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Research interests

My research interests focus on experimental heat transfer and two-phase flows. Pulsating Heat Pipes provide a perfect platform for both basic physics investigation of diabatic two-phase phenomena and a promising solution for the thermal management of complex space systems. I have developed experience in experiment design, payload integration, experimental matrix definition, data collection and post-processing on several ESA Parabolic Flight Campaigns. I am also working to secure new research in the field (e.g. in flexible or deployable thermal control systems for space and ground applications) and obtain access to microgravity platforms (Parabolic Flight, Drop Tower) for answering fundamental question related to the behaviour of two-phase fluids in microgravity.

External positions

Ordinary Member, Advanced Engineering Centre based

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Research Output

  • 6 Paper
  • 6 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

A Pulsating Heat Pipe Embedded Radiator: Thermal-Vacuum Characterisation in the Pre-Cryogenic Temperature Range for Space Applications

Pietrasanta, L., Postorino, G., Perna, R., Mameli, M. & Filippeschi, S., 3 Jul 2020, In : Thermal Science and Engineering Progress. 19, 100622.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Flow Characterization of a Pulsating Heat Pipe through the Wavelet Analysis of Pressure Signals

    Perna, R., Abela, M., Mameli, M., Mariotti, A., Pietrasanta, L., Marengo, M. & Filippeschi, S., 27 Feb 2020, In : Applied Thermal Engineering. 171, 115128.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • An original look into pulsating heat pipes: Inverse heat conduction approach for assessing the thermal behaviour

    Cattani, L., Mangini, D., Bozzoli, F., Pietrasanta, L., Miche, N., Mameli, M., Filippeschi, S., Rainieri, S. & Marengo, M., 26 Feb 2019, In : Thermal Science and Engineering Progress. 10, p. 317-326 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Developing flow pattern maps for accelerated two-phase capillary flows

    Pietrasanta, L., Mameli, M., Mangini, D., Georgoulas, A., Miche, N., Filippeschi, S. & Marengo, M., 1 Nov 2019, In : Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science. 112, 13 p., 109981.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    Frontiers in Space Technology-Microgravity (Journal)

    Luca Pietrasanta (Reviewer)

    Jun 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Applied Thermal Engineering (Journal)

    Luca Pietrasanta (Reviewer) & Mauro Mameli (Reviewer)

    Jun 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    NASA SLPSRA Fluid Physics Workshop

    Luca Pietrasanta (Presenter)

    16 Oct 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    68th European Space Agency Parabolic Flight Campaign

    Luca Pietrasanta (Participant)

    7 Dec 2017

    Activity: EventsEvent

    67th European Space Agency Parabolic Flight Campaign

    Luca Pietrasanta (Participant)

    16 Nov 2017

    Activity: EventsEvent