Analysis and
Research in
Turbomachinery and
Gases and liquids are working fluids in many industrial processes and plants for energy conversion. Consequently, the simulation of fluid flows represents a precious support for the design of components and industrial systems. Early theoretical applications of CFD models date from the end of the nineties to develop new algebraic two equation turbulence models. Since then, the research activity has extended to industrial applications, to study and improve the performance of heat-exchangers, racing wheels, and several manufacturing processes. Specific skills were developed in the simulation of turbomachinery (especially fans), ICE manifolds and valves, and combustion systems (burners and industrial combustors), as specified in the description of the other research topics.
c) Injection of inert gas into a bottle before filling

g) Charge motion within the combustion chamber of a compression ignition engine
f) Velocity field in the discharge duct of a Francis turbine
h) Fuel jet simulation
Some early applications
Effect of the wind action on a skyscraper (a) and on "Vasco De Gama" bridge in Lisbon (b)
d) Extrusion through a die plate for pasta production
e) Pressure distribution around the space probe "Huygens" landed successfully on Saturn's moon Titan in 2005
Some recent applications
a) Study of the lift promoted by air jets in the manufacturing process of labels
b) Simulation of the gas-water heat exchange in a domestic boiler
c) Study of primary jet penetration in a combustion chamber of a gas turbine combustor
d) Flow field in the discharge duct of a gas turbine combustor (reactive simulation - vectors coloured by temperature)
e) Reactive flow field simulation of new burner designs for domestic boilers (isosurface of temperature)
f) Study of the charge turbulence within the combustion chamber of a motorbike high-speed engine
g) Flow field at mid-span of an axial fan rotor
h) Flow field within the impeller of a small cross-flow fan