COST Workshop on Advances in numerical modelling of adhesion and friction

18 novembre 2019
19 novembre 2019
18 - 19 November 2019

Venue: Polo di Mesiano, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, via Mesiano, 77 (Trento), Room 2R

Covered Topics

The aim of the workshop is to provide an update on current theoretical and numerical modelling approaches in the field of adhesion and friction phenomena, especially in the context of biological systems and synthetic materials for bioinspired applications. Talks should focus on new methods and approaches adopted to model adhesion, friction and their interaction in different settings and their effects on various types of surfaces, including examples of practical systems. This workshop should provide the opportunity for ENBA participants from different backgrounds to interact and share knowledge on theoretical aspects of their work, including with a number of invited key experts of the field.


Day 1: Theory and Numerical modelling - Monday 18 November 

14.00 - Welcome and Introduction, Nicola Pugno, University of Trento 

Chair: Federico Bosia

14.15 - Modeling adhesive contacts under mixed-mode loading (invited), Lucia Nicola, University of Padova and Delft University of Technology 

15.00 - Influence of device handles in single molecule experiments, Giuseppe Florio, Politecnico di Bari

15.30 Coffee break 

Chair: Gianluca Costagliola

16.00 - Boundary element method for adhesive contact and its application to complicated surfaces, Qiang Li, Technische Universität Berlin

16.30 - Biomechanics of shear-sensitive adhesion, David Labonte, Imperial College London 

17.00 - Evolution of aerial spider webs towards optimized silk anchorages, Daniele Liprandi, University of Trento

20.00 Social dinner at the Vicoli Restaurant

Day 2: Applications - Tuesday 19 November 

Chair: Nicola Pugno

9.15 - Active biological adhesion (invited), Giuseppe Puglisi, Politecnico di Bari

10.00 - The predictive power of initial bacterial adhesion for estimation of biofilm formation in urinary tract medical devices, Luciana Gomes, University of Porto

10.30 - Mechanobiology of trophoblast cells adhering to substrates, Luca Deseri, University of Trento  

11.00 Coffee break 

Chair: David Labonte

11.30 - Flutter from friction, Davide Bigoni, University of Trento  

12.00 - Modelling adhesion and friction with a 2-D spring-block model, Gianluca Costagliola, University of Torino  

12.30 - Complex coacervate based adhesives, Larissa van Westerveld, University of Groningen


  • Quantifying the physical properties of the insect pad secretion, Domna-Maria Kaimaki, Imperial College London
  • Influence of surface-modified carbon nanotubes/polydimethylsiloxane composites on bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation, Rita Daniela Teixeira Santos, University of Porto


Please register here.

How to reach us

By train

The main line that reaches Trento is the Brennero line (from Rome to Innsbruck/Munich). From Venice it is faster to take a train to Verona and then from Verona to Trento. For information on train connections, go to the following website: Ferrovie dello Stato.

By plane

  • Verona Catullo Airport: this airport is the best option to reach Trento, but it has direct flight connections only with the main European airports. The airport has a shuttle bus service with quick and frequent connections to the railway station of Verona. From there it takes about one hour to reach Trento by train. It is also possible to take a taxi directly from the airport to Trento, but it will be quite expensive (about 160 euros). If you are travelling by car from Verona airport, take the motorway A22 direction Brennero from the entrance Verona nord.
  • Venezia Marco Polo: the airport is connected to the nearby railway stations of Venice-Santa Lucia and Mestre-Venice by scheduled bus services. It takes about two hours and half to reach Trento from Venice (most of the times you have to change in Verona). By car take the SS14 and then continue on A27, take the exit direction Milano/Bologna and continue on motorway A4 Milano-Venezia direction Milano. After 70 km take the exit Brennero/Verona direction Brennero and take the A22.
  • Venezia Treviso: the airport is connected to the Treviso train station. Trento can then be reached by car (2h) or by train (4h).
  • Milano Bergamo-Orio al Serio: this is a low cost airport close to Milano. It is connected to Milan central train station with the airport shuttle and also directly with Trento with the bus service Flixbus.
    Other airports that can be considered are Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate and Roma Fiumicino.

By car or coach

You can reach Trento by the following roads:

  • Strada Statale dell'Abetone e del Brennero SS12.
  • Autostrada del Brennero from Modena to Brennero - A22 motorway, phone (+39) 0461 980085; if you travel on the A22, it is necessary to take the Trento Sud exit (Trento centro is closed) and follow the SS12 direction Trento centro.
  • Superstrada della Valsugana for those coming from Venice - SS47.
  • Strada Statale 45 bis (Gardesana Occidentale) for those coming from Brescia.

How to reach the conference from the city center

The workshop takes place at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Trento (via Mesiano, 77). The Department is 10 minutes away from Trento’s city center, and can be reached by taking bus N.5 at the stop in front of the train station. To travel back, i.e. to reach the city center from the University, you can take again bus n. 5 outside the main entrance of the Department. Bus tickets can be bought using the iOS and Android app OpenMove.

Further informations

The Trentino Region has a lot of interesting monuments situated in Trento and in its surroundings: museums, castles and several other attractions. For further information visit To find out more about the city of Trento visit

Scientific committee 

  • Nicola Pugno (Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento)
  • Federico Bosia (Department of Physics, University of Torino)

Organizing secretariat

  • Daniele Liprandi (Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento)
    daniele.liprandi [at]

Supported by

ENBA cost    

edited by Communication and Events Office  - polo di Collina

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