INSPIRE INSpiring Pressure gain combustion Integration, Research, and Education

Scientists in charge

Antonio Andreini (Associate Professor)

Antonio has obtained his PhD in 2004 with a thesis about numerical modelling of turbulent premixed flames and he is currently responsible and technical coordinator of all the research and consultant activities in the field of numerical modelling carried out in the HTC-group at UNIFI.
He has participated to more than 10 EU research programs, and to several R&D programs funded by the industry.
Since 2008 he has supervised or co-supervised over 10 PhD researches. His research areas are the numerical investigation of heat transfer and combustion in turbomachinery and numerical modelling of two-phase flows.
He is currently coordinator of the Clean Sky 2  Thematic topic project CHAiRLIFT, (Compact Helical Arranged combustoRs with lean LIFTed flames).
He maintains academic research contacts with the most important Universities and Research Centers (CORIA, TU Berlin, KIT, ENSMA, CERFACS, Imperial College, TU Munich, EM2C Lab and UPPA), and he is author of more than 180 papers, all published on peer-reviewed journals or on proceedings of international conferences with peer review.

Roles in INSPIRE
Project Coordinator and supervisor of ESR10.


Bruno Facchini (Full Professor)

Bruno Facchini (Full Professor of Energy Engineering) is the Director of the Department of Industrial Engineering (DIEF). He has more than 25 years of experience in research activities on heat transfer and combustion in turbomachinery, with long-term consulting collaborations with Avio Aero, Ansaldo Energia and Baker-Hughes (ex GE Oil&Gas).
Bruno Facchini is the supervisor of the HTC-Group through which he has been appointed as scientific responsible for UNIFI in more than 15 EU Research program in the field of heat transfer and combustion in aero-engines. He has been Coordinator of a large National funded program (INSIDE). Author of more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals or internal conferences. He has a huge experience in the supervision of PhD students, with more than 40 candidates awarded in the last 20 years.

Roles in INSPIRE
Leader of WP4 and supervisor of ESR11


Myles Bohon (Guest Professor)

Myles Bohon is a Guest Professor and head of the Pressure Gain Combustion research group at TU Berlin. Prior to that, Myles was a postdoc and research group leader for the development of the rotating detonation engine research group at TUB, resulting in the first demonstration of an RDE in Germany. Myles received his Ph.D. from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC), with a focus on NOx emissions and formation mechanisms in oxygenated fuels. His current research interests include pressure gain combustion and unsteady reacting flows for innovative and sustainable energy, laser diagnostics for high temporal resolution in-situ measurements, and novel techniques for interpreting and identifying mechanisms in complex networks.

Roles in INSPIRE

Project coordination, co-chair of Training Supervisory Committee. Co-supervisor of ESR5, ESR7 and ESR9.


Panagiotis Stathopoulos 

Panagiotis Stathopoulos is a mechanical engineer with a background in energy and process engineering. Until 2022 he held a Visiting Professor position at the Institute of Fluid mechanics and technical acoustics of the TU Berlin, where he leaded a group of 6 researchers. Since July 2020 he is also working at the newly founded DLR Institute of low carbon industrial processes, where he co-heads the department of high-temperature heat pumps. His research there focuses on the design and development of heat pumps for industrial applications that can deliver heat at temperatures beyond 200°C

Roles in INSPIRE

Co-Supervisor of ESR15

Marc Bellenoue (Full Professor)

Marc Bellenoue received his PhD thesis from Poitiers University in 1997 on catalytic ignited combustion of hydrogen-air mixture in supersonic flow.
Recruited as Assistant Professor at ISAE-ENSMA in 1997, he became full Professor of Polytech'Orleans engineer school in 2003. In 2005 he joined back ISAE-ENSMA and PPRIME institut to develop propulsion activities. From 2008 to 2013 he is appointed Deputy Director of the Fluid-Heat Transfert-and Combustion department of PPRIME. He has supervised 26 Ph D students
His research is focused on experimental analysis of Mixture, Ignition and Combustion in premixed and non-premixed confined flows with application to Propulsion (Pressure Gain Combustion: Constant Volume Combustion and Detonation; Pulverisation, ignition and combustion of storable liquid propellants; Combustion of homogeneous and stratified fuel-air mixture in piston engines; Combustion initiated and sustained by catalytic effect in a supersonic flow of lean H2-Air homogeneous mixtures, Mixture optimization of H2-air high speed subsonic flows and combustion)
In 2011 he has initiated in collaboration with CNES: the PERGOLA project dedicated to liquid storage advanced Propellant for rocket engine. From 2014 to 2020, he was the Head of the CAPA Chair dedicated to the Alternative Combustion mode for Airbreathing Propulsion using Pressure gain combustion (financially supported by SAFRAN, MBDA and ANR). Objectives were to individually identify the basic physical phenomena at work in innovative CVC or RDE combustion chambers, and to understand their coupling under conditions representative to final application.

Roles in INSPIRE
ENSMA Team Leader and Supervisor of ESR1.


Camille Strozzi (Associate Professor)

Camille Strozzi is an associate professor member of the turbulent combustion group at Pprime institute (CNRS, Poitiers University, ENSMA, France). After a PhD thesis devoted to autoignition in confined environment and one year as an assistant professor at Pprime institute, he joins the combustion and explosion research group in 2009 at Prisme laboratory (Orleans University, France). His activities are devoted to experimental and numerical aspects of ignition and combustion in confined systems with applications to risk in industrial processes. Back to Pprime institute in 2013, he works on fundamental aspects of combustion and its applications to aeronautic and ground propulsion. In particular, autoignition, ignition and combustion in confined conditions are investigated, with a special focus on combustion regime transitions (deflagration/autoignition/detonation). Most of the research projects follow an experimental approach, in which transient reactive processes are investigated using optical diagnostics.

Roles in INSPIRE
Member of the Recruitment and Gender Aspects committee, Co-supervisor of ESR9.


Mihai Mihaescu (Professor)

Dr. Mihaescu is Professor, fluid dynamics and aeroacoustics specialist at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He holds a Ph.D. Degree (2005) in Fluid Mechanics from Lund University, Sweden. Prior to his appointment at KTH, he held a Research Assistant Professor position at the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Gas Dynamics and Propulsion Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, USA. He has an extensive experience in establishing collaborations and performing high-quality research in partnerships with leading organizations in aerospace and automotive industries, energy conversion, and medical sciences. His research is focused on Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling and Computational Aeroacoustics including code development and optimization to address problems in research areas like propulsion, gas exchange processes related to combustion engines & turbocharging, flow control, noise suppression methods, fluid-structure interactions, and biomedical fluid dynamics. Currently, he is coordinating as main supervisor the research activities of four doctoral students at KTH-Engineering Mechanics and two postdoctoral research associates. Dr. Mihaescu is AIAA Associate Fellow, Member of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee (CFDTC) and of the Fluid Mechanics Technical Committee (FMTC) within ASME Fluids Engineering Division.

Roles in INSPIRE
KTH Team Leader and supervisor of ESR8.


Daniela Anna Misul (Assistant Professor).

She graduated cum laude in October 1997 and was hence appointed responsible for the BSc course Energetic Systems – A.Y. 1997/1998. The scientific production of Prof. Misul consists of several publications, covering the following research streams: SI engine technology for natural gas and bi-fuel ICEs; model-based control approaches for Diesel ICEs; diagnostic and predictive 0D/1D tools for evaluating injection, combustion process and emission formation in diesel and SI engines; in-cylinder fluid-dynamics and combustion (CFD) of ICEs; optimization of hybrid architectures; CFD modelling activities for turbomachinery. She has also been contributing to the coordination of the research activities within the PT-ERC (Polito – Engine Research Center) research group with specific reference to the scientific responsibility and coordination of some of the research contracts as well as to team building and fund raising activities. She held the scientific responsibility of National and International research projects, ruled through partnership agreements with companies and/or public private bodies, which are leaders in their own sector and she has also been recently coordinating activities related to the use of AI for smart application in the automotive sector. She is also coordinating activities within the Center for Automotive Research and Sustainable mobility@PoliTO (CARS@PoliTO) group. She has supervised more than 10 PhD students in “Energetica” and has been specifically responsible for 7 PhD students in “Energetica”, 1 post-Doc research fellow and more than 10 post-graduate research fellows. She has been supervising roughly 200 BSc Final Projects and 200 MSc Final Projects related to experimental and numerical activities in different areas has also been supervising MSc Final Projects by foreign Institutes such as: “Clean Energy Research Institute”, USA; Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; University of Windsor, Canada; University of Chicago (TOP-UIC Program), Chicago, USA; Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil; Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.

Roles in INSPIRE

Chair of the Recruitment and Gender Aspect Committee. Co-supervisor of ESR12


Simone Salvadori (Researcher).

He is currently Research Fellow at the Department of Energy (DENERG) of Polytechnic of Turin (Turin, IT). He obtained a PhD in “Energy and Innovative Industrial Technologies” at the Department of Industrial Engineering (DIEF) (formerly known as Department of Energy Engineering “Sergio Stecco”) of the University of Florence (Florence, IT) in April 2008 working on the “Numerical Investigation of the Unsteady Flows and Heat Transfer in the High Pressure Gas Turbine Stages”. During the doctoral course he performed a six-months stage on cavity flows analysis in the DAAP/H2T department of the Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA) in Chatillon (FR). His main research field is the numerical modelling of unsteady turbomachinery flows, with special interest in the analysis of real machine effects in cooled high-pressure turbine stages. He is also expert with numerical methods for high-fidelity CFD, with uncertainty quantification techniques and flow control. He has been involved in research projects funded by European Community (TATEF2 FP6 project, Factor FP7 project), by EOARD, by MIUR (PRIN 2007, PRIN 2010-2011, PRIN 2015) and by the region of Tuscany (MOCAP project). He has been also involved in the STech project funded by the Region of Tuscany in cooperation with Nuovo Pignone Tecnologie. He has been working in cooperation with national (EthosEnergy, Pierburg Pump Technology Italy, WEIR-Gabbioneta) and international (GE Oil & Gas, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (BE), Imperial College of London (UK), Universität der Bundeswehr Munich (DE)) institutions and industries. He is also responsible for projects supported by CINECA on the improvement of parallel performance of numerical tools for the use of high-fidelity CFD in the numerical modelling of gas turbines, including combustor/turbine interaction analysis. He is author of more than 70 indexed papers, including more than 20 journal papers, and of a chapter on a monograph on uncertainty quantification in aircraft engines. He is Teaching Assistant from 2007 in both the fluid-dynamic and turbomachinery field and he has been considered as co-supervisor for more than 60 bachelor, master, and PhD theses..

Roles in INSPIRE

Member of the Training Supervisory Committee (TSC). Co-supervisor of ESR12


Thierry Poinsot (Research director at CNRS and head of the CFD group at CERFACS).

Dr Thierry Poinsot received his PhD thesis in heat transfer from Ecole Centrale Paris in 1983 and his ‘These d'Etat' in combustion in 1987 (in those days, the French had a double Phd system…). He is a research director at CNRS, head of the CFD group at CERFACS, senior research fellow at Stanford University, consultant for various companies and member of the French Academy of Sciences since 2019. After his thesis at Ecole Centrale Paris and a two year post doctoral work at Stanford, he has started combustion activities at CERFACS in 1992 and his group (80 persons in 2020) has produced a significant part of recent research in the field of LES of turbulent combustion in gas turbines. He teaches numerical methods and combustion in many schools and universities (Ecole Centrale Paris, ENSEEIHT, ENSICA, Supaero, UPS, Stanford, Von Karmann Institute, Kanpur, CEFRC Princeton and Beijing). He has authored more than 210 papers in refereed journals and 200 communications. He is the author of the textbook “Theoretical and numerical combustion” with Dr D. Veynante (3000 copies sold) and the editor in chief of «Combustion and Flame ». He has received the first Cray prize in 1993, the BMW prize in 2002, the Grand Prix of French Academy in 2003, the Aeronautics prize of the 3AF (Association d'aeronautique et d'astronautique de France) in 2014, a first ERC advanced grant in 2013 on thermoacoustics and a second one in 2019 on hydrogen combustion for energy storage. In 2017, he has received the Zeldovich Gold medal of the Combustion Institute. He also gave the prestigious Hottel plenary lecture at the last Symposium on Comb. in Seoul (2016).

Roles in INSPIRE

Cerfacs Team Leader and supervisor of ESR3 and ESR6.


Davide Laera (Associate Professor)

Dr. Davide Laera received his PhD in Mechanical engineering in 2016 from the Politecnico di Bari (Bari, Italy). Starting from September 2016 he joined the Mechanical Engineering department of the Imperial College London (London, UK) as a post-doc to perform high-fidelity LES simulations of the flame instabilities in longitudinal and annular combustors. He joined Cerfacs (Toulouse, France) from May 2018 initially with a post-doc position then promoted to permanent member in the CFD group from January 2020. At Cerfacs he actively involved in developing advanced and massively parallel software for high-fidelity LES of turbulent reacting flows with a focus on: decarbonized combustion (hydrogen and ammonia), two-phase flame, pressure gain combustion (CVC and RDE) and thermoacoustic instabilities. He has authored 15 peer-reviewed journal papers and he supervised the research activities of several interns and PhD students. In 2018 he has received a MSCA Individual Fellowship to perform thermoacoustic studies on spray flames and, recently, the 2021 Joseph Fourier prize for his researches on hydrogen flames. On September 2022 he left Cerfacs, and hired a new position as Associate Professor at Politecnico di Bari where he is responsible for Numerical and experimental research on decarbonized combustion for a sustainable energy generation & transportation.

Roles in INSPIRE

Co-supervisor of ESR3 and ESR6.


Alberto Traverso (Full Professor).

Dr. Full Professor of Energy Systems at University of Genoa, Italy, since 2019. He started the academic career as Assistant Professor in 2005 at the Genoa Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre. Adjunct Professor at West Virginia University (USA) since 2010, Research scholar at National Energy Technology Laboratory – NETL (USA) since 2009, founder of Tesla Turbomachinery Organisation in 2020, Chair of Tutorial of Basics for Turbo Expo' 2020 conference, Chair of SUPEHR conference in 2019, Chair, Vice-Chair and Point of Contact for Cycle Innovations Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers – ASME in 2009-2015, ASME Turbo Expo' 2017 conference vice Review Chair, Member of the Advisory Committee for the European Micro Gas Turbine Forum since 2017, Member of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) for Gas Turbine Society of Japan (GTSJ) since 2013. Alberto Traverso is active in the field of Advanced Energy Systems both in the experimental and theoretical fields. His main area of research is advanced energy cycles, encompassing thermoeconomic optimisation, dynamic analysis and controls, uncertainty quantification and robust design. Alberto Traverso leads different experimental research activities on: combined cycle flexibility, bladeless turbomachinery, fuel cell and hydrogen, microturbine cycles and smart polygeneration grids. More than 200 scientific papers, most of them published at International conferences and Journals, 19 invited lecturers, 16 patents (Italy, US and World), 11 awards: 2018 GPPS Best Paper Award, 2019, 2017, 2014, 2008, 2003 ASME Best Paper Awards, 2015 ICAE Best paper award, 2010 nomination as International Engineer, 2009 Ansaldo Energia Innovation Award, 2006 10 most cited articles for the years 2002 to 2005 of the Journal “Applied Thermal Engineering”, 2001 The European Talent Award for Innovative Energy Systems in Pow_Gen Europe Expo'. Transfer of knowledge to National companies (ENEL, Fincantieri, Ansaldo Energia) and International companies (Rolls-Royce, LG Fuel Cell Systems, VAST Power Systems). Founder of two startup companies, H2Boat and SIT Technologies.

Roles in INSPIRE

UNIGE Team Leader and supervisor of ESR14.


Alessandro Sorce (Assistant Professor).

Dr. Alessandro Sorce is Assistant Professor in Systems for the Energy and the Environment since July 2016. He graduated in 2013 as PhD at the “Science and Technology for Engineering” school of the University of Genoa carrying out his research in the field of “Energy Systems Diagnostics”, taking care also of data validation process. He has an extensive experience in Combined Cycle Gas Turbine performance monitoring developed at the Power Diagnostic Centre of Siemens at Muelheim an der Ruhr (Germany), and during a long-term collaboration with Ansaldo Energia. At present, he collaborates with recognised energy companies in the Italian and International market, on the topic of expert monitoring systems and process flexibility, in particular on gas-based stationary production plants, taking into account also Power-to-Gas and Power-to-Heat schemes. As Vice-Coordinator of the Pump-Heat European project, aiming at the full exploitation of the untapped flexibility of Combined Cycle, he is involved in the whole design of innovative layouts taking into account also the potential of the different electrical markets. Currently, he is coordinating as a supervisor the research activities of two doctoral students at the Thermochemical Power Group of the University of Genoa.

Roles in INSPIRE

UNIGE Team Leader and supervisor of ESR13.


Said Taileb (Research Engineer)

Dr. Said Taileb is a Research Engineer at Safran, Paris FR. He received his PhD in Mechanical engineering in 2016 from the PPRIME Institute – Department of fluid, thermal and combustion. Starting from May 2021 he joined the Laboratory (M2P2) – Department of Thermodinamic Numerics Waves Interfaces Combustion (TONIC) as a post-doc to work on Numerical modeling by Boltzmann lattice methods (LBM) of turbulent combustion (Application to hydrogen safety). He joined Safran from October 2022.

Roles in INSPIRE

SAFRAN Team Leader and supervisor of ESR2.

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