University of Napoli Federico II
The of Aerospace Section of the Department of Industrial Engineering has a long tradition dating its roots back in 1926; Gen. Prof. U. Nobile, designer, pilot of airships and polar explorer, established it. More than 80 years of continuing research and developments have built a solid and accredited tradition of excellence based upon a strong relationship between the academic community, the aerospace industry and the research centers, locally and internationally. The Department is the largest in aerospace engineering in Italy. It played and plays an important role in the European Scientific Community through a continuous contribution to the most important European funded research projects; there are stable collaborations with the most important European and US Universities.
The mission of the Department is: (i) to perform research and developments throughout all the aerospace disciplines, (ii) to contribute to the best training of future aerospace engineers, (iii) to establish an effective and direct link with graduate and undergraduate students, (iv)?to maintain the technical and scientific state of the art for the aerospace community, and (v) to develop and to improve the reputation of its laboratories. The research group pasta-lab (laboratory for promoting experiences in aeronautical structures and acoustics) is an important part of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Traditionally, the group serves all the didactic activities for the aerospace structure sector in the engineering aerospace degrees. The average number for the undergraduate (first level) students is about 200, for the undergraduate (second level) is about 50, and each year a number of 3 PhD are run currently. Throughout the years, the group has been actively involved in many national and international research projects and thematic networks: ASANCA, ASANCA II, RHINO, ENABLE, MADAVIC, MESEMA, FACE, CREDO, SEANET, SUPERPANELS64. The group will participate in the present proposal with three academic staff researchers. Part-time experienced researchers and PhD students and lab technicians will also help in the overall development. Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors): Commitment of key persons (including supervisors) • De Rosa Sergio, Scientist in charge, Associate Professor, 35% • Franco Francesco, Associate Professor, 35% • Marulo Francesco, Full Professor, 25% Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment : The lab has a complete suite for acquisitions based on accelerometers and microphones, several mechanical and acoustic excitation systems, etc. A small acoustic transmission loss facility is available in the lab. It allows measuring the Noise Reduction and TL on very small plane plate samples: the window is about 0.6 m x 0.2 m. Structural and acoustic modal analysis, damping measurements, and acoustic impedance are routine activities, too. The lab hosts also, three real complete fuselages (PIAGGIO AVANTI P180, DORNIER 328, TECNAM P2002). Previous Involvement in Research and Training Programmes : A.S.A.N.C.A. Rotary Wing Group, 90-91, Industrial Project, Advanced Studies for Active Noise Control technologies in Aircraft; RHINO, 92-95, Industrial Project, Reduction of Helicopter Interior Noise; A.S.A.N.C.A II, 93-96,Industrial Project, Advanced Studies for Active Noise Control technologies in Aircraft; S.E.A.NET., 99-02, Thematic Network, Thematic Network on Statistical Energy Analysis; E.N.A.B.L.E., 00-03, Industrial Project, Environmental Noise Associated with the Boundary Layer Excitation; F.A.C.E., 02-06, Industrial Project, Friendly Aircraft Confort Environment; SUPERPANELS, 10-13, FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IRSES, Strengthening and Upholding the Performances of the new Engineered Research PANELS