Complex Aerospace Systems
Conceptual and preliminary design of innovative configurations ranging from Personal Air Vehicles (PAVs) to General Aviation aircraft and commuters/regional airliners.
Integration of VTOL capabilities, electric and hybrid-electric powertrains, structural batteries.
Flight testing of aircraft and systems
Methodologies, tools and dedicated Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI) for in-flight testing of aircraft and systems.
Helicopters and advanced rotorcraft configurations
Rotorcraft aerodynamics, structural dynamics and aeroservoelasticity, flight controls, handling qualities; dynamics of pilots’ biomechanics and neuromuscular activity; increase in efficient cruise speed; exterior and interior noise reduction.
Integrated aero-servo-elastic modelling
Interaction between Aircraft Flight Control System (AFCS) and the pilots, new aeroservoelastic control concepts, fluid-structure interaction, High-fidelity multi-scale models (CFD + CSD).
Multi-functional components and structures
Health structural monitoring and structural morphing.
Multidisciplinary analysis, design, and optimization methodologies
Multidisciplinary optimization, effects of uncertainty in the design process.
Reduced order modelling of complex systems
Algorithms for ROM generation, efficient and numerically robust computational techniques.
Simulating and testing highly nonlinear phenomena
Massive flow separation, fluid-structure interaction, impact dynamics in crashworthy design, structural and flow instabilities and control, modeling of the inelastic behavior of composite materials, modeling and testing of thin structures subject to static and dynamic instability, modeling of the interactions between post-buckled conditions and damage propagation in composites.