China Nuclear 2017’s Sep 21 notice about China’s effort and open playground for Gen IV nuclear experiments is here: Nuclear Experts Head to China to Test Experimental Reactors. “China is becoming the testing ground for a new breed of nuclear power stations designed to be safer and cheaper, as scientists from the U.S. and other Western nations find it difficult to raise enough money to build experimental plants at home.” They will work at a traveling wave reactor, a new recycled-fuel plant and a salt-cooled system together with North American counterparts. “With fewer constraints and a burning need for more energy, China is pushing ahead with new power stations, not only in nuclear, but any technology that could help it meet demand.”

Smart Mobility World

“Automotive sector is quickly and completely changing: Main topics of this change, which has just begun, will be electrification, autonomous driving, connectivity and security. Smart Mobility World 2017 faces with these themes considering different points of view: It connects different realities by creating networking, by showing innovative ideas, solutions and devices, by boosting promising startups to find the right ventures capitalists.” Lingotto Fiere, Turin, Italy, 10-11 Oct. Will be there, strolling smartly.


I am being touted for managerial positions more and more in the engineering field. Basically, I might be put in charge of some r&d processes within some sort of structured firm. It would be an employee position, call it middle management. As usual, I am going to listen carefully: my personal r&d projects are settled, literature review been done and original contributions being tested without needing too much time. So what?

DronesBench Edu

It is very possible that the DronesBench project, for which I act as an advisor and market tester, will be bought out by some big firm once the EASA regulation for small drones becomes effective in mid-to-late 2018. In the meantime, dissemination is the key and the ability from its inventor and owner, Mauro Pompetti, CEng, to become an influencer at international level. Creating educational drone labs in the schools would also help. Irrespective of the commercial development, in fact, there is an uncontestable, pioneering, academically validated invention (the DronesBench Index for the electro-mechanical efficiency of the drone as a whole) that can be exploited to support a brand. Video case studies, a new dynamic website and the active participation in international drones fairs is what Pompetti needs at this stage. Good luck!


The Python environment for deep learning has a new golden boy in the form of the PyTorch package. It seems faster and less convoluted than Tensorflow, other than more scalable. At this stage, it works for Linux and MacOs only, so I am going to need a double boot on my Win 10 laptop, again, as for Salome Meca 2017 for nuclear engineering design. Good!

Salome-Meca 2017

The Windows version of Salome-Meca was not good as hoped, so I was waiting for the official 2017 version in order to double boot my Win 10 with Lubuntu 16.04 and install the package. EDF releasead it on Sep 1 so I am done, my new shiny and free FEM package for commercial use, under LGPL license, is in the bag. No Abaqus, no Ansys, no monies to fork out. Thanks, EDF!

DronesBench Sep 2017

The drones market is booming and new business opportunities are arising quickly. DronesBench® by DPM Elettronica Srl, Foggia, Italy, is one of the most advanced testing tool in the world for the diagnosis of drones up to 5 or 15 kg weight. It is suited for manufacturers, for the certification of the electro-mechanical compliance of a fleet, for academic and applied r&d, for drone repair workshops (coming in handy once periodical certifications are made mandatory by law), for flight training schools, for educational laboratories, for public fairs and media events. Press Release on LinkedIn here.