From the 5th to the 9th of November 2019 we, PAS EUROAVIA Forlì-Bologna, hosted our first international event: an Aerodynamics Symposium.
We chose this as the main topic of our event because our university campus is one of the most developed in this field of study thanks also to the research carried out at the CICLoPE laboratory in Predappio, one of the most advanced in the world.
First of all, the twenty EUROAVIAns who took part in this event attended four lectures held by some of our professors: prof. Talamelli Alessandro, our Aerodynamics teacher, who spoke about roughness and aerodynamic drag; prof. Brandt Luca, from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, who illustrated the methods to predict and control the transition to turbulent flow; prof. De Angelis Elisabetta, our Fluid Dynamics teacher, who gave a lecture about wall turbulence research and applications; and prof. Bagassi Sara, researcher in aerospace technologies and materials, who described additive manufacturing and prototyping applications. The students also participated in two training sessions regarding soft skills and the creation and achieving of goals.
In addition to this, they visited some laboratories and university facilities such as: the hangar, where they were shown the engine testrooms, the wind tunnel and our new 3D printer; the “vlab”, which is our virtual reality laboratory; and Tecnopolo, where some PhD students explained the role of our university in the ESA’s ESEO (European Student Earth Orbiter) mission. Our students team designed and realised the GPS system which determines the satellite’s orbital position with a margin of error of less than one meter. Furthermore, we’re providing the mission command centre thanks to the radar dishes situated at Tecnopolo which can track the satellite.
Moreover, on the last day, the students had the opportunity to visit the CICLoPE laboratory in Predappio, where a huge wind tunnel is used by groups of researchers from all over the world to carry out experiments on the boundary layer and turbulence. There, the Aerodynimics researcher Mascotelli Lucia, described her three year-long work which concerned the wall turbulence at a high Reynolds number.
Then we moved to Faenza, a city near Forlì, for a visit to the “RIBA composites” company, a leader enterprise in the design and production of structural components made with advanced composite materials for the automotive, aerospace, marine and industrial sectors.
All these activities took place within the cultural and artistic setting that our city boasts: the students went sightseeing and visited some cultural buildings such as Palazzo Romagnoli and the art gallery in Forlì “Musei San Domenico”. Naturally, every day was completely filled up with the EUROAVIA spirit: sharing the same passion in science and engineering, getting in touch with different cultures and, most importantly, building the wings of our future together!