Andrea Vacca

Andrea Vacca

Maha Fluid Power Faculty Chair, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, joint with Agricultural and Biological Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Office: KPNR 125

Phone: +1 765 496-2127


  • M.S., University of Parma (Italy), '99
  • Ph.D., University of Florence (Italy), '05

Research Interests

  • Modeling and simulation of hydraulic systems
  • Modeling and testing of pumps and motors for fluid power applications
  • Hydraulic valves modeling and testing
  • Reduction of noise emissions in fluid power systems

Fundamental Research Area(s)

Selected Publications

Zhou, J., Vacca, A., Casoli, P., 2014, A Novel Approach for Predicting the Operation of External Gear Pumps under Cavitating Conditions, Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory (Elsevier), Vol. 45, pp. 35-49.

Ritelli, G.F., Vacca, A., 2013, Energetic and Dynamic Impact of Counterbalance Valves in Fluid Power Machines, Energy Conversion and Management (Elsevier), 76 (2013) pp. 701-711.)

Dhar, S., Vacca, A., 2013, A Fluid Structure Interaction-EHD Model of the Lubricating Gaps in External Gear Machines: Formulation and Validation, Tribology International (Elsevier) 62 (2013) 78-90.

Opperwall, T., Vacca, A., 2013, A combined FEM/BEM model and experimental investigation into the effects of fluid-borne noise sources on the air-borne noise generated by hydraulic pumps and motors, IMechE Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, April 22, 2013

Devendran, R.S., Vacca, A., 2013, Optimal Design of Gear Pumps for Exhaust Gas Aftertreatment Applications, Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory (Elsevier), vol. 38, pp. 1-19

Cristofori, D., Vacca, A., 2012, A Novel Pressure-Feedback Based Adaptive Control Method to Damp Instabilities in Hydraulic Machines, SAE Int. J. Commer. Veh. 5(2):2012, doi:10.4271/2012-01-2035.

Schweiger, W., Scheofman, W., Vacca, A., 2011, Gerotor Pumps for Automotive Drivetrain Applications: A Multi Domain Simulation Approach, SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems, Vol. 4, Issue 3 (December), pp. 1358-1376.

Vacca, A., Guidetti, M., 2011, Modelling and Experimental Validation of External Spur Gear Machines for Fluid Power Applications, Elsevier Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 19 (2011) 2007-2031

Vacca, A., Franzoni, G., Bonati, F., 2008, An Inclusive, System-Oriented Approach for the Study and the Design of Hydrostatic Transmissions: The Case of an Articulated Boom Lift, SAE Int. Journal of Commercial Vehicles vol. 1, April 2009 pp. 488-494

Vacca, A., Cerutti, M., 2007, Analysis and Optimization of a Two-Way Valve Using Response Surface Methodology, International Journal of Fluid Power, Vol. 8, N. 3, November 2007, pp. 43-59.