Flight Physics

Within Flight Physics, we focus on aeroelastic and aerodynamic phenomena.

  • Aeroelasticity of unconventional configurations is challenging as no previous experience can guide the design, and, being relatively unknown, critically lowers industrial interest. For this reason, aeroelastic analyses need to reproduce the physics at higher fidelity level. For example, many new configurations exhibit aeroelastic and flight dynamc coupling, with relevant consequences on aeroelastic instabilities onset and manueverability qualities.
  • Nonlinear aeroelasticity and corrections. The large deflections of highly-deformable wings and the transonci regime represent two sources fo nonluinearities that needs to be reproduced in the simulation. Introducing higher-fidelity analyses ab-initio can in same cases be still untractable; hence, correction methods are an important addition.
  • Loads and active suppression. In the case that penalty introduced to guarantee structural integrity are too big, aeroelastic active and passive suppresion and load control means, e.g., active flutter suppression, can be employed.
  • Aerodynamic Shape Optimization. Aerodynamic efficiency is one of the key parameters driving cost-effectiveness and pollution. Hence, aerodynamic optimization represents a must for modern aircraft.