The laboratory studies and develops materials technologies (composite materials in particular), materials production processes, how to improve the mechanical characteristics in aeronautical applications and how to optimise production costs. The activities include a focus on multi-functional materials and structures that can integrate mechanical characteristics with system functions and specific physical, chemical and mechanical properties.
The research unit studies multi-functional materials through a multi-scale approach to identify, develop and test technological solutions that improve the electrical and electromagnetic characteristics of materials for aeronautical applications. The research activity also focuses on the development of integrated multi-physical simulation models for aeronautical components and on analysing the impact of the identified solutions on safety, certification, maintenance and costs.
Researchers: Abhishek Kumar, Francesco Flora
The unit focuses on the research and development of new materials and related production processes (composite and thermoplastic materials, technopolymers, etc.). The researchers study graphene and all its potential applications in the aeronautical, naval and land sectors, as well as issues related to recycling materials from aeronautical production processes, with particular attention on composite materials.
Researchers: Muhammad Zahid, Samia de Souza, Sara Varetti, Stefania Minosi