Thursday, December 15, 2016

Numerical simulations of NICFD flows with SU2 vs experiments!

First-ever assessment of a CFD code against experimental data for non-ideal compressible-fluid flows of interests for ORC applications is ongoing. Grid adaptation helps capturing shock waves.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Wonderful time at NICFD in Varenna

The 1st International Seminar on Non-Ideal Compressible-Fluid Dynamics was a great success! Thank you everyone for making this gathering so special.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Join us at NICFD 2016!

Only two weeks to go before the 1st International Seminar on Non-Ideal Compressible-Fluid Dynamics for Propulsion & Power (NICFD 2016), the 20th and 21st of October, 2016, in Varenna, Como Lake, Italy

Seminar website:                    Contact:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Presentation at the 1st SU2 Developers meeting in Delft

Alberto Guardone gives an overview of NICFD capabilities of SU2 at the 1st SU2 Developers meeting in Delft, 5-6 of September 2016. In the slide, the latest TROVA results provide the first-ever validation of a CFD solver for non-ideal flows.

All presentations can be downloaded following the embedded links in the agenda

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

1st Annual SU2 Developers Meeting!

Next Monday, the 5th of September, the most active development teams from around the world will join in Delft for the 1st Annual SU2 Developers Meeting. Giulio and Alberto will give a presentation about NICFD at 9.35 (CEST) and will take part to the two-day meeting for core developers.
Agenda of the meeting
Join us (in-person or virtually) and register by following the link on the SU2 home page (

Monday, August 01, 2016

Third call for KCORC scholarships now open!

Any student and researcher working in the field of ORC technology can apply to the research scholarships. The scholarships cover travel and accommodation related to short-term research projects of 3–6 months. The grants are 3.000–10.000 $ depending on  project duration and location of the hosting institution. More details can be found on the KCORC website:
The third call is open until 30th September 2016.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Construction work of the new CREA Laboratory spaces

Politecnico di Milano keeps investing in the CREA laboratory: construction works of the new building specifically designed to host the TROVA test-rig are currently under way at Campus Bovisa La Masa, Milano.

Almost time to move back in! Almost...

Friday, March 18, 2016

Laser Doppler Velocimetry @TROVA

The first measurements using Laser Doppler Velocimetry are currently being carried out @TROVA. These are the first-ever velocity measurements within a non-ideal compressible-fluid flows in the close proximity of the liquid-vapour saturation curve. The flow seeding required the design and construction of a the pressurised seeding apparatus shown in the picture.
Pressurised seeding system
Laser source and photodetector.
Note the (very cool!) laser safety goggles...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Seminar by Dr. Emile Touber, Imperial College

Shocks, turbulence and interactions in non-ideal and dense gases
Dr. Emile Touber, Imperial College
Abstract: Dense gases are characterised by molecules featuring large numbers of active degrees of freedom (quantified by the Cv/R ratio). The isentropes in such gases have the distinct property of following rather closely the isotherms (the two become identical in the limit of Cv/R going to infinity). Near the liquid-vapour critical point, this makes the isentropes very shallow and possibly concave (in the pressure-specific volume diagram). Whilst shallow isentropes are desirable when designing expanders (i.e. a large specific-volume increase may be achieved for virtually no pressure drop), could such extreme compressibility effects modify turbulence in a profound manner? This talk will discuss two particularly interesting aspects: (i) shock-refraction properties (i.e. the way a shock can redistribute the energy of incoming perturbations), (ii) the energy transfers in homogeneous turbulence (i.e. particularly the work done by the unsteady pressure force). In both cases we will show that non-convex isentropes are extremely influential in letting both the shock and the turbulence redistribute any supply of turbulence kinetic energy in ways which are simply not observable in ideal gases.
March, the 17th, 2016 at 14:30 in Sala Consiglio Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Aerospaziali, Campus Bovisa La Masa, Via La Masa 34, 20156 Milano

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

NICFD 2016

Join us at the 1st International Seminar on Non-Ideal Compressible-Fluid Dynamics for Propulsion & Power (NICFD 2016), on the 20th and 21st of October, 2016, in Varenna, Como Lake, Italy

Seminar website:                    Contact: