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Dr. Francesco Fedele receives ASME Best Paper Award for wave research

The work of Dr. Francesco Fedele was recently recognized by ASME’s 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2011).

“Space-Time Extremes in Sea Storms,” a paper Fedele co-authored with Profs. Felice Arena and Aziz Tayfun, received the Best Paper Award in the Structures, Safety and Reliability Symposium.
The work of Dr. Francesco Fedele was recently recognized by ASME’s 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2011).

“Space-Time Extremes in Sea Storms,” a paper Fedele co-authored with Profs. Felice Arena and Aziz Tayfun, received the Best Paper Award in the Structures, Safety and Reliability Symposium. The honor was officially bestowed this past June during OMAE’s 2012 conference, held in Brazil. The paper was also accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Meteorological Society.

An assistant professor with a joint appointment in CEE as well as ECE, Fedele focused on extreme waves in oceanic storms. His proposed space-time stochastic analysis seeks to provide a statistical approach for the prediction of rogue waves, the key element for the design of ocean-based oil and gas platforms. The three researchers noted that underestimation of the height of waves may lead to failure of the structure under extreme conditions.

“One of the drawbacks of standard stochastic analyses is that surface time series gathered at a fixed point Q tends to underestimate the true actual wave surface maximum that can occur over a given area around that point,” said Fedele. “A large crest observed in time at Q represents a maximum observed at that point, but it may not be the maximum expected over the area. Thus, wave extremes will have to be modeled in both space and time as maxima of random fields rather than those of random functions of time.”