The Mobility and Vehicle Innovation Group (MOVING) has a long lasting research activity in the field of surface transports with a specific focus on the Automotive, Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) and Railway vehicles sectors. Research activities comprehend numerical and experimental modeling of dynamic systems, design of safety devices, virtual testing of PTWs and cars, product Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (in environmental, economic and social perspective) and vehicle electrification (e.g. development of specific driving cycles, optimization of charging infrastructure, 0-D EV simulation). The group performed specific research activities for End-of-Life scenario definition for relevant industrial and automotive case studies.

The CliMAFlux working group in DIEF includes experts from machine design and mechatronics field, in the light of Sustainability assessment and improvement. Main experience of Prof. Massimo Delogu is related to Machine Design topics, with specific experience on Ecodesign culture and lifecycle assessment; his role includes activity leading, supervision and sustainable design principle application. Prof. Luca Pugi is Mechatronics and Electric Traction expert; his role in the project includes Machine Performance simulation according to real-world conditions and KPI assessment. Dr. Lorenzo Berzi is research technologist in the field of automotive electric traction systems and on product End-of-Life management according to sustainability criteria; his main role consists on virtual vehicle integration and dismantling/recycling scenario definition. Maurizio Guadagno, early stage researcher, will mainly work for data synthesis from simulation models, data aggregation and automotive design framework proposal.

Role in the Project

The research group has a crucial role in the project, as it is responsible for determining the effectiveness of the proposed solutions regarding the balance between performance, cost and life cycle sustainability. The group will conduct LCA and LCC studies to assess the sustainability of the proposed solutions. UNIFI will identify the most significant factors and provide feedback to improve the methodologies through constant communication with other partners. This will encourage advanced research and collaboration among all the partners involved. The group, using an holistic tool, will support the definition of more sustainable versions of the new proposed axial flux electric motor giving guidelines regarding the manufacturing, use and end of life phases.

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