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.

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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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

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
  • Energy harvesting on board of aircraft

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. 

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.

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 (Senior Researcher/Advisor, Project Manager 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 Engineer, COMSOL)
  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 Heat Transfer Technology)
Current Doctoral Students
  1. Adam Head
  2. Nitish Anand
  3. Francesco Tosto
  4. Nitish Chandrasekar
  5. Andrea Giuffre’
  6. Federica Ascione
  7. Francesco Mazza
  8. Leonardo Castellanos
  9. Fiona Leverone
  10. Dabo Krempus
  11. Fabio Beltrame
  12. Matteo Majer
 

Hobbies

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

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
2019 - Modeling, Simulation and Application of Propulsion and Power Systems
2020 - Modeling, Simulation and Application of Propulsion and Power Systems
ancillary activities
Advisor/Consultant - Asimptote BV

2017-09-01 - 2022-01-01

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