Ritratto di riccardo.malpicagalassi@uniroma1.it

✈️ Explore the Future of Flight: Master Thesis Opportunities in Sustainable Propulsion Design

Welcome to the cutting-edge realm of aerospace propulsion! As a passionate professor in this field, I am thrilled to invite ambitious and curious engineering minds to embark on an exciting journey into the world of sustainable propulsion systems for commercial aircraft.

Why Choose a Master Thesis in Sustainable Propulsion?

In an era where sustainability is paramount, the aviation industry is at the forefront of transformation. Join us in shaping the future of flight by delving into the intricate design and optimization of propulsion systems that are environmentally conscious and economically viable.

What to Expect:

  1. Innovative Research: Engage in groundbreaking research that addresses the challenges of reducing carbon footprint and enhancing fuel efficiency in commercial aircraft.

  2. Cutting-Edge Technologies: Work with state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies to create propulsion systems that push the boundaries of efficiency and sustainability. 

  3. Programming Proficiency: While an interest in the topic is crucial, basic programming skills are key to success in this thesis. Familiarity with Python is a plus, as we leverage its power to model, simulate, and optimize propulsion systems.

Who We're Looking For:

We are seeking passionate students with a keen interest in aerospace propulsion, a desire to contribute to a sustainable future, and the drive to excel in the field. If you possess basic programming skills, you'll find yourself at an advantage in navigating the technical aspects of this thrilling journey.


SE²A International Female Programme:

Opportunities for female students to pursue Master's Thesis programs, supported by funding of approximately 900 euros per month, are currently available at Technische Universität Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig), Germany, within the Cluster of Excellence SE²A - Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Aviation. Detailed information regarding the program can be found on the official program webpage: SE²A International Female Programme - International Master's Projects.

These thesis projects offer a unique chance for academic growth and research exploration under the joint supervision of myself and Professor Federica Ferraro. For further inquiries and additional details, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email.



✈️ New Course! Starting February 2025: Sustainable Aviation Propulsion (6 CFU, MAER, 2nd year)

Course Highlights:

  1. Innovative Curriculum: Immerse yourself in a curriculum designed to push the boundaries of sustainable aviation. Explore the latest advancements in propulsion technology, with a focus on minimizing environmental impact.

  2. Industry-Relevant Projects: Gain hands-on experience through real-world projects that tackle the challenges faced by the aviation industry today. Work on designing propulsion systems that redefine efficiency and eco-friendliness.

  3. Expert Instruction: Learn from a group of researchers at the forefront of sustainable aviation. Benefit from their expertise as they guide you through the intricacies of propulsion system design.

  4. Collaborative Learning: Engage with a community of like-minded peers who share your passion for innovation. Collaborate on projects, exchange ideas, and build a network that extends beyond the classroom.

Why Choose Our Master Course:

  • Be a Pioneer: Join a select group of students at the forefront of sustainable aviation design.

  • Shape the Industry: Contribute to shaping the future of commercial aviation by designing propulsion systems that prioritize both performance and environmental responsibility.

  • Global Opportunities: Acquire skills that open doors to opportunities worldwide. Sustainable aviation is a global priority, and your expertise will be in demand internationally.

Course Content:

The course addresses the challenge of the energy transition in commercial aviation, with a focus on propulsion systems and their interactions with the aircraft system and the operating environment. Specifically, the course aims to:

  • Contextualize Sustainability: Understand the sustainability challenges in air transport, exploring economic, social, and environmental aspects.

  • Environmental Impact Analysis: Delve into the causes of aircraft environmental impact, with a focus on pollutant and noise generation mechanisms.

  • Regulatory Landscape: Provide an overview of regulatory bodies and current international strategies dedicated to sustainability.

  • Engineering Analysis of Advancements: Analyze potential technological advancements addressing sustainability goals, including innovative propulsion system designs, alternative thermodynamic cycles, alternative fuels, fuel cell technology, and hybrid-electric architectures.

  • Efficiency Comparison: Compare the efficiency of different solutions from an energy perspective, evaluating their "well-to-wake" impact on aircraft performance.

  • Methodologies and Tools: Equip students with methodologies for analyzing and predicting future scenarios and supporting decision-making processes, including statistical data analysis, machine learning, data-driven modeling, and uncertainty quantification.

  • Computational Tools: Provide and utilize computational tools for the analysis and design of innovative aircraft.

Insegnamento Codice Anno Corso - Frequentare Bacheca
AIRCRAFT ENGINES 1021988 2022/2023
AIRCRAFT ENGINES 1021988 2020/2021
AIRCRAFT ENGINES 1021988 2019/2020

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Conduco attività di ricerca nel campo della propulsione aerospaziale, con particolare attenzione alla propulsione sostenibile (architetture propulsive innovative), alla modellazione numerica dei flussi reattivi e dei combustibili innovativi, e ai digital twin.
Ho oltre sei anni di esperienza in questo settore, avendo conseguito il dottorato in ingegneria aerospaziale presso la Sapienza nel 2018 e avendoci trascorso oltre 3 anni come ricercatore post-dottorato, prima di unirmi al Dipartimento di Aero-Thermo-Mechanics presso l'Université Libre de Bruxelles come Ricercatore Post-doc Marie Curie per 2 anni, responsabile del progetto di ricerca PReDICT - Pollution Reduction Design for Innovative Combustion Technologies .
Dal 2023 faccio nuovamente parte del Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Aerospaziale della Sapienza Università di Roma come Ricercatore a tempo determinato.
Partecipo al Centro Nazionale CN4 (mobilità sostenibile), Spoke 1 (Air Mobility), WP5 Multidisciplinary design optimization of innovative solutions for next generation green aircraft; e al Centro Nazionale CN1 (HPC, Big Data & Quantum Computing), Spoke 6 (Multiscale modeling & Engineering Applications), WP4 Green Energy.
Ho collaborato con AVIO S.p.A. su progetti riguardanti la simulazione di fenomeni di combustione avanzati con openFOAM e la modellazione del transitorio di accensione di una camera di spinta a propellente liquido. Ho attive numerose collaborazioni di ricerca con Sandia National Laboratories (California, USA), Université Libre de Bruxelles, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST, Saudi Arabia), University of Notre Dame (Illinois, USA).
Sono membro del Combustion Institute e sono Management Committee Member della COST Action CYPHER (Cyber-Physical systems and digital twins for the decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries).