Smartfan European School on Carbon Fibers reinforced polymers for advanced applications

27 – 30 September 2021

Participate virtually or in-person at Dallara Academy (Italy)


The Smartfan School is addressed to:


SMARTFAN proposes the development of “smart” materials and product architectures, with integrated functionalities, that will interact with their environment and react to stimuli by employing biomimetic, selfsensing, actuating and damage-repairing technologies. Their smartness are based on bio-inspired engineering and the use of low and high grade carbon fibres (CF), CF reinforced polymers (CFRPs) and (iii) nano-/micro- composites with special physicochemical properties, in order to develop smart (bulk) materials, applied on intelligent structures.

Smart materials are used in applications such as transducers, actuators & motors, and structural materials. The market for smart materials is rising currently due to the adoption of smart materials and products among various end-user industries. For instance, aerospace, automotive, and consumer electronics.

The Smartfan European School on Carbon Fibers has the aim of contributing to the professional development of high-degree students and young researchers giving information about the novelties in the field of composite materials and their application in industry. The school will offer keynote lectures and presentation from high level professionals and researchers; moreover, it will be possibile to participate to practical lessons and networing activities for the people that will attend the event in-person.

Why participating:

School Program:

TOPIC OF THE DAY: Fundamentals of composite materials

09:00-09:15 Welcome and introduction to the SMARTFAN school

Gianmarco Beltrami (DALLARA)

Massimo Rinaldi  (WH)

09:15-10:00 Introduction to the project

Prof Costas Charitidis/ Tanja Kosanovic (NTUA)

Introduction to Smartfan composite technologies

Prof Costas Charitidis/Kate Trompeta (NTUA)

10:00-10:45 Introduction on carbon fibres and applications

Luca Vescovi (DALLARA)

10:45-11:15 Coffe break

11:15-12:00 Review of the mechanical testing methods of composite materials

Prof. Nicholas Tsouvalis (NTUA) (on-line)

12:00-12:45 High Performance Car Design in the racing ecosystem

Matteo Piraccini (HAAS)


Closing Day 1

13:00-14:00: Lunch Break

14:00-16:00 Visit to DALLARA

16:00- 19:00 Free Time

19:00-21:00 Driving experience 

Team building activity: students will be
involved in a kart competition at the Varano racetrack. The group
will be divided into teams that will compete in a thrilling speed
race. Are you ready for the challenge?

No dinner

TOPIC OF THE DAY: Processing & Design


Introduction to Day 2

09:15-10:00 Hybrid multi-scale and data-driven models for designing the smart properties of nanocomposite materials

Matteo Fasano (POLITO) + Agustín Chiminelli (on-line)

10:00-10:45 Processing methods and conditions to achieve smart and multifunctional composites

Andreia Araújo (INEGI)

10:45-11:15 Coffe break

11:15-12:00 Advanced and Automated Composites Manufacturing

Elena Rodríguez Senín (AIMEN | online)

12:00-12:45 Nanocomposites: Occupational safety considerations & The role of Personal Protective Equipment

Panagiotis – Theodoros Karagiannis (IRES)

12:45-13:00 Closing Day 2

13:00-14:00: Lunch Break

14:00-16:00 Visit to DALLARA

16:00-17:00 Transfer to Parma

17:00-19:00 Guided tour of Parma old Town

19:00-22:00 Free time in Parma

22:00 Transfer to Varano de’ Melegari

No dinner

TOPIC OF THE DAY: Characterization & Advanced functionalities


Introduction to Day 3

09:15-10:00 Plasma surface functionalisation and characterisation of carbon fibres for high-performance composites

Prof.  Hanshan Dong

(University of Birmingham)

10:00-10:45 The role of graphene in the world of multifunctional composite materials   

Panagiotis Pappas (FORTH)

 10:45-11:15 Coffe break

11:15-12:00 Artificial Intelligence – Internet of Things synergies

Domenico Romano (TECHEDGE)

12:00-12:45 Design and testing of multifunctional composite structures

Prof. Robert Böhm (HTWK Leipzig)

12:45-13:00 Closing Day 3

13:00-14:00: Lunch Break

14:00-16:00 Practical session

(Interactive session / Problem solving contest)

16:00-17:00 Transfer to ALMA | International School of Italian Cuisine

17:00-18:00 Guided tour of the school

18:00-20:00 Cook your own gala dinner!
Team building activity:
ALMA’s chef will teach students how to prepare
a typical Italian type of pasta. This dish will be the main course of the
gala dinner.

20:00-22:30 Gala Dinner

      22:30 Transfer to Varano de’ Melegari

TOPIC OF THE DAY: Application and case studies


Introduction to Day 4

09:15-10:00 Carbon-based smart shape memory polymer composites

Prof Fabrizio Quadrini (Tor Vergata University)

10:00-10:45 3D printing of composite structures with dynamically reconfigurable and reversible shape transformations upon external stimuli

Panagiotis Zoubulis (BIOG3D)

 10:45-11:15 Coffe break

11:15-12:00 2D and 1D materials based composites for the next generation of sensors, Energy storage, Harvesting, information storage and EMS devices

Paolo Bondavalli (THALES)

12:00-12:45 The use of carbon-fiber for automotive application

Oliver Streilein (BUGATTI)

12:45-13:00 Closing Day 4

13:00-13:45 Closing Day and Cerimony
Isella Vicini (Warrant Hub)
Andrea Pontremoli (Dallara)

How to participate:

The participation to the Smartfan School is free of charge.

You can decide to participate virtually or in-person: the virtual event will be organized with the support of the Webex platform, the event in-person will be held at the Dallara Academy located in Varano de Melegari (Parma – Italy).

How to participate virtually:

  1. Register in the form below
  2. You will receive a confirmation email right after your registration
  3. You will receive a link to participate to the school a couple of days before the event

Registration for online participation are closed.

How to participate in-person:

  1. Click on the link below and register on the dedicated page
  2. You will receive a confirmation email right after your registration
  3. We will keep in touch with you to organize your accommodation and transfer

Registration for in-person participation are closed.


Organizing Committee:

Costas Charitidis
Costas CharitidisNational Technical University of Athens
Isella Vicini
Isella ViciniWarrant hUb S.p.A.
Luca Vescovi
Luca VescoviDallara

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