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Antonia Larese


Associated Lecturer in Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis at UPC BarcelonaTech

Associate Research Professor at Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics en Enginyeria (CIMNE)


+34 93 401 10 48



Module C1, Office 109, Campus Nord UPC
Jordi Girona 1-3
08034 Barcelona - Spain





PhD in Structural Analysis: UPC BarcelonaTech


Máster en Método Numéricos para Cálculo y Diseño en Ingeniería: CIMNE


Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Civile (Strutturista): Universitá degli Studi di Padova (Italy)

Title homologated in Spain (2011) to Ingeniero de Caminos Canales y Puertos


Diploma di maturitá scientifica (High school scientific degree): Liceo scientifico A. Einstein. Piove di Sacco -Padova- (Italia)



Scientific experience

»  Research work in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) problems with particular emphasis on free surface flows in deformable porous media with variable porosity.

»  Developer of KRATOS-Multiphysics ( A framework for building multi-disciplinary finite element programs.

Research Interests


»  Computational methods in applied sciences and engineering.
»  Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
»  Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI).
»  Coupled Problems.
»  Meshless methods.
»  Non-Newtonian fluids.
»  Computational Geomechanics

Participation in competitive projects


Internation projects

1.ExaQUte- EXAscale Quantification of Uncertainties for Technology and Science Simulation. PI:R. Rossi, REA Ref H2020 FET-Future & emerging technologies G.A.nº 800898, 698.500,00 € 01/06/2018-31/05/2021.


2.T-MAPPP - Training in Multiscale Analysis of multi-Phase Particulate Processes Scientific coordinators: Larese, A.; Oñate, E.. REA, Ref: FP7 PEOPLE 2013 ITN–Grant Agreement nº607453, 324.273Eur,  14/03/2014. 14/03/2018 (WP leader)


3.TCAiNMaND - Tri Continental Alliance in Numerical Methods applied to Natural Disasters FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES, Ref.: FP7- 612607,  235.200Eur, 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2017 (PI of the project)


4.FLOODSAFE - Assessment and Initial Steps for the Exploitation of a Simulation Software for the Study and Mitigation of the Effect of Floods on Constructions and Landscape REC Ref:ERC-PoC-2014 AdG n: 267521, 149.856Eur, 1/9/2015 – 31/8/2016


5.ULITES - Ultra-lightweight structures with integrated photovoltaic solar cells: design, analysis, testing and application to an emergency shelter prototype PI: Rossi, R. REA Ref: Program FP7-SME-2012 – Grant Agreement nº: 314891, 324.273Eur. 07/01/2013. 07/01/2015. Web page (WP leader)


6.SAFECON - New Computational Methods for Predicting the security of constructions to Water Hazards accounting for fluid-soil-structure interactions. Scientific coordinator: Oñate, E. REC Ref: FP7 – Ideas (Advanced Grant) - Grant Agreement nº: 267521, 2.487.734Eur, 01/01/2011. 31/12/2015.  Web page


National Projects

1.     PRECISE - Numerical methods for PREdicting the behaviour of CIvil StructurEs under water natural hazards – MINECO -  BIA2017-83805-R – 125.000Eur- 01/01/2018 – 31/12/2020  (PI of the project)


2. EUIN2017 - Development of the ERC Starting Grant Proposal – MINECO - Europa Investigación EUIN 87969 – 10000Eur - 01/11/2017 -28/02/2018 (PI of the project)


3. HIRMA – Development and validation of a tool for defining the failure hydrogram in embankment dams considering the specific geomechanics MINECO – Ref. RTC – 2016-4967-5, 176 024Eur 01/09/2016- 31/08/2019


4. ACOMBO - Development of a computational code for the analysis of thermo-mechanical behaviour of arch dams MINECO, Ref: RTC-2015-3794-5, 194.723Eur,  01/09/2015 31/08/2018


5. DIABLO - Development of an optimized code for the design of spillways with wedge-shaped blocks MINECO, Ref: RTC-2014-2081-5, 183.761Eur, 01/09/2014 - 31/12/2017 


6. VOLADAPT – New efficient and effective blasting process, in the sense of use of resources and raw materials,  by predictive and adaptive  techniques minimizing emission MINECO, Ref: RTC-2014-2237-5, 262.834Eur,   01/02/2014 - 31/12/2016


7. EACY - Enhanced accuracy computational and experimental framework for strain localization and failure mechanisms. M., MINECO Ref. MAT2013-48624-C2-1-P, 49.387Eur,   01/02/2014  - 31/12/2016


8. TIPSEN – BarcelonaKEY call for Projects


9. EDAMS – Métodos numéricos y experimentales para la evaluación de la seguridad y protección de las presas de materiales sueltos en situación de sobrevertido Ref: BIA2010-21350-C03-01, 49.489Eur 01/10/2010. 01/10/2013


10. XPRES – Desarrollo de un método para el estudio del proceso de rotura de presas de escollera por sobrevertido combinando técnicas de elementos finitos y partículas. MEC, Ref: BIA2007-68120-C03-01,179.080Eur, 01/10/2007. 01/10/2010


11. Ciudad Multidimensional LCM. Ciudad Multidimensional MEC Ref: Pyto: PSE-380000-2006-6, Subpto 27, 28, 140.013Eur, 01/01/2006.31/12/2009


12. STRUCT -LNG - Desarrollo de herramientas de diseño para el cálculo estructural en el transporte de gas licuado MEC Ref: CIT-370300-2005-16, 76.526Eur, 01/01/2005. 31/12/2005




Journal papers

1.            R. Zorrilla, R. Rossi, A. Larese A novel embedded approach for the Navier-Stokes simulation of volumeless immersed geometries, Submitted to CMAME (2018)


2.            Iaconeta, I. Larese, A., Rossi, R., Oñate, E. A stabilized, mixed, implicit Material Point Method for non-linear incompressible solid mechanics problems. Submitted to Computational mechanics (2018)


3.            AlSofi, H., Larese, A., Padilla, I., Rossi, R., Scotta, R., Wüchner, R., Assessment of surface pressure predictions by Finite Volume and Finite Element methods based on a complementary experimental - numerical wind engineering campaign. Submitted to Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (2017).


4.            Iaconeta, I., Larese, A., Rossi, R., Guo, Z.  Comparison of a Material Point Method and a Meshfree Galerkin Method for the simulation of cohesive-frictional materials, Materials, 10 , 1150,  (2017) doi: 10.3390/ma10101150 Impact factor 2.654 (JCR) Q1.


5.            Cotela, J., Rossi, R. and Larese A., Simulation of two and three-dimensional viscoplastic flows using adaptive mesh refinement International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 112,(11) 1636-1658 (2017) DOI: 10.1002/nme.5574 Impact factor 2.1 (JCR) Q1.


6.            Larese, A. A Lagrangian PFEM approach for non-Newtonian viscoplastic materials. In pres in Revista Internacional de Métodos Numéricos para cálculo y diseño en Ingeniería (RIMNI) 33(3-4), p 307-317 (2017). DOI: Impact factor 0.423 (JCR) Q2.


7.            Moreno, E., Larese, A. and Cervera, M. Modelling of Bingham and Herschel-Bulkley flows with mixed P1/P1 finite elements stabilized with Orthogonal Subgrid Scale, Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 28,pp 1-16, (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.jnnfm.2015.12.005 Impact factor 1.821 (JCR) Q1.


8.            Salazar, F., Irazabal, J., Larese, A. and Oñate, E. Numerical modelling of landslide-generated waves with the particle finite element method (PFEM) and a non-Newtonian flow model International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (2016) 40, pp 809-826. DOI: 10.1002/nag.2428  Impact factor 1.561 (JCR) Q2.


9.            Larese, A., Rossi, R., Oñate, E., Finite Element Modeling of free surface flow in variable porosity media. Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering 22(4) (2015), pp 637-653 DOI: 10.1007/s11831-014-9140-x. Impact factor 4.136 (JCR) Q1.


10.          Larese, A.; Rossi, R.; Oñate, E.; Toledo, M.A.; Moran, R., Campos, H., Numerical and experimental study of overtopping and failure of rockfill dams. International Journal of Geomechanics (ASCE) 15 (4), art. no. 04014060 (2015) ISSN 1532-3641. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE) GM.1943-5622.0000345. Impact factor 1.197 (JCR) Q1.


11.          Larese, A.; Rossi, R.; Idelsohn, S.R.; Oñate, E.A coupled PFEM-Eulerian approach for the solution of porous FSI problems. Computational mechanics.50 - 6,pp. 805 - 819. (2012). ISSN 0178-7675. DOI: 10.1007/s00466-012-0768-9 Impact factor 2.432 (JCR) Q1.


12.          Rossi, R.; Larese, A.; Dadvand, P.; Oñate, E. An efficient edge-based level set finite element method for free surface flow problems. International journal for numerical methods in fluids. 71-6, pp.687-716 DOI. 10.1002/fld.3680, (2012). ISSN 0271-2091, DOI: 10.1002/fld.3680. Impact factor 1.329 (JCR) Q2.


13.          Larese, A.; Rossi, R.; Oñate, E.; Idelsohn, S., Validation of the Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM) for simulation of free surface flows. Engineering computations. 25 - 4,pp. 385 – 425 (2008), ISSN 0264-4401, DOI: 10.1108/02644400810874976. Impact factor 1.206 (JCR) Q2.




Author of more than 50 proceedings in international congresses and conferences (the full list is available in the CV pdf file).​




1. Gracia, L., Salazar, F., Larese, A., Development of a computational tool for structural verification of dams. Monograph CIMNE (M162) ISBN: 978-84-945689-4-7 (2016)

2. Larese A.,Oñate E., Rossi, R.,  A coupled Eulerian-PFEM model for the simulation of overtopping in rockfill dams. Monograph CIMNE M133 (2012) ISBN: 978-84-940243-6-8, B-29348-2012 (2012)

3. Larese A., On the application of the Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM) in Civil Engineering. Monograph CIMNE M98 (2006) ISBN: 84-96736-02-4, B-46523-2006. (2006)


Technical papers and any other scientific production


2. Larese, A.; Oñate, E. CIMNE Verification of the validation analysis of Xfinas elements database. 01/2009.


1. Oñate, E.; Suarez, B.; Idelsohn, S.; Rossi, R.; Celigueta, M.A.; Larese, A. Trabajo realizado por CIMNE en relación con la rotura del muelle del Prat del puerto de Barcelona. 07/2007.




Teaching experience

Undergraduate courses


Resistència de Materials (Strength of Materials) Enginyeria de la Construcció – UPC (6ECTS)


Estructures (Theory of structures) Enginyeria de la Construcció – UPC (6ECTS)


Estructures (Structures) Enginyeria Tècnica d’Obres Públiques –UPC (12ECTS)

Master courses


Communication skills (Master on Numerical Methods in Engineering - UPC)


Industrial training (Master on Numerical Methods in Engineering - UPC)


Finite Elements (Master of Science in Computational Mechanics -Erasmus Mundus - UPC)


Finite Elements (Master on Numerical Methods in Engineering - UPC)

Seminars or international courses

Invited presentations:


Invited keynote speaker to PROTECTIONS 3rd International Seminar on Dam Protection against Overtopping and Accidental Leakage, Lake District, UK, Title: Advanced computational methods for dam protections against overtopping


Invited keynote speaker to the International Workshop on Overflowing Erosion of Dams and Dikes, Aussois, France, Title:  Advanced numerical solutions for enhancing the safety of zoned rockfill dams in extreme scenarios


Invited plenary speaker to the COUPLED PROBLEMS 2017, Rhodes, Greece Title: “Embedded techniques for FSI problems”


Invited plenary speaker to the CONIA 2016, El Salvador Title: “Dam Safety: Numerical simulation of overtopping in rockfill dams and landslide into the reservoir”,


Invited keynote speaker to the MUMOLADE Michael School. Title: Numerical and Experimental Study of Failure of Rockfill Dams under Extreme Events, Barcelona, Spain


Invited keynote speaker to PROTECTIONS 1st International Seminar on Dam Protection against Overtopping and Accidental Leakage, Madrid, Spain.., Title: Simulation of the beginning of failure in rockfill dams caused by overtopping.


Invited keynote speaker to the XI ICOLD Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams. Valencia, Spain Coupling Eulerian and Lagrangian models to simulate seepage and evolution of failure in prototype rockfill dams.

Invited lectures:


Computational models for the simulation of water natural hazards. Invited seminar, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


MPM training course (8 hours post graduated course). Departamento ECA – Sección ingeniería del terreno, ETSCCPB, Barcelona, Spain


Finite Elements for Fluids with open source software (22 hours post graduated course).Technical University of Munich (Germany)



Membership of scientific society or institutes


Fellow of the Young Investigators Section of the Spanish Association for Numerical Methods in Engineering


Fellow of the Spanish Association for Numerical Methods in Engineering (SEMNI)


Collaborating with the European Working Group on Risk Assessment of ICOLD


Member of the FLUMEN institute of the UPC.


Voting member of the Comité de Cálculo de presas of the Spanish Committee on Large Dams (SpanCOLD).


Member of the Continuum mechanics groups of the UPC (MC2).




• 08/05/2018 – present  Rita Levi Montalcini young researcher (ranked 1st in engineering and architecture fields). Issued by the Italian Ministry of research and university MIUR


• 19/06/2017 – present  Juan de la Cierva Incorporación – Post doctoral Grant issued by the Spanish Ministry MINECO


• 01/07/2015 – 18/06/2017         PDJ2014 – postdoctoral grant from the Catalonian regional governmentSpecial Doctoral Award 2014 delivered by UPC BarcelonaTECH for the PhD thesis “A coupled EulerianPFEM model for the simulation of overtopping in rockfill dams”


• 01/2013 Finalist for the award for the best PhD thesis discussed in Spain in 2012 issued by the Spanish Association for Numerical Methods in Engineering (SEMNI)


• 2009 Outstanding Paper Award 2009 delivered by EMERALD for the paper "Validation of the Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM) for simulation of free surface flows".