ENEA, the Italian Agency for New technology, Energy and Environment, is a national research organisation whose main business is the development of new technologies on the above said topics. Its two fundamental tasks are to conduct research in these areas and to diffuse the results nationally. The agency which has a staff of approximately 4000 employees, more than half of the scientists are present throughout
Italy, operating 9 major research centres and a number of smaller facilities. The Structural division (SISTRU) whose staff is 16 scientists and 2 technicians, has the main role of development and validation of advanced finite elements (FE) numerical methods in the field of fluids mechanics and structures and is involved in several research projects regarding structural integrity of mechanical components working in high temperature, especially in studies for nuclear reactor safety and core structures under fire.
At present itís strongly involved in research about tunnel structural safety.