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04-05-2012

Clarkson University Selected as Partner in European Union International Research Staff Exchange

The European Commission has selected Clarkson University to be part of a consortium of universities led by Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and funded by the European Union under the umbrella of the Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange.

Along with Politecnico di Torino and Clarkson University, the consortium also includes the National Academy of Science of Armenia in Yerevan, Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary, and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

“This consortium will facilitate interaction among our faculty and students with scientists and scholars from foreign institutions, and provide the opportunities needed to effectively create synergies in the development of advanced technologies,” says Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Pier Marzocca.

Marzocca is a graduate of the Aeronautical and Aerospace Department at Politecnico di Torino, where he completed his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. prior joining Virginia Tech and later on Clarkson. “I am very pleased to contribute to this project, and to function as coordinator for the activities involving Clarkson University,” he says.

The interdisciplinary project is called the A2-Net-Team, which stands for Advanced Aircraft Network for Theoretical & Experimental Aeroservoelastic Modeling.

Aeroelasticity is the science that studies the interaction between aerodynamics and elastic structure in the presence of inertial effects.
 
In the next 36 months, 36 faculty and students from the partner institutions will travel to Clarkson to perform research in Marzocca’s laboratory.

This large-scale effort is the beginning of a long journey into developing advanced aircraft structures, advanced materials, sensors and control strategies, and models, along with experiments to be performed at Clarkson’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Wind Tunnel facility.

Clarkson students and faculty will also have an opportunity to visit the European partners for extended periods. “The A2-Net-Team project will be a great vehicle to learn not only more about other universities, their core discipline and expertise, but also about cultural and social traditions of Eastern European and other countries,” says Marzocca.

The research will include aeronautical engineering core competences, the development of methods to estimate aircraft aeroelastic instabilities, the design and manufacture of multifunctional aeroelastic test models, and the development of test techniques and experimental activities for the validation and updating processes of theoretical and numerical models.

In addition, the studies to be performed include the flight dynamic and control of flexible aircrafts, where the main objective is the study of the coupling between aircraft aeroelasticity and flight dynamics in the case of highly flexible aircraft, along with the development of associated control strategies.

The Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange aims at strengthening research partnerships through short period staff exchanges and networking activities between European research organizations and research organizations from countries with which the Community has a science and technology  agreement or are in the process of negotiating one, and countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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