- Refinement of cabin safety numerical models based on drop test campaign on specimens including subfloor, seta and anthopomorhic dummy.
- Design of structures minimising the bird impact damage, based on FE analysis and gas gun shots; characterisation of suitable ballistic gel for future use in experimental testing in place of bird cadavers.
- Use of hybrid models, based on mixed finite element and lumped mass parts, for the analysis of large rotorcraft sections including cabin, subfloor, seats and anthropomorphic devices; optimisation of energy absorption mechanical parameters, aimed at injury risk minimisation, by fast analysis techniques.
- Use of human total body models for the study of injury criteria and comparison with anthropomorphic test dummy based criteria.
- Improvement of bird strike modelling technique.
- Co-operation with industrial partner for the refinement of an innovative helicopter crashworthy seat, finalised to EASA certification.
- Study of new constitutive laws for Al alloys for a better finite element analysis of fracture propagation.
- Experimental testing and finite element modelling of riveted junctions in static and dynamic conditions.
- Experimental testing and finite element modelling of chiral structures in static and dynamic conditions, aimed at crash energy absorption.
- Application of optimisation strategies to numerical models (hybrid and lumped masses) of more extended rotorcraft sections, including the three main energy absorbing stages of seat, subfloor and landing gear.
- PE8-13 Lightweight construction, textile technology
- PE8-8 Mechanical and manufacturing engineering (shaping, mounting, joining, separation)
- PE8-4 Computational Engineering
- PE8-1 Aerospace Engineering
- Structural impact
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