Prof.dr.ir. P. (Piero) Colonna di Paliano

Prof.dr.ir. P. (Piero) Colonna di Paliano

Profile

Current Position

Full Professor, Chair of Propulsion and Power   
Director of the Aerospace Engineering Graduate School

Biography

Degrees

  • M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 1991.
  • M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, USA, 1995.
  • Ph.D. in Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 1996. 

Work Experience

  • 2013-current, Full Professor, Propulsion and Power, TU Delft, The Netherlands.
  • 2002-2013, Associate Professor, Renewable Energy Systems, TU Delft, The Netherlands.
  • 2005-2006, Interim Head of the Energy Technology Section, TU Delft, The Netherlands.
  • 1997-2002, Assistant Professor, Fluid Machinery, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy.
  • 1996-2003, Founder and Partner of AustEx - Exergy Management s.r.l., Milano, Italy.
  • 1995, Research Assistant, Engineering Thermodynamics, Stanford University, California.
  • 1991-1996,  Energy Engineering consultant, Studio Tecnico SPELL, Milano, Italy.

Expertise

Technologies  

  • Organic Rankine Cycle Power Systems
  • Supercritical CO2 Brayton Cycle Power Systems
  • Unconventional Turbomachinery
Methods
  • Automated turbomachinery fluid dynamic design
  • (Dynamic) system modeling and simulation
  • Integrated process/components design optimization
Science
  • Non Ideal Compressible Fluid Dynamics (NICFD)
  • Thermodynamic Properties of Pure Fluids and Mixtures

Awards

1995, Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, Milano, Italy.
The grant funded the Master studies at Stanford University.

1996, Italian Ministry of the University and Scientific research, post-doctoral fellowship, Milano, Italy. 

2004, NWO VIDI grant, personal grant from the Dutch Science Foundation for the project BZT Fluids for energy conversion applications.

2004, TU Delft grant for visiting scholars.
The grant funded a 6 months visit of Prof. dr. ir. A. Guardone of Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

2008, TU Delft grant for visiting scholars.
The grant funded a one-year visit of Prof. dr. ir. S. Rebay of the University of Brescia, Italy.

2008, Best Paper Award of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exhibition (IMECE), 11-15 Nov., Seattle, WA, 2007.

2009-2010, Best lecturer award of the Master programs "Sustainable Processes and Energy technologies" and "Solid and Fluid Mechanics" of the Delft University of Technology.

2011-2012, Best lecturer award of the Master programs "Sustainable Processes and Energy technologies" and "Solid and Fluid Mechanics" of the Delft University of Technology. 

Hobbies

Music, literature, photography, gardening, skiing, trekking and sailing

Projects

Selected projects 

  • CC-Powertrain for trucks
  • Mini-ORC turbogenerator for 0-energy buildings
  • BZT fluids for small power systems
  • Non-ideal Compressible Fluid Dynamics for Turbomachinery
  • Novel ECS for aircraft
  • CC-engine and CC-APU for next-generation aircraft
  • sCO2 power cycle for waste heat recovery
  • Thermal Energy harvesting on board of aircraft
  • Methods for ultra-compact aerospace heat exchangers design
  • Mixtures as working fluids for ORC systems

Other Positions and Memberships

A bit about myself

I was interviewed by our marketing and information department when I was appointed professor: the transcript of the interview is displayed on the TU Delft Aerospace Engineering website  here.

My inaugural lecture can be seen here.

I am a passionate lecturer of Thermodynamics and organized an International Symposium titled  Teaching and Learning Thermodynamics in a Time of Change. A taste of it in these videos

Publications List (Selected or Complete)

Selected articles
 
S. Vitale, M. Pini, and  P. ColonnaMulti-stage turbomachinery design using the discrete adjoint method within the open-source software SU2.  J. Propul. Power, 36(3):465–478, 2020.  DOI  
 
W. C. Reynolds and  P. ColonnaThermodynamics: fundamentals and engineering applications. Cambridge University Press, September 2018.  DOI     
P. Colonna, E. Casati, C. Trapp, T. Mathijssen, J. Larjola, T. Turunen-Saaresti, and A. Uusitalo.  Organic Rankine cycle power systems: From the concept to current technology, applications, and an outlook to the futureJ. Eng. Gas Turb. Power, 137(10):100801–100820, 2015.   DOI       
 
 F. Casella and  P. ColonnaDynamic modeling of IGCC power plantsAppl. Therm. Eng., 35:91–111,  2012.  DOI
 
P. Colonna, J. Harinck, S. Rebay, and A. Guardone.  Real-gas effects in organic Rankine cycle turbine nozzles J. Propul. Power, 24(2):282–294, 2008.  DOI

C. Zamfirescu, A. Guardone, and  P. ColonnaAdmissibility region for rarefaction shock waves in dense gases J. Fluid Mech., 599:363–381, 2008.  DOI
      
P. Colonna and A. Guardone.  Molecular interpretation of nonclassical gas dynamics of dense vapors under the van der Waals modelPhys. Fluids, 18(5):056101–1–14, 2006.  DOI 
 
P. Colonna, N. R. Nannan, A. Guardone, and E. W. Lemmon.  Multiparameter equations of state for selected siloxanesFluid Phase Equilib., 244:193–211, 2006.  DOI

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Supervision of Doctoral Students

Former Doctoral Students

  1. Prof. Dr. Paolo Silva (Associate Professor, Politecnico di Milano)    
  2. Dr. Falk Ahnert (Head of Global Development Support, Wintershall)   
  3. Dr. Hans van Putten (Software Product Development Manager, Department Head at Deltares)    
  4. Dr. Ryan Nannan (Dean of the Mech. Eng. Dept., Anton De Kom University, Board Member at Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname)     
  5. Dr. John Harinck (Program manager, Institute for Sustainable Processes)
  6. Dr. Emiliano Casati (PostDoc researcher, ETH Zurich, PREC group, Emiliano is one of the recipient of the European individual fellowship Marie S. Curie-Global)    
  7. Dr. Carsten Trapp (Senior Analyst, Structuring & Valuation, Vattenfall)
  8. Dr. Enrico Rinaldi (Software Developer, Maxon)
  9. Dr. Tiemo Mathijssen (Expert, meteorological instrumentation, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut - KNMI)
  10. Dr. Sebastian Bahamonde (Simulation Engineer, ASML)
  11. Dr. Salvatore Vitale (Software Engineer, ING)
  12. Dr. Lucia Azzini (Thermal Engineer, GE Avio Aero)
  13. Dr. Antonio Rubino (Data Science Application Engineer, Dutch Analytics)
  14. Dr. André Perpignan (R&D Engineer, Siemens Energy)
  15. Dr. Nitish Anand (Senior Researcher at VITO)
  16. Dr. Adam Head (PostDoc Researcher at TU Delft)
Current Doctoral Students
  1. Francesco Tosto
  2. Nitish Chandrasekar
  3. Andrea Giuffre’
  4. Federica Ascione
  5. Francesco Mazza
  6. Leonardo Castellanos
  7. Dabo Krempus
  8. Fabio Beltrame
  9. Matteo Majer
  10. Praharsh Pai Raikar
  11. Aude Lecardonnel  
 

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Publications

Media

Prizes

  • 2019-12-17

    NWO Open Technology Program Grant

    Prof. Colonna, voorzitter van de onderzoeksgroep Propulsion and Power, en zijn collega’s Dr. De Servi, Dr. Pini en Dr. Vos hebben een NWO Open Technology Program Grant van € 1.300.000 ontvangen voor het onderzoeksproject "Waste Heat Recovery Systems for More Electric Aircraft". Het doel van dit programma is het ontwikkelen van een baanbrekende technologie voor de terugwinning van restwarmte die de brandstofefficiëntie van vliegtuigen sterk zal verhogen, namelijk ultralichte organic Rankine cycle (ORC) power systems.

    Twee toepassingen maken deel uit van het onderzoek. Een kan eerder op de markt worden gebracht, namelijk een auxiliary power unit (APU) op basis van gasturbines met ORC-restwarmte-terugwinning die alle benodigde elektrische energie tijdens de vlucht levert met een zeer hoog rendement. Voor de wat verdere toekomst wordt gekeken naar turbofanmotor met gecombineerde cyclus. Het team zal nieuwe stroom- en motorconfiguraties bestuderen die radicaal nieuwe ontwerpen voor zowel turbomachinerie als warmtewisselaarcomponenten toepassen.

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