INSPIRE INSpiring Pressure gain combustion Integration, Research, and Education

ESR 13

Introduction and contact info:
Name: Abhishek Dubey
Work address: DIME, University of Genova, Via Montallegro 1,
16145 Genova, Italy

PhD project:

Title: Pressure gain combustion power plant analysis and cycle thermo economic optimization

The research is aimed at analyzing the concept of pressure gain combustion for its implementation in powerplants and performing their thermo-economic analysis for making PGC powerplants practically feasible. The research includes an assessment of cycle performance in simple and combined configuration to identify the most promising layout options, with key emphasis on power to gas solutions for adaptability to renewable and sustainable fuels. Critical challenges such as blade cooling will be studied for PGC and feasible solutions will be identified. Moreover, thermo-economic analysis will be carried out to optimize the cycle from the cost and operational perspective. The work will lead to the development of thermodynamic and cost models for PGC combustors. The resulting updated cost functions and optimized design parameters will be critical in overcoming technical and economic challenges for the development of efficient and environmentally friendly PGC powerplants.

Supervisors: Prof. Alessandro Sorce, Prof. Alberto Traverso

Mentor: Prof. Panagiotis Stathopoulos

Planned secondments:

  • CERFACS, France – 1 month
  • TUB, Germany – 4 months
  • ANSALDO, Switzerland – 2 months


Abhishek was born in Uttar Pradesh, India in 1991. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Amity University, India in 2014 and his Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India in 2017. During his masters, he developed and experimentally investigated the novel Reverse Flow Slinger combustor for high flame stability and low NOx emissions. Subsequently, he joined the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore in 2018 as a Project Associate, where he investigated the performance of the high shear class of gas turbine injectors with laser-based optical diagnostics. At IISc, he also designed a high-pressure optically accessible gas turbine combustor rig and an optically accessible supercritical steam test loop. In January 2022, he joined DIME, University of Genova as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher under the INSPIRE ESR 13 Project, where he is working on the thermo-economic cycle optimization of the Pressure Gain Combustion powerplants.

Personal interests: Reading, astrophotography, astronomy, hiking

University Profile:

Research Group Profile:

ESR1 - Asar A H JARADAT: Constant volume combustion and its reduced order model - ENSMA (FR), Supervisors: Prof. Marc Bellenoue and Bastien Bousrt
ESR2 - Gregory Uhl: Numerical analysis of the interaction between a Rotating Detonation Combustor and an axial turbine - SAFRAN Tech (FR), Prof. Marc Bellenoue, Prof. Thierry Poinsot, Dr. Stéphan Zurbach
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
ESR8 - Thomas 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. Neda Djordjevic
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), Supervisors: Prof. Daniela Misul & 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