Nicola obtained his Master cum laude in Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy). Consequently, he took up a PhD studentship in Tribology, funded by GE Avio, at the same institute. During his PhD, he was Visiting PhD student for 8 months in the Tribology group at Imperial College London. His PhD thesis was Adhesion and Friction in Periodic Contacts of Elastic and Viscoelastic Layers.
After the PhD, he spent three years post-doc at Polytechnic University of Bari working con contact mechanics, adhesion and viscoelasticity of layered and multilayer materials. At the same time, he was Visiting Academic in the Tribology group at Imperial College, working in tight collaboration with Prof. Dini and Dr. Reddyhoff.
In 2019, he was granted with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, and he is currently enrolled in the Tribology group.
His research consists in theoretical modelling of the contact behavior of multi-layered isotropic materials with specific focus on the biological soft tissues. He also investigate the dynamic behavior of multi-dof systems under viscoelastic damping resulting from contact interactions. He currently counts more than 15 publications in international journals.
Menga N, Dini D, Carbone G, 2020, Tuning the periodic V-peeling behavior of elastic tapes applied to thin compliant substrates, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol:170, ISSN:0020-7403
Menga N, Carbone G, Dini D, 2019, Corrigendum to “Do uniform tangential interfacial stresses enhance adhesion?” [Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 112 (2018) 145–156], Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:133, ISSN:0022-5096, Pages:103744-103744
Menga N, Bottiglione F, Carbone G, 2019, The indentation rolling resistance in belt conveyors: A model for the viscoelastic friction, Lubricants, Vol:7, ISSN:2075-4442, Pages:1-12
Menga N, Carbone G, 2019, The surface displacements of an elastic half-space subjected to uniform tangential tractions applied on a circular area, European Journal of Mechanics, A/solids, Vol:73, ISSN:0997-7538, Pages:137-143
et al., 2018, Rough contact of sliding viscoelastic layers: numerical calculations and theoretical predictions, Tribology International, Vol:122, ISSN:0301-679X, Pages:67-75