Flessati, L.

Profile summary

Luca is Assistant professor in Geotechnical Field Testing and Monitoring. He graduated in Civil Engineering in 2013 at Politecnico di Milano and received his Ph.D. in Structrual, Seismic and Geotecnical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. Between 2017 and 2022 he worked in Politecnico di Milano as doctoral researcher and assistant professor until September 2022, when he joined TU Delft.
Luca is a geotechnical engineer studying experimentally, numerically and theoretically different soil-structure inter-action problems, such as foundations, tunnels, embankments and slope retaining systems, and conceiving simplified models for the design and the optimization of these structures. Eager to continue to follow this research field for increasing competitiveness and sustainability of new infrastructures and structures and to assess the reliability of existing structures.



  • Modelling soil-structure interaction problems with the macroelement approach
  • Mechanical response of unreinforced and reinforced tunnel faces
  • Time-dependent response of tunnel faces
  • Design optimization of pile-supported embankments
  • Stability of natural cavities
  • Stability of slopes in cemented materials
  • Design of retaining structures
  • Shallow foundations under cyclic loads
  • Hydro-mechanical coupled response of shallow foundations
  • Design of mitigation measure for uplift of buried pipelines in liquefiable soil
  • Constitutive modelling of cement-bentonite mixtures for plastic diaphragm
  • Time-dependent geomaterials response
  • Propagation on fast landslides
  • Monitoring of geotechnical structures with fibre optics


  • Flessati, L., di Prisco, C., Corigliano, M. & Mangraviti, V. (2022) A simplified approach to estimatesettlements of earth embankments on piled foundations: the role of pile shaft roughness, European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering in press 10.1080/19648189.2022.2035259
  • Dal Lago, B., Flessati, L., Marveggio, P., Martinelli, M.,Fraraccio, G., di Prisco, C. & di Prisco, M. Experimental tests on shallow foundations of onshore wind turbine tower, Structural Concrete in press10.1002/suco.202100655
  • Martinelli, P., Flessati, L., Dal Lago, B. Fraraccio, G. di Prisco, C. & di Prisco, M. (2021) Role of numerical modelling choices on the structural response of onshore wind turbine shallow foundations, Structures 37(3) 442-458 10.1016/j.istruc.2022.01.002
  • Alberti, S. & Flessati, L. (2021). Rock glacier dynamics by a thermo-elastic-viscoplastic constitutiverelationship, Geosciences (Switzerland), 11 (10), art. no. 417 10.3390/geosciences11100417
  • Flessati, L., di Prisco, C. & Callea, F. (2021). Numerical and theoretical analyses of settlements of stripshallow foundations on normally-consolidated clays under partially drained conditions, GĂ©otechnique 71(12), pp. 1114–1134 10.1680/jgeot.19.P.348
  • di Prisco, C. & Flessati, L. (2021).Progressive failure in elastic-viscoplastic media: from theory to practice, GĂ©otechnique, 71(2), pp. 153–169 10.1680/jgeot.19.P.045
  • Flessati, L., Della Vecchia, G. & Musso, G. (2021).Mechanical behavior and constitutive modeling ofcement-bentonite mixtures for cutoff walls, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering 33(3), 0402048310.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0003584
  • Flessati, L. & di Prisco, C. (2020). Deep tunnel faces in cohesive soils under undrained conditions:application of a new design approach, European Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering, inpress 10.1080/19648189.2020.1785332
  • di Prisco, C., Flessati, L., Frigerio, G. & Galli, A. (2020). Mathematical modelling of the mechanical re-sponse of earth embankments on piled foundations, GĂ©otechnique, 70(9), pp. 755-773 10.1680/jgeot.18.P.127
  • di Prisco, C., Flessati, L. & Porta, D. (2020). Deep tunnel fronts in cohesive soils under undrainedconditions: a displacement based approach for the design of fibreglass reinforcements, Acta Geotechnica, Acta Geotechnica, 15 (4), pp. 1013-1030. 10.1007/s11440-019-00840-8
  • di Prisco, C., Flessati, L. Frigerio, G., Castellanza, R., Caruso, M., Galli, A., & Lunardi, P. (2018).Experimental investigation of the time-dependent response of unreinforced and reinforced tunnel facesin cohesive soilsActa Geotechnica 13(3) 651-670. 10.1007/s11440-017-0573-x
  • di Prisco C., Flessati L., Frigerio G., & Lunardi P (2018).A numerical exercise for the definition underundrained conditions of the deep tunnel front characteristic curve. Acta Geotechnica 13(3) 635-649.10.1007/s11440-017-0573-x
  • Pisanò, F., Flessati, L., & di Prisco, C. (2016).A macroelement framework for shallow foundationsincluding changes in configuration. GĂ©otechnique, 66(11), 910-926. 10.1680/jgeot.16.P.014

Luca Flessati

Assistant Professor in Geotechnical Field Testing and Monitoring

  • L.Flessati@tudelft.nl
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

    Building 23

    Stevinweg 1 / PO-box 5048

    2628 CN Delft / 2600 GA Delft

    Room: KG00.520