Lorenzo Folcarelli

Ph.D. candidate in Ingegneria Aerospaziale , 38th cycle (2022-2025)
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (DIMEAS)

Docente esterno e/o collaboratore didattico
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (DIMEAS)



Research topic

Direct Hydrogen Combustion in Jet Engines; Low-Frequency Instability in Hybrid Rockets Engines.


Research interests

Advanced Aerospace Propulsion
Aircraft Parameter Estimation
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Propellants and Combustion
Turbulent Flows


From the complexities of Hybrid Rocket Engines' combustion chamber instability to the intricate research on Hydrogen-fuelled combustors, my journey in aerospace engineering has been fueled by a passion for innovation and a commitment to sustainability.

I graduated with honours at Politecnico di Torino in 2022 with a thesis titled "Parametric analysis of combustion chamber instability for hybrid-propellant rockets". Then, I did a two-month research fellowship at Politecnico, further improving a quasi-1D Fortran CFD code to characterise low-frequency instabilities in hybrid rocket engines: among my tasks was constructing an Artificial Neural Network to approximate chemical equilibrium in the combustion chamber for a Gaseous Oxygen - Paraffin engine.

In November 2022, I started my PhD at DIMEAS. My project, entitled "Direct Hydrogen Combustion in Jet Engines", focuses on adapting jet engines to harness hydrogen power effectively.



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