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Fabrizio Ponti

Professore ordinario

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale

Settore scientifico disciplinare: ING-IND/07 PROPULSIONE AEROSPAZIALE

Responsabile unità organizzativa di sede (UOS) Forlì — Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale


Argomenti di tesi proposti dal docente.

Plasma Thrusters
  • Development of an interface for the coupling of the source module (fluid code) and the plume module (PIC code).
  • Preliminary design of an experimental set-up for electric propulsion thrusters.
  • Design of a code able to automatically build a mesh aligned with the magnetic field in order to reduce numerical diffusion. Such mesh shall be obtained by taking as input a specific set of parameters and shall be aligned with the magnetic field.
  • Design of a code able to automatically build a mesh suitable to be used by the source module in OpenFOAM.
  • Analysis of the radiative loss effects on the performance of a plasma thruster.
  • Simulation of a magnetic nozzle with opensource PIC codes (Starfish,Spis,Xoopic).
  • Preliminary design of a thrust balance to estimate the performance of plasma thrusters.

Solid Rocket Boosters

  • Simulation of the casting process of a Solid Rocket Booster (openFoam).
  • Evaluation of the convective heat exchange on a burning surface (openFoam).
  • 1D-unsteady ballistic model to evaluate the combustion chamber pressure evolution of a Solid Rocket Booster (Matlab)


  • Evaluation of the thrust generated by an aerospike and its comparison with experimental measurements (openFoam).
  • Evaluation of the aerospike thrust under changing ambient and external flow conditions (openFoam).

Gas Turbines

  • Adaptation of a turbo-shaft engine to run with Hydrogen fuel.

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