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dr andrea vacca pictureAssociate Professor

Mechanical Engineering (click here for the Department webpage)

Agricultural and Biological Engineering (click here for the Department webpage)

Email Andrea

Phone: 1 (765) 430-0081

 

Short Biography: In 1999 Andrea Vacca earned his Master's degree - with honors - in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Parma (Italy) and his doctorate in Energy Systems from the University of Florence (Italy) in 2005. For both degrees he presented theses in the field of Heat Transfer and Gas Turbine Blade Cooling Technology. Before joining Purdue University as Assistant Professor in 2010, Prof. Vacca was Assistant Professor of Fluid Machinery at the University of Parma (Italy).

In 2014, he was promoted to the role of Associate Professor, with joint appointment between Purdue Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Purdue Mechanical Engineering.

Prior to his arrival to Purdue, Prof. Vacca participated in various research activities related to the fields of internal combustion engines, food technology and hydraulic systems.

Fluid power technology has been Prof. Vacca's major research interest since 2002. Particular goals of his research are the improvement of energy efficiency and controllability of fluid power systems and the reduction of noise emissions of fluid power components. To accomplish the goals of his research, his research team has developed original numerical and experimental techniques to simulate fluid power systems and components, especially for gear machines and hydraulic control valves. Prof. Vacca's interests also include the modeling of the properties of hydraulic fluids, with particular focus to the effects of aeration and cavitation, as well as the use of low viscous fluids (such as water) in fluid power systems.

Prof. Vacca is the author of more than 80 papers, most of them published in international journals or conferences. He is also active in the fluid power research community. He is a faculty member of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), and he is currently chair of the SAE Fluid Power division. Prof. Vacca is also Treasurer and Secretary of the Board of the Fluid Power Net International (FPNI). Furthermore, he is an Executive member of the Fluid Power Systems and Technology Division (FPST) of ASME. He is also Associate Editor of the International Journal of Fluid Power.


Graduate Students

Xinran Zhao Xinran Zhao View Xinran Zhao's profile on LinkedIn

Ph.D. Student

Email Xinran; phone: (765) 448-1945

BS: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

MS: Carnegie Mellon University.

Origin: China

June 2015 - present

Research Topic: Modeling of gear pumps.

 

Gautham Ramchandran Gautham Ramchandran View Gautham Ramchandran's profile on LinkedIn

Masters Student

Email Gautham; phone: (765) 448-1945

BS: VIT University, India.

Origin: India

January 2015 - present

Research Topic: Modeling of high pressure radial piston pumps.

 

Matteo Pellegri Matteo Pellegri View Matteo Pellegri's profile on LinkedIn

Ph.D. Student

Email Matteo; phone: (765) 448-1945

BS: University of Parma, Italy.

Origin: Italy

August 2014 - present

Research Topic: Investigation of the effects of journal bearings on the operation of external gear machines.

 

Sidhant Gulati Sidhant Gulati View Sidhant Gulati's profile on LinkedIn

Master's Student

Email Sidhant; phone: (765) 448-1945

BS: VIT University, India

Origin: Karnal, India

January 2014 - present

Research Topics: Formulation of a novel design methodology for external gear machines.

 

 

 

 

Addison Alexander Addison Alexander View Addison Alexander's profile on LinkedIn

Ph.D. Student (direct Ph.D.)

Email Addison; phone: (765) 448-1945

BS: University of Kentucky

Origin: Kentucky

August 2013 - present

Research Topics: Active vibration damping and traction control development for mobile hydraulic machines.

 

 

 

 

divya Divya Thiagarajan View Divya Thiagarajan's profile on LinkedIn

Ph.D. Student

Email Divya; phone: (765) 448-1945

BS: Anna University, India;

MS: Purdue University

Origin: India

October 2012 - present

Research Topics: Investigating the possibilities of using low viscosity fluids (with a focus on water) in hydraulic applications.

 

guido Guido Francesco Ritelli View Guido Francesco Ritelli's profile on LinkedIn

Ph.D. Student

Email Guido; phone: (765) 448-1945

BS, MS: Politecnico of Turin, Italy

Origin: Italy

February 2012 - present

Research Topics: Development of an adaptive, real-time and non-model based control strategy in mobile hydraulic machinery for oscillation dampening and energy saving. Counterbalance and directional valves modeling.

 

tim Timothy Opperwall View Tim Opperwall's profile on LinkedIn

Ph.D. Student

Email Tim; phone: (765) 448-1945

BS: Calvin College, USA; MS: Purdue University

Origin: Michigan, USA

August 2010 - present

Research Topics: Development of a noise emission model for external gear machine; Optimization of the external gear machines design for noise emission reduction.

 

 


Visiting Researchers

Matteo Fergnani Matteo Fergnani

Visiting Scholar from the University of Ferrara, Italy

Email Matteo; phone: (765) 448-1945

BS: University of Ferrara, Italy

Origin: Italy

June 2015 - present

Research Topic: New control schemes for detecting the traction state of offroad machines.

 

Josias Cruz Gomez Josias Cruz Gomez

Visiting Scholar from the Technological Institute of Toluca, Mexico

Email Josias; phone: (765) 448-1945

Origin: Mexico

June 2015 - present

Research Topic: Load-sensing test rig.

 

Riccardo Bianchi Riccardo Bianchi

Visiting Scholar from the University of Ferrara, Italy

Email Riccardo; phone: (765) 448-1945

BS: University of Ferrara, Italy

Origin: Italy

September 2014 - present

Research Topic: Vibration damping in hydraulic machinery.

 


Undergraduate Students

Karina Karina Bjorklund

SURF program 2015 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)

Email Karina; phone: (765) 448-1945

BS: Purdue University (currently)

Origin: Illinois, USA

May 2015 - present

Research Topic: Experimental characterization and modeling of energy efficient fluid supply systems.

 

 


Past Team Members

ram Ram Sudarsan Devendran

Ph.D. Student

BS: BITS Pilani, India; MS: Purdue University

Origin: India

September 2010 - present

Research Topics: Formulation of design principles for variable displacement external gear machines; Proposal of innovative design methodology for external gear machines.

 

Francisco Arellano Francisco Arellano

Visiting Scholar from Technological University of Queretaro, Mexico

Origin: Mexico

February 2015 - present

Research Topic: Modeling, implementation, and realization of a load sensing educational test rig.

 

Julio Gachuzo Julio Gachuzo

Visiting Scholar from Technological Institute of Queretaro, Mexico

Origin: Mexico

February 2015 - June 2015

Research Topic: Modeling, implementation, and realization of a load sensing educational test rig.

 

Jesper Sørensen Jesper Sørensen

Visiting Scholar from University of Agder, Norway

BS, MS: Aalborg University, Denmark

Origin: Denmark

January 2015 - May 2015

Research Topic: Reduction of oscillations in hydraulically-actuated knuckle boom cranes.

 

pulkit Pulkit Agarwal

Master's Student

BS: Bits-Pilani, India

Origin: India

January 2013 - March 2015

Research Topics: Modeling and simulations of radial piston pumps and motors.

 

 

 

 

kelong Kelong Wang

Visiting Student from Harbin Institute of Technology, China

BS, MS: Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Origin: China

October 2013 - February 2015

Research Topic: Modeling and simulation of radial piston pumps.

 

Qunguo Tang Qunguo Tang

Visiting Scholar from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Ph.D.: Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Origin: China

January 2014 - December 2014

Research Topic: Modelling and simulation of fluid-structure interaction, material screening of water hydraulic external gear pump.

 

Gabriele Gabriele Altare

Post Doc

BS, MS, PhD: Politecnico of Turin, Italy.

Origin: Italy

January 2013 - December 2014

Research Topics: Design and optimization of internal and external gear pumps, design of an electrohydraulic actuator.

 

Yanhai Cheng Yanhai Cheng

Ph.D.: Shandong University, China.

Origin: China

July 2013 - September 2014

Research Topics: Low temperature grease transporting system modeling; Realization of a centralized greasing units.

 

Marlon Baez Marlon Baez

Visiting Scholar from University of Rochester, New York

BS: University of Rochester, New York

Origin: New York

June 2014 - August 2014

Research Topic: Development and application of a variable displacement gear pump.

 

Julian Che Julian Che

Visiting Student from Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico

BS: Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico.

Origin: Mexico

February 2014 - June 2014

Research Topic: Realization of a platform capable of producing controlled external disturbances for testing adaptive vibration damping of a hydraulic crane.

 

sujan dhar Sujan Dhar

PhD Student

BS: BITS Pilani, India; MS: SUNY at Buffalo, USA

Origin: India

August 2010 - February 2014

Research Topic: CFD simulation of flow in lubricating gaps of external gear machines; Study the effect of the flow in lubricating gaps on the performance and efficiency of the gear machines.

 

davide cristofori Davide Cristofori

PhD Student

BS, MS: University of Parma

Origin: Italy

March 2010 - December 2013

Research Topic: Oscillation damping in valve controlled hydraulic machines through adaptive control strategies; Proportional valves modeling.

omar Omar Alonso Sanvicente Cisnero

Visiting Undergraduate Student from Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico

BS: Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico.

Origin: Mexico

June 2013 - September 2013

Research Topics: Design a "chain-less" bicycle in which the motion is transmitted by means of a hydrostatic transmission with regenerative brake capabilities.

 

juinjie Junjie Zhou

Visiting PhD Student from Beijing Institute of Technology, China

BS: Beijing Institute of Technology, China.

Origin: China

September 2011 - September 2013

Research Topics: Fluid properties and cavitation.

 

mark Mark W Mahuren

SURF program 2013 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)

BS: Purdue University.

Origin: Fort Wayne, IN

May 2013 - August 2013

Research Topics: Prototype Actuation System for Variable Displacement Gear Machine. (reference to CEEFP project: Variable Displacement External Gear Machines)

 

bixing Bixing Yan

SURF program 2013 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)

BS: Purdue University.

Origin: Qinhuangdao, China

May 2013-August 2013

Research Topics: Design a hydraulically actuated platform with 2 degrees of freedom. The platform will be used support to the CCEFP research project: Active Vibration Damping of Mobile Hydraulic Machines.

 

Marisol Marisol Perez Garcia

Visiting Undergraduate Student from Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico

BS: Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico.

Origin: Mexico

January 2013- May 2013

Research Topics: Numerical modeling and experimental investigation of noise generation in external gear pumps.

jesus Jose de Jesus Alegria Cereda

Visiting Professor from Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico

BS, MS: Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico.

Origin: Mexico

January 2013 - May 2013

Research Topics: Design and control of a test rig for automatic characterization of hydraulic components.

 

alessio Alessio Zanichelli

Visiting Master's student from University of Parma, Italy

BS: University of Parma, Italy.

Origin: Italy

March 2012-October 2012

Research Topics: Design and control of a test rig for automatic characterization of hydraulic components.

 

royRoy A Fisher

SURF program 2012 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)

BS: Purdue University, USA.

Origin: Illinois, USA.

May 2012- August 2012

Research Topics: Experimental study of hydraulic lifting machines to improve their stability and energy efficiency.

 

Ashwin Mathur

SURF program 2012 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)

BS: Purdue University, USA.

Origin: India.

May 2012 - August 2012

Research Topics: Design and testing of a controller to set the pressure/flow at the delivery of a variable displacement axial piston pump.

 

pedro Juan Pedro Gomez Virgilio

Visiting Undergraduate Student from Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico

BS: Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico.

Origin: Mexico

January 2012- May 2012

Research Topics: Analysis of innovative sliding design on the performance of external gear machines.

simone Simone Tondelloni

Visiting Master's student from University of Parma, Italy

BS: University of Parma, Italy.

Origin: Italy

August 2011-February 2012

Research Topics: Design and realization of a versatile test-rig for the characterization of hydraulic components and systems.

 

wolfgang Wolfgang Schweiger

Visiting PhD from Graz University of Technology, Austria

BS, MS: Graz University of Technology, Austria. Current PhD Student.

Origin: Austria

April 2011-September 2011

Research Topic: Design and optimization of internal gear ring pumps for automotive application.

 

nicholas Nicholas W. Louis

2011 SURF Student*

BS: Purdue University

Origin: Illinois, USA

Research Topics: Final development of a water-hydraulic test rig to be used as support for teaching activities.

*"Top Research Talk" winner during the SURF Symposium 2011

 

kevin Kevin Seibert

2011 SURF Student

BS: Purdue University

Origin: TX, USA

Research Topic: Modeling and instrumentation of an hydraulic crane for vibration control damping testing.

 

johan Johan Magnusson

Master's Student from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

BS: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Origin: Sweden

January 2011 - July 2011

Research Topic: CFD simulation of flow in lubricating gaps of external gear machines; Study how changes in gap modelling physics influence the simulation results.

 

massimo Massimo Dall'Asta

Master's Student from University of Parma, Italy

BS: University of Parma

Origin: Italy

October 2010 - March 2011

Research Topic: Water-hydraulic test rig design; Characterization of water-hydraulic components.

 

alessandro vassena Alessandro Vassena

Visiting Researcher

BS, MS: University of Parma

Origin: Italy

March 2010-November 2010

Research Topic: Optimization of hydraulic components design by means of DOE (Design of Experiments). Main case study: external gear pumps, spool valves.

 

giovanni campanella Giovanni Campanella

Visiting Researcher

BS, MS: University of Parma

Origin: Italy

March 2010-November 2010

Research Topic: Study of a hybrid solution for an articulated boom lift; Testing of innovative external gear pumps design by means of DOE (Design of Experiments).

 

andrew o bannon Andrew O'Bannon

2010 SURF Student*

BS: Purdue University

Origin: Indiana, USA

Research Topic: Development of a water hydraulic test rig useful as support to teaching activities.

*"Top Research Talk" winner during the SURF Symposium 2010

 


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