FRAME-Lab - Fixed and Rotary-wing Aircraft Multidisciplinary Eng.



Contact Person

Prof. Giuseppe Quaranta

Phone Number

+39 02 2399 8405

Mail Address

Ongoing activities

  • Currently, the group is working at several projects focusing on rotorcraft. The first one is a consequence of the success of the GARTEUR AG-16 activity, that led the participants to create a consortium for a successful European project ARISTOTEL on the investigation of Rotorcraft Pilot Coupling and the definition of design guidelines and methods for designing RPC-free aircraft. This activity led to significant development in the area of biomechanical and behavioral modeling of pilots and its integration in the aeroservoelastic simulation of aircraft and rotorcraft.
  • Design methods for the investigation of innovative cyclocopter configurations are applied in the project CROP, exploiting the capabilities developed in the MAST-CTA project.
  • The research on novel investigation methods for the stability analysis of dynamic systems lead to the development of a new framework based on the robust control theory. This method has been used for the analysis of rotorcraft ground and air resonance problems and for RPC stability problems.
  • The Investigation of chiral structural topologies for the realization of morphing aerodynamic surface has been developed. Innovative solutions to increase the efficiency of rotorcraft are investigated in the FARB project Shape-It, where variable camber helicopter blades are investigated. In this field a research activity on the optimization of the shape of the elastic rotor blades during each rotor turn to improve the rotorcraft performance is currently developed in collaboration with prof. Pietro Congedo at INRIA Bordeaux, France.
  • Research on in-flight icing prediction and control are currently being carried out in collaboration with Alenia Aermacchi, McGills University, the University of Bergamo and the University of Trento. These studies led to the development of the novel icing prediction software PoliMIce.

Future plans

  • Future plans will be concentrated on the development of genuinely multidisciplinary methodologies for the conceptual design of rotorcraft system. The aim is to introduce in the conceptual design phase more sophisticated models and aspects usually neglected at this stage, such as aeroelasticity, pilot modeling and flight control systems, that may have a significant role in performances, stability and handling qualities of the final vehicle. On this subject we proposed the creation of an exploratory group to the consortium GARTEUR, that started at the end of 2012 (EG-31) and that it is expected to be transformed into an action group very soon. On the same subject, a proposal for the program PRIN 2012 has been submitted together with University RomaTre and Politecnico di Torino.
  • The fruitful collaboration with the partners of the ARISTOTEL consortium is expected to continue in future EU funded activities on rotorcraft aeromechanics and design.
  • A work on the design of a novel gurney flap configuration to improve rotorcraft performances is under development in collaboration with the Rotorcraft Aerodynamic Laboratory.
  • Currently several contacts are ongoing with the University of Bristol and TUD to set up a research program on morphing rotorcraft blades. On the same subject, the collaboration with the research group at INRIA Bordeax, France is expected to lead to important results on shape optimization of morphing blades.
  • Finally, a collaboration with the Research Group of Prof. W Habashi at McGill University is starting on the investigation of rotorcraft performance in icing conditions.

ERC Keywords

  1. PE7_9 Man-machine-interfaces
  2. PE7_4 Systems engineering, sensorics, actorics, automation
  3. PE7_1 Control Engineering
  4. PE8_1 Aerospace Engineering

Free Keywords

  1. Rotary-wing aircraft
  2. Multidisciplinary analysis

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