Chiara Bisagni Group in Aerospace Structures

Chiara has devoted her research to aerospace composite structures since her PhD. She has earned her Master degree in Aeronautical Engineering and her PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), where she subsequently became an Assistant and Associate Professor in aerospace structures. In academic year 2006-2007 she was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) thanks to a Fulbright Fellowship and, in 2012, she was appointed as a Full Professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). In January 2015, Chiara moved to Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) as Full Professor in Aerospace Structures.

(Photo: Henri Werij)

Research Group Vision

The vision of Chiara's research group is to develop new design, analysis and testing methodologies for composite structures that can be used for the next generation of aircraft and space vehicles. We are exploring new methods for design of composite structures that can be used early in the design process combining numerical and analytical tools with a reduced number of experimental tests. In particular, we investigate the design of aerospace composite structures considering non-linear phenomena such as buckling, post-buckling, crashworthiness, damage propagation and fatigue.

Research in our group embraces both the theory and the applications perspectives. The group is working in European projects, as well as in US funded projects. We are also collaborating with NASA Langley Research Center on fundamental research to be conducted in the area of advanced composite aerospace structures. Other international collaborations are ongoing with composite scientists in such countries as China.

Our group provides an open, international and diverse environment, to help each member to achieve the best, to be lifetime learner, and to fulfill the professional goals in academia and industry.