Congratulations to Aerospace Engineering’s Rauno Cavallaro who recently was awarded
the Structural Engineering’s Best Poster and Best Literature Review awards (seen Research Expo 2017 and 2017 Research Expo Winners). Rauno Cavallaro is a doctoral candidate at SDSU (Department of Aerospace Engineering,
Advisor Dr. Luciano Demasi) and UCSD (Department of Structural Engineering, Advisor
Dr. David Benson).
The focus of Rauno Cavallaro’s work is the interaction between the aerodynamic forces
and the elastic structural deformation (aeroelasticity) of innovative airplanes. He
is working on advanced dynamic aeroelastic models for new sustainable airplane configurations.
In particular, Cavallaro is exploring the idea of Joined Wings. Joined Wings present
several theoretical advantages with respect to conventional airplane designs: high
aerodynamic efficiency, improved stiffness properties, and control characteristics
are a few examples.
Several aerospace agencies proposed joined-wing concepts for civil and military applications:
Strut-Braced and Truss-Braced Wings (NASA), Sensorcraft (Air Force) to mention a few
of them. Aerospace industries in both the US and Europe have been working on this
Rauno Cavallaro is author of 4 research publications on Joined Wings and also Micro
Air Vehicles (MAVs).