Preliminary Proceedings







The proceedings of NICFD 2016 are printed as a special issue of 

IOP Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Volume 821, Number 1

Please cite as: 2017 J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 821 011001


This volume contains the papers presented at NICFD 2016: 1st International Seminar on Non-Ideal Compressible-Fluid Dynamics for Propulsion & Power held on the 19th and 20th of October, 2016, at Villa Monastero, Varenna, Italy. The conference website is

NICFD 2016 promoted the exchange of scientific knowledge and fostered the interaction among researchers and professionals in the field of non-ideal compressible-fluid dynamics, with special emphasis on topics related to propulsion and power applications. The conference themes range from theoretical foundations to advanced numerical and experimental practices and applied technologies. Key themes are: experiments; fundamentals; numerical methods; optimization and UQ; critical and supercritical flows; turbulence and mixing; multi-component fluid flows; applications in ORC power systems; applications in supercritical CO2 power systems; steam turbines; cryogenic flows; condensing flows in nozzles; cavitating flows; super/trans-critical fluids in space propulsion.

Four keynote lectures reviewed the state-of-the-art and illustrated future studies and applications: Non-Ideal Compressible Fluid Dynamics: A Challenge for Theory by Prof. Alfred Kluwick, TU Wien, Austria; Cavitation Instabilities in Turbopump Inducers by Prof. Seung Jin Song, Seoul National University, Korea; Industrial applications of turbomachinery operating on non-ideal fluidsby Dr. Douglas Hofer, GE Global Research, USA; Wall bounded turbulence in flows with strong property gradients by Prof. Rene Pecnik, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

The proceedings gather 27 papers reporting on cutting-edge research activities in NICFD for propulsion and power. The review paper by Prof. Alfred Kluwick opens the collection and provides the perspective on past discoveries, the context of present activities and the roadmap of future challenges in this new, exciting scientific field.

We would like to thank all the participants to NICFD 2016 and the members of the Scientific Committee, for providing guidance during the organisation of the conference and for managing the revision of the papers. We thank all reviewers for their invaluable help to attain the high scientific quality of the contributions collected here.

The conference was supported in part by the European Research Council under ERC Consolidator Grant N.617603, NSHOCK Project (

Varenna, October 2016 

Prof. Alberto Guardone, Politecnico di Milano, Chairman

Prof. Piero Colonna, Delft University of Technology, Co-chair

Dr. Andrew Wheeler, Cambridge University, Co-chair

Giorgia Cammi, Politecnico di Milano, Program Manager

Davide Vimercati, Politecnico di Milano, Submission Manager