TIDE Consortium

The parteners involved in this project:



    Founded in 1985, the National (Romanian) Research and Development Institute for Gas Turbines COMOTI (since 1996), of Bucharest, a research SME, is the only unit in Romania specialized in the development and integration of scientific research, constructive and technological design, manufacturing, experimentation, testing, technological transfer and innovation in the field of aviation and industrial gas turbine engines and high speed bladed machines. COMOTI is active in the field of aviation turbine engines, computer aided design and manufacturing, structural and fluid dynamics computations, data acquisition. The experience gathered in the field of high speed bladed machines allowed development, in own conception, of series of electrical centrifugal natural gas or air compressors and electrical centrifugal air blowers in a large variety of flows and pressures, making COMOTI the only national producer for such complex equipments. Internationally, institutional and professional proficiency of COMOTI in the field of gas turbine engines and high speed blade machines has been acknowledged by winning a significant number of medals and diplomas in international expositions held in Geneva and Brussels. COMOTI owns over 30 invention patents in the field of gas turbines. The institute employs a staff of 180 people, over 50% being University graduates and 15 people holding a doctoral degree.
    COMOTI has participated in several high enterprise European projects, within FP V, FP VI, FP VII, and CleanSky(SILENCER, METHOD, JEAN, ABRANEW, CoJeN, VITAL, XNOISE 2, TEENI, OPENAIR, ESPOSA, HEXENOR) where it was involved in experimental programs, in numerical simulation tasks, and in the design and manufacturing of gas turbine engine components. The compressors and fans department owns experimental stands for fans and compressors. Its main activity is the design of compressors and fans, including detail and assembly drawings, and instrumentation and experimental testing of compressors and fans. The department participates in European projects like X-Noise EV, ELTESTSYS, STARTGENSYS and ESPOSA. The experimental team of the department recently tested screw compressors for the oil industry and a air centrifugal compressors, 9-125 Linde, for the commercial agent LINDE, Hungary. Recently, TIDE 335091 42
    COMOTI gathered experience in axial fans by participating in two major European Research projects, Silencer (finished in 2007) and VITAL (finished in 2010) and two national projects “Advanced computation, design, analysis and execution methods of the aviation marks – DOUBLE FLUX engine’s fan” finished in 2007 and “Realization and validation of a calculus system program for the aero elastic analysis of aircrafts and turboengines compressors” finished in 2011. The department also participated in national projects involving CFD studies regarding different devices like centrifugal separators, jets, gas accumulation situations.
    In the field of reactive flow CFD, COMOTI successfully coordinated a national program (Partnerships 2007 - 81-024; LEMLES) that had the goal of developing, implementing and experimentally validating a numerical algorithm for simulating complex reactive turbulent flows, algorithm that will be used as the main LES solver in this project. Also, CO successfully coordinated another national program (Partnerships 2007 - 21-002; POSTCOMB) that used the previously mentioned numerical algorithm for the design of a post-combustion system.
    The Combustion and Laserometry Laboratory in COMOTI owns a thermo – gas-dynamic experimental complex to be described in the next paragraphs. In the most recently completed European research activities, in the FP 7 program 212367 - TEENI, the combustion team carried out experimental measurements of temperature, acoustic pressure and instantaneous velocity (using PIV) in the hot flow downstream of a combustor. Experimental measurements of temperature (using Rayleigh spectroscopy) and gas composition (using PLIF) will be carried out in the European research project 284859 - ESPOSA. The research team of the automation department is a flexible structure which very easily adapts to any research theme from the specific domain. It consists of electro-technical and electronics engineers, graduates of the aerospace engineering and mechatronics engineering departments, and specialized in top technical domains such as: processes control, IT, automation of turbine engines and anti-explosion protection. The team was involved in numerous economic contracts with an important research component, finalized or in progress, with beneficiaries such as OMV PETROM, TRANSGAZ.
    On the manufacturing and testing side, COMOTI participated in a number of European research programs (VITAL, SILENCER, TEENI, HEXENOR, ESPOSA) where it was involved in various new gas turbine engine parts manufacturing tasks. Also test rig adaptation parts for experimental research programs were designed and manufactured by COMOTI.

Key persons:

dr. Ionuţ Porumbel - Project Coordinator
Born in 1968. Experience in coordinating European research projects, gained as COMOTI research team coordinator in the FP 7 Programs.
Author of one book on numerical combustion and 13 scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
Author of one invention patent (pending).
Over 10 years experience in gas turbines and combustion chambers.

dr. Cristian Cârlănescu – WP 5 (Experimental Concept Validation) Leader
Born in 1949, Head of Combustion and Thermal Coating Laboratory in COMOTI.
Author of two books on gas turbines, including experimental methods, and over 58 scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
Author of more than 20 invention patents (one pending).
Over 30 years experience in gas turbines and combustion chambers.

Adrian Toma – WP 4 (Manufacturing and Assembly) Leader
Born in 1968, design engineer with a 20 years experience in the Technology Research Laboratory
of COMOTI and 10 years experience as a designer of non destructive testing equipments

Bogdan Gherman – Compressor Module Leader
Born in 1977. Researcher and design engineer with a good knowledge of CFD and he worked with four CFD codes, namely ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CD, ANSYS CFX and NUMECA. He has a seven years experience in the CFD field;
he has a Licentiate of Engineering in obtained in 2004 in Lund, Sweden at Lund Institute of Technology.
He published nine papers regarding the combustion process, thermo acoustics, reactive jets, swirling flows and compressors aerodynamics in peer
reviewed renowned conference proceedings.

dr. Constantin Eusebiu Hriţcu – Combustor Module Leader
Born in 1965.  Post graduation specialization was accomplished in the domain of pulse combustion chambers, which materialized into his Ph. d. thesis entitled “Research on Pulse Operating Combustion Chambers”, patent that won silver medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva.
Head of the "Fuel Injection & Combustion Chambers" Laboratory, of COMOTI's Iasi subsidiary.
12 years of experience in research in the field of gas turbines, and another 7 years of design experience.

dr. Cleopatra  Florentina Cuciumita – Engine Module Leader
Born in 1984. Experience in participating in European research projects, gained as COMOTI research team member in the FP 7 Programs
Author of one book chapter on gas turbines and 15 scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
Author of one invention patent.
Over 4 years experience in gas turbines and axial turbines.

dr. Gabriel Ursescu – Engine Design
Born in 1968. Significant experience in European research project as a member of the COMOTI research team in the FP7 Programs
Since 2003 he is also involved in teaching and research in the field of automotive engineering.
His design experience was enhanced during his activity as a Research Scholar at the Centre for Automotive Research at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, USA, that was the source of several scientific papers and two US Patents (one granted patent and one registered application).
Besides the scientific activity, he led the design and development of two concept vehicles one of which is a hybrid. Both projects were developed with students.
He is also coordinator of the Formula Student Competition Team at the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University.


    Lund University is a world-class university that works to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition. The University is ranked as one of the top 100 in the world and tackled complex problems and global challenges and work to ensure that knowledge and innovations benefit society. LTH provided education and research in engineering, science, law, social sciences, economics and management, medicine, humanities, theology, fine art, music and drama.
    Our 47 000 students and 6 800 employees are based at their campuses in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. LTH is an international university with global recruitment, cooperate with 680 partner universities in over 50 countries and are the only Swedish university to be a member of the strong
international networks LERU (the League of European Research Universities) and Universitas 21.
    LTH will be involved in the project through its Division of Fluid Mechanics. The Division of Fluid Mechanics is part of the Department of Energy Sciences of the Faculty of Engineering of Lund University. The division focuses on study of turbulent flows with an emphasis on modeling multiphysics system. The division has nearly 20 years of experience in high quality research applying Large Eddy Simulation to reacting and multiphase flows. The main application areas for the research are energy conversion and biomedical flows. More recently, an activity modeling compressor aerodynamics and fluid structure interaction was initiated. The reacting flow activities focus on combustion modelling (model development for LES) as well as application to gas turbines and Diesel engines. The division consists of 21 persons (4 senior researchers, 2 postdocs and 15 PhD students).On average between 2 and 4 PhD students have defended their thesis each year since 1999.

Key persons:

Prof. Johan Revstedt - WP 2 (Numerical Simulations) Leader
Born in 1967, professor of mechanics at the department of Energy Sciences at Lund University.
Since 1999, prof. Revstedt’s research has been focused on the study of multi-phase and fluid-structure interaction using large eddy simulation. He has also developed methods for representing complex geometries on Cartesian grids, e.g. immersed boundary methods.
Prof.Revstedt has 26 publications in peer reviewed journals and 42 conference contributions.
He is also reviewer for several journals within fields of fluid mechanics and chemical engineering.

dr. Christophe Duwig - Combustion Numerical Simulation
Born in 1974. Associate professor in the department of energy sciences at Lund University.
Since 2003, Dr.Duwig has pursued model development for turbulent combustion simulation in particular using large eddy simulation. He has also continuously been working with gas turbine modelling in collaboration with Siemens AB (Finspång Sweden).
Dr.Duwig has also contributed to the analysis of reacting flows using modal decomposition.
He is principal investigator for several research projects founded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskaprådet) focusing on combustion modelling and turbulent combustion simulation.
Dr.Duwig has more over 22 scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals (h-factor 7 on 2012-01-01) and is regularly reviewing paper for top journals in the field of combustion.
Dr.Duwig has also been active in the field of alternative fuel combustion and new combustion technologies leading to 5 patents.


    The Von Karman Institute, founded in 1956, is a non profit international centre for post graduate education and research in fluid dynamics. The educational program based on the concept of “training in research by doing research” includes a Research Master in fluid dynamics, attended by
30-35 students per academic year, and a Ph.D. research program involving 30-40 candidates.
    The technical staff consists of 92 members, with research activities oriented towards aeronautical issues, propulsion, energy production, industrial processes and environmental problems. A large number of advanced experimental facilities are available in the domain of aerospace, aeronautical and industrial fluid dynamics. They cover a large span, ranging from low speed to hypersonic.
    Experimental research is complemented by an important activity in the domain of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The institute is one of the pioneers in the development and use of new numerical schemes and has over 20 years of experience in the optimization and design techniques.
Many of the research activities carried out at the von Karman Institute are supported by research contracts with industry or governmental institutions.
The Turbomachinery and Propulsion department of the VKI already participated in a number of European Research projects in the past (e.g. Wake Mixing, IACA, TATEF, TATEF2, AITEB, AITEB2, UTAT, ADVACT, LAPCAT, LAPCAT2, VITAL, DREAM, FACTOR, ACOCTH, DINNOCROR, etc... ) related to aero-thermal research in propulsion.

Key persons:

dr. Guillermo Paniagua - WP 1 (Preliminary Concept Design) Leader
Born in 1972, currently Associate professor in both the Aerospace department and the Turbomachinery and propulsion department.
He also lectures at the University of Valencia. He has 15 years of experience on experimental and numerical aerothermal study of high-speed flows.
His main area of research is related to the experimental and numerical aerothermal study of high-speed flows, in particular, on high speed turbo machinery. Guillermo authored over a hundred technical papers, has been awarded four international prizes and a patent.

dr. Bayindir H. Saracoglu - Compressor - combustor - nozzle integration
Born in 1981, currently Senior Research Engineer in Aeronautics and Aerospace Department.
After completing his PhD studies at Wright State University, Ohio, USA, he has been involved in several European and international research projects. He has unique expertise in measurement techniques, flow visualizations, advanced data processing, active and passive flow control techniques, computational fluid dynamics, flow in turbomachinary and high-speed external flows.
He has authored 15 technical papers, 2 patents, and has produced numerous technical reports.


    IAP was created in 1964 and, since then, it was the main research institution in Moldova in physics.
The theoretical and experimental activity of IAP is focused on developing kinetic and statistic physics models for condensed and nuclear matter phenomena, research and development of chalcogenic semiconductors, metallo-organic compounds and molecular magnets for storage media,
sensors, optical-electronic and photo-voltaic applications, development of electrical-physicalchemical methods of obtaining and processing new materials and coatings with improved functional characteristics, development of advanced electronic, optical-electronic and photonic technologies
and devices, intensification of heat and mass transfer processes through electro-physical, hydrodynamic and cavitation methods for food industry materials and processes.
    IAP employs 225 persons, among them - 156 researchers, 27 doctors-habilitate and professors, 72 Ph.D., 6 ASM Academicians, 3 ASM Corresponding Members, 52 young scientists (under 35). IAP is worldwide recognized through its research studies in the fields of interest, its active participation in various international conferences, its scientific papers published in renowned journals and its innovations.
Over the last 5 years, IFA participated in several international projects, with partners from Germany, Belarus, Ukraine, and Romania. IAP coordinates the process of adhesion of the Republic of Moldova to the Southeastern European Network in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics
scientific support program. IAP publishes an ISI journal Surface Engineering and Applied Electrochemistry” and organizes the Material Science and Condensed Matter Physics conference (MSCMP).
    IAP participates in the project through the Hydrodynamic Processes and Electro-Flotation Laboratory. The main activity of the Laboratory is to develop active static and dynamic flow control methods, the intensification of heat and mass transfer processes, the design and development of
pulsed flow generation devices in resonating or self-oscillatory regimein the range of 10-10000Hz.
    The Laboratory participated in two pulsed combustion project, of which one in collaboration with COMOTI and dr. Hritcu, and participated in several national programs dealing with high pressure hydro-acoustic oscillations of controlled amplitude and frequency.

Key persons:

Tudor Cuciuc - WP 3 (Geometrical Modeling and Design) Leader
Born in 1953.Currently scientific researcher in the Hydrodynamic Processes and Electro-Flotation Laboratory.
His main research interests include the experimental and numerical study of one-phase and two-phase flows over solid bodies, the intensification of heat and mass transfer processes and the development of hydro-thermo-acoustic, high intensity, large frequency range, pulsed jets generation and control devices, particularly in the self-oscillating regime.
Author of over 50 scientific papers, including ISI journals, and two invention patents. Over 20 years expertise in applied resonating pulsed combustion.

Petru Dumitras - Demonstrator design
Born in 1945. Doctor in technical sciences, head of the Hydrodynamic Processes and Electro Flotation Laboratory.
He participated in several projects within the framework of national and international programs.
He is author in over 100 scientific papers and 8 patents implemented in enterprises from Moldova, Russia, Romania and Ukraine.