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Gian Luca Morini

Full Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-IND/10 Thermal Engineering and Industrial Energy Systems

Delegate for Construction


Keywords: Applied thermal engineering Forced Convection in microchannels Phase chance materials for thermal energy storage systems Energy and buildings Solar energy Microfluidics Energy efficiency HVAC systems and renewable energy sources Heat pumps (air-water, water-water, GCHP, GWHP, duali source) Energy dynamic simulation of HVAC systems


Numerical and experimental analysis of transport phenomena in microchannels with single-phase liquid and gas flows.

  • Analysis of the main scaling effects playing a role on single phase forced convection in microchannels
  • Theoretical and experimental analysis of laminar-to-turbulent transition in microchannels
  • Rarefaction effects for gaseous flows in microchannels
  • Optical techniques for velocity measurements in microchannels (micro-PIV)

At the Microfluidics lab of DIN have been developed a series of test rigs for the measurements of pressure drops and convective coefficients in microchannels having an inner diameter between 1 mm and 0.025 mm. A micro-PIV system is used for the determination of the velocity profile within microfluidics devices (T-junctions, microchannel networks, splitting devices).

Gian Luca Morini has been local coordinator of the Italian Projects PRIN 2003, PRIN 2005, PRIN 2007 and PRIN 2009 on Microfluidics. He has been the local coordinator of the European Project FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008 GASMEMS.

Member of the European Project H2020, MSCA-ITN-2014-ETN, Proposal number: SEP-210155969, Research and training network on MIniaturized Gas flow for Applications with enhanced Thermal Effects (MIGRATE). Nov. 2015 - Oct. 2019



Gian Luca Morini has participated as member of a series of National projects (PRIN) and European projects focused on the optimization of HVAC systems:

European Projects

HERB - Holistic Energy-efficient Retrofitting of residential Buildings - FP7 - EeB.NMP.2012-2 - Grant agreement 314283 - Oct. 15, 2012 - Apr. 15, 2016

R-D-SBES-R - R & D in Sustainable Building Energy Systems and Retrofitting - FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES - Project number 269205 2011-2015.

National Projects

REGIONE EMILIA-ROMAGNA: Check-in and control activities on the energy performance certificates in Emilia-Romagna, 2010-2013


GALLETTI SpA: development of a software for the calculation of the seasonal energetic indicators of thermal plants heat pump based.

The main research and didactic activities in this field can be summarized as follows:
  • Energy auditing activities in residential buildings and industrial sites
  • Development of simulation codes for the prediction of energy consumptions of HVAC systems and buildings
  • Interaction with HVAC manufacturers for optimisation of specific components
  • Design of customized data acquisition systems for energy audits
  • Optimization and experimental tests of envelope components (thermal bridges on windows, ventilated facades, innovative thermal insulation systems)
  • Training of EGE (Expert in Energy Management) and UNI EN 50001