Caproni Campini N. 1

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The Caproni Campini N.1, also known as the C.C.2, was an experimental jet aircraft built in the 1930s by Italian aircraft manufacturer Caproni. The N.1 first flew in 1940 and was briefly regarded as the first successful jet-powered aircraft in history, before news emerged of the German Heinkel.

During 1931, Italian aeronautics engineer Secondo Campini submitted his studies on jet propulsion, including a proposal for a so-called thermo-jet to power an aircraft. Following a high-profile demonstration of a jet-powered boat in Venice, which was the world’s first vehicle to harness jet propulsion, Campini was rewarded with an initial contract issued by the Italian government to develop and manufacture his envisioned engine. During 1934, the Regia Aeronautica (the Italian Air Force) granted its approval to proceed with the production of a pair of jet-powered prototype aircraft. To produce this aircraft, which was officially designated as the N.1, Campini formed an arrangement with the larger Caproni aviation manufacturer.

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Caproni Campini Jet

The N.1 was powered by a motorjet, a type of jet engine in which the compressor is driven by a conventional reciprocating engine. It was an experimental aircraft, designed to demonstrate the practicality of jet propulsion. On 27 August 1940, the maiden flight of the N.1 occurred at Caproni facility in Taliedo, outside of Milan, flown by renowned test pilot Mario De Bernardi. Subsequent flight tests with the first prototype led to a maximum speed of roughly 320 MPH being recorded. On 30 November 1941, the second prototype was flown by pilot De Bernardi and engineer Giovanni Pedace from Milan’s Linate Airport to Rome’s Guidonia Airport, in a highly publicised event that included a fly-past over Rome and a reception with Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini. Testing of the N.1 continued into 1943, by which point work on the project was disrupted by the Allied invasion of Italy.

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LANCIA Aurelia

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This marvel of style and technology is not a Bentley Continental, but a ……

gioiello non è una Bentley Continental, ma una……

…LANCIA AURELIA B20 GT (1950 – 1958)

 

Lancia “Aurelia GT 2500 B20” – 1957

Presentata al Salone di Torino del 1951 l’Aurelia B20 è senza dubbio una delle gran turismo italiane più apprezzate e conosciute al mondo.

Il motore 6 cilindri a V, derivava da quella della berlina B10 presentata nel 1950. La bellissima carrozzeria, che ha sicuramente influenzato il design di molte altre vetture sportive del periodo, era stata costruita dalla Pininfarina e rispettava il concetto Lancia di eleganza e discrezione, oltre ad essere di grande qualità.

La B20 sportiva da guidare in doppio petto, ha avuto anche una vita agonistica lunga e ricca di successi, sia con versioni “competizione” e “speciali” preparate dalla Casa, sia con vetture di serie che i proprietari guidavano in corsa come nella vita di tutti i giorni. Da ricordare è l’esordio agonistico della B20 alla Mille Miglia del 1951: 1^ della classe fino a 2000cc e seconda assoluta dietro la Ferrari 4 litri di Gigi Villoresi.

Aurelia
Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2500

Lance “Aurelia GT 2500 B20” – 1957

Presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1951, the Aurelia B20 is undoubtedly one of the most popular and well known Italian tourism in the world.

The 6-cylinder V engine derived from that of the B10 sedan presented in 1950. The beautiful bodywork, which has certainly influenced the design of many other sports cars of the period, had been built by Pininfarina and respected the Lancia concept of elegance and discretion, besides being of great quality.

The B20 sports car to drive in double-breasted, has also had a long racing life and full of successes, both with “competition” and “special” versions prepared by the House, both with series cars that the owners drove in the race as in the life of everyday. To remember is the debut of the B20 at the Mille Miglia of 1951: 1 ^ of the class up to 2000cc and second overall behind the Ferrari 4 liters of Gigi Villoresi.

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B20 GT

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Made in Italy

Giulio Natta

Natta

Giulio Natta (26 February 1903 – 2 May 1979) was an Italian chemist and Nobel laureate. He won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963 with Karl Ziegler for work on high polymers. He was also a recipient of Lomonosov Gold Medal in 1969.

A polymer  is a large molecule, or macromolecule, composed of many repeated subunits.The terms polymer and resin are often synonymous with plastic.

Due to their broad range of properties, both synthetic and natural polymers play essential and ubiquitous roles in everyday life. Polymers range from familiar synthetic plastics such as polystyrene to natural biopolymers such as DNA and proteins that are fundamental to biological structure and function. Polymers, both natural and synthetic, are created via polymerization of many small molecules, known as monomers. Their consequently large molecular mass relative to small molecule compounds produces unique physical properties, including toughness, viscoelasticity, and a tendency to form glasses and semicrystalline structures rather than crystals.

In 1938 the first decisive meeting took place with the industry that will change the course of his scientific life, the Montecatini, who will commission the studies for the production of synthetic rubber in the Ferrara plant.

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G.Natta

Natta will be able to discover a new class of highly regular synthetic polymers in the space that he will call isotactic and to produce the isotactic polypropylene at Montecatini, the first industry in the world.

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The plastic fibers gave life to a real revolution of production cycles through hot molds. This became a processing technique, through which, in a single step, the finished product was obtained from the mold, even with shapes that moved away from the classic examples of everyday life.

MOPLEN

The roundness and elliptic forms that previously caused a real taboo had now been completely demolished

And today, more than 50 years later, many 3D printers try to produce objects and prototypes with materials similar to isotactic polypropylene.

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Pirelli & C.

Pirelli Recognized As A Leader In Actions To Combat Climate Change

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Pirelli & C. SpA has been recognized as a global leader in corporate climate action by CDP (formerly know as the Carbon Disclosure Project), achieving a place on the CDP Climate Change A list.

 

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Pirelli logo

 

An international non-profit organization, CDP gathers, distributes and promotes information on environmental questions and the A rating is the highest possible score awarded to a company, taking into consideration the effectiveness of its efforts to cut emissions, reduce climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.

CDP’s mission is to drive companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.

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Pirelli says this recognition by CDP confirms its constant commitment to sustainability. Pirelli also is featured as a world leader in Sustainability in the Auto Components sector on the Dow Jones World and Europe indices.

 

Some vintage “little ones”…and the last !!!!

FIAT

Alcune “piccoline” del passato…E L’ULTIMA ARRIVATA !!!

 

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Leyland Morris
Peel P50
Isetta

 

THE LAST…l’ultima arrivata

M I C R O L I N O

According to Focus, most of the pre-orders are held by customers in Germany and Switzerland, with the rest coming from around the world. Pre-order stipulations vary by country, but require a €1,000 down payment in Switzerland, indicating that many of these customers are already putting their money where their mouths are.

The car was recently approved for street-legal status in Europe, and is now headed for production. Initial production of the first 25 cars is planned to begin in October. Those cars will be used to tweak the production process and prepare for large-scale production beginning this December.

Production of the car will be handled by Tazzari, a partner of Micro Mobility Systems that owns half of the company’s stock. Production will take place in Italy, with first deliveries occurring in Switzerland, followed by Germany.

 

TAZZARI

 

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Romano Pisciotti

Cupola del Brunelleschi

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Cupola del Brunelleschi
«Chi mai sì duro o sì invido non lodasse Pippo architetto vedendo qui struttura sì grande, erta sopra e’ cieli, ampla da coprire con sua ombra tutti e’ popoli toscani, fatta sanza alcuno aiuto di travamenti o di copia di legname, quale artificio certo, se io ben iudico, come a questi tempi era incredibile potersi, così forse appresso gli antichi fu non saputo né conosciuto?»
(Leon Battista Alberti, De pictura)

 

La cupola di Brunelleschi è la copertura della crociera del Duomo di Firenze; al momento della costruzione era la cupola più grande del mondo e rimane tuttora la più grande cupola in muratura mai costruita (il diametro massimo della cupola interna è di 45,5 metri, mentre quello dell’esterna è di 54,8). Grazie alla fondamentale rilevanza che essa ha rivestito per il successivo sviluppo dell’architettura e della moderna concezione del costruire, essa è tutt’oggi la più importante opera architettonica mai edificata in Europa dall’epoca romana.

La sua grandezza impedì il tradizionale metodo costruttivo mediante l’ausilio di cèntine, facendo sì che venissero formulate molte ipotesi sulla tecnica costruttiva impiegata.

Ricostruzione dei ponteggi

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Alzato e sezione

 

 

A Renaissance masterpiece, the Duomo’s cupola – 91m high and 45.5m wide – was built between 1420 and 1436. Filippo Brunelleschi, taking inspiration from the Pantheon in Rome, designed a distinctive octagonal form of inner and outer concentric domes that rests on the drum of the cathedral rather than the roof itself. Four million bricks were used, laid in consecutive rings according to a vertical herringbone pattern.

The cupola crowning the Duomo is a feat of engineering and one that cannot be fully appreciated without climbing its 463 interior stone steps.

The climb up the spiral staircase is relatively steep, and should not be attempted if you are claustrophobic. Make sure to pause when you reach the balustrade at the base of the dome, which gives an aerial view of the octagonal coro (choir) of the cathedral below and the seven round stained-glass windows (by Donatello, Andrea del Castagno, Paolo Uccello and Lorenzo Ghiberti) that pierce the octagonal drum.

Look up and you’ll see flamboyant late-16th-century frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, depicting the Giudizio Universale (Last Judgement).

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Affreschi della cupola

As you climb, snapshots of Florence can be spied through small windows. The final leg – a straight, somewhat hazardous flight up the curve of the inner dome – rewards with an unforgettable 360-degree panorama of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

Duomo di Firenze

 

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