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, Frascoli F, Toffoli A. Observation of turbulence and intermittency in wave-induced oscillatory flows. WAVE MOTION. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 84. DOI: 10.1016/j.wavemoti.2018.10.003
  2. Alberello A, Chabchoub A, Monty J, Nelli F, Lee J, Elsnab J, Toffoli A. An experimental comparison of velocities underneath focussed breaking waves. OCEAN ENGINEERING. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 155. DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.02.049
  3. Dolatshah A, Nelli F, Bennetts LG, Alberello A, Meylan MH, Monty J, Toffoli A. Letter: Hydroelastic interactions between water waves and floating freshwater ice. PHYSICS OF FLUIDS. American Institute of Physics. 2018, Vol. 30, Issue 9. DOI: 10.1063/1.5050262
  4. 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. International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers. 2018, Vol. 2018-June.
  5. 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. American Physical Society. 2018, Vol. 97, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.97.012208
  6. 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. 2018, Vol. 83. DOI: 10.1016/j.wavemoti.2018.09.002
  7. Lee J, Monty J, Elsnab J, Toffoli A, Babanin A, Alberello A. Estimation of Kinetic Energy Dissipation from Breaking Waves in the Wave Crest Region. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY. American Meteorological Society. 2017, Vol. 47, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-16-0273.1
  8. Nelli F, Skene DM, Bennetts LG, Meylan MH, Monty J, Toffoli A. EXPERIMENTAL AND NUMERICAL MODELS OF WAVE REFLECTION AND TRANSMISSION BY AN ICE FLOE. 36th ASME International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. ASME International. 2017, Vol. 8. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE2017-61248
  9. Nelli F, Bennetts LG, Skene DM, Monty J, Lee JH, Meylan MH, Toffoli A. Reflection and transmission of regular water waves by a thin, floating plate. WAVE MOTION. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 70. DOI: 10.1016/j.wavemoti.2016.09.003
  10. 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
  11. Alberello A, Pakodzi C, Nelli F, Bitner-Gregersen EM, Toffoli A. THREE DIMENSIONAL VELOCITY FIELD UNDERNEATH A BREAKING ROGUE WAVE. 36th ASME International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. ASME International. 2017, Vol. 3A-2017. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE201761237
  12. Dolatshah A, Nelli F, Alberello A, Bruneau L, Bennetts LG, Meylan MH, Monty J, Toffoli A. WAVE ATTENUATION DUE TO ICE COVER: AN EXPERIMENTAL MODEL IN A WAVE-ICE FLUME. 36th ASME International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. ASME International. 2017, Vol. 8. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE2017-61548
  13. 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. American Physical Society. 2017, Vol. 118, Issue 14. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.144503
  14. Rapizo H, Waseda T, Babanin A, Toffoli A. Laboratory Experiments on the Effects of a Variable Current Field on the Spectral Geometry of Water Waves. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY. American Meteorological Society. 2016, Vol. 46, Issue 9. DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-16-0011.1
  15. 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. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 125. DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.07.066

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