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Composite materials: Modeling, Processing, and Characterization

Composite materials: Modeling, Processing, and Characterization

8-11 JUNE 2021

The global composite material and structure market is a multibillion sector with continuous growth, with the aerospace, automotive, construction, marine, and wind energy industries being the big players. The drivers of the expansion are the demand for high-performance and lightweight composites due to stringent regulations towards, e.g., less polluting vehicles or save weight. Emission targets are leading to develop lighter-weight, affordable composite structures and components at higher volumes. Conversely, the reduction of manufacturing costs and the increase in processing efficiency represent some of the next decade’s challenges.

The design of composites cannot use extensions of the methodologies adopted for metals. Such a strategy may lead to oversizing, let alone the risks arising from a wrong design. Composites are more complex material systems than metals due to their multiscale nature. Brittle orthotropic fibers, ductile isotropic matrices, and soft cores coexist.  Such complexity leads to challenging predictive models. E.g., composite structures’ damage and failure mechanism is still far from reliable predictions via virtual models and needs high computational costs, precluding structural engineering calculations. Uncertainties in the models lead to safety factors and tests. Therefore, currently, the full spectrum of composites’ advantages is not exploitable, and costly experimental tests are necessary.

Other challenges may arise during the manufacturing process; in fact, composite parts are commonly subjected to high pressure and temperature cycles during which thermal/curing-induced free-strains are formed. Mismatch of these free strains at various scales, coupled with mechanical properties’ evolution, leads to residual stresses and, consequently, dimensional changes in the cured composite part. The mismatch occurs at the micro-level between constituents (i.e., fiber and matrix), at the meso-level between plies with different orientations, and at the macro-level between the part and the tool via friction and other geometrical constraints. These manufacturing-induced dimensional changes may reduce mechanical performance and pose significant challenges during the assembling of large and complex parts.

Target audience: doctoral students, non-academic professionals, and undergraduate students.

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Deadline: 25 May 2021.

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    Aircraft Impact Dynamics

    Aircraft Impact Dynamics

    25 MAY 2021 16.30-18.30 CEST and 28 MAY 2021 10.30-13.00 CEST

    The webinar provides an overview of recent developments in a specialized research area on aircraftimpact dynamics.
    The original contributions from the authors define the state of the art in the chosen thematic area byfocusing attention on cases of industrial interest addressed to development programmes.
    They give an overview of the definition of both of the field of applicability and of how the research hasproduced innovations and improvements. Improvements concern certainly materials and structures, butthey also include the ways of energy absorbing involving a greater part of the structure during theimpact.
    This webinar is addressed to PhD students, experienced researchers, regulatory agencies and industryspecialists. It discusses the latest aerospace crashworthiness regulations, certification by analysismethods for aircraft, bird strike, metallic & composite structures, impact dynamics up to computationaland experimental techniques. Finally, two case studies about the aircraft seat structures and an aircraftaccident will be discussed.
    Target audience: doctoral students, non-academic professionals, and undergraduate students.

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    Deadline: 18 May 2021.

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      Tethers in Space: deorbiting and power generation

      Tethers in Space: deorbiting and power generation

      21-22 APRIL 2021, 10.00-12.00 CEST

      The Space Tether consists of a complex structure where there are three main parts: 1) the primary satellite; 2) a secondary satellite; 3) a cable (of variable lengths) that is used to join the two spacecraft together. This cable allows the transfer of energy and momentum between the two spacecraft, and this transfer can be present in both directions and, in some cases, can switch direction.

      The Space tethers can be classified in two different areas: Passive tethers, which are used simply for mechanical connection and mainly transfer momentum from one part to the other; and Electrodynamic tethers, conductive wires or tapes or more complex structures), in which an electric current can flow and pass from one end to the other.

      The simplest application involves using the tether system as a de-orbit system; a drag Force is induced on the tether due to its relative motion with respect to the rotating plasma and the satellite.

      An opposite application is the injection of electric current from one satellite and has an effect opposite to the de-orbiting; this effect can be used to increase the SMA of the system or produce movements in the orbital plane.

      The Electrodynamic tether is a system that can act as an orbital control for small and relatively big structures (depending on the tether length and on the produced current).

      Even if the tethers’ dynamics (passive or electrodynamic) are complex and not at all completely understood, the current knowledge in materials and technology is bridging the gap between theory and extensive application in current Space missions.

      Learning objectives: dynamics of tethers; bare and electrodynamic differences; space mission possibilities.

      Target audience: doctoral students, non-academic professionals, and undergraduate students.

       

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      Congresses and events

      AIDAA XXVI International Congress

      AIDAA XXVI International Congress

      August 31st - September 3rd 2021, PISA (Online)

      The 2021 AIDAA Congress is the biennial Congress of the Associazione Italiana di Aeronautica ed Astronautica; it is the 26th Congress, 50 years after the first AIDAA Congress held in Palermo in 1971. The Congress is hosted by the Tuscany Section of AIDAA in Pisa and supported by the Aerospace Division of the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering (DICI).

      The coronavirus outbreak that started in 2020 is still a worldwide emergency, and each of us is asked to contribute to defeating COVID-19. Although the organizers look forward to getting in touch with AIDAA members and friends, the Congress will be entirely online.

       

      Abstract due  – Extended Deadline: April 19, 2021 23 May, 2021

      phd day
      Congresses and events

      Meeting of the European PhD Students in Aerospace Engineering

      Meeting of the European PhD Students in Aerospace Engineering

      15th FEBRUARY 2021, ONLINE

      The first PHD day of European students in Aerospace Engineering: a network of young researchers in Europe.

      The first PhD day of European students in Aerospace Engineering is organised by AIDAA, the Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

      AIDAA was founded in 1920 after the first world war by scientists and high officers of Italian Army and Air Force with the aim of promoting research, meetings, exchange of information, with the final goal of promoting the civil air transport in peace time. After a century from the foundation, AIDAA wishes to celebrate its centennial by collecting together the PhD students in Aerospace engineering from Universities and research centres of Europe, for the first time.

      The PhD students will have the possibility to share their activities to all the colleagues in Europe and, thus, to create a net of European young researchers. Moreover, it will be possible to have a complete overview of the whole research activities in Aerospace in Europe.

      The participants will become members of A.I.D.A.A. in the years 2021 and 2022; as members of AIDAA, they can receive free of charge the articles published on Aerotecnica Missili e Spazio (ATMS), edited by Springer Nature, along the period of membership. ATMS was founded in 1920 as the Journal of AIDAA and the first issue of 2021 will be published in the volume #100. A special issue of ATMS could be dedicated to the papers which the participants to the PhD day 2021 would submit to the Journal, according to the Springer standards of the Journal itself.

       

      Organization

      The first PhD days will start on February 15th, 2021. This is the date of birth of Galileo Galilei, the father of modern science and AIDAA wishes to celebrate this giant when organizing the first workshop of the European PhD students in Aerospace.

      The presentations will be given in a web-conference format and will begin with a brief overview (e.g. 10 minutes), followed by discussion and questions. The presentations will be short enough to allow all the participants:

      • to show brief information on University and Department;
      • to present the background of the research and connections, if any, with the general goals of Europe on Aerospace;
      • to discuss on the methodologies used, avoiding too technical details;
      • to present the results obtained or expected;
      • to propose future developments and possible requests of collaborations.

      The presentations will be collected and, at the end of the workshop, will be shared open access, so allowing the participants, if they agree, to disseminate their activities worldwide.

      The workshop is open to all the European PhD students and also the PhDs who got their doctorate after January 1st, 2019.

       

      Participation Fees

      The participation fee is 80 € to be paid by credit card, paypal or bank transfer to AIDAA Rome, Italy.

      Bank transfer data:
      AIDAA Rome, Italy
      IBAN: IT83F0200805164000005064973
      BIC/SWIFT: UNCRITM1B57

      To participate in this course it is necessary to register by paying a registration fee of €80. Pay now using Paypal.

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      Challenges and opportunities for the aerospace frontier

      Challenges and opportunities for the aerospace frontier

      22nd FEBRUARY 2021

      The main instruments for the development and attraction of talent to the European Union (EU) are the European Research Council (ERC) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

      Over the last decade, the ERC and the MSCA found wide and diverse areas of research of relevance to aerospace and gave many researchers the opportunity to develop their projects with highly competitive conditions. This short webinar is addressed to early-career and experienced researchers and is intended to promote successful proposals for the ERC and MSCA Individual Fellowship grants.

      In the first part, EU scientific officers and experts will give an overview on the main characteristics and opportunities offered by the ERC and MSCA-IF funding schemes. Particular attention will be focused on mission, funding, and evaluation process.

      In the remaining part of the course, authors of successful ERC and MSCA-IF grant proposals on arguments of aerospace relevance will present their own stories and projects and will give application advice. Details on lessons learnt, proposal writing, preparation of the curriculum vitae, and stage-2 interview will be discussed along with eventual opportunities to join an ERC team.

       

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      Middle Tennessee State University
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      Middle Tennessee State University

      Middle Tennessee State University

      Established in 1942, the Aerospace Department is now a signature department at MTSU and has grown into one of the most respected aerospace programs in the nation. Seventeen full-time faculty members, 75 flight instructors, and around 1,000 majors places it among the largest of the nation’s collegiate aviation programs. Aerospace graduates hold responsible positions with companies throughout the United States and Internationally.

      Middle Tennessee State University’s Aerospace Graduate Programs are now available in a completely online format!

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      SCSI
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      The Southern California Safety Institute

      The Southern California Safety Institute

      Operating worldwide for over a quarter century, SCSI (Southern California Safety Institute) is an established center of excellence in safety training serving global leaders in the aviation, oil and healthcare industries. Headquartered in Southern California, SCSI offers full service safety training and consultation as well as Certificate Programs in Aircraft Accident Investigation and Safety Management Systems — both industry recognized.

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      Von Karman Institute
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      Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

      Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

      The von Karman Institute organizes each year 8 to 12 one-week Lecture Series on specialized topics in the field of aerodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer with application to aeronautics, space, turbomachinery, the environment and industrial fluid dynamics.

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      IAC 2021
      Congresses and events

      International Astronautical Congress 2021

      The 72nd International Astronautical Congress 2021

      25-29 OCTOBER 2021, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Inspire, innovate & discover for the benefit of humankind.

      For the very first time, the IAC will open its doors to the global space community in the United Arab Emirates, the first Arab country to host the IAC since its establishment in 1950.

      The United Arab Emirates’ interest in astronomy and space sciences dates back to the 1970’s, when His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan met with the NASA team responsible for the Apollo moon landing. This encounter sparked a national focus on space that began almost three decades ago, eventually leading to the birth of a national space sector.

      The IAC 2021 Host Organization – the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) – member of the IAF since 2012, was established by the Dubai Government to serve as one of the main pillars to drive the establishment of the knowledge economy and sustainable development in the UAE.

      With the theme “Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Humankind”, the IAC 2021 looks forward to making a contribution to humanity and to science by strengthening and enhancing cooperation between all countries in the space sector.

      This is your chance to inspire the next generation, to architect the further development and expansion of the space sector’s growing ecosystem. In fact, the IAC 2021 could be your opportunity to contribute in breakthroughs that revolutionize the future of space exploration.

      The IAC 2021 comes to the UAE at a fortuitous juncture: it will follow closely on the heels of the launch of the Emirates Mars Mission (Hope Probe), the Arab’s first space exploration craft to Mars. It will also mark the anniversary of the return of the first Emirati astronaut from the International Space Station, and the second anniversary of the launch of KhalifaSat — the first Earth-observation satellite to be produced wholly by Emiratis.

      These achievements are symbolic of the beginning of a new era in the region; the IAC 2021 will be an opportunity to shed light on how space science and technology can contribute to a nation’s progress.