Our diverse, young and enthusiastic group performs research on innovative and possibly disruptive green systems for propulsion and energy conversion.
We develop new knowledge on the fluid dynamics and thermodynamics of dense vapors and supercritical fluids by performing theoretical, numerical and experimental activities, and apply it to the study of innovative technologies like the mini-organic Rankine cycle (ORC) or the supercritical CO2 Brayton cycle power systems.
We are also engaged in the investigation of unusual combustion regimes and technologies that will allow to drastically reduce pollutant emissions using the most advanced diagnostic techniques.
Efforts are devoted to the development of new methodologies for the design of power and propulsion systems in general, whereby optimization techniques are applied to detailed and integrated system models, and to the automated fluid dynamic design of unconventional turbomachinery.
Part of our investigations is also focused on the design of new gas turbine combustors capable of handling multiple fuels and biofuels or to sustain flameless combustion. Finally, we also explore new vehicle and plant configurations deriving from the introduction of these component technologies in cooperation with renowned academic and industrial partners.