Gianluca Amendola

Gianluca Amendola
CIRA Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali | CIRA · Smart Structures Division

PhD @ University Of Naples

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Publications (23)
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When dealing with adaptive lifting surfaces, the level of complexity of the structural design naturally increases as a consequence of the augmented functionality of the resulting system. Specifically, an adaptive structure ensures a controlled and fully reversible transition from a baseline shape to a set of different configurations, each one chara...
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Aircraft industry is by now deeply involved in technological breakthroughs bringing innovative frameworks, in which the morphing systems constitute the most promising scenario. These systems are taking a remarkable role among the unconventional solutions for the improvement of performance in the operating conditions. The application of morphing dev...
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Variation of trailing edge camber proved to be one of the easiest and most effective ways to modify aerofoil shape to match different aircraft operational weights, with benefits approaching 3% of fuel savings or, equivalently, range extension. This is particularly the case of commercial planes, where both initial take-off conditions (because of the...
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A major difficulty in the design of morphing devices for aircraft wings is to reach an adequate compromise between high load-carrying capacity to withstand aerodynamic loads and sufficient flexibility to achieve better aerodynamic performance. Such counteracting and demanding targets lead to an increased structural complexity whose experimental cha...
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Structurally integrated sensors form the key element of any smart structure. The resident sensing system within such a structure would provide the necessary information on its shape, orientation, load distribution and health monitoring as well. Strain data is an example of information retrieved from the most common and widest used sensors for struc...
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More severe regulations are growing worldwide due to increasing air traffic in order to reduce fuel consumption and noise. The achievement of challenging targets in terms of pollutant emissions abatement demands for the development of innovative aircraft technologies. Morphing is one of them and plays an extraordinary role for the improvement of ai...
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In last decades, several research programs were founded worldwide to exploit the potentialities of the morphing concepts, especially to improve aerodynamic efficiency, and so reduce fuel consumption. Among these, the CRIAQ MDO-505 project represents the first joined research program between Canadian and Italian academies, research centers and leadi...
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Airfoil camber adaptation may be the key for the performance improvement of wings for many specific applications, including shorter take-off distance, compensation of weight variation and so on. Following the successful experiences gained in SARISTU, where an adaptive trailing edge device was developed for medium to large size commercial aircraft,...
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The development of adaptive morphing wings has been individuated as one of the crucial topics in the greening of the next generation air transport. Research programs have been lunched and are still running worldwide to exploit the potentials of morphing concepts in the optimization of aircraft efficiency and in the consequent reduction of fuel burn...
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Design of morphing wings at increasing TRL is common to several research programs worldwide. They are focused on the improvement of their performance that can be expressed in several ways, indeed: aerodynamic efficiency optimization, fuel consumption reduction, COx and NOx emission reduction and so on, or targeted to overcome the classical drawback...
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In last decades, several research programs were founded worldwide to exploit the potentialities of the morphing concepts, especially to improve aerodynamic efficiency, and so reduce fuel consumption. Among these, the CRIAQ MDO-505 project represents the first joined research program between Canadian and Italian academies, research centers and leadi...
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European Union is involving increasing amount of resources on research projects that will dramatically change the costs of building and operating aircraft in the near future. Morphing structures are a key to turn current airplanes to more efficient and versatile means of transport, operating into a wider range of flight conditions. The concept of m...
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The meaningful growth process and the exponential development related to aircraft industry has currently introduced new requirements concerning the fuel burn reduction and the noise emitted. The awareness on meeting the comfort targets implied a significant evolution of the assessments in aircraft design, aimed at reducing the problems that have em...
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The actuation mechanism is a crucial aspect in the design of morphing structures due to the very stringent requirements involving actuation torque, consumed power, and allowable size and weight. In the framework of the CRIAQ MD0-505 project, novel design strategies are investigated to enable morphing of aeronautical structures. This paper deals wit...
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Like any other technology, morphing has to demonstrate system level performance benefits prior to implementation onto a real aircraft. The current status of morphing structures research efforts (as the ones, sponsored by the European Union) involves the design of several subsystems which have to be individually tested in order to consolidate their...
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The study herein described is aimed at investigating the feasibility of an innovative full-scale camber morphing aileron device. In the framework of the “Adaptive Aileron” project, an international cooperation between Italy and Canada, this goal was carried out with the integration of different morphing concepts in a wing-tip prototype. As widely d...
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The object of this work is the conceptual design and modelling of a transducer based on fibre optic sensor and conceived to measure rotations of rigid components around a pivot. The device, namely, post-buckling-fibre Bragg grating, is constituted of a flexible metal plate hosting a fibre Bragg grating strain sensor; the edges of the plates are hin...
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In the field of European and International morphing structures projects, the CRIAQ MD0-505 enables collaboration among Italian and Canadian research centers and industries paying particular attention to the development of innovative design in the area of adaptive technologies. The main project goals involve the design of a wing trailing edge device...
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The study is aimed at investigating the feasibility of a high TRL solution for a wing flap segment characterized by morphable camber airfoil and properly tailored to be implemented on a real-scale regional transportation aircraft. On the base of specific aerodynamic requirements in terms of target airfoil shapes and related external loads, the stru...
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The object of this work is the conceptual design and modeling of a sensor based on Fiber Optic technology and conceived to measure rotations of rigid components around a pivot. The device, namely PB-FBG, is constituted of a flexible plate integrated with a FBG sensor; the edges of the plates are hinged onto the rotating rigid bodies, eccentrically...

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The main objective of the international (Canada-Italy) project CRIAQ MDO-505 is to design and manufacture a morphing wing tip for a Bombardier-type aircraft controlled by electric actuators and pressure sensors. The title of the CRIAQ MDO-505 project is Morphing Architectures and related Technologies to improve the Wings Efficiency of the Wings. This project, taking place over three years, 2012-2015, represents a continuation of CRIAQ 7.1, a project carried out from 2006 to 2009 and in which a morphing wing was controlled by the use of smart material actuators. The morphing wing was equipped with a composite skin and Kulite pressure sensors for transition detection, a design that successfully delayed the flow transition. The Canadian partners in the current international project are Bombardier Aerospace, Thales Canada, IAR-NRC, ETS, and Ecole Polytechnique, and the Italian partners are Alenia Aermacchi, CIRA and the University of Naples "Federico II". The objectives of the desired morphing behavior are to delay the flow transition on the wing and to thereby improve aerodynamic performances of the aileron. The aerodynamic numerical results will be validated using wind tunnel tests in the IAR-NRC Subsonic Wind Tunnel.