EDUCATION AND TRAINING
1983-1989 Politecnico di Milano: laurea in Aerospace Engineering
Degree thesis: Thermal Design of Microgravity Experiments: the M.I.T.E.
(Awarded ‘FILDIS Daphne Domenighetti Prize’).
1977-1982 Liceo Scientifico Statale G.Bruno, Melzo (Milano), Italy: degree in Science Subjects (Maturità Scientifica).
More than 20 years experience in structural analysis and subsystem development:
Jan 2001-Jul 2010 Strongfield Aviation Plc.: Senior Structural Analysis Consultant at AgustaWestland
Structural analysis (static, dynamic, fatigue, metal and composites) of primary, secondary structures and Kits for A109 series / AW139 military and civil helicopters.
Numerical modelling and simulation using Finite Element Method (NASTRAN, IDEAS, FEMAP). Hand-methods calculations according to current bibliography.
Preparation of structural analysis documents for helicopter military and civil certification (author of more than eighty structural analysis reports).
Support to design and development of helicopter primary structure, secondary structures and kits.
Preparation of procurement specifications, qualification test plans and test reports for helicopter components.
Feb 1995-Dec.' 00 AEROSTUDI S.r.l, Trieste: Senior Structural Analysis Consultant
Structural analysis and development of mechanical systems for aerospace applications
Responsible for the analysis of canopy and windshield of the Aermacchi AM346.
Project Manager for the development of an Infra Red Countermeasure system.
Within the International Space Station Node 2&3 program: project support at OHB-System GmbH: system engineering; F.E. analysis and design of Secondary Structures; author of stress reports.
Project Responsible for the mechanical development of the Imaging Calorimeter for PAMELA space telescope: conceptual design, feasibility study, F.E. analysis (static, modal, shock, random, bolt analysis), design optimisation, design of qualification prototype; vibration and shock qualification tests; author of the stress report.
F.E. modelling and analysis of the Liquid Oxygen Turbopump Mark2 for Ariane.
F.E. analysis (static, modal, shock, random, bolt analysis) for the Transition Radiation Detector for PAMELA space telescope.
F.E. analysis of electronic units for space applications MPLM-HCU, XMM-CDMU and other: thermal, static, dynamic (modal, shock, random, bolt analysis).
Within the BRD project (Body Rotating Device: the biggest subsystem of the NEUROLAB experiment on board SPACELAB 1998): project control at customer’s site; man-system integration expert; design of Body Restraint Subsystem; design and set-up of mock-up for testing activities; thermal assessment of the whole subsystem during operations (development of ad-hoc software); design and analysis of mechanical parts; assembly and test procedures; bolts and joints analysis; procurement of mechanical components and raw materials; manufacturing control; assembly and test activities support; co-author of the BRD Stress Report.
Oct 1994-Jan ‘95 KONTRON INSTRUMENTS S.p.A., Milano: Research and Development Staff
F.E. Analyses of centrifuge rotors.
Test set-up and procedure identification for centrifuge qualification.
Dec 1992-Sept ‘94 CISI AID S.p.A., Milano / Politecnico di Milano, Aerospace Department:
Consultant for F.E. structural and thermal analyses.
Numerical modelling (Finite Elements), thermal, structural and thermo-mechanical analysis of mechanical components. Preparation of analysis reports
Delivery of seminars on aerospace flight mechanics
July 1992-Nov ‘92 ESA - European Space Agency, Astronaut Center, Cologne, Germany:
Crewmember of EXEMSI '92 (Experimental Campaign for European Manned Space Infrastructure) long duration space mission simulation
Selection and training according to the European Astronaut standards. Member of the "Ground Crew” for the mission control. Tasks and responsibilities:
- CIC (Crew Interface Coordinator):conducting and authorising all communications with the crew aboard the spacecraft simulator; monitoring the status of execution and achievement of the experimental programme; maintenance of mission database; support to on-board activities; managing crew daily reports.
- Planner/Replanner:day-to-day planning of on board activities; management and updating of the Master Timeline; monitoring the status of results and data files; management of experimental procedures.
- Operation Support:ground operations; execution of ground experiments; remote operations of telecontrolled experiments; interface with PIs, technical staff, Facility Operators and Mission Management.
Received ‘Team Achievement Award’ by ESA.
July 1990-June’92 CISI Italia S.p.A., Milano, Italy: Structural Engineer
- Finite Element structural analysis:
static analysis: linear and non-linear analyses, elastic, elastoplastic, viscoplastic, creep, composite materials, rotating machines, flexible, mechanisms;
dynamic analysis: modal, transient, random, rotating machines, electronic devices for aerospace and defence applications;
thermal analysis: linear and non-linear, steady state and transient analysis including convection and radiation;
thermomechanical analyses, turbomachinery;
- Software development, qualification and testing:
codes for belt transmission design and verification; codes for vehicle mission simulations; codes for design and verification of mechanical components; identification of foundation parameters of rotating machines.
- Organisation and execution of courses on thermo-structural analysis.
Left the Company as Head of the Structural Analysis Section.
Sept 1988-July ‘90 Aerospace Department, Politecnico di Milano - CIRS, Milano, Italy: Research Fellow
- Thermal analysis of the experiment "NUCIM" (Nucleation of alloys in microgravity, SPACELAB D-2): numerical transient thermal analysis in presence of phase changes.
- Thermal design of the experiment M.I.T.E. (Measurement of interface tension between immiscibles in microgravity, MASER IV - ESA/Swedish Space Corporation). Numerical simulation with NASTRAN and SAMCEF. Design optimisation, test and flight data / analysis correlation.
- Software development: interface between thermal analysis codes NASTRAN and SAMCEF.
Sept 1987-oct ‘87 Industrie Aeronautiche e Meccaniche Rinaldo Piaggio, Finale Ligure (SV), Italy: Trainee
- Preliminary study of SPECD: Spin and Ejection Device of the Titan Probe from the orbiter, CASSINI mission (ESA).
Feasibility analysis; development of dynamic simulation code.
PERSONAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCES
Social Skills and Competences
Ability to work in multi-lingual and multi-disciplinary team (received ESA Team Achievement Award).
Ability to work in extreme conditions and under pressure (worked in a long space mission simulation experiment).
Good interpersonal and communication skills (worked as crew interface co-ordinator, delivered seminars on Finite Element analysis and aerospace flight mechanics).
Ability to manage contingencies; flexibility, adaptability.
Organisational Skills and Competences
Good organisation and co-ordination ability (space mission simulation co-ordination, planning, operation support, organisation of courses on Finite Element analysis).
Initiative and ability to work autonomously and to interact with scientific staff and management staff at different levels.
Technical Skills and Competences
Expert in Structural analysis using Finite Element Method and hand calculations (more than 20 year experience):
Finite Element analysis: modelling; static analysis (linear and non-linear analyses, elastic, elastoplastic, viscoplastic, creep, composite materials, fatigue, rotating machines, flexible, mechanisms); dynamic analysis (modal, transient, random, shock); thermal analysis (linear and non-linear, steady state and transient analyses including convection and radiation); thermomechanical analysis.
Preparation of structural analysis reports for aircraft certification.
Conceptual design of mechanical subsystem and structures.
Computer Skills and Competences
Very good experience in Finite Element Analysis Software (MSC/NASTRAN, MSC/PATRAN, IDEAS, FEMAP, SAMCEF), Microsoft Office (Excel with macros, Word, PowerPoint), Mathcad.
Good Knowledge of CAE Software (CATIA).
"M.I.T.E. - MASER IV Experiment. Engineering problems in microgravity experiments: the M.I.T.E."
Proceedings of VIIth European Symposium on Materials and Fluid Sciences in Microgravity, Oxford, UK, 10-15 Sept. 1990, ESA SP-295 (Jan. 1990).
"Numerical Simulation of a Microgravity Experiment: the M.I.T.E. - Measurement of Interface Tension Experiment."
Reviewed Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Hydromechanics and Heat/Mass Transfer in Microgravity, Perm-Moscow, Russia, 6-14 July 1991. Gordon & Breach Science Publisher.
Italian: mother tongue
French: good reading and understanding
German: basic level
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