V. Fratalocchi

Contact

Room: Horst N.215

Phone: +31 (0)53 489 2417

E-mail: v.fratalocchi@utwente.nl

Research topic

Due to their short start-up periods, good part load capability, high efficiency and low pollutant emissions, gas turbines are becoming increasingly important in the global electricity supply. As a result of their complex multi-component and multi-physic characteristic, gas turbine development and optimization is commonly based on isolated investigations of the separated components and physical phenomena. Nevertheless, if the isolatedly developed components are first tested in an entire engine, their behaviour can be very different from their individual behaviour.

The overall objective of the COPA-GT project is the development of numerical tools and methodologies for the simulation of the entire gas turbine, taking all relevant physical aspects into account. Therefore, partners from universities, research institutes and industry are involved.

By means of transient numerical simulation of the evaporating and combusting spray of liquid fuel in a gas turbine combustor, my task is to predict the response of the system to acoustic forcing, in order to have a full interpretation and modelling of the thermo-acoustic interaction between the flame and acoustic wave.

Education

2012-present PhD student at the Laboratory of Thermal Engineering at the University of Twente

2010 Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering, at “Uniroma1 La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy.

Thesis: Numerical simulation of wet steam expansion in a supersonic low-pressure turbine cascade.