Isotta Fraschini is back. Such President Sergio Razeto said: «Welcome on the ancient (editor note: 2020 is the 120th birthday of the Italian company, born in Milan in 1900) and new Isotta Fraschini». Waiting for the end of 2021, when the first tangible effects of the resources that Isotta Fraschini and the parent company Fincantieri are investing in R&D will be seen (for example the successor to the 1700 Series, both for industrial and marine applications, with a power output of more than 2 MW), and the Politecnico di Bari have signed agreements to start three PhD projects, each lasting three years. The themes of the projects have been agreed between the parties and reflect the trends in the industrial landscape as well as the specific interests of the Isotta Fraschini Motori management.
Isotta Fraschini IFuture: innovation is the goal
Innovation, hybrid propulsion, predictive maintenance, new generators, computer applications on engines, are some of the themes that will be developed in the three-year research plan by young researchers. The initiative, renewable, provides that Isotta Fraschini Motori supports and finances advanced research programs with young researchers from the Politecnico di Bari.
There are the focuses of the three projects. ‘Strategies and methods for predictive maintenance and remote monitoring of power generation systems‘. The project, which will be under the aegis of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Management and IFM, is aimed at developing the study of innovative predictive maintenance methodologies, developed with technological innovations such as IoT and CMMS.
IFM for alternative propulsions
‘Hybrid-electric propulsion systems for marine applications‘. The project, which will take place at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering and IFM, will focus on the study and development of a hybrid propulsion system based on innovative technologies able to minimize operating costs, consumption and emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
‘Intelligent power management systems‘. The project will take place in the laboratories of the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering and IFM and will address the study and development of new methodologies and tools for the design of management systems with a view to optimizing overall efficiency through remote monitoring technologies and forecasting models of both energy production and demand, based on artificial intelligence techniques and industry 4.0 technologies, such as virtual reality and IoT.