Thesis and Traineeships

In the following are reported available thesis and traineeships for students enrolled in MSc in Mechanical Engineering at University of Cassino. This section will be continuosly updated.

Title / Typology / Description Subject Supervisor Traineeship Starting date and duration
Kinematic Design of Delta-Parallel-Robot / Numerical / A Delta robot is a parallel robot with multiple kinematics chains attached to the ground. The robot Delta uses four-bar linkages with movement restrictions to pure translation of the mobile platform. The movements of the robot Delta are along the axes X, Y, and Z and without rotations. The movement can be performed by linear or rotational actuators, with or without reductions (direct drive mechanism). The actuators are located at the base of the robot. The arms are made of lightweight composite materials. The moving parts of the Delta robot have small inertia to achieve very high speeds and accelerations. Kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms Massimo Cavacece available (to be defined) February 2022 - (min 2 months)
Adaptive Gripper / Numerical /The adaptive gripper is designed for multipurpose gripping applications. The adaptive clamp can collect objects of different sizes and shapes without changing end-of-arm tools in collaborative robots. The gripper can be controlled in position and force. Adaptive grips improve the gripping and handling capacity of robots in scenarios such as electronics, cars, logistics, medical tools, etc. Kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms Massimo Cavacece available (to be defined) February 2022 - (min 2 months)
Kinematic Design of a Robot Hexapode / Numerical / Hexapoden’s project is about understanding the six-legged walk. The entire system is modular. The six legs are independent components. Each leg has its autonomy, which allows it to calculate the joint positions necessary to assume an assigned coordinate of the foot. Feet or legs have the advantage of being able to move in any direction. However, there are situations where a wheel cannot adapt adequately to overcome an obstacle and these situations have motivated the development of the Hexapod robot. Kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms Massimo Cavacece available (to be defined) February 2022 - (min 2 months)
Omni-Directional Platform / Numerical /The robot can move freely in two dimensions of space, for example sideways (without having to rotate first). The robot solves the problem of parallel parking. Omnidirectional wheels can exert forces on the ground and then move a vehicle. Omnidirectional wheels have passive rollers whose direction of rotation is perpendicular to the main direction of rotation of the wheel. Kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms Massimo Cavacece available (to be defined) February 2022 - (min 2 months)
Omnidirectional Robot with Mecanum Wheels / Numerical / The Omnivehicle uses mecanum wheels. The passive rollers are oriented at an angle of 45 degrees concerning the axis of rotation operated. This construction allows the wheels to be arranged in a rectangle. By rotating the wheels in a given pattern, diagonal forces are used and then the robot can move in any direction. The Mecanum wheels are often referred to as, left-handed and right-handed Mecanum wheels. Kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms Massimo Cavacece available (to be defined) February 2022 - (min 2 months)
Mechanical properties of sintered material specimens / Experimental / The aim of this work concerns the analysis of the mechanical properties of specimens made of sintered material. Nowadays, sintered products are widely used in many engineering and non-engineering sectors. The strong point of these materials consists in their properties, which often make them a viable alternative to traditional materials. It is their versatility that makes it necessary to have a thorough knowledge of these materials and their mechanical, physical, and chemical properties before employing them in specific, dedicated applications. After an analysis of the literature, the student will carry out some experimental tests to evaluate the characteristics of some specimens made of metal. Applied metallurgy Costanzo Bellini available 01/03/2022 - 3 months
Development of components (electrodes and/or electrolytes) for all-solid-state (Li-ion or Na-ion) batteries / Experimental / In this thesis, the goal is the preparation of innovative ceramic materials, suitable as electrolytes and/or electrodes in all solid state batteries, based on high entropy oxides (HEO). HEOs are a new class of ceramic materials characterized by unique crystal structures with great compositional flexibility that lead to innovative and unexpected properties, and, as very recently showed, potentially very useful as components in all solid state lithium batteries, or in perspective sodium batteries. The explored high entropy oxides will be both Transition metal HEO and also Rare Earth HEO, synthesized by wet chemical methods, which will be then doped with Li (and possibly Na). So the focus is the identification of the optimal composition of HEO and the process to add Li and/or Na to the system, to induce the best electrochemical properties. Materials Science and Engineering Gianfranco Dell'Agli available Start: 1st of March 2022; Duration: 6 months
Development of novel ceramic catalysts for energy-related application / Experimental / In this thesis the goal is the preparation of new catalytic materials for reactions common in energy-related application (as for example the reduction of NOx), supported on rare-earth compounds. In this application ceria and doped-ceria ceramic material are common supports. The main focus of the thesis is the optimization of several parameters related to the production of such catalyst as the method of synthesis, the composition of such supports, and the adding of the catalytic agent. Materials Science and Engineering Gianfranco Dell'Agli Yes, in Materials Laboratory Start: 1st of March 2022; Duration: 6 months
Synthesis of novel magnetic materials (based on -Fe2O3) for the next generation of wireless technologies / Experimental / In this thesis, the goal is the development of a synthesis method able to produce novel magnetic materials (based on -Fe2O3) for wireless technologies. -Fe2O3 is a very promising materials for those application but due to its metastability, the synthesis is really challenging. So, the focus of the work is the development of an efficient way for the chemical synthesis of such material. Materials Science and Engineering Gianfranco Dell'Agli Yes, in Materials Laboratory Start: 1st of May 2022; Duration 6 months
Numerical modelling of liquid fuels flow meters / Numerical / Numerical modelling of the interactions between a test liquid and flow meter (differential pressure and rotating pistons) performance based on the setups, as a function of liquid properties and temperature. Activity will be conducted using open source software (freeCad, Salome, openFoam, paraview) and employing advanced moving mesh / multizone approach. Advanced numerical heat and mass transfer Fausto Arpino yes in the laboratory 14/02/2022 - min 4 months
SKF is a Swedish company founded in 1907 operating in the field of rolling bearings, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems. The SKF group is today one of the world's largest suppliers of products, solutions and services in its sector, having approximately 110 production plants around the world and having its own sales companies in 70 countries. The Cassino (FR) plant, at the forefront of technological innovation and sensitive to environmental issues, intends to be ahead of its time by immediately reducing its CO2 emissions and optimizing the energy efficiency of its production process to become in few years a carbon-neutral green factory. With a view to improve the energy efficiency of the company, a tri-generation plant was installed at the SKF plant for the joint production of electricity, heating, and cooling. The electricity produced is the basis for self-consumption needs for technological processes. The thermal energy is used, on the other hand, for electrical and refrigeration utilities (by means of an absorption heat pump), minimizing surpluses and thus ensuring the title of high-efficiency cogeneration. The overall objective of the industrial internship and thesis project proposed by SKF, in collaboration with the University of Cassino, is to reduce the CO2 emissions of the plant and, consequently, the environmental impact, analysing the related economic technical feasibility to: 1) use of the district heating technique with a view to a Smart Energy Community; 2) powering the cogeneration plant by using neutral CO2 fuels (biogas, biomethane and synthetic methane); . Advanced numerical heat and mass transfer Fausto Arpino and Gino Cortellessa SKF Company As soon as possible - 4-6 months months