Technologies & Applications

What We Do

Technologies & Applications

We are an engineering company which develops advanced technologies and novel solutions for applications in several strategic fields. In particular, we provide tailored services for aerospace, aeronautics and defense industry. We are leaders in prototypal engineering design, multifunctional composites manufacturing and full-scale validation testing in lab and operational environment.  Main target topics include: radar absorbing materials and structures (RAM & RAS), linear electromagnetic accelerators, lightweight ballistic protection systems,  space environment simulation and hot structures.

Design

We design advanced composite structures, experimental set-up planning and deposition and infiltration systems applications.

Polymeric Composite materials: engineering and optimization of multifunctional / hybrid structures 

  • Tunable Composite Material concept: fiber-reinforced polymeric matrix multilayers; planar, 3D, laminated, shell, anisotropic structures; Carbon-based, ceramic and metallic micro/nanoparticles filling;
  • Process parameter modeling by evolutionary computation: in-house development of optimization algorithm – particle swarm (PSO) , winning particle (WPO) – for concurrent applications (lightweight structural/building materials, thermal and ballistic protection systems, EM shielding/filtering, frequency selective structures – FSS);

Experimental set-up customized solutions: space environment testing, microwave, thermo-mechanical and ballistic characterization

  • Development of dedicated instrumentation for space environment simulation: outgassing, thermal cycles, UV/IR/Atomic Oxygen irradiation;   
  • Validation of microwave broadband characterization set-up: waveguide and coaxial methods, free space and EM reverberation chamber equipment;
  • Approaching strategies for medium-to-high energy impact test: assembly and optimization of EM accelerator systems.

Implementing  of devices and methods for surface coating and matrix densification: chemical deposition/infiltration systems development and optimization

  • Carbon nanoparticles, SiC and C/SiC thin coating by Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) equipment: target-driven chamber set-up and growth parameter modeling and optimization; 
  • Densification methodologies by means of Chemical Vapor Infiltration (CVI) equipment set-up: tailoring of gradient-temperature/ pressure process for advanced ceramic materials production.

Prototyping

Manufacturing of customized Composite structures for aerospace, aeronautics, automotive, marine, building, safety and Defense applications

Multi-scale reinforcement : high-strength fiber impregnation, micro-size powder inclusion, nano-materials filling and homogenization, thin film surface coating, hydrocarbon infiltration

Base-products

  • Laminated plate and shell;
  • Multilayered tiles;
  • 3D/anisotropic structures.

Technologies

  • vacuum-bag injection;
  • resin transfer molding (RTM);
  • hot-plate press compression;
  • chemical vapor infiltration (CVI);
  • 3D/4D fiber-prepreg;
  • chemical vapor deposition (CVD);
  • covalent functionalization;
  • ultra-sonic dispersion;
  • ball-milling powder mixing.
  • Matrix: thermosetting (epoxy, phenolic, polyester), thermoplastic (PE, PVC, PMMA, PP, PTFE, ABS), ceramic (C/C), concrete;
  • Pre-preg fiber: Carbon, Glass, Kevlar, Basalt, Dyneema, Twaron, Nextel;
  • Micro/nano-filler and coating: Carbon nanofiber/nanotube, Grafene, Fullerene, Carbon black, micro-graphite, Polyaniline, metallic nanomaterials (Fe, Co, Ni, Ag, Cd, Hf), ceramic micro/nanoparticles (alumina, nano-silica, Boron Carbide, Silicon Carbide)..

Testing

Space environment characterization of materials/structures – EM, chemical and morphological analysis, numerical simulations

  • Space environment simulation − clean room (ISO-5) test, outgassing (UHV: 10−6÷−8 atm), atomic oxygen/UV/IR irradiation, thermal cycles (±150°C), thermal tests (CTE, thermal conductivity in vacuum);
  • Thermo-mechanical testing − tensile, compression, bending, dilatometry, flammability;
  • Ballistic testing – electromagnetic accelerators (COILGUN, RAILGUN) with tunable impact energy (range E: 0÷0.5 MJ);
  • EM characterization – Microwave VNA measurement of dielectric permittivity, magnetic permeability, reflection and transmission coefficient by waveguide and coaxial set-up (2÷18 GHz), free space NRL Arch system (0.1÷18 GHz) and reverberation chamber (0.05÷8 GHz, 50÷70 GHz) equipment; LCR electrical conductivity test (range DC to AC-2 MHz);
  • Chemical/physical analysis – morphological and elemental characterization: SEM, EDX, TEM, XRD, Raman, FTIR, TGA, measurement of apparent density, porosity, viscosity;
  • SW physical modeling – FEM numerical simulations:  ANSYS, COMSOL Multiphysics.

New solutions & materials for Aerospace and Defence