ESR#8 Modelling of brown/white-out
University of Glasgow
Politecnico di Milano
Considering my academic career, after having attended a Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering (graduated in 2014), I have just completed a two years Master programme in Aeronautical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy). My specialization field is in Aerodynamics. Indeed, during my Master, I studied deeply both experimental and computational fluid dynamics.
During my university period, I also had the opportunity to be part of the Skyward Experimental Rocketry Project. It was a fundamental point of my education. The main aim of SKYWARD is designing and realizing small and medium sized experimental sounding rockets. I started working as aerodynamicist, but after less than two years, I became Head of the Computational Rocket Dynamics (CRD) group. We were able to launch the RIX model (the first Skyward rocket), and later, a second type, the RIX-CT.
CFD was the topic of my final dissertation, titled “Study of the Behavior of an auto-activates spoiler in a Transonic Field”, an analysis on the behavior of a spoiler hinged on the upper surface of an air foil used as high-lift device. It allowed me to improve my knowledge and skills in computational fluid dynamics and programming in Fortran and Matlab. Moreover, I learned about Arbitrary-Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) formulations and grid adaptation, using a software developed by members of the Aerospace Department of the Politecnico di Milano.
The main topic of my PhD research involves the brownout/whiteout phenomenon with the aim to model it properly using CFD and mathematic models to simulate wakes of the rotor and the the motion of dispersed particles.