Dr Sergio Campobasso

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

Dr Campobasso took up a Senior Lectureship in Renewable Energy Engineering at Lancaster University in January 2013. He gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Turbomachinery from the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (Belgium) in 1996, and a PhD in Numerical Analysis from Oxford University in 2004. He worked as aerodynamicist and stress engineer with the German aircraft engine manufacturer BMW-Rolls Royce, and in this period he participated to the development of the Trent 500 turbofan engine. He spent six years at the Rolls-Royce Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) University Technology Centre within the Oxford University Computing Laboratory, where he developed crucial parts of the linear and adjoint solvers of the main CFD code of the Rolls-Royce aerodynamic aeroelastic and aeroacoustic turbomachinery design system. At Cranfield University, Dr. Campobasso worked on uncertainty propagation for robust conceptual aircraft design, and at Glasgow University he started a new research programme focusing on wind turbine aerodynamic, aeroelastic and structural design based on nonlinear frequency-domain Navier-Stokes CFD.

The research activities of Dr Campobasso focus on the design, implementation and demonstration of CFD technologies aimed at improving wind and gas turbine design, taking into account stochastic uncertainty sources arising from manufacturing and assembly tolerances, and also the environment variability. His main objectives are to develop accurate and ultra-fast high-fidelity analysis and design methods based on the Navier-Stokes equations. His present research activities include: the development of a harmonic balance NS solver for the rapid analysis of unsteady flows and general fluid/structure interaction problems; the development of low-speed preconditioning methods for the analysis of flows featuring simultaneously high and very-low speeds; the development of novel, more accurate boundary conditions for the analysis of the flow field in complex turbomachinery geometries; and the investigation of hybrid parallelization technologies based on the combination of shared and distributed parallel computing.

Three-dimensional aerodynamic analysis of a Darrieus wind turbine blade using computational fluid dynamics and lifting line theory
Balduzzi, F., Bianchini, A., Ferrara, G., Marten, D., Pechlivanoglou, G., Nayeri, C.N., Paschereit, C.O., Drofelnik, J., Campobasso, M.S., Ferrari, L. 3/10/2017 In: Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. 140, 2, 11 p.
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Darrieus wind turbine blade unsteady aerodynamics: a three-dimensional Navier-Stokes CFD assessment
Balduzzi, F., Drofelnik, J., Bianchini, A., Ferrara, G., Ferrari, L., Campobasso, M.S. 1/06/2017 In: Energy. 128, p. 550-563. 14 p.
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Comparative turbulent three-dimensional Navier-Stokes hydrodynamic analysis and performance assessment of oscillating wings for renewable energy applications
Drofelnik, J., Campobasso, M.S. 12/2016 In: International Journal of Marine Energy. 16, p. 100-115. 16 p.
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Comparative assessment of the harmonic balance Navier Stokes technology for horizontal and vertical axis wind turbine aerodynamics
Campobasso, M.S., Drofelnik, J., Gigante, F. 10/09/2016 In: Computers and Fluids. 136, p. 354-370. 17 p.
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Wind turbine design optimization under environmental uncertainty
Caboni, M., Campobasso, M.S., Minisci, E. 15/03/2016 In: Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. 138, 8, 10 p.
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Aerodynamic design optimization of wind turbine rotors under geometric uncertainty
Campobasso, S., Minisci, E., Caboni, M. 01/2016 In: Wind Energy. 19, 1, p. 51-65.
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Three-dimensional Navier-Stokes turbulent hydrodynamic analysis and performance assessment of oscillating wings for power generation
Drofelnik, J., Campobasso, S. 1/09/2015 In: The 16th International Conference on Fluid Flow Technologies (CMFF’15).
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Robust design optimization of wind turbine rotors: invited paper
Campobasso, S. 09/2015 In: The 16th International Conference on Fluid Flow Technologies (CMFF’15). 8 p.
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Wind turbine design optimization under environmental uncertainty
Caboni, M., Campobasso, S., Minisci, E. 18/01/2015 In: ASME Turbo Expo 2015. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers 13 p.
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Parametric and comparative assessment of Navier-Stokes CFD methodologies for Darrieus wind turbine performance analysis
Balduzzi, F., Bianchini, A., Gigante, F., Ferrara, G., Campobasso, S., Ferrari, L. 2015 In: ASME Turbo Expo 2015. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers 12 p.
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Robust aerodynamic design optimization of horizontal axis wind turbines
Caboni, M., Minisci, E., Campobasso, S. 2015 In: Advances in evolutionary and deterministic methods for design, optimization and control in engineering and sciences. Springer p. 225-240. 16 p.
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Compressible Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes analysis of wind turbine turbulent flows using a Fully-Coupled Low-Speed preconditioned multigrid solver
Campobasso, S., Yan, M., Drofelnik, J., Piskopakis, A., Caboni, M. 2014 In: ASME Turbo Expo 2014: turbine technical conference and exposition. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers 15 p.
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Turbulent unsteady flow analysis of horizontal axis wind turbine airfoil aerodynamics based on the harmonic balance Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes equations
Campobasso, S., Gigante, F., Drofelnik, J. 2014 In: ASME Turbo Expo 2014: turbine technical conference and exposition. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers 14 p.
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Optimised hybrid parallelisation of a CFD code on many-core architectures
Jackson, A., Campobasso, S. 23/09/2013 In: 15th International Symposium on Symbolic and Numeric Algorithms for Scientific Computing (SYNASC), 2013 . IEEE p. 488-495 . 8 p.
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Analysis of an oscillating wing in a power-extraction regime based on the compressible Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations and the K–ω SST turbulence model
Campobasso, S., Piskopakis, A., Yan, M. 2013 In: ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers p. V008T44A013. 15 p.
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Linear Frequency Domain and Harmonic Balance Predictions of Dynamic Derivatives
Da Ronch, A., McCracken, A., Badcock, K., Widhalm, M., Campobasso, S. 2013 In: Journal of Aircraft. 50, 3, p. 694-707. 14 p.
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Analysis of unsteady flows past horizonatal axis wind turbine airfoils based on harmonic balance compressible Navier-Stokes equations with low-speed preconditioning
Campobasso, S., Baba-Ahmadi, M. 11/2012 In: Journal of Turbomachinery. 134, 6, p. 061020-1/061020-13. 13 p.
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Compressible Navier-Stokes analysis of an oscillating wing in a power-extraction regime using efficient low-speed preconditioning
Campobasso, S., Drofelnik, J. 30/08/2012 In: Computers and Fluids. 67, p. 26-40. 15 p.
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A parallel 3D unstructured implicit RANS solver for compressible and incompressible CFD simulations
Bonfiglioli, A., Campobasso, S., Carpentieri, B., bollhoefer, m. 2012 In: Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics. Berlin : Springer p. 312-322. 11 p.
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Shared-memory, distributed-memory, and mixed-mode parallelisation of a CFD simulation code
Jackson, A., Campobasso, S. 06/2011 In: Computer Science - Research and Development. 26, 3-4, p. 187-195. 9 p.
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Ad-hoc Boundary Conditions for CFD Analyses of Turbomachinery Problems with Strong Flow Gradients at Farfield Boundaries
Campobasso, S., Baba-Ahmadi, M. 20/04/2011 In: Journal of Turbomachinery. 133, 4, 9 p.
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Novel uncertainty propagation method for robust aerodynamic design
Padulo, M., Campobasso, S., Guenov, M. 03/2011 In: AIAA Journal. 49, 3, p. 530-543. 14 p.
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Wake-Tracking and Turbulence Modelling in Computational Aerodynamics of Wind Turbine Airfoils
Campobasso, S., Zanon, A., Minisci, E., Bonfiglioli, A. 12/2009 In: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy. 223, 8, p. 939-951. 13 p.
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