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ESR 10

Introduction and contact info:

Name: Shreyas Ramanagar Sridhara

Work address: Department of Industrial Engineering (DIEF) – THT Lab

Via Vittorio Emanuele 32 – 50041 Calenzano (FI) Italy


PhD project:

Title: Numerical modelling and optimization of cooling solutions for PGC concepts

Next generation Gas Turbine engines should be highly efficient with lesser carbon emissions. Pressure gain Combustion (PGC) technologies offer a promising solution to reach our future goal. Rotating Detonation Combustor (RDC) characterized as a Supersonic type PGC mainly involves detonation waves to increase the pressure gain. The main aim of this PhD is to design optimized cooling solutions for RDC engines such as to facilitate the engines of tomorrow. 

Innovative state of the art non-conventional cooling configurations will be designed and optimized for higher efficiency and lesser pressure drop. Additive manufacturing techniques will be utilized to build the components, hence necessary changes in the computational models are to be accounted for the shift in wall roughness. Performance verification of the obtained design is performed by the means of high fidelity validated numerical models. The optimized design will be experimentally tested by ESR 11.

Supervisor: Professor Antonio Andreini

Mentor: Dr. Simone Salvadori

Planned secondments: ENSMA – 3 months, POLITO – 2 months, AVIO 1 month.

Background: I am an Aerospace Engineer, I have obtained a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from École Centrale de Lyon (ECL), France. Hailing from a small town called Ramanagara located in the southern part of India. I completed my Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering from Jain University, situated in the outskirts of Bangalore.  Where I learnt my most unforgettable lessons of CFD and combustion from my mentor Dr. Allamaprabhu C Y by involving in the ambitious project of designing a Gas Turbine Combustor. After my Bachelor's I was working as a Teaching Assistant in Jain University. 

During my Masters in ECL the important concepts of Optimization and Aerospace principles were imbibed in me by my mentors. I had a wonderful opportunity to work on the LES of Laminar Separation Bubble (LSB) for low Reynolds number flows during my Master thesis in ENSTA ParisTech, the most interesting part was to learn how the size of the LSB effects the transition to turbulence. Currently I am working under the guidance of Professor Andreini for designing an optimized cooling system for PGC engines.


Personal interests: Computation Fluid Dynamics, Optimization, Combustion, Turbulence and Heat Transfer.


ESR1 – Choomanee Runnoo: Experimental investigation of Constant Volume Combustion and its reduced order model – ENSMA (FR), Supervisors: Prof. Marc Bellenoue and Bastien Boust
ESR2 Gregory Uhl: Numerical analysis of the interaction between a Rotating Detonation Combustor and an axial turbine – SAFRAN Tech (FR), Dr. Said Taileb, Prof. Marc Bellenoue, Prof. Thierry Poinsot,
ESR3 Nicola Detomaso: Simulation of CVC combustor – CERFACS (FR), Supervisors: Prof. Thierry Poinsot, , Dr. Davide Laera, Dr. Florent Duchaine
ESR4 Maria Clara de Jesus Vieira: Experimental characterization of ignition events in CVC like conditions – ENSMA (FR), Supervisors: Prof. Julien Sotton, Prof. Marc Bellenoue and Prof. Camille Strozzi
ESR5 Provence Barnouin: Control and impact of RDC wave direction – TUB (DE), Supervisors: Prof. Myles Bohon and Prof. Christian O. Paschereit
ESR6 – Patrick Strempfl: LES of flow and combustion in a rotating detonation engine coupled to a turbine – CERFACS (FR), Supervisor: Prof. Thierry Poinsot
ESR7 – Hongyi Wei: Experimental investigation of rotating detonation combustors including ignition processes and turbine-integration effects – TUB (DE), Supervisors: Prof. Myles Bohon and Prof. Christian O. Paschereit
ESR8Thomas Golliard: Computational aeroacoustics of the exhaust flow for noise assessment and control – KTH (SE), Supervisors: Prof. Mihai Mihaescu, Prof. Anders Dahlkild
ESR9 – Roseline Ngozi Ezekwesili: Deflagration-Autoignition-Detonation transition – TUB (DE), Supervisor: Prof. Myles Bohon and Prof. Marc Bellenoue
ESR10 – Shreyas Ramanagar Sridhara: Numerical modelling and optimization of cooling solutions for PGC concepts – UNIFI (IT), Supervisors: Prof. Antonio Andreini
ESR11- Umberto Sandri: Experimental study of cooling solutions for PGC concepts – UNIFI (IT), Supervisor: Prof. Bruno Facchini, Prof. Antonio Andreini, Dr. Alessio Picchi
ESR12 – Panagiotis Gallis: Unsteady numerical simulation of the interaction between pressure-gain combustors and high-pressure turbine stages – POLITO (IT), Supervisor: Dr. Simone Salvadori
ESR13 – Abhishek Dubey: power plant analysis and cycle thermo-economic optimization – UNIGE (IT), Supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Sorce
ESR14 – Sreenath Purushothaman: propulsion application with part load and dynamic analysis – UNIGE (IT), Supervisors: Prof. Alessandro Sorce, Prof. Alberto Traverso
ESR15 – Gokkul Raj Varatharajulu Purgunan: Full gas dynamic and exergetic analysis of PGC cycles with rotating detonations – TUB (DE), Supervisor: Prof. Panagiotis Stathopoulos