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

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E P.Colonna@remove-this.tudelft.nl

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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.

    Education

    Publications

    2016

    contributiontojournal/articlecontributiontojournal/articleUnsteady operation of a highly supersonic Organic Rankine cycle turbineRinaldi Enrico, Pecnik Rene & Colonna di Paliano P.. 2016 In : Journal of Turbomachinery. 138, 12, p. 1-9Research output: Scientific - peer-review > Article
    Publishedvalidated

    2015

    contributiontojournal/articlecontributiontojournal/article"Magnetic-ribs" in fully developed laminar liquid-metal channel flowGallo M, Nemati H, Boersma BJ, Pecnik R, Attrotto P & Colonna di Paliano P. 2015 In : International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow. 56, p. 198-208 11 p.Research output: Scientific - peer-review > Article
    Publishedvalidated
    contributiontojournal/articlecontributiontojournal/articleComputational fluid dynamic simulation of a supercritical CO2 compressor performance mapRinaldi E, Pecnik R & Colonna di Paliano P. 2015 In : Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. 137, p. 072602-1-072602-7Research output: Scientific - peer-review > Article
    Publishedvalidated
    contributiontojournal/articlecontributiontojournal/articleDesign of CSP plants with optimally operated thermal storageCasati EIM, Casella F & Colonna di Paliano P. 2015 In : Solar Energy. 116, June, p. 371-387 17 p.Research output: Scientific - peer-review > Article
    Publishedvalidated
    contributiontojournal/articlecontributiontojournal/articleDesign optimization of a pre-combustion CO2 capture plant embedding experimental knowledgeTrapp C, Thomaser T, van Dijk HAJ & Colonna P. 2015 In : Fuel: the science and technology of fuel and energy. 157, p. 126-139 14 p.Research output: Scientific - peer-review > Article
    Publishedvalidated
    bookanthology/commissionedbookanthology/commissionedDesign specifications and requirements of the orchid set-upHead AJ, De Servi CM, Casati EIM & Colonna di Paliano P. 2015 Delft: TU Delft. 49 p.Research output: Professional > Report
    Publishedvalidated
    contributiontojournal/articlecontributiontojournal/articleDynamic modelling and validation of pre-combustion CO2 absorption based on a pilot plant at the Buggenum IGCC power stationTrapp C, De Servi CM, Casella F, Bardow A & Colonna P. 2015 In : International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 36, p. 13-26 14 p.Research output: Scientific - peer-review > Article
    PublishedforApproval
    contributiontobookanthology/conferencecontributiontobookanthology/conferenceExtension of the SU2 open source CFD code to the simulation of turbulent flows of fuids modelled with complex thermophysical lawsVitale S, Gori G, Pini M, Guardone A, Economon TD, Palacios F, Alonso J & Colonna di Paliano P. 2015 Proceedings of the 22nd AIAA computational fluid dynamics conference. s.n. (eds.). Reston: AIAA., p. 1-12 12 p.Research output: Scientific - peer-review > Conference contribution
    Publishedvalidated
    contributiontobookanthology/conferencecontributiontobookanthology/conferenceFluid dynamic design and analysis of a highly loaded Centrifugal rotor for mini orc power systemsVitale S, Pini M, Ghidoni A & Colonna di Paliano P. 2015 Proceedings of the 3rd international seminar on ORC power systems. Lemort V, Quoilin S, De Paepe M & van den Broek M (eds.). s.l.: ASME., p. 1-11 11 p.Research output: Scientific - peer-review > Conference contribution
    Publishedvalidated
    contributiontojournal/articlecontributiontojournal/articleFlux-conserving treatment of non-conformal interfaces for finite-volume discretization of conservation lawsRinaldi E, Colonna di Paliano P & Pecnik R. 2015 In : Computers & Fluids. 120, p. 126-139 14 p.Research output: Scientific - peer-review > Article
    Publishedvalidated

    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

        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. 

        Current Position

        Full Professor, Chair of Propulsion and Power

        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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        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, TU Delft, ERC grant recipient)   
        Dr. Carsten Trapp

        Hobbies

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

        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
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