Leonardo will continue to invest in the field of Materials Science. Collaborating with the divisions, the Leonardo Labs will develop promising emerging technologies to assess how they could be applied to future products. In particular, this research area will:
- Study applications for graphene in aerospace and defence, for example in low radar observability, ballistic protection, and thermal management
- Study and research of high-performance materials for special applications (e.g. high temperatures, high erosion)
- Research metamaterials and metasurfaces. Metasurfaces are arrays of nanostructured antennas with subwavelength separation and tailored aspect ratio and geometry (e.g. antenna shape, size, and orientation), used to engineer the electromagnetic (optical, RF) response
- Examine new composite materials which have improved chemical, physical, and mechanical characteristics, alongside improved processability for aircraft and aerospace applications.
- Study of new materials that can be used in the case of large production volumes such as additive manufacturing and injection moulding.
The Leonardo Labs, which will develop skills transversal to the company’s business areas in the field of materials, are: Future Rotorcraft Technologies, Future Aircraft Technologies and Materials Technologies.