Pietro Zunino

Professore Ordinario


(+39) 010 33 52448

Laurea in Mechanical Engineering, University of Genova with honours , curriculum on Energy and Propulsion.
Von Karman Institute (NATO, Belgium) Diploma Course in Turbomachinery with honours.
Designer of Turbomachinery at Hydroart S.p.A. (Ansaldo, Riva, Tosi), Milano (1977-83).
Assistant Professor, University of Genova ( 1983-87).
Associate Professor of Fluid Machinery at the University of Genova (1987-2000).
Full Professor of Turbomachinery (since 2000).

Director of the Fluid Machinery, Energy Systems and Transportation Department ( DIMSET), University of Genova (2005-2011).
Director of the Department of Mechanical , Energy, Management and Transportation Engineering ( DIME), University of Genova (since 2012).

Author of more than 150 international scientific papers on Aero-thermodynamics of Turbomachinery for Power Generation and Aeronautical Propulsion.
Fields of activity
- potential flow and boundary layers in turbomachines (1976-86);
- development of experimental techniques for flow measurements in turbomachines (HW, LDA, PDA, PIV) (since 1983);
- experimental analysis of turbulence and secondary flows in gas turbine cascades (since 1986);
- experimental analysis of relative flow and turbulence in axial and centrifugal rotors (since 1990);
- rotor-stator aerodynamic interaction in turbomachines (since 1993);
- time varying wake flow characteristics and profile boundary layers in turbine cascades (since 1993);
- unsteady aerodynamics of gas turbine premixing burners (since 1998);
- boundary layer separation control (since 2003);
- development of high-lift profiles for aero-engine gas turbines (since 2006).

Research manager for several research contracts with national industries.
Session chairman in several International Scientific Conferences.
Scientific reviewer for International Conferences and Scientific Journals.
Evaluator for the European Commission VI and VII Framework, Aeronautical and Space.
Scientific responsible or main investigator of several European Commission Research Projects on Gas Turbines.


Satta F., Simoni D., Ubaldi M., Zunino P., Bertini F: “Loading Distribution Effects on Separated Flow Transition of Ultra-High-Lift Turbine Blades: Steady and Unsteady Inflows”, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 30 (3), pp. 845-856, 2014.
Simoni D., Ubaldi M., Zunino P., “Experimental Investigation of Flow Instabilities in a Laminar Separation Bubble”, Journal of Thermal Science, Vol.23, pp. 203-214, 2014.
Simoni D., Ubaldi M., Zunino P., “Experimental investigation of the interaction between incoming wakes and instability mechanisms in a laminar separation bubble”, Experimental Thermal and Flow Sciences, Vol. 50, pp. 54-60, 2013, 2013.
Lengani D. Simoni D., Ubaldi M., Zunino P., Bertini F., “Near wall measurements in a separating turbulent boundary layer with and without passive flow control", in Progress in Wall Turbulence: Understanding and Modelling, M. Stanislas et al. (eds.), Springer, Vol. 14, 2011, pp. 151-159.
Canepa E., Formosa P., Lengani D. Simoni D., Ubaldi M., Zunino, P., “Influence of Aerodynamic Loading on Rotor-Stator Aerodynamic Interaction in a Two-Stage Low Pressure Research Turbine”, ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, 129, pp. 765-772, 2007.