POLITO-DC2: Advanced Aerospace Structure Design

Project 1: Innovative Multifunctional Aerospace structures

The aircraft electrification presents the need to store electricity coupled with a low aircraft weight. Promising approach is certainly multifunctional structures combining structural and electrical functions. Main topics: Analysis of different multifunctional structures configurations at different integration levels; Perform coupled structural and electrochemical numerical analyzes; experimental tests to validate the numerical models are welcomed but not mandatory.

Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Enrico Cestino (POLITO), Assoc. Prof. Giacomo Frulla (POLITO), Prof. Pier Marzocca (RMIT), Prof. Adrian Orifici (RMIT)

Project 2: Aeroelastic response of very light aircrafts

New low weight aircraft configurations exhibit aeroelastic instabilities due increased flexibility. Aeroelastic tailoring is a fundamental tool to cope with safety requirements. Multidisciplinary approach including theoretical, computational, and experimental studies is necessary. Potential topics are: New design concepts for future aircrafts; Advanced numerical model development for aero-structural analyses and process simulation; Uncertainty in composite structures; experimental tests. 

Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Enrico Cestino (POLITO), Assoc. Prof. Giacomo Frulla (POLITO),Prof. Pier Marzocca (RMIT), Assistant Prof. Vincenzo Muscarello (RMIT)

Project 3: Impact absorbing structures design

Impact damage poses a serious threat to the safety of aircraft containing primary structure made from fibre composite material. Promising configurations are structure with high-energy absorbing capacity and passive/active damping performance like origami-based morphing structures or innovative sandwich design. Vulnerability, durability and reliability of such advanced structures and subsequent implications for aircraft safety and operational availability are the main topics. 

Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Enrico Cestino (POLITO), Assoc. Prof. Giacomo Frulla (POLITO), Prof. Pier Marzocca (RMIT), Dr. Jonathan Phuong Tran (RMIT).

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POLITO-DC2

Research Areas

Multifunctional structure, Electrochemical simulation, Structural batteries, Experimental tests

Research Host

Politecnico di Torino (POLITO)

PhD awarding institution/s

Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) and RMIT University

Location

Italy

Status

Open Position

RMIT University

Other Positions

Supervisors

Associate Prof. Andrey Molotnikov (RMIT), Professor Dr.-Ing. Thomas Niendorf (UoK), Philipp Krooss (UoK) and Dr. Markus Weinmann (UoK)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Kassel (UoK) and RMIT University

Location

Germany

Status

Open Position

Supervisors

Prof. Jenny Zhang (RMIT) and Prof. Jose Antonio Vilar-Fernandez (UDC) and José Luis González Leal (Navantia) and Prof. Amparo Alonso-Betanzos (UDC) and Prof. Vicente Díaz-Casas (UDC) and Prof. Marcos Miguez González (UDC)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of A Coruña (UDC) and RMIT University

Location

Spain

Status

Open Position

Supervisors

Prof. Anne-Laure Mention (RMIT) and Associate Prof. Carsten Nico Hjortso (UPCH) and Dr. Marie Smed (UPCH)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and RMIT University

Location

Denmark

Status

Open Position

RMIT and many of the REDI partners are HSR4R certified
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034328.

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