A new facility, which is called ComHeat-Lab (Combustion & Heat Transfer Laboratory), born inside the Florence campus and is aimed at supporting technological development in the fields of combustion, heat exchange and fluid systems applied to combustors and turbines in aeronautical engines. An innovative research field in which Avio Aero can play a pivotal role, together with an historic partner such as the University of Florence.
The opening ceremony was attended by the University of Florence representatives including the vice president for technology transfer, Andrea Arnone, the scientific supervisor of the laboratory, Bruno Facchini, and operations manager Antonio Andreini. Avio Aero representatives in attendance included the head of Research Programs, Franco Tortarolo, contact person for fluid-thermal disciplines and management of the laboratory, Daniele Coutandin, the head of aero-thermal combustor design, Antonio Peschiulli, and cooling systems expert Luca Giacobone.
"Our partnership with the University of Florence is a success story that deserves to be told," said Franco Tortarolo, head of R&D and IP "As our partner in the research field since 1995, in all these years the University has been an excellent reference point for Avio Aero in the technological development of our aviation turbines. The ComHeat-Lab was created as part of the Technology Development Communities initiative, which was launched one year ago to ‘connect and share,’ thereby fostering ‘network’ cooperation between various national education institutes and the company itself. We expect a lot from this laboratory which, we are sure, will be another winning step on the path of innovation that we have undertaken together."