Università degli Studi di Genova
The Department of Mechanical Engineering (DIME) belongs to the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Genova. DIME has a teaching staff of 78 among full professors, associate professors and researchers and an administrative-technical staff of 46 officers. Three different PhD courses are offered to more than 10 PhD students per year. The missions of DIME are teaching and research activities in Mechanical Engineering, mainly in the field of Energy, Production, Mechanical technologies and Applied mechanics. A particular strength is put on energy and applied thermodynamics, air conditioning and heat transfer, also with reference to relevant applicative developments in the fields of heating and cooling, renewable energy and thermal design of industrial equipments. DIME is involved in studies aimed at the needs of development and competitiveness for technological evolution. DIME normally works in partnership with other universities and public research centres as well as with private companies either for educational or research activities. About 40% of the research in funded by MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) whereas the rest originates from contracts and agreements with external institutions. DIME has various experimental facilities for evaluating and visualizing heat transfer and fluid flow, including labs equipped for the measurement of thermal properties and superficial spectral thermal emissivity of solid materials, as well as thermal characterization of insulating materials. Experimental tests are commonly supported by FE and CFD analysis which are aimed at detailed thermal design. DIME manages two laboratories belonging to the IHQL group (“Italian High Quality Laboratories”), according to Italian laws; Laboratory of Thermofluidynamics; Laboratory of Thermophysical Properties.
DIME’s main contribution to CELSIUS will be devoted to the design of innovative thermal components and to the integration and optimization of the whole thermal network. Besides, DIME will contribute to the evaluation of heating and cooling requirements for the different users located in the district. The above described expertise in thermal science and energy optimization suggests that the contribution that DIME offers to the other partners will strengthen the innovation potential of research and will foster the technological implementation. Experience in research, focus on innovation, will to share knowledge are the elements that DIME wants to put at common factor in the project. For these reasons DIME will be an active interface between the Genoa Team and the other partners of the programme. The sum of the complementary technical experiences of GRG, D’Appolonia and DIME defines a focused and well-integrated local workgroup.