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University and Research

​​Working closely with international research institutes and universities is one of the ESTECO’s strong points. Our highly qualified team of professors, researchers and PhDs offer courses and lectures in the scientific and educational environment. As well, we cultivate an ongoing interchange of information and ideas with students, experts, and academicians who offer a critical contribution to the advancement of our technology.

Here is a partial list of the universities and scientific institutions using our technology in academic projects and research activities.

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Funded Projects

ESTECO itself was born from a European project, so the participation in European, Regional and Interregional funded research projects has always been a priority. As such, the stream of information remains a constant source of knowledge for our internal research and development teams. This exchange of ideas helps foster new fields of application for our optimization technology tools.  

Our industrial partners in the MULTICUBE FP7 project successfully applied numerical optimization in their System on Chip (SoC) domain, by developing a new SoC library. As quoted in the final review, this highlights “ESTECO as one of the few European players in the embedded systems EDA (Electronic Design Automation) market worldwide.” 
Here is a listing of projects in which ESTECO took part including mechanical engineering, CFD simulation, System on Chip optimization, Cloud Computing, and Virtual Factories.

Duration: 18 months
Funded by: POR FESR 2014-2020 in collaboration with ESTECO, Tekno Data, IKON, MICAD e Monte Carlo Yachts

Cantiere 4.0 project is part of the S3 specialization area, related to the Metalworking sector, in the framework of the first development trajectory dedicated to "food specialization, supply chain strategic production, marine technologies and smart health". The project aims to transfer the technologies and processes of the fourth industrial revolution to the nautical sector. To achieve this, Tekno Data, IKON, MICAD, Monte Carlo Yatch and ESTECO will carry out research activities intended to support modern naval production, which will contribute to the planning, design, maintenance and support of the marine production equipment.

Eligible costs: 125.614,81 €
Supported with 62.807,41€

Duration: 2017 - 2021
Funded by: Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020

Key to securing Europe’s energy supply is diversifying supply routes. This includes identifying and building new routes that unlock resources and decrease Europe’s dependence on a single supplier of natural gas and other energy resources. The GASVESSEL project opens up new possibilities to exploit stranded, associated and flared gas where this is currently economically not viable and creates new cost-efficient gas transport solutions. This will be achieved with a novel offshore and onshore compressed natural gas (CNG) transportation system.

Duration: 21 months
Funded by: POR FESR 2014-2020 in collaboration with ESTECO and Ergolines

iCAST project is part of the S3 specialization area, related to the Metalworking sector, in the framework of the first development trajectory dedicated to "Numerical modeling technologies of processes and products". The project aims at elaborating a new technology for 'assisted solidification' of steel. To achieve this, Ergolines and ESTECO will carry out research activities in the field of numerical modeling, simulation and numerical optimization of key parameters of the process responsible for the quality of the steel and energy efficiency.

Eligible costs: 317.834,10 €
Supported with 153.264,99€

Duration: 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2020
Funded by: EU Horizon 2020

BeePMN platform, powered by ESTECO, will contribute to the mission of COMPOSELECTOR project. COMPOSELECTOR is an ambitious, innovative and timely project whose aim is to develop a Business Decision Support System (BDSS), which integrates materials modeling, business tools and databases into a single workflow.

Duration: 2017 – 2021
Funded by: HORIZON 2020 - The Biggest European Research and Innovation Programme

UTOPIAE is a training and research network funded by the European Commission through the H2020 funding scheme. The main objectives of this network are to train, by research and by example, 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the field of Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) and Optimisation and to impart them the skills to become leading independent researchers and entrepreneurs that will increase the EU innovation capacity.These skills will enable the ESRs to pursue careers in academia and industry. Through individual research projects, each ESR will investigate different facets of UQ and Optimization Under Uncertainty and develop cutting-edge methods and algorithms with particular focus on aerospace applications.

This project has received funding from the biggest European Union Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020.

Duration: 16th June 2016 - 15th June 2017
Funded by: ESTECO SpA

This proposal builds on the results of the Innovation Triangle Initiative (ITI) Stage A "Robust Design Optimisation of Space Missions" previously completed by Prof Vasile at the University of Strathclyde. Our aim is to further develop the concepts investigated in the previous ITI and increase the TRL of the relevant technologies.

Duration: May 2016 – TBD
Funded by: Technology Foundation STW

DOUBLE FACE 2.0 is a project funded within the Research Through Design program of Technology Foundation STW. The main purpose of the project is to design and prototype a novel type of Trombe wall system that improves the thermal comfort by using new lightweight and translucent materials for latent heat storage. Next to the development of geometric modellers and performance simulations, evolutionary algorithms have been used to select design alternatives and investigate the effect of input parameters by performing Sensitivity and Multi-Variate Analysis in modeFRONTIER.

Duration: 2013 – 2016
Funded by: European Commission under 7th Framework Programme for Aeronautic and Aerospace

Virtual prototyping (VP) is a key technology for environmental friendly and cost effective design in the aircraft industry. However, the underlying analysis and simulation tools (for loads, stresses, emissions, noise), are currently applied with a unique set of input data and model variables, although realistic operating conditions are a superposition of numerous uncertainties under which the industrial products operate (uncertainties on operational conditions, on geometries resulting from manufacturing tolerances, numerical error sources and uncertain physical model parameters). Major new developments in this new scientific area of Uncertainty Management and Quantification (UM and UQ) and Robust Design methods (RDM) are needed to bridge the gap from the current State of the Art to the level of industrial readiness where large numbers of simultaneous uncertainties can be treated in analysis and design.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement ACP3-GA-2013-605036

Duration: 2013 – 2015
Funded by: Eurostars Programme - powered by EUREKA and the European Community

The project will develop an innovative tool for designing compact heat exchangers. The tool, based on the calibrated blend of computers simulations and design experience and validated against experimental data, will target design time optimization, reduction of energy consumption, and maximization of performance.

Duration: 2011 – 2014
Funded by: European Commission under the Environment Theme of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development

EPES is a EU FP7 funded research project in manufacturing and sustainability engineering, aiming to produce set of tools for improving products and processes along their lifecycle. The project will develop a set of ICT tools, a methodology and a working handbook that will enable manufacturing companies to enter into a continuous process of upgrading their products along their life cycle within the frame of the virtual factory and Product Service System (PSS) concept through a configurable and adaptable set of services. The services will focus on improving the performance of products in operation taking into account different knowledge-based aspects as reliability, availability, maintainability, costs, productivity, quality, energy efficiency, etc.


Duration: 2010 – 2012
Funded by: POR FESR 2007-2013 - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The main objective was to acquire a deep knowledge of the technology of cloud computing in order to exploit its promising potential in the areas in which ESTECO operates worldwide. Results were evaluated through pilot cases in both the computer aided industrial design and the numerical analysis of financial models. The project has also explored opportunities for accessing cloud computing from latest mobile devices.

Duration: 2010 – 2012
Funded by: Regional Law 47/78

The project followed a research and development program aimed at developing new methodologies for the development of innovative drugs (Drug Design) based on multi-objective optimization (MDO) and Design of Experiment (DoE) techniques.

Duration: 2010 – 2012
Funded by: Italian Department of Economic Development

Innovative products made by methodologies, processes and design tools based on the new needs of consumers in the world market.

Duration: 2008 – 2010
Funded by: European Commission under the ICT Theme of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development

The main goal was the definition of an automatic framework to support multi-objective Design Space Exploration (DSE) of multi and many core SoC architectures. The framework enables the tuning of several architectural parameters to minimize multiple metrics (such as energy and latency) while meeting system-level constraints (such as throughput, bandwidth and QoS).


Duration: 2007 – 2009
Funded by: European Commission under 6th Framework Programme for Aeronautic and Aerospace

The objective was to introduce uncertainties within the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation process by applying non-deterministic methodologies in order to obtain an associated domain of variation of the predicted output quantities, instead of a single value. Tools for the evaluation and quantification of uncertainties in aerodynamic and thermal performance predictions were developed, supporting the aeronautical industry goals of enhanced design confidence, risk reduction and improved safety.



Duration: 2007 - 2008
Funded by: Regional Law 30/84

The main objective was to investigate the possibility for ESTECO to provide ready-to-use systems based on modeFRONTIER for analysis and optimization, bundled with open source applications tailored to the specific needs of the customer in the areas of CAD and CAE.

Duration: 2005 – 2007
Funded by: Regional Law 30/84

The main objective was to perform research oriented to the development of series of software modules for the simulation and optimization of an internal combustion engine and its components.

Duration: 2005 – 2009
Funded by: European Commission under 6th Framework Programme for the AEROSPACE Program

The main objective was to establish the technical feasibility of an environmentally compliant supersonic small size transport aircraft (S4TA), through a Multi-Disciplinary Optimization (MDO) approach and focused technological improvements.


Duration: 2004 – 2004
Funded by: Regional Law 30/84

The main objective was to provide a link between CAD software widely used by boats designers with the execution of simulation components in order to enhance the performance of the designed sailing boats.

ESTECO is always open to possible collaborations or R&D partners to get involved in EU research.
Please contact us if you consider ESTECO the partner you are looking for.


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