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ESR11 (Technische Universität Darmstadt)

Host Institution: Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany)

Reactive Flows and Diagnostics, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Phone: +49 6151 16-28919

Fax: +49 6151 16-28900



Research interests

At the TU-Darmstadt I will focus my attention on turbulence-chemistry interactions in turbulent flame, and one of the main goal is to provide reliable data for developing and validating of models for the numerical simulation of stratified, premixed and partially-premixed flames.

Experiments will be conducted on a stratified burner fueled with a mixture of CH4 and H2 at different compositions and air/fuel ratios, using a multiscalar measurement technique for a detailed understanding of the interaction. In particular will be used the Raman/Rayleigh spectroscopy, a diagnostic tool that can provide temperature measurements simultaneously with compositions for the main species. In addiction a cross-sheet laser will be used for evaluating the flame-front position. This experimental work will be intersected with data evaluations and post-processing.


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  • Oct 2015 - Present. PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt.
  • Oct 2014 - Dec 2015. Internship at Italian National Agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development (ENEA).
  • 2012 - 2015. Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering at Univerity of Benevento. Thesis title: “CFD Modelling of Oxy-Fuel Combustion of Natural Gas: Comparative Analysis of Different Chemistry - Turbulence Interaction Models (Eddy Dissipation, Flamelet) on HPC”. Supervisors: G. Continillo, F.S. Marra, C. Mongiello
  • 2009 - 2012. Bachelor’s Degree in Energy Engineering at Univerity of Benevento. Thesis title: “Feasibility Study of Systems Powered by Renewable Energy Sources for Providing Thermal Energy in Centres of Temporary Stay”. Supervisors; C. Roselli, M. Sasso


Project title: Experimental investigations using complex geometry of injectors and different fuels by means of advanced measurement techniques

Objectives. Piloted flames are regularly used for stabilization of overall lean combustion. Piloted flames are typically fuel-rich such that an overall lean flame is anchored by a flame burning in a fuel stratified or non-premixed mode. The underlying turbulence-chemistry interactions with their impact on flame stabilization or pollutant formation is not well understood. Present combustion models need to be benchmarked against well-suited experiments. At TUDA an enclosed combustion system has been developed that mimics most important properties of gas turbine combustion. The fuel nozzle provides a swirled annular flow of premixed fuel and air. As a special feature the geometrical swirl number can be changed during operation. This allows operation at different stabilization points. In case of lean combustion an additional pilot flame is needed. The pilot flame is formed by a central jet issuing from a central bluff body that is surrounded by the annular swirled flow. The mass flow ratio between pilot and main flow can be changed from 0 to 1 providing a second measure for flame stabilization. The combustor is throttled to ensure no backflow from the exhaust pipe system. Optical access allows for the application of common laser diagnostics. Due to the optical access operational pressures are limited to below 10 bar.

Expected results. In this project a series of practically relevant piloted lean flames at elevated pressures is selected. Flow fields and flame brushs are measured by means of particle image velocimetry and laser-induced fluorescence of OH radicals that are formed in the reaction zones. Based on this data the location of flame stabilization is investigated. The data are explored in cooperation with the project partners for validation of combustion models in this close-to-reality combustor.

Planned secondment. FR-CS (8-10 months). Data post processing and involvement to validation of numerical simulations.




Project ID: 643134

Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014

Amount: EUR 3,832,293

Content: 15 PhD Students (ESR)

Period: 48 months

Starting date: 1st January 2015

Partners: 4 academic, 3 industrial & T.I.M.E.

Countries: BE, D, F, IT

Coordinator: Politecnico di Milano (IT)

CLEAN-Gas Network

The Project involves 4 partners from Academia (Politecnico di Milano, Centrale Supélec, Technische Universität Darmstadt, and Université Libre de Bruxelles) and 3 industrial partners (Ansaldo Energia, Rolls-Royce Deutschland, and Numeca) and T.I.M.E. Association. The network activities are coordinated by Politecnico di Milano.


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The CLEAN-Gas Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development, and demonstration under grant agreement no. 643134-CLEAN-Gas.



Scientific Programme

One of the originalities is to link the different teams together with four additional industrial partners in order to suggest and develop new complementary perspectives combining mathematics and physics, chemistry and fluid mechanics, computation and experiments, all these different approaches aiming at a final real scale application for industrial use by companies.

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Educational Programme

One innovative aspect of the program is to offer an extensive and prospective view of research to candidates with the goal to prepare them to become the researchers of tomorrow. The candidates' education will not be only a scientific research program, but also instruction on how to develop their understanding of research, their own responsibilities and their professional abilities.

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Mobility Programme

Mobility is essential for research. Candidates will spend a first year mainly dedicated to their learning and knowledge development in one or the two co-tutelle institutions, followed by 1 or 2 semesters of intensive exchanges between the two. Then candidates will take a step back during the last semester for the synthesis of the work.

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