RBF Morph has been present at the 8th MIRA International Vehicle Aerodynamics Conference on the 13th and 14th of October in Grove Oxfordshire (UK) – RBS Williams F1 Conference Centre with the paper An Advanced RBF Morph Application: Coupled CFD CSM Aeroelastic Analysis of a Full Aircraft Model and Comparison to Experimental Data by Dr. Marco Evangelos Biancolini (University of Rome Tor Vergata) and Dr. Ubaldo Cella (Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A).

Presented material is available in the Presentations and Proceedings Area.


A procedure coupling RANS computation and FEM analysis based on the mesh morphing software RBF Morph has been setup and validated against experimental data.

A fluid-structure simulation on a complete aircraft configuration has been performed coupling high fidelity fluid dynamic and finite element methods.

The analysis was performed on high speed configuration using a commercial CFD Navier-Stokes code and a commercial FEM structural analysis code.

Mesh morphing tool RBF Morph, based on Radial Basis Function methods, and load interpolation procedures were applied to couple the two solutions.

The results of the analysis were validated against Piaggio property high speed experimental data, obtained during a test campaign performed in the Onera S2MA transonic wind tunnel.

The work presented in this report is the result of a co-operation activity between Piaggio Aero Industries and the University of “Tor Vergata” in Rome.