Whom we come from

The ADAG Research Group

The ADAG (Aircaft Design & AeroflightDynamics Group) is a research group of the Department of Industrial Engineering - Aerospace division (DII, University of Naples “Federico II”).


Since 1988, ADAG researchers, have worked and still working on the development of software for analysis and optimization of wind and marine turbine’s rotors and, with particular interest, on the development of aerodynamic and fluid dynamics codes for airfoil optimization. Combining these aerodynamic aspects with those structural and giving attention to aeroelastic phenomena that affect the turbines, ADAG researchers have always obtained brilliant successes in designing systems for producing energy from fluid sources with remarkable performances, employing technologies at the state of the art.


Having always worked closely with private clients and external suppliers, the group has acquired considerable skills in CAD-CAM and design in general, which has made over the years, increasingly flexible and fast switching of projects from paper to real prototypes. As managers of the main wind tunnel of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Naples "Federico II", ADAG researchers have great experience especially in the field of experimental test campaigns, operating with a large series of measurement, data acquisition and data analysis, instrumentations, and proprietary software made for such purposes.


In addition to the wide range of projects and publications in the field of low speed aerodynamics, the emphasis on renewable energy has pushed the ADAG research group to the study, prototyping and testing of several highly innovative systems for the exploitation of alternative sources. In more then one case, these studies became a reference for the global scientific community of this sector. These experiences have brought Professor Domenico Coiro, coordinator of the group, to obtain various important international awards and nominations.


In the aeronautical field, ADAG is involved in the following subjects: design of subsonic airplanes, wind tunnel tests, flight tests and flight simulation of light and ultra-light airplanes. Examples of recent, notable activities are: the design, analysis and test of an ultra-light S.T.O.L. (Short Take-Off and Landing) aircraft in composite material; the design, analysis and test of an advanced concept of wing with multiple winglets.


An important field of application of ADAG research group is in flight testing and flight simulation; ADAG researchers are capable of entirely managing flight tests, real time data acquisition and flight simulations. Flight simulation is performed with a 6 DOF simulator, which can simulate forces on the control bar also. As part of the DII, ADAG is in charge of and operates the DII Wind Tunnel.


Since 1990 ADAG has been promoting going through several research projects in the renewable energy field also. These projects have focused on clean energy exploitation from tidal currents and wind energy. In order to obtain energy from wind and tidal currents, vertical axis turbines and horizontal axis turbines have been designed, built and tested. Our group has an international license about an innovative vertical axis turbine’s rotor, the Kobold, to exploit tidal currents. The ADAG Reserach group is involved, in collaboration with Eng. Nicola Morrone, in the GEM project that is a 300 kW turbine for the production of energy from tidal currents to install about 20 m depth. Were carried out detailed numerical analysis and two models were tested in the towing tank of the "Federico II".


ADAG has produced more than 150 publications both in journals and at in international conferences.