Tommaso Giovannini, Ph.D.

Associate
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
Atlanta
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Dr. Giovannini’s areas of expertise include, the mechanical property characterization and failure analysis of materials as well as the processing of engineering ceramics. He has extensive experience in microstructural characterization and mechanical property testing techniques including electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), focused ion beam milling (FIB), electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD), instrumented nanoindentation and micropillar compression.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Giovannini was a graduate research assistant and post-doctoral research associate at Imperial College London. During his Ph.D., obtained jointly from the departments of mechanical and materials engineering at Imperial College London, Dr. Giovannini investigated the relationship between crystallographic texture and wear performance in CVD sapphire coatings used in the metal cutting tool industry. To enable this understanding, he combined measurements of the crystallographic texture obtained using EBSD, to micromechanical testing experiments used to probe the small-scale response of different deposition textures. As a post-doctoral research associate he worked on the development of actively-cooled thermal protection systems used for leading edge applications on hypersonic flight vehicles. This work involved the processing of zirconium diboride powders using sintering and robocasting, the evaluation of the material’s corrosion resistance by EDS in samples subjected to plasma torch testing, as well as the characterization of the material’s internal porous microstructure by FIB tomography.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK, 2019
  • M.Sc., Advanced Materials & Engineering, Imperial College London, UK, 2014
  • B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, London South Bank University, 2013
  • Tony Evans memorial prize for the best PhD thesis in the ceramics discipline

    Best MSc Project Presentation Award

    IMechE Institution Best Student Award

    Departmental Prize for the Best Undergraduate Student in the Mechanical Engineering Subject Area

LANGUAGES

  • Italian

Publications

Ewenz Rocher, M., Hermann, T., McGilvray, M., Saad Ifti, H., Hufgards, F., Eberhart, M. F., Meindl, A., Loehle, S., Giovannini, T., & Vandeperre, L. J. (2019). Testing a Transpiration Cooled Zirconium-Di-Boride sample in the Plasma Tunnel at IRS. AIAA, 1552.

Feilden, E., Giovannini, T., Ni, N., Ferraro, C., Saiz, E., Vandeperre, L., & Giuliani, F. (2017). Micromechanical strength of individual Al2O3 platelets. Scripta Materialia, 131, 55–58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2017.01.008

Sernicola, G., Giovannini, T., Patel, P., Kermode, J. R., Balint, D. S., Britton, T. Ben, & Giuliani, F. (2017). In situ stable crack growth at the micron scale. Nature Communications, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-017-00139-w

Presentations

Tommaso Giovannini; Finn Giuliani; Daniel Balint; Ayan Bhowmik; Dislocation drag coefficient measurements via in-situ micropillar compression experiments, TMS 2017, San Diego.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK, 2019
  • M.Sc., Advanced Materials & Engineering, Imperial College London, UK, 2014
  • B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, London South Bank University, 2013
  • Tony Evans memorial prize for the best PhD thesis in the ceramics discipline

    Best MSc Project Presentation Award

    IMechE Institution Best Student Award

    Departmental Prize for the Best Undergraduate Student in the Mechanical Engineering Subject Area

LANGUAGES

  • Italian