The FLEXTURBINE consortium is built around an industrially initiated nucleus: Core representatives of the European turbine industry have joined forces and involved leading European universities and research institutes to address the identified research and technology questions. They will cooperate to achieve the project objectives, sharing experience and know-how and developing results with complementary skills. The following figure outlines the contributions of each partner to the FLEXTURBINE topics and the impact on the future market drivers for flexible energy generation.
The consortium setup comprises all steps of the value chain and thus ensures that the technology is applied as soon as possible. The industrial design capabilities are complemented by selected high profile university departments, which are also involved in modelling activities as well as in preforming rig and component tests.
The mechanical section of the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering (DICI) of the University of Pisa has a multi decennial experience in testing materials and structures which includes the design, construction and operation of testing facilities. The present members of the mechanical section of DICI have collaborated with several companies in the aerospace, transportation and energy production fields.
Through development carried out in WP4, the knowledge of the damage processes occurring in metallic materials subjected to thermo-mechanical cyclic loads will be improved. Improvements of the knowledge of the damage processes occurring in metallic materials subjected to thermo-mechanical cyclic loads.
The mechanical section of the DICI will plan and perform experimental thermo-mechanical fatigue tests on components (e.g. blades). The target is to investigate the damage process occurring into materials as result of thermos-mechanical cyclic loading conditions.
Being an academic organization working in the engineering fields, the improvement of the knowledge in materials engineering is the major aim of the project participation. Beyond, an increase of scientific recognition through publication of the results in high quality journals is targeted.
UNIPI will improve the knowledge of damage processes of engineering materials undergoing cyclic thermo-mechanical loads.
Leonardo Bertini, Prof.
Prof. Bertini is full professor of Machine Design at the University of Pisa since 2000.
The main fields in which Prof. Bertini focused his research activity are: fatigue damage, high temperature fatigue and creep, corrosion fatigue, fracture mechanics, hydrogen embrittlement, fatigue testing and analysis of full size components, as well as prediction and modelling. He published about 120 papers, many of which in the most important international journals concerning mechanical engineering field.
Marco Beghini, Prof.
Prof. Beghini is full professor of Machine Design at the University of Pisa since 2000. Now he teaches strength of materials and mechanical behaviour of material for the mechanical engineering course and machine design for the aerospace engineering course. The main research subjects are: mechanics of materials, fatigue and fracture, and mechanical testing. He is co-author of more than 200 scientific papers of which 65 published in scientific journals with peer review.
Bernardo Monelli, PhD
Assistant professor of machine design at the University of Pisa since 2012.
The main research subjects are: mechanics of materials, fatigue and fracture, and materials modelling.
Assistant professor of machine design at the University of Pisa since 2006. The main research interests involves fatigue and fretting of metals and contact mechanics.