The laboratory develops technologies for manned or unmanned rotary wing platforms, aimed at making design and certification processes more efficient, improving mission capability and reducing operating costs, to meet today’s requirements for urban air mobility and decarbonisation.
The laboratory studies multiple areas: advanced modelling, simulation and Digital Twin solutions, Artificial Intelligence-based functions to support autonomous flight, external environment perception and onboard diagnostics, the electrification of propulsion systems (including the use of hydrogen combustion cells), the development of innovative coatings to reduce wear in extreme conditions, and the damage mechanisms in the composite materials of rotors.
Digital Twins and advanced simulation
The aim of the research unit’s activities is to create Digital Twins of rotary wing platforms, by developing advanced solutions for simulation and the aggregation and analysis of simulated data to achieve ‘Certification-by-Simulation’.
Through Artificial Intelligence applied to flight control systems and flight management systems, the research unit studies and implements advanced environmental perception capabilities, based on ‘enhanced sensing’.
Researchers: Giuseppe Inchignolo, Marco Ciarambino, Fabrizio Schiano, Matteo Baiguera
The unit is focused on the electrification/hybridisation of propulsion systems for helicopters, to meet the decarbonisation and future air mobility requirements in metropolitan areas.