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Research interests

My research interests focus on experimental heat transfer and two-phase flow. My current work is on two-phase passive devices for spacecraft termal control systems, mainly on Pulsating Heat Pipes (PHPs). 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 expearience in experiment design, payload integration, experimental matrix definition, data collection and postprocessing on several ESA Parabolic Flight Campaigns. I am also collaborating on writing proposal for national (EPSRC) and international (ESA) funding bodies 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 2018 2019

  • 5 Paper
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

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

Heat pipes
Heat conduction
Heat flux
Aluminum Oxide

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

Capillary flow
Flow patterns
Heat exchangers

Start-up in microgravity and local thermodynamic states of a hybrid loop thermosyphon/pulsating heat pipe

Mameli, M., Catarsi, A., Mangini, D., Pietrasanta, L., Michè, N., Marengo, M., Di Marco, P. & Filippeschi, S., 13 May 2019, In : Applied Thermal Engineering. 158, 113771.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Heat pipes

Thermo-Hydraulic Analysis of Semi-Transparent Flat Plate Pulsating Heat Pipes Tested in 1 g and Microgravity Conditions

Ayel, V., Pietrasanta, L., Lalizel, G., Romestant, C., Bertin, Y. & Marengo, M., 25 May 2019, In : Microgravity Science and Technology. 31, 4, p. 403-415 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

heat pipes
Heat pipes
Flat Plate
flat plates

Time-Frequency Analysis of a Thermally Induced Pulsating Slug Flow

Perna, R., Mameli, M., Pietrasanta, L., Marengo, M. & Filippeschi, S., 19 May 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Activities 2016 2019

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

66th European Space Agency Parabolic Flight Campaign

Luca Pietrasanta (Participant)
8 May 2017

Activity: EventsEvent

64th European Space Agency Parabolic Flight Campaign:

Luca Pietrasanta (Participant)
26 Apr 2016

Activity: EventsEvent