INSPIRE INSpiring Pressure gain combustion Integration, Research, and Education


The network-specific courses and workshops are mandatory for all ESRs and will be held roughly on six months regular basis and they will be scheduled close to the internal review meetings of the programme. (WS – WorkShop, OC – Online Course, TS – Transferrable Skills)

Num      Training Event Lead Planned Month Location Notes
WS1 Gender in recruitment KTH 1   This training event is reserved to supervisors and recruiters of the beneficiary institutions
WS2 Pressure gain combustion technology overview short course TUB   Berlin, 2022, July 6-8  
WS3 ART Turbomachinery summer school UNIFI   Florence, 2022, June 27-July 1 The Summer School will be repeated also in 2023 and 2024
WS4 High speed diagnostics for reacting flows in theory and practice ENSMA 24   the training will be held at PPRIME Institute (Poiters) from May 2nd to May 4th 
WS5 GT industry perspectives UNIFI 24   the training will be organized as series of virtual workshops (Oct.2022-March 2023)
WS6 Assessment of compressible high temperature fluid flows KTH 30   the 2023 FLOW Summer School at KTH on “Advancements in assessment of high temperature flows” will be held from 4th to 7th of July in Stockholm
WS7 System dynamics and control in theory and practice UNIGE 36 Genoa, 2023, October 25-27  
OC1 Turbulent Combustion CERFACS 12 Online- Next sessions:
from 17th October, 2022 to 4th December, 2022
This Small PrIvate Online Course is organized by CERFACS on a 6 months basis and ESR are free to register and attend the course The SPOC is spread over 3 to 6 weeks with around 2 to 3 hours of work per week
TS1 What to do with your Ph.D.? UNIFI 18    
TS2 Social Responsibility in Modern Research TUB 24    
TS3 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Start-up School POLITO 36 Genoa, 2023, October 27  

Upcoming training events:

 2023, April, 9, Florence, Italy and online – What to do with your Ph.D.? by Dr G. Mastrolonardo.

Previous training events:

2023, October, 25-27, Genova, Italy – Training on System dynamics and control in theory and practice & Innovation and Entrepreneurship Start-up School.

  • Day #1- Oct 25, 2023 – System Dynamics and Control in Theory and Practice
  • Day #2- October 26, 2023 – Visit to laboratories & experiment demonstrations
  • Day #3- Oct 27, 2023 – Innovation and Entrepreneurship Start-up School

MAIN VENUE: Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Energetica, gestionale e dei trasporti (DIME), UNIGE – Villa Cambiaso – Via Montallegro 1, 16145 Genova

2023, July 11th, Florence, Italy – Prof. Andrew Nix, from West Virginia University (USA), was invited to give a lecture, on 11 July, in occasion of the ART Summer school 2023, held in Florence from 10 to 14 July 2023,
The lecture, entitled ‘Rotating Detonation Combustors’, was attended by Early Stage Reserachers via remote connection.

2023, July, 4-7, Stockholm, Sweden – the 2023 FLOW Summer School at KTH on “Advancements in assessment of high temperature flows” was be held at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology , Stockholm, as part of the INSPIRE training events. flyer 

Among the topics covered were:
“Measurement techniques for combustion and high-temperature flows”, by Prof. Simone Hochgreb, University of Cambridge, UK.
“Pressure Gain Combustion-fundamentals and practice”, by Prof. Ephraim Gutmark, University of Cincinnati, USA.
“Combustor thermoacoustics in propulsion and energy conversion systems” by Prof. Aimee Morgans, Imperial College London, UK.
“Aeroacoustics of Supersonic Jets related to propulsion applications” by Prof. Mihai Mihaescu, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
“Generation of extreme conditions in fluids by shock wave focusing” by Assoc. Prof. Michael Liverts, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
“Large Eddy Simulations of turbulent reacting flows” by Prof. Christer Fureby, Lund University, LTH, Sweden.

2023, May, 2.3.4, Poiters – Training Workshop: High speed diagnostics for reacting flows in theory and practice: organized by ENSMA (Poitiers-Futuroscope, France,, 

2023, March, 1st and 8th 10:00-13:00, The fourth online event of the GT industry perspectives training, was organized by AVIOAERO in two sessions. Here the detailed program:

Topic h Lecturer Date hour
Avio Aero: Introduction and vision 1.5 Del Cioppo/D’Ettole 1 March 10:00-11:30
Combustors 1.5 Peschiulli 1 March 11:30-13:00
Additive manufactuing 1.5 Peradotto  8 March 10:00-11:30
Vision/Innovation 1.5 Lopez 8 March 11:30-13:00

2023, March, 2nd, 15:00-17:00, The third online event of the GT industry perspectives training, was organized by ANSALDO. Topics: Introduction to Ansaldo and heavy duty gas turbines (M. Maurer); Constant pressure sequential combustion of hydrogen (A. Ciani); 1D modelling of GT performance from an industry perspective (S. Rofka).

2023, February, 23rd, 16:00-18:00, The second online event of the GT industry perspectives training, has been organized by SAFRAN. The lecture was given by Pierre-Alain Lambert, Head of the Energy and Propulsion R&T Department at Safran Tech; the title of his presentation is “Future civil aircraft propulsion concepts and challenges: Safran's views”

2022, from 17th October, to 4th December, Fundamentals of Turbulent Combustion online course by Cerfacs: this online course describes the fundamental elements required to understand modern tools for combustion simulation. It covers the first six chapters of the textbook Theoretical and numerical combustion by Poinsot and Veynante

2022, October, 20th, 14:00-18:00, The first online event of the GT industry perspectives training, was organized by Baker Hughes (thanks to BH team, Giovanni Riccio, Gianni Ceccherini and Marco Ruggiero)

2022, August 15-19, Berlin – IWDP/ICVDCW workshop – Joint Meeting of International Workshop on Detonation for Propulsion (IWDP) and International Constant Volume and Detonation Combustion Workshop (ICVDCW). A 5-day workshop that hosted technical presentations from leaders in the PGC and detonation combustion research fields and provided a number of networking opportunities. All ESRs attended this training event.

2022, July 6-8, Berlin – Pressure gain combustion technology overview short course: This three day training activity provided a concise overview of the state of the art for pressure gain combustion. It has the objective to quickly familiarize the trainees with the multi-disciplinary topics contained within PGC. This focused overview early in the programme, improves communication between the WPs and the ESRs. Some time has been spent demonstrating the RDC and discussing unique aspects of this high frequency, unsteady combustion device. All ESRs attended this training event. PGC Short Course Info Sheet

2022, June 27-July 1, Florence –ART Turbomachinery summer school: ART2022 was the sixth edition of the Summer School on Advanced Research in Turbomachinery The purpose of ART is to provide participants with an overview of advanced topics related to turbomachinery engineering. After two editions held as virtual events due to COVID-19 pandemic, this year the Summer School returned to its traditional in-presence format.
Professors and researchers of the Department of Industrial Engineering (DIEF) has been the instructors of the Summer School. Keynote lectures held by international experts from both academia and industry has also been offered: keynote speakers for ART2022 has been: Prof. A. Nix West Virginia University (USA), Prof. Guillermo Paniagua Purdue University (USA), Prof. C. O. Paschereit TU Berlin (D), Prof. R. Sandberg The University of Melbourne (AUS) and Dr. A. Robertson NREL (USA).Also relevant industry perspectives has been shared thanks to lectures given by personnel of Baker-Hughes and AvioAero.

Each PhD has to attend the Summer school during the 3 years of his/her project but this may happen in different periods, according to his/her commitment and secondments periods. Certificate of attendance are released to all participants, while official ECTS will be released to PhD students only The Summer School will be repeated also in 2023 and 2024, normally in the final week of June.

2022, from 25th April, to 22th May, Fundamentals of Thermo-Acoustic Instabilities online course: Coupling between acoustic waves and flames has become a central issue in the development of many modern combustion systems. This course presents the theoretical background needed to tackle such problems. Details for registration available here: By attending the course, ESRs can obtain a certificate of participation and success in the final exam. The following session will take place from 17th October, to 4th December, 2022.

2020, 26 November, Workshop: Gender in recruitment Unlike the rest of the network-specific courses and workshops provided for ESRs, the target group for this workshop are the principal investigators. Consistent with the topic of social responsibility representing an essential educational element of INSPIRE and with the life-long learning culture, all principal investigators of the network participated in the workshop. Aim has been to raise awareness of gender issues in recruitment and the workshop has been held during the kick-off meeting and before the recruitment process commencement. This is complementary to the anti-bias actions already established by the human resources of each beneficiary. 

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