PhD in Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Sciences

Academic Year 2023-2024
Subject area Engineering Studies
Cycle 39
Coordinator Prof. Lorenzo Donati
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years

Application deadline: Aug 22, 2023 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

Second PhD Call for Applications, with scholarships funded by NRRP and other funds

Enrolment: From Sep 15, 2023 to Sep 21, 2023

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2023

39 PNRR PhD Call for Applications

Application deadline: Jun 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

PhD Call for Applications, with scholarships funded by NRRP and other funds

Enrolment: From Aug 01, 2023 to Aug 22, 2023

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2023

39 PNRR PhD Call for Applications
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Industrial Engineering - DIN
  1. Engineering and Industrial Design, Machine Construction, Metallurgy, and Manufacturing Technologies
  2. Fluid Machinery, Energy Systems, Mechanics of Machines, and Industrial Mechanical Plants
  3. Thermal Physics, HVAC Systems, Acoustics, Nuclear Technologies and Industrial Applications of Plasmas
Research topics

Curriculum 1 - Engineering and Industrial Design, Machine Construction, Metallurgy, and Manufacturing Technologies

The curriculum pursues the education of researchers and high-qualified engineers, operating in the fields of Mechanical Engineering and able to address issues related to design and research activities in disciplines such as:

Tribological behavior of metallic materials, with and without surface modifications

Metallurgical features of metallic components produced by innovative process, such as additive manufacturing

Mechanical design and structures

Microstructure and mechanical properties of advanced metals and metal matrix composites

Experimental stress analysis, characterization and development of constitutive models

Design methods and tools in industrial engineering

Mechanical technologies and materials.


Curriculum 2 - Fluid Machinery, Energy Systems, Mechanics of Machines, and Industrial Mechanical Plants

The curriculum includes different subjects, ranging from internal combustion engines to industrial mechanical plants. For the cultural fields Internal Combustion Engines, Fluid Machinery, Energy Conversion Systems the curriculum studies fluid machinery and energy conversion systems, addressing thermodynamic, fluid dynamic, energetic, ecological and technological issues by means of modeling, control and testing.

In particular, the main research areas are:

  • Modeling, control and testing of internal combustion engines and hybrid vehicles
  • Fluid dynamics simulation of internal combustion engines and fluid machinery
  • Numerical and experimental analysis in the field of gas turbines, combined cycles, steam engines, prime movers, and integrated systems for the processing and storage of energy from renewable and non-renewable sources.

For the cultural fields Mechanics of Machines and Industrial Mechanical Plants the curriculum comprises scientific and operative issues concerning the analysis, design and management of devices, machines, processes and industrial plants, through the adoption of a systemic approach and of methodologies drawn from theoretical, applied and experimental mechanics, industrial plants and production. The main research areas are:

  • Automation, robotics and mechatronics
  • Biomechanics
  • Vehicles, transport and lifting systems
  • Dynamics and machine vibrations
  • Monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics of mechanical systems
  • Industrial plants and production systems
  • Maintenance and industrial safety
  • Instrumentation
  • Logistics and operations. 


Curriculum 3 - Thermal Physics, HVAC Systems, Acoustics, Nuclear Technologies and Industrial Applications of Plasmas

  • Heat transfer and convection theory
  • Thermal analysis of porous media
  • Thermal and fluid-dynamic aspects of single-phase and two-phase flows in conventional devices and microdevices (microfluidics)
  • Applied thermal engineering and HVAC systems
  • Heat exchangers and heat recovery systems
  • Renewable energy for HVAC (heat pumps, solar plants)
  • Environmental acoustics, building acoustics, architectural acoustics, sound absorbing materials and systems, noise control techniques, digital processing of acoustic signals and lightning
  • Energy efficient buildings
  • Design of nuclear plants
  • Radioprotection
  • Risk analysis and safety
  • Modelling of neutron, charged particle and photon transport
  • Applications of nuclear technologies to medicine, industry and cultural heritage
  • Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of two-phase flow
  • Development and validation of advanced computing platforms
  • Thermo-hydraulics of advanced nuclear reactors
  • Reliability and risk analysis at the system level
  • Calculation of thermodynamic and transport properties of plasmas
  • Physical modelling and design-oriented simulation of plasma assisted processes
  • Diagnostics of plasma sources and processes
  • Biomedical applications of cold atmospheric plasmas and plasma medicine.
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
he PhD students involved in the DIMSAI PhD Program are eligible, at the end of their PhD period, for high-profile job positions, both in academic institutions and companies. The areas and types of job placement are extremely varied. These include: R&D positions in industry and academia; highly qualified staff of research centers; energy managers for public and private companies; designers and researchers in the R&D areas of companies active in the mechanical, aerospace, civil, nuclear, plasma-engineering sectors; energy manager for public and private companies; component designer of mechanical and conditioning systems; professional engineer in the field of fluid dynamics, heating engineering, civil engineering, acoustics, energetics, automation, mechanical design, materials, manufacturing and industrial processes, biomechanics, transport systems, energy conversion systems, aeronautics, robotics, fluid machinery, radiation protection, safety and design of industrial facilities, and protection of intellectual property; energy consultant and expert in energy management.
Admission Board

Appointed by RD n. 709/2023 Prot n. 149534 on Jun 02, 2023

Confirmed for Call for further PhD Positions
Rectoral Decree n. 1066/2023 Prot. n. 0226313 of 04/08/2023

Surname and Name University / Institution Role email
Ancona Maria Alessandra Università di Bologna Member
D'Orazio Dario Università di Bologna Member
Francia Daniela Università di Bologna Member
Ghedini Emanuele  Università di Bologna Member
Pellegrini Marco  Università di Bologna Member
Raimondi Luca  Università di Bologna Member
Sancisi Nicola Università di Bologna Member
Accorsi Riccardo Università di Bologna Substitute
Conconi Michele Università di Bologna Substitute
De Pascale Andrea Università di Bologna Substitute
Donati Lorenzo Università di Bologna Substitute
Donnici Giampiero  Università di Bologna Substitute
Manservisi Sandro Università di Bologna Substitute
Naldi Claudia Università di Bologna Substitute

* The following shall take part in the work of the Examination Board as expert members for positions linked to specific research topics - second Call:

  • Federico Rocchi - ENEA Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Sostenibile 

  • Danilo Mascolo - Big Data Innovation & Research Excellence

  • Matteo Gherardi, Giacomo Grasso, Daniele Tomatis - Newcleo S.r.l.

  • Francesco Battista - CIRA SCpA - Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali

  • Fabio Zambelli - CEE – Consorzio Esperienza Energia

  • Fabio Menotti - Montenegro Srl

  • Dario Rea - IMA SPA

  • Morgan Zanelli, Luigi Ferraboschi, Angelo Camerini, Fabrizio Minarelli - Automobili Lamborghini Spa

  • Umberto Zanetti - G.D. SpA

  • Stefano Fiocchi - METALCASTELLO S.p.A

* The following shall take part in the work of the Examination Board as expert members for positions linked to specific research topics - first Call:

  • Danilo Mascolo - Bi-Rex (Big Data Innovation & Research Excellence)
  • Stefano Fiocchi - METALCASTELLO S.p.A.
Learning outcomes

he PhD Program is developed according a detailed program defined by the Graduate School Board, and is structured in three curricula: Engineering and Industrial Design, Machine Construction, Metallurgy, and Manufacturing Technologies; Internal Combustion Engines, Fluid Machinery, Energy Conversion Systems, Mechanics of Machines, and Industrial Mechanical Plants; Thermal Physics, HVAC Systems, Acoustics, Nuclear Technologies, and Industrial Applications of Plasmas.
The PhD course provides a training program with academic and professional purposes. It develops the candidate's ability to carry out research and projects with an independent, systematic and in-depth approach, through a training program of advanced studies, consisting in courses, seminars, and the preparation of a doctoral Thesis, under the supervision of one or more supervisors. The candidate must also show that he/she can support, present and discuss his/her work in a clear and effective way, in Italian and English.

Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates

Research programs encompass experimental and numerical/modelling activities within the scientific sectors that characterize the Doctoral Program. Those activities are carried out in collaboration with other research groups, national and international companies, with the objective of training highly professional figures, who could directly enter the industrial or academic sector. Furthermore, Doctoral students, depending on the specific needs of their curriculum, will attend seminars to enhance the ability of using major database of international literature and related to issues concerning data processing (use of commercial software, management and analysis of databases, ...), and will participate in international conferences and workshops, where they will also present the results of their activities.

Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes

The research-oriented educational activity includes:

  • development of a research project within the topic of the selected curriculum
  • capacity building of independent scientific investigation attitude, by carrying out theoretical and experimental activities under the guidance of researchers with proven experience in the field
  • participation in seminars and specific training courses
  • preparation and publication of technical and scientific papers in English
  • presentation of research results in international meetings
  • training period abroad of at least 3 months
  • possibility of teaching and tutoring experiences to support university courses
Internationalization features

The research activities of PhD students are often performed in collaboration with international research centres and companies, with the request to spend a research and training period abroad with the involved institutions.
On the basis of scientific collaborations existing with European and international institutions, the participation of foreign students is also encouraged, through the dissemination of the PhD Call, and the benefits provided by our University (Institute of Advanced Studies, etc.) to foreign applicants. In particular, dissemination is enhanced through specific information provided in DIMSAI website. Distribution of information (brochures) is also planned during international conferences and events. Furthermore, for specific curricula, PhD students will be involved in Short Term Scientifc Missions (STSM) in the frame of actions funded and supported by the European Union.
Other elements of internationalization are provided during candidates' selection, since candidates can be interviewed in English, also by remote telco technology for candidates living abroad. The participation of foreign teachers and representatives of European industries in educational activities is encouraged. Finally, the PhD Program welcomes the issuance of co-supervision titles.

Expected research results and products

The fundamental contribution deals with innovative and original research in the PhD student research field. These results will be disseminated through publications, patents and participation in international conferences. Doctoral students will produce a Thesis as a final result, preferably in English, showing the innovative results achieved during the PhD period. Another desirable outcome is the organization of thematic sessions and seminars on the specific research area, and on the innovative results that have been achieved by the PhD students.