My research is devoted to the science of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer for ground and space applications. The research activities have a large spectrum of applications, from energy to combustion, from electronic cooling to ice-mitigation techniques, including phase transition phenomena like in pool and flow boiling, icing, evaporation and condensation.
The research can be divided in five main branches
1 Physics of drop, sprays and liquid interfaces,
2 Phase change phenomena,
3 Heat pipes and passive thermal systems
4 DNS/VOF simulations of two-phase flows
5 Dynamic energy simulations of buildings
Particularly important are the works on drop-wall interaction, for which I have (I hope) an international reputation with more than two thousands citations.
In the last years, following a long industrial engagement in designing thermal systems, heat pipes (loop heat pipes and sintered heat pipes), I carried out a series of experiments on a specific passive two-phase thermal control system, called Pulsating Heat Pipe, which was characterized both on ground, in hypergravity and microgravity environments, such as during parabolic flights. I am currently leading an International Scientific Team of more than 10 Universities worldwide aiming at measuring the thermal performance of a Pulsating Heat Pipe on the International Space Station (ISS). The experiment is at the moment one of the three experiments in Europe selected for the new Thermal Platform on the EDR modulus of the ISS.
Finally, noteworthy is the fact that all the activities have been studied numerically and experimentally, trying to conjugate the experimental data with the detailed insights coming from numerical methods.
I am particularly interested in cogeneration systems and the exploitation of Energy+ energy simulations of commercial and residential buildings.