Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the largest university in Greece with an aerodynamics and turbomachinery group at the Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics & Turbomachinery (LFMT), Department of Mechanical Engineering. LFMT focusses on the optimization of aero engine recuperation systems and aircraft conceptual design and performance.
A wide range of installed premium equipment for experimental heat, flow and aerodynamic measurements and a specifically designed test-rig for pressure loss measurements on an aero engine quarter exhaust nozzle with recuperator models installed inside is at the disposition of the LFMT team. Since 1998, LFMT has developed a specific interest for the research on recuperative aero engines, focusing mainly on the heat efficiency of the recuperators and on the pressure drop imposed by the recuperators. The LFMT’s significant expertise also builds on continuous and strong cooperation with the aero engine industry for the last 15 years in major European research projects and National research and development programmes mostly related to the European aeronautical and turbomachinery industry. Recently, LFMT has developed its activities in aircraft design and performance, primarily focused on UAV platforms. LFMT is the leader of a National programme targeting on the design and manufacturing of the 1st Greek MALE UAV for civil operations.

Role in the project

In ULTIMATE project, AUTH will design a new recuperation system and integrate it in the aero engine which will contribute to an enhanced engine performance. A modelling tool following a holistic approach will be developed which will combine 0-D thermodynamic state analysis, 1D preliminary calculations and 3D CFD computations and will incorporate critical parameters to obtain custom made heat exchangers. The results will be validated experimentally.
AUTH will contribute also to the development of the 2050 Advanced Tube and Wing (ATW) aircraft model and will - in the context of the dissemination and exploitation WP5 -  organise a public workshop presenting ULTIMATE results and supporting the future exploitation of the developed technologies.

Personnel involved

Apostolos Goulas,

Professor emeritus and Fluid Mechanics & Turbomachinery engineer at AUTH, participating in numerous FP5, FP6 and FP7 research projects in turbomachinery and aeronautics. Apostolos is a scientific expert in turbomachinery flows, heat and flow measurement techniques in turbulent flows, heat transfer and CFD with more than 140 scientific papers in international literature. He has been involved the in FP5, FP6 and FP7 research projects for future aero engines namely AEROHEX, NEWAC and LEMCOTEC.

Kyros Yakinthos,

Associate Professor and Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics engineer at AUTH, participating in numerous FP5, FP6 and FP7 research projects in turbomachinery and aeronautics.  Kyros is a scientific expert in CFD modelling of turbulent flows, heat transfer, turbomachinery, aircraft conceptual design and performance, with more than 60 scientific papers. He has been involved in the FP5, FP6 and FP7 research projects for future aero engines namely AEROHEX, NEWAC and LEMCOTEC. Currently, he is coordinating a project, co-funded by private companies and National and European funds, for the design and the manufacturing of a MALE UAV.

Dimitrios Missirlis,

Assistant Professor in TEI of Central Macedonia Fluid Mechanics and heat transferengineer. Dimitrios is a scientific expert in heat exchangers, CFD, experimental measurements, energy conversion with more than 35 scientific papers. He has been involved in the FP5, FP6 and FP7 research projects for future aero engines namely AEROHEX, NEWAC and LEMCOTEC.

Zinon Vlahostergios,
Fluid mechanics engineer with scientific expertise in advanced turbulence modelling, transitional flows and HPC programming with more than 25 scientific papers. He has been involved in the FP5, FP6 and FP7 research projects for future aero engines namely AEROHEX, NEWAC and LEMCOTEC.