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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:23-07-2015
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     Current job:Aerospace Propulsion Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAerospace propulsion, Solid Rocket Motors, Modelling and Simulation, Data Analyst
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    Aerospace Engineer, PhD

     

    *** RELEVANT EXPERIENCE ***

    From 09/03/2015 / -To 30/06/2015            

    ISAERS Soc. Cons. a.r.l.

    Job Title: Adjunct Lecturer

    Job Description:

    Support and teaching activities for the EASA Aircraft Maintenance Licence course AML cat.B, with training on ‘piston-engine non-pressurised aeroplanes of 2000 kg MTOM and below’. Responsible of 5 modules.

                   

    From 01/11/ 2014 - To 30/04/2015            

    University of Bologna, CIRI Aeronautics, via Seganti 103, 47121, Forlì (FC), Italy

    Job Title:Research Assistant

    Job Description:

    Responsible for the development and validation of a Matlab-based SW for Solid Rocket Motor 3D combustion simulation and performance prevision, in the framework of a collaboration contract with Avio Space Company in Colleferro (Rome).

                   

    From 24/03/2014 - To 30/06/2014             

    ISAERS Soc. Cons. a.r.l., via Seganti 103, 47121, Forlì (FC), Italy

    Job Title:Adjunct Lecturer

    Job Description:

    Support and teaching activities for the EASA Aircraft Maintenance Licence course AML cat.B, with training on ‘piston-engine non-pressurised aeroplanes of 2000 kg MTOM and below’. Responsible of 3 modules.

     

    From 01/01/2014 - To 30/04/2014             

    University of Bologna, Department of Industrial Engineering DIN, via Seganti 103, 47121, Forlì (FC), Italy

    Job Title:Research Assistant

    Job Description:

    Coordinator of experimental activities on aeronautical turbogas engines at the Propulsion Laboratory test benches.

                   

    From 01/01/2013 - To 31/12/2013             

    University of Bologna, Department of Industrial Engineering DIN, via Seganti 103, 47121, Forlì (FC), Italy

    Job Title:Research Assistant

    Job Description:

    Responsible for the development of numerical simulating models for aeronautical (turbogas engines) and space propulsion systems (solid rocket motors and hybrid rocket engines) performance analysis and prediction. Responsible of experimental test-bench activities on aeronautical turbogas engines.

                   

    From 01/07/2009 - To 30/06/2010             

    University of Bologna, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, via Fontanelle 40, 47121, Forlì (FC), Italy

    Job Title: Research Assistant

    Job Description:

    Research and development of a GNSS-based software for the tropospheric wet delay calibration and measurement, at the Radioscience Laboratory of University of Bologna.

     

     

    *** EDUCATION AND TRAINING ***

    From 2010 - To 2013

    Ph.D. in Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Sciences (curriculum “Design and Methods of Industrial Engineering and Aerospace Sciences”)

    Department DIN, Università degli Studi di Bologna, via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy

    Thesis title:“Tridimensional Modelling of Solid Rocket Motor Combustion Process”

     

    From 2005 - To 2008

    MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering

    Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Università degli Studi di Bologna, via Fontanelle 40, 47121 Forlì, Italy

    Thesis title:“Definition and Development of Dynamic Models for Turboprop and Turbofan Engines”

    Final mark: 110/110 cum laude

     

    From 01/07/2004 - To 31/08/2004

    Stage

    Centrospazio/ALTA s.p.a., via Gherardesca 5, 56121 Pisa, Italy

     

    From 2001 - To 2005

    BSc degree in Aerospace Engineering

    Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Università degli Studi di Bologna, via Fontanelle 40, 47121 Forlì, Italy

    Thesis title:“Calculation of Solid Rocket Motor Propulsive Thrust knowing Grain Internal Geometry,

    using Image Erosion Technique”

    Final mark: 102/110

     

     

    *** PERSONAL SKILLS ***

    Mother tongue: Italian

    Other languages: English (B2/C1 level)

     

    Organisational / managerial skills:

    ▪ Ability of managing different tasks in parallel projects.
    ▪ Creativity and flexibility.
    ▪ Strong team spirit.
    ▪ Good ability in problem solving.


    Job-related skills:

    ▪ Producing technical papers and publications for international conferences, journals and meetings.
    ▪ Tutoring of several students during their laboratory activities and thesis elaboration.


    Computer skills:

    ▪ Operative Systems: Windows, Linux
    ▪ Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Outlook)
    ▪ Programming Languages: Matlab/Simulink, Labview, C, Fortran
    ▪ CAD tools: SolidWorks
    ▪ CFD tools: ANSYS FLUENT, Flow 3D

     

    *** ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ***

    Publications:

    ·         Bertacin R., Ponti F., Ravaglioli V., “Turbogas Engines Rotational Speed Estimation Using Acoustic-Vibrational Measurements”, AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition 2015, Orlando (FL), 27-29 July 2015.

    ·         Bertacin R., Ponti F., Corti E., Fedele D., Annovazzi A., “Numerical Simulation of the Zefiro 9 Performance using a New SRM Ballistic Simulator”, 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE JPC 2013, San Jose (California), 14-17 July 2013, AIAA-2013-4174

    ·         Fedele D., Ponti F., Cavina N., Bertacin R., Annovazzi A., “Numerical Model for Hybrid Rocket Internal Ballistic”, 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE JPC 2013, San Jose (California), 14-17 July 2013, AIAA-2013-3895

    ·         Bertacin R., Ponti F., Annovazzi A., “Solid Rocket Motor Ballistic Simulator with Non-Homogeneous Burning Rate Distribution”, Poster presentation – 63rd IAC 2012, Naples, 1-5 October 2012, IAC-12-C4-2-16-x13697

    ·         Bertacin R., Ponti F., Annovazzi A., "A New Three-Dimensional Ballistic Model for Solid Rocket Motor Non-Homogeneous Combustion", 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE JPC 2012, Atlanta (Georgia), 30 July -1 August 2012, AIAA-2012-3974

    ·         Bertacin R., Graziani A., Tortora P., “A Dedicated Software for the Troposphere Path Delay Estimation”, Presentation at the EGU General Assembly 2010, Vienna, May 2010

    ·         Graziani A.,Bertacin R., Schiavone A., Tortora P., Budnik F., Mercolino M., “Earth Troposphere Calibration System” Coordinates, Vol VI, Iss.1, January 2010

    ·         Graziani A., Bertacin R., Tortora P., Martellucci A., De Haan S., “GNSS based troposphere zenith wet delay estimation comparison with microwave radiometer at Cabauw”, II International Colloquium – Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme, Padova (Italy), 14 – 16 October 2009

    ·         Bertacin R., Graziani A., Palli A., Silvestri D., Tortora P. “A GPS-based Earth Troposphere Calibration System and the Estimation of Mars Rotational State”, Presentation at the IX Congresso Nazionale di Planetologia, Amalfi, 28 September – 2 October 2009

    ·         Graziani A., Bertacin R., Schiavone A., Tortora P., Budnik F., Mercolino M., “A GPS-Based Earth Troposphere Calibration System for Doppler Tracking of Deep Space Probes”, ION GNSS 2009, Savannah GA, 22-25 September 2009

    ·         Graziani A., Bertacin R., Schiavone A., Tortora P., Martellucci A., “Test Campaign Of An Earth Troposphere Calibration System Based On Dual-Frequency Gps Measurements”, Proceedings of the XX Congresso Nazionale AIDAA, 29 June – 3 July 2009

    ·         Graziani A., Bertacin R., Tortora P., “Detection of the multipath effect in the ING2 GPS station with a new developed software”, Poster presented at EUREF 2009 Annual Symposium, Firenze, 27-30 May 2009

     

    Relevant seminars:

    ·         “New Energetic Materials and Propulsion Techniques for Space Exploration” Workshop, 09-10 June 2014, SPLab Politecnico di Milano, Milan (MI), Italy

    ·         “Propulsion for Space Exploration” Workshop, 27-28 June 2013, SPLab Politecnico di Milano, Milan (MI), Italy

    ·         “Liquid Space Propulsion” Conferences (Lecturer Prof. V.G. Bazarov), May – June 2011, CIRA Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali, Capua  (CE), Italy

    ·         International School  of Aerospace Engineering Applications - 1st Ed. (AIDAA), 12-16 July 2010, Centro Residenziale Universitario - Bertinoro (FC), Italy


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