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

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Current Position

Full Professor, Chair of Propulsion and Power

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.

Other Positions and Memberships

Publications List (Selected or Complete)

SELECTED ARTICLES 
  
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 H. van Putten.  Dynamic modeling of steam power cycles. Part I – modeling paradigm and validationAppl. Therm. Eng., 27(2–3):467–480, 2007.    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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Hobbies

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

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

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

Projects

Current Projects:

  • CC-Powertrain
  • Mini-ORC turbogenerator for 0-energy buildings
  • BZT fluids for small power systems
  • CC-engine for next-generation aircraft
  • Mini-turbopropeller for long-range civil UAV

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 Dr. A. Guardone from Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

2008, TU Delft grant for visiting scholars.
The grant funded a one-year visit of Prof. 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. 

Supervision of Doctoral Students

  • Prof. Dr. Paolo Silva (Associate Professor, Politecnico di Milano)    
  • Dr. Falk Ahnert (Head of Global Development Support, Wintershall)   
  • Dr. Hans van Putten (Senior Researcher/Advisor, Project Manager at Deltares)    
  • Dr. Ryan Nannan (Dean of the Mech. Eng. Dept., Anton De Kom University)     
  • Dr. John Harinck (Managing Director, Gensos BV, CTO Asimptote BV)
  • Dr. Emiliano Casati (PostDoc researcher, ETH Zurich, PREC group, Emiliano is one of the recipient of the European individual fellowship Marie S. Curie-Global)    
  • Dr. Carsten Trapp (Analyst, MKonline GmbH – Markedskraft ASA)
  • Dr. Enrico Rinaldi (PostDoc  researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Linné FLOW Centre)
  • Dr. Tiemo Matthijssen (Expert, meteorological instrumentation, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut - KNMI)

publications
Publications in Pure
subjects
2005 - Modeling of Process and Energy Systems
2006 - Modeling of Process and Energy Systems
2007 - Modeling of Process and Energy Systems
2007 - Process Modeling and Simulation Project
2009 - Modeling of Process and Energy Systems
2009 - Process Modeling and Simulation Project
2008 - Modeling of Process and Energy Systems
2008 - Process Modeling and Simulation Project
2010 - Thermodynamics 2
2011 - Modeling of Process and Energy Systems
2010 - Modeling of Process and Energy Systems
2010 - Process Modeling and Simulation Project
2014 - Thermodynamics
2013 - Modeling of Process and Energy Systems
2014 - Modeling of Process and Energy Systems
2015 - Thermodynamics
2015 - Thermodynamics
2012 - Modeling of Process and Energy Systems
2014 - Thermodynamics
2017 - Thermodynamics
2017 - Thermodynamics
2017 - Modeling, Simulation and Application of Propulsion and Power Systems
2018 - Modeling, Simulation and Application of Propulsion and Power Systems
2016 - Thermodynamics
2016 - Thermodynamics
ancillary activities
-Adviseur/Consultant -

2017-09-01 - 2019-01-01

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