Researcher Andrea Colagrossi, Department of Energy and Transport,
CNR-INSEAN (The Italian Ship Model Basin, http://www.insean.cnr.it/ )
Researcher Andrea Colagrossi was born in 1972 and obtained MSc degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1998 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, under the supervision of Dr. Maurizio Landrini.
Since 1998 Colagrossi has been employed as a contract researcher at INSEAN. In 2005 he won a National competition for a permanent position as researcher at INSEAN. He was involved in several research projects in Computational Fluid Dynamic frameworks, Seakeeping field and in marine oriented research activities.
In 2005 Colagrossi obtained his PhD degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, with a thesis in the field of computational fluid dynamics with the title: “A Meshless Lagrangian Method for Free--Surface and Interface Flows with Fragmentation”.
Currently he is the INSEAN coordinator of the subtask “Mathematical Models for the interaction between waves – currents and hulls” in the framework of the National Research CNR Project “RITMARE”.
During the period 2009-2012 he has been project manager for the European Project FP7 NextMuse (Next generation Multi-mechanics Simulation Environment). The objective of this project is to initiate a paradigm shift in the technology of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Computational Multi-Mechanics (CMM) simulation software which is used to model physical processes in research development and design across a range of industries. NextMuSE relies on a mesh-free method, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH), which is fundamentally different from conventional finite element or volume techniques.
In 2011, according to the Council of Canadian Academies Survey of Science and Technology Strengths analysis, he was an author of one of the top 1% most highly cited papers in his field worldwide.
He has spent short periods at the CeSOS (Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim) every year in the period 2003-2011, to cooperate with Professor Odd M. Faltinsen and share with other INSEAN colleagues the out-standing research opportunities offered by the Centre of Excellence.
During the years 2000-2002 he spent six months at the Ocean Engineering Laboratory, UCSB (University of California Santa Barbara, USA) as a visiting researcher for studying the theory of particle methods for the numerical solution of fluid dynamics, and for developing numerical codes in such field. This activity was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research of the U.S. Navy within a Program on Breaking waves and Bubbly Flows under the supervision of Prof. M.P. Tulin.
Some of the CFD simulations linked to his research activity are available at:
Honors and Awards
Invited as Keynote Speaker at the 2nd International Conference on Violent Flows held at Ecole Centrale of Nantes (France) 27th September 2012.
“A survey of twelve years research activity on SPH method applied to the Naval Hydrodynamics context”