The Interdepartmental Centre for Industrial Research “Aeronautics” (CIRI Aeronautica) is based in the Polo Scientifico Didattico di Forlì, which is part of a “Multicampus” structure created by University of Bologna. It comprises about 35 units in terms of scientific and administrative personnel. In the framework of the Second Faculty of Engineering it contributes in the organization of courses for 1500 students.
The research activities of the fluid dynamic division range from continuum modelling, fluid mechanics in turbo machinery and transitional and turbulent flows. The turbulence group of the Centre is lead by Prof. Alessandro Talamelli who coordinates a research group formed by two full
time researchers and 2 post-docs. Two technicians provide full support to the research activities. The experimental facilities run by the research group comprise several devices for free and wall bounded turbulence studies. However, the main apparatus is the “Long Pipe” that is, under
construction as EuHIT starts and shall be installed inside two tunnels excavated inside a natural mountain and be ready for user access within from January 2014. It shall be used for high-Reynolds-numbers turbulence studies and it allows high resolution turbulent-fluctuation and
detailed flow structure measurements. This experiment is scientifically supervised by a network, which is called CICLoPE (Center for International Cooperation in Long Pipe Experiments) formed by a group of different Universities and research Centres: University of Bologna, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), University of Rome “La Sapienza” and Princeton University. The researchers involved have a high level of expertise in high-Reynolds-number turbulence, experimental techniques and wind tunnel design, as well as a long track record of successful international collaborations.
Main tasks in EuHIT: UNIBO provides trans-national access to one facility, the “Long Pipe” in CICLoPE. UNIBO (together with its partner in CICLoPE) shall also develop a new micro and fast hot-wire system for turbulence measurements at high Reynolds numbers in cooperation with Tel Aviv University and CNRS (Advanced Eulerian measurement techniques).