University of Pisa
At the current design stage the University of Pisa is involved trough the Department of Aerospace engineering, specifically in the fluids dynamic area.
Several aspects are being investigated: the primary activity involves the study of the sails-mast system. Since sails are, from an aerodynamic point of view, very similar to wings, the aeronautical expertise can be fully exploited.
The study will make use of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) results. The analysis of the loads and of the aerodynamic flows will allow the evaluation and optimisation of both the mast shape and the aerodynamic profile of the sails.