Coastal processes and hydrodynamic modelling (marine renewable energy)
  • Freak and Rogue waves (wave physics and statistics)
  • Ocean waves
  • Wave-Ice interaction (Antarctic sea ice)
  • Wave-Structure Interaction

Biography

Dr Toffoli has a wealth of experience in ocean and coastal engineering, physical oceanography and air-sea interactions, which includes research, teaching, consultancy, working at the Universities and industry. With a Master degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) and PhD in Civil Engineering from the KU Leuven (Belgium), he went on working in shipping industry (DNVGL) in Norway, before joining Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) in 2009 as Research Fellow. In 2012, he accepted a position of Reader in Coastal Engineering at Plymouth University (UK), and returned to Swinburne as Associate professor in Maritime Engineering in 2013. He now holds a position as Associate Professor in Ocean Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He is also Visiting Professor at K.U. Leuven (Belgium).

Recent publications

  1. Alberello, A.; Onorato, M.; Bennetts, L.; Vichi, M.; Eayrs, C.; Machutchon, K.; Toffli, A. Brief communication: Pancake ice floe size distribution during the winter expansion of the Antarctic marginal ice zone. The Cryosphere. COPERNICUS GESELLSCHAFT MBH. 2019, Vol. 13, Issue 1, pp. 41-48. DOI: 10.5194/tc-13-41-2019
  2. Alberello, A.; Onorato, M.; Frascoli, F.; Toffoli, A. Observation of turbulence and intermittency in wave-induced oscillatory flows. Wave Motion. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2019, Vol. 84, pp. 81-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.wavemoti.2018.10.003
  3. Alberello, A.; Chabchoub, A.; Monty, JP.; Nelli, F.; Lee, JH.; Elsnab, J.; Toffoli, A. An experimental comparison of velocities underneath focussed breaking waves. Ocean Engineering. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2018, Vol. 155, pp. 201-210. DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.02.049
  4. Dolatshah, A.; Nelli, F.; Bennetts, LG.; Alberello, A.; Meylan, MH.; Monty, JP.; Toffoli, A. Letter: Hydroelastic interactions between water waves and floating freshwater ice. Physics of Fluids. AMER INST PHYSICS. 2018, Vol. 30, Issue 9. DOI: 10.1063/1.5050262
  5. Ducrozet, G.; Toffoli, A.; Chabchoub, A. Numerical and experimental investigation of extreme events in JONSWAP seas. Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference. 2018, Vol. 2018-June, pp. 392-396.
  6. El Koussaifi, R.; Tikan, A.; Toffoli, A.; Randoux, S.; Suret, P.; Onorato, M. Spontaneous emergence of rogue waves in partially coherent waves: A quantitative experimental comparison between hydrodynamics and optics. Physical Review E. AMER PHYSICAL SOC. 2018, Vol. 97, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.97.012208
  7. Fadaeiazar, E.; Alberello, A.; Onorato, M.; Leontini, J.; Frascoli, F.; Waseda, T.; Toffoli, A. Wave turbulence and intermittency in directional wave fields. Wave Motion. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2018, Vol. 83, pp. 94-101. DOI: 10.1016/j.wavemoti.2018.09.002
  8. Lee, JH.; Monty, JP.; Elsnab, J.; Toffoli, A.; Babanin, AV.; Alberello, A. Estimation of Kinetic Energy Dissipation from Breaking Waves in the Wave Crest Region. Journal of Physical Oceanography. AMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC. 2017, Vol. 47, Issue 5, pp. 1145-1150. DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-16-0273.1
  9. Nelli, F.; Skene, DM.; Bennetts, LG.; Meylan, MH.; Monty, JP.; Toffoli, A. EXPERIMENTAL AND NUMERICAL MODELS OF WAVE REFLECTION AND TRANSMISSION BY AN ICE FLOE. Volume 8: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; Petroleum Technology. AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. 2017, Vol. 8. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE2017-61248
  10. Nelli, F.; Bennetts, LG.; Skene, DM.; Monty, JP.; Lee, JH.; Meylan, MH.; Toffoli, A. Reflection and transmission of regular water waves by a thin, floating plate. Wave Motion. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2017, Vol. 70, pp. 209-221. DOI: 10.1016/j.wavemoti.2016.09.003
  11. Toffoli, A.; Proment, D.; Salman, H.; Monbaliu, J.; Stramignoni, E.; Forza, R.; Manfrin, M.; Onorato, M. Rogue waves in wind seas: An experimental model in an annular wind-wave flume. Proceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE. 2017, Vol. 3A-2017. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE201761156
  12. Alberello, A.; Pakodzi, C.; Nelli, F.; Bitner-gregersen, EM.; Toffoli, A. THREE DIMENSIONAL VELOCITY FIELD UNDERNEATH A BREAKING ROGUE WAVE. Proceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE. AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. 2017, Vol. 3A-2017. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE201761237
  13. Dolatshah, A.; Nelli, F.; Alberello, A.; Bruneau, L.; Bennetts, LG.; Meylan, MH.; Monty, JP.; Toffoli, A. WAVE ATTENUATION DUE TO ICE COVER: AN EXPERIMENTAL MODEL IN A WAVE-ICE FLUME. Volume 8: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; Petroleum Technology. AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. 2017, Vol. 8. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE2017-61548
  14. Toffoli, A.; Proment, D.; Salman, H.; Monbaliu, J.; Frascoli, F.; Dafilis, M.; Stramignoni, E.; Forza, R.; Manfrin, M.; Onorato, M. Wind Generated Rogue Waves in an Annular Wave Flume. Physical Review Letters. AMER PHYSICAL SOC. 2017, Vol. 118, Issue 14. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.144503
  15. Rapizo, H.; Waseda, T.; Babanin, AV.; Toffoli, A. Laboratory Experiments on the Effects of a Variable Current Field on the Spectral Geometry of Water Waves. Journal of Physical Oceanography. AMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC. 2016, Vol. 46, Issue 9, pp. 2695-2717. DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-16-0011.1
  16. Zhang, HD.; Guedes Soares, C.; Chalikov, D.; Toffoli, A. Modeling the spatial evolutions of nonlinear unidirectional surface gravity waves with fully nonlinear numerical method. Ocean Engineering. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2016, Vol. 125, pp. 60-69. DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.07.066
  17. Zhang, HD.; Guedes Soares, C.; Onorato, M.; Toffoli, A. Modelling of the temporal and spatial evolutions of weakly nonlinear random directional waves with the modified nonlinear Schrodinger equations. Applied Ocean Research. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2016, Vol. 55, pp. 130-140. DOI: 10.1016/j.apor.2015.11.014
  18. Alberello, A.; Chabchoub, A.; Gramstad, O.; Babanin, AV.; Toffoli, A. Non-Gaussian properties of second-order wave orbital velocity. Coastal Engineering. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2016, Vol. 110, pp. 42-49. DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2016.01.001
  19. Toffoli, A. Rogue Waves in Random Sea States: An Experimental Perspective. . SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN. 2016, Vol. 926, pp. 179-203. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-39214-1_7
  20. Iafrati, A.; De Vita, F.; Toffoli, A.; Alberello, A. Strongly nonlinear phenomena in extreme waves. Transactions - Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. 2016, Vol. 123, pp. 17-35.

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