Material innovation

FLEX-HAB: Flexible structures for future habitat solutions

The project will be concentrated on creating a technology push for a new material. The MadFlex (PCT WO2016120785 A1) is a lightweight asymmetric composite material panel, having a sandwich-like structure. It exhibits two order-of-magnitude difference in bending stiffness, depending by the direction of the applied bending moment, thanks to a reversible buckling phenomenon of one …

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DREAM 3: DRone tEchnology for wAter resources and hydrologic hazards Monitoring 3

Nowadays, expected effects of climate change at local, regional and global scales endanger hydrologic budgets of Alpine regions. An example is the massive shrinkage of mountain glaciers, with the consequent problem of water resources reduction for civil population and ecosystems. Therefore, it is very important to monitor glaciers’ evolution, in order to allow an estimation …

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Fas.P.onSite. – How strategic and service design can change the fashion cycle

The idea of the service was to experiment a new model of onsite knitwear production/distribution in order to suggest an alternative vision to the dramatic phenomenon of de-localization of production activities. Fas.P.onSite is a new brandservice of on demand design, production and sale of customized knitwear. It is based on integrating these different phases in …

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VALORiver: Sustainable valorisation project of the Sangone River

The project is related to the implementation of the Sangone River Basin Contract, a voluntary agreement among public and private players involved in the management and use of water resources, aimed at the enhancement of the river’s resources and its territory. More than other wide-area programs and planning tools, the River Basin Contract requires multidisciplinary …

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SportFood.PD: Packaging Design of a new food platform dedicated to Sport through a multidisciplinary approach

The ambition was to launch a series of food products to improve the physical conditions of those who practice sport activities, both in terms of performance and in terms of post-activity recovery. The objective was to outline a new offer for the market, characterized by the use of functional natural ingredients, due to the particular …

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REPACK: Sustainable packaging for fast moving consumers goods

The aim of REPACK – Sustainable Packaging for Fast Moving Consumer Good is to achieve a more sustainable packaging for Household Care Products. Procter & Gamble, a leading company in consumer goods, is the principal partner involved in this project. According to the company footprint concerning life cycle, packaging plays a crucial role in terms …

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Gecko vs Lotus: Super-Adhesive or Anti-adhesive Bio-inspired Nanomaterials

Several animals, such as insects, spiders and geckos have developed fascinating nano-architectures in order to maximize and control adhesion. Adhesion-prevention solutions are also suggested by nature: peculiar plant leaves, such as the famous lotus, are able to prevent insect adhesion, again thanks to nano-architectures, even if insects evolved in order to maximize adhesion. The replication …

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PROPER: Future perspectives of joint prostheses

The project deals with the open issues and future perspectives of joint prostheses. The main topic of the project concerns wear of the bearing surfaces. Cobalt-chromium-molybdenum alloys are widely used in total hip and knee joint replacement. They are able to form efficient artificial joints by means of coupling metal-on-polymer or metal-on-metal contacts. However, a …

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Spider Silk: Inspired super-tough nanoarmours

Over the last few decades, the search for bio-inspired solutions has been widely accepted in many engineering and technological fields as the best way for optimizing and taking advantage of available resources. Nature over the ages has found its optimal solution for survival and our teams therefore looked at Nature for the design of device …

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CoSpaR: Components for Space Robotics

In the next decades, planetary exploration will play an important role in directing global technological development and at the same time will provide an extensive application and testing field for many innovative technologies. In support of exploration missions, new space systems must be developed requiring research on many new technologies involving robotics, automation, bio-engineering, artificial …

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