Mechanical and Materials Engineering with honors, University Ancona, Italy, 1992. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University Bologna, Italy, 1995.
Amabili is very well-known for the study of nonlinear vibrations and dynamic stability of shell and plate structures, a subject to which he has given many contributions. Professor Amabili serves as Contributing Editor for International Journal of Non-linear Mechanics (Elsevier). He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluids and Structures, Elsevier, Applied Mechanics Reviews, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines.
He has been the Chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Technical Committee Dynamics and Control of Systems and Structures.
Professor Amabili is working in the area of vibrations, nonlinear dynamics and stability of thin-walled structures, reduced-order models and fluid-structure interaction. His research is multi-disciplinary, and it has been utilized in the design and analysis of aeronautical and aerospace structures, laminated and FGM shell structures, human blood flow problems in aorta, safety of pressure tanks and innovative flow-meters.
He is the author of the monograph Nonlinear Vibrations and Stability of Shells and Plates published by Cambridge University Press. Amabili, together with Member of Parliament Païdoussis and F. Pellicano, has showed for the first time the strongly subcritical behavior of the stability of circular cylindrical shells conveying flow (Fig1).
A series of papers presented theoretical, numerical and experimental investigations, showing that a supported circular shell made of aluminum, plastic or rubber presents divergence for much smaller velocity than predicted by linear theory.
Amabili developed in 2014 an innovative 8-parameter thickness deformation shell theory that retains the geometric nonlinear terms in all the 8 parameters describing the shell deformation. This theory is particularly suitable to model soft tissues.
Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (co-organizer international mechanical engineering conference and exhibition 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, secretary DCSS committee, associate editor), Register of Engineers.