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07-02-2014

Clarkson University Professor Delivers Keynote Lecture in the Netherlands

Clarkson University Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Piergiovanni Marzocca spoke in the Netherlands in May on morphing technologies.

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Marzocca delivered a keynote lecture titled “Morphing Technologies and Their Development - From Deployable Wings to Flow Control: Are we ready for morphing?”

Morphing aircraft are capable of adapting to planned and unplanned multipoint mission requirements, including flight control in different speed regimes. By adapting aero-structure system features, conflicts that arise between high-speed and low-speed flight operations, including short take-off and landing, can be solved by design.

Recent approaches employed in designing deployable composite and membrane micro aerial vehicle wings and flow control technologies resort to sophisticated multi-physics computations, taking into account fluid-structure interaction, and to advanced experimental investigations.

Marzocca's lecture featured an overview of research topics on morphing vehicles, including modeling, simulation and experimental testing with application to flexible wing and integrated subsystems.

"Morphing technologies are sought as a solution to problems that cannot be solved with conventional technologies," Marzocca said. "Innovation is required specifically when the flight mission involves one or more conflicts requirements. This is why I am interested in this subject. I am always looking into creative solutions to approach complex problems, and this is the way we can transform our future by advancing technology and design."

Marzocca has worked in aerospace engineering since 1996 and specializes in multi-physics modeling and characterization of advanced materials and structures, dealing with the interactions among advanced structures and fluids, magnetic, electric and thermal fields. He said he was pleased and honored to be invited to deliver the keynote lecture.

"In aerospace technologies, morphing can be and has been achieved in many different ways. I tried to inspire younger scientists in the room to think big, think creatively and not to be afraid of trying innovative solutions," he said. "However, the key issue is to properly approach the problem at hand, use the proper modeling and simulation tools, don’t use oversimplified assumptions that might lead to results that are unfeasible and always use engineering judgment and confirm modeling solutions with experimental findings."

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Photo caption: Clarkson University Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Piergiovanni Marzocca (fifth from right) delivered a keynote lecture on morphing technologies in the Netherlands.

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