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Luca Piancastelli

Full Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-IND/15 Design Methods for Industrial Engineering

Curriculum vitae

Full Professor in Computer Aided Design (CAD)

(Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering)

Born in Imola (Bo) Italy on January 17th, 1960.

Graduated cum Laude  in Mechanical Engineering on October 27th,  1983 at the University of Bologna.

PhD in Applied Mechanics

Private Pilot License

Nationality Italian

Foreign languages

English (good)

German (scholastic / scientific)

French (written / scientific)

1984-1985 He works at the OTO Melara Spa in La Spezia, Projects and Studies Office where he deals with various simulations on the following armored vehicles:

quadrinata 4x25 self-propelled currently supplied to the Italian Army
troop transport OTO C13
troop transport M 113 and "Camillino" supplied to the Italian Army
155 self-propelled Palmaria
preliminary project Ariete MBT

1986 was hired by Calderini Srl for the installation of new rotary machines in its own factory

1986 he won the Competition as Full Professor in the Higher Secondary School, being second on a national scale

1986-1988 wins the competition and completes the PhD in Mechanics Applied to Machines

1989 he joined the ITIS Belluzzi in Bologna as a High School Professor

1990 wins the competition and is hired as a Researcher at the University of Bologna

1998 wins the competition and is hired as a AssociateProfessor at the University of Bologna

2000 wins the competition and is hired as Full Professor at the University of Bologna

Computer specialist in (CAD / CAM / CAE) applied to Aerospace, Mechanical, Industrial and Civil Engineering. He has also worked in the architectural CAD field. In this context he was consultant for supercomputing at the CINECA Interuniversity Computing Center in Bologna from 1991 to 1998.

In particular, he dealt with (in chronological order):

CAD (Computer Aided Design)

CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing)

Flight simulation

Aeronautical navigation

Automatic attitude control of aircraft

Automatic trim control of cars

Vibration damping systems for satellites

Hydraulic systems for satellites

Large concrete and steel structures

Composite materials


Optimization of structures, mechanisms and control systems in the aerospace, mechanical and civil sectors

Aeronautical structures

Naval structures

Aircraft engines (especially common rail diesel)

Air taxi (Uber)


Hybrid helicopters

Wind generators

Car design

Vending machines

Advanced transmissions

Electric propulsion

Automatic driving

Restoration of Historical items with additive manufacturing

Scientific collaborations with


Ferrari Auto, FIAT Research Center, G.D., Ducati, Lamborghini Corse, Riva Calzoni, BBS-Riva, AerMacchi


DaimlerChrysler AG (Germany), BMW AG (Germany), Zukowskiy (Russia)

The list includes only commonly used software. It does not include software used occasionally.

Operating systems: HPUX (system adminstrator level), Linux, Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 10, Linux

CAD: Solid Edge, SolidWorks, AutoCad, Microstation

CAM: Cimatron

FEA: Ansys, Nastran, Design Space

DataBase: FileMaker, Oracle

Office Automation: the Microsoft suite

Graphics: CorelDraw, Photoshop

Professional activity 

Flight simulator according to JAR FNPT II

High speed spindles for winding machines

Ultra-fast components and assemblies for automatic machines

Actuation systems for railway carriages

Structural components of railway carriages

Engine components

Drying systems for tiles

Urban and extra-urban traffic simulation systems

Automatic control systems for motor vehicles

Some small buildings

Air conditioning and heating systems for industries, offices and homes

Conversion of automotive engines into aviation


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