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Short Biographical Notes



Dr. Costanza Aricò graduated in Civil Engineering – Hydraulics at the University of Palermo on 13/07/2000 (110/110 magna cum laude and a special mention for the thesis). She obtained the title of PhD in Hydraulic Engineering at the University of Catania on 24/02/2005. From June 2005 to December 2012 obtained scholarships and post doctoral research grants at the Department of Civil, Environmental, Aerospace, Materials, University of Palermo and the Research Institute for Hydrogeological Protection – National Research Council (Perugia, Italy), for a total period of 73 months. From 20/12/2012 she is a fixed-term Research Assistant in Hydraulics, Department of Civil, Environmental, Aerospace, Materials, University of Palermo.

Her main research topics have so far focused on:

  • Study of Finite Volumes, Standard Finite Elements, Mixed and Mixed Hybrid Finite Elements numerical procedure for the simulation of:
    • advection dominated transport processes with exact potential flow field,
    • 1D and 2D shallow waters problems in diffusive and fully dynamic form, with applications also to real case studies for the purpose of a real-time flood forecasting,
    • sediment transport process,
    • flow and transport problems in saturated porous media (density driven processes),
    • flow field simulation in variably saturated heterogeneous porous media,
    • diffusive flow and transport problems in heterogeneous and anisotropic media,
    • flow and transport problems in fractured porous media.
  • Study of a methodology for estimation of flow discharge by synchronous measures of water depths in two river sections, based on the analysis of unsteady flow and aimed to estimate the roughness coefficient and peak flow value;
  • Study  of 2D - 3D mixed hybrid lumped finite element elements numerical methodology, for the solution of the Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible fluid and simulation of rigid/deformable immersed bodies;
  • 2D/3D Finite Volume/Finite Element numerical methodology applied to flux and transport problems in heterogeneous and anisotropic media and study of the computational mesh properties to satisfy Generalized Delaunay conditions.