Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali SCPA (CIRA)

Organisation profile

CIRA, the Italian Aerospace Research Center, is a consortium company whose shareholders include the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the National Research Center (CNR) and leading Italian aerospace manufacturers. The Italian government charged CIRA with drawing up and carrying out the National Aerospace Research Program (PRO.RA.).

Through research and development activities CIRA carries out theoretical and applied analyses in the areas of Space Propulsion, Aerodynamics, Aerothermodynamics and Thermostructures, Advanced Structures, Flight Systems, Adaptronics, Information Technology. Moreover, the CIRA three major test facilities are considered to be among the most advanced in the world: the Scirocco Plasma Wind Tunnel, the Icing Wind Tunnel and the Crash Lab. Thanks to these facilities and to the high skills acquired by its researchers, CIRA is active on the most advanced aerospace research fronts: studies ranging from innovative and more innovative aviation and space propulsion systems to materials and guidance, navigation and control systems.

As a member of EREA, CIRA works in close co-operation with European Aerospace Research Establishments.

Role in the project

CIRA-INMP will provide expertise to improve/combine the cloud microphysics instruments for both PDS and bulk TWC measurements (WP12, WP13) and will deliver the state of art of spectrometers (HSI/PDI combined with the Robust probe) for the F20 flight experiment campaign (WP22) and for possibly second Airbus field campaign (WP23). For the wind tunnels experiments, CIRA-INM will lead WP14 and WP15 to characterize the most sophisticated probes to select for the test facility calibration (WP54) and conduct the instrumentation inter-comparison from the flight tests measurements (WP13) and from the icing tunnels experiments (WP55).

CIRA-FLUI will provide contributions to define the state-of-the-art of tools and modeling and will develop new models to increase the fidelity of numerical computation of ice accretion by ice crystals. In particular, in WP 63 emphasis is given on the formulation of a new trajectory model able to describe the motion of non-spherical particles in both cold and hot environments. Moreover, CIRA-FLUI will study the dynamic and thermodynamic modeling of the impact of ice crystals onto dry and wet surfaces in order to derive a new approach to compute the impingement characteristics (WP64). In ice accretion modeling WP65, CIRA-FLUI will study potential extension of classical icing models to account for the presence of melting ice crystals on the surface. Finally, CIRA-FLUI will perform numerical simulations to validate the new modeling on selected test cases and will provide useful guidelines and best practices. Results of CIRA simulations will be compared both within the HAIC partners and in the frame of an international numerical benchmark.

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