Grants

ORME Optimization of water wheels energy output - Poli di Innovazione Regione Piemonte
Period: 2011-2014   Budget: 200.000 €     P.I.: Roberto Revelli 
The project aims at optimizing the energy output of small power plants with water wheels. The reasearch and development activity will involve their mechanical, electical, electomechanical or structural parts, taking care of impacts mitigation in their hydraulic, architectural and landscape context. 


RENERFOR – Regione Piemonte

Period: 2011-2013   Budget: 150.000 €     P.I.: Luca Ridolfi
The project deals with the environmental impact of the mini-hydro in the Alpine region. It is subdivided into three parts. The first one describes, systematizes and annotates the existing scientific literature about the topic, considering different points of view (engineering, geomorphological, bio-ecological).  The second part is devoted to study two emblematic cases: the Chisone river and the Stura di Demonte river. Finally, in the third part some guidelines for the approval of mini-hydro plants are proposed. Such guidelines are organized focusing on the impact by power station on the geomorphology, river quality, riparian vegetation, and fluvial biology.  


Turning Point – Poli di Innovazione- Regione Piemonte
Period: 2010-2013   Budget: 150.000 €     P.I.: Ilaria Butera
It is a regional project, three years long, that joins the Diati of the Politecnico di Torino and SMEs. It deals with the research and the testing of new profiles of hydraulic wheels connected to electricity production systems, in the mini-micro hydro sector. The activity considers: tests in the hydraulic laboratory of the Diati; tests in field site; analysis at the regional scale of the hydroelectric potential production from the rural canal network.

 

BIOENER-WATER – Innovazione tecnologica per paratie per salto idrico- Poli di Innovazione Regione Piemonte

Period: 2011-2014    Budget: 130.000 €     P.I.: Carlo Camporeale
The project concerns the development of an oil-free movable dam able to energetically sustain the small towns close to higher part of Tanaro valley. Due to the wooden made structure and to the ability to close and let the river undisturbed, this dams ensures a minimal impact on the river. We participate to both the designing and testing phases of the project by developing a physical model in our laboratory.


Water Distribution System Modeling – SMAT

Period: 2010-2012    Budget: 100.000 €     P.I.: Luca Ridolfi
The project concerns the mathematical modeling of a portion of the water distribution system of Turin (the considered network refers to 50000 inhabitants and is 170 Km long). The model is then used (i) to optimize the pumping management, (ii) to control the pressure and discharge (time-dependent) distribution on the network, and (iii) to plan extraordinary repairs, and (iv) to investigate the water quality dynamics in the network.


Dissolved organic carbon transformation and redox zonation in streambeds under different flow conditions – Israel-Italy Joint Innovation Program
Period: 2011-2014   Budget: 80.000 €     P.I.: Fulvio Boano
The aim of the project is to understand the role of stream sediments as hotspots of biogeochemical transformation of organic carbon. The preservation and improvement of water quality in streams is a challenging task that is often hindered by our limited understanding of the coupling between hydrologic and biogeochemical processes occurring in stream ecosystems. The project relies on a) novel laboratory flume experiments in different streamflow (neutral/losing/gaining) conditions and b) on numerical modeling of DOC and oxygen transport from the stream to the sediments and of the associated microbial reactions.
 

River-Vegetation Interactions – Italian Ministry of Scientific Research

Period: 2010-2012    Budget: 75.000 €     P.I.: Luca Ridolfi
The project is devoted to the study and mathematical modeling of the fluvial bio-geomorphology. In particular, the meandering rivers and the interactions between stream, sediment, and vegetation riparian dynamics are focused on. Both theoretical and laboratory approaches are pursued in the project. The theoretical aim is to propose and study differential models to describe the spatiotemporal evolution of the dynamical system river-vegetation. At the same time, the meandering dynamics and the transition braiding-meandering are investigated experimentally, by using advanced experimental facilities in the Laboratory of Water Engineering of Politecnico di Torino. 


PRIN 2008 Analysis of flow and transport processes at the hillslope scale
Period: 2010-2012   Budget: 23.400 €     P.I.: Roberto Revelli

The research project is focused on the analysis of the flow and transport processes at the hillslope scale, with the aim of developing efficient and novel models to be used for risk assessment and water resources management. The activities within the research project will follow two main lines: (i) an intensive joint scientific effort to understand the leading processes which rule the movement and the biogeochemical transformation of contaminants in hillslopes, and (ii) the development of parsimonious, physically based models, able to capture in a simplified yet realistic way the complex and nonlinear interactions between the external forcing and the flow and transport dynamics, within the soil and over the land surface.


Water and Environment - Fullbright

It is a three-year project and funds visiting professor position at Politecnico di Torino. The first year has been focused on hydrology/micrometeorology (Prof. Gabriel Katul – Duke University). The second year has concerned stochastic processes and virtual water trade (Prof. Paolo D’Odorico – Univ. Virginia). The third year (2013) will be devoted to river-aquifer interactions (Prof. Aaron Packman – Northwestern University).