Pisanò, F.


Federico Pisanò is Associate Professor of Offshore Soil Mechanics. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2011 from Politecnico di Milano (Italy), and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at University of California at Davis (2012) and Politecnico di Milano (2013) until his current appointment at TU Delft in 2014. In 2016 he was Martin Fahey Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) – University of Western Australia.

Federico has co-authored about 70 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He co-chaired the 4th International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing (CPT’18), and presently serves as vice-chair of the ISSMGE Technical Committee TC209 on Offshore Geotechnics as well as Editorial Panel member for Géotechnique Letters. In 2019, he received the ISSMGE Bright Spark Lecture Award for emerging geotechnical academics.

Federico is constantly eager to connect with enthusiastic students and co-workers, as well as to establish new academic and industrial connections worldwide.


Federico received his BSc in Environmental Engineering (2005), MSc in Civil Engineering (2007) and PhD in Structural, Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering (2011) from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. In 2009, he joined as a visiting PhD student the Mathematical Modelling in Engineering group at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain. Upon earning the PhD degree, he was post-doctoral researcher at the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (2011-2012, 2013-2014) and University of California Davis, USA (2012-2013).

In November 2014 Federico was appointed by TU Delft as Assistant Professor of Offshore Soil Mechanics and joined both the sections of Geo-Engineering (Department of Geoscience and Engineering) and Offshore Engineering (Department of Hydraulic Engineering) in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CiTG).


Federico’s research interests include the constitutive/numerical modelling of geomaterials, soil dynamics, and cyclic soil-structure interaction, with emphasis on geo-research for offshore renewables. Most recent applications relate to the study of offshore wind turbine foundations, such as large-diameter monopiles, particularly with regard to (i) response to cyclic/dynamic loads induced by wind, waves, and earthquakes, (ii) optimisation of silent offshore installation methods, and (iii) development of simplified engineering methods for foundation design.

Federico carries out multi-disciplinary research by combining his numerical modelling expertise with experimental work carried out in cooperation with experimental specialists, in order to develop sound and credible solutions for offshore geotechnical applications. He plays a prominent scientific role within the Dutch R&D consortium GROW for offshore wind research, e.g., in relation to major joint industry projects such as MIDAS, GDP, and SIMOX.

Educational Activities

Main teaching responsibilities


OE44030 – Offshore Geotechnical Engineering (MSc, 4 ECTS)

Course coordinator and main instructor

CIE5340-18 – Soil Dynamics (MSc, 4 ECTS)

Course coordinator and main instructor


Other educational tasks


TU Delft MOOC – Offshore Wind Farm Technology (link)


The course is designed for both students and professionals, and encompasses a wide range of engineering issues in the design and construction of offshore wind farms.


PAO course – Foundations for Offshore Wind Turbines (link)

Course coordinator and co-instructor 

The course is designed for practitioners seeking to improve their knowledge about offshore wind turbine foundations and their interaction with marine soils.

(Key) Publications

Significant recent publications:

  1.  H.Y. Liu, E. Kementzetzidis, J.A. Abell, F. Pisanò (2021). “From cyclic sand ratcheting to tilt accumulation of offshore monopiles: 3D FE modelling using SANISAND-MS”, Géotechnique, 71(9), 812–825
  2. F. Pisanò, M. Cremonesi, F. Cecinato, G. Della Vecchia (2020). “CFD-based framework for analysis of soil-pipeline interaction in reconsolidating liquefied sand”, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 146(10), 04020119
  3. E. Kementzetzidis, A.V. Metrikine, W.G. Versteijlen, F. Pisanò (2020). “Frequency effects in the dynamic lateral stiffness of monopiles in sand: insight from field tests and 3D FE modelling”, Géotechnique, 71(9), 812-825
  4. F. Pisanò (2019). “Input of advanced geotechnical modelling to the design of offshore wind turbine foundations” (invited paper associated with Bright Spark Lecture Award), Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ECSMGE2019), September 1-6, 2019, Reykjavik (Iceland)
  5. E. Kementzetzidis, S. Corciulo, W.G. Versteijlen, F. Pisanò (2019). “Geotechnical aspects of offshore wind turbine dynamics from 3D soil-structure non-linear FE simulations”, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 120, 181-199
  6. H.Y. Liu, J.A. Abell, A. Diambra, F. Pisanò (2019). “Modelling the cyclic ratcheting of sands through memory-enhanced bounding surface plasticity”, Géotechnique, 69(9), 783-800

The full list of publications is available here.

Federico Pisanò

Associate Professor