Dr Pierre Ricco

Dr Pierre RiccoSenior Lecturer

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
UK

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 7726
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 7890

Email: p.ricco@sheffield.ac.uk


Profile

Pierre Ricco received his PhD in Applied Mathematics (Fluid Mechanics) from Imperial College London in 2006, and is a registered Professional Engineer. Before joining the department, he was a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at King's College London.

He obtained a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (Thermal/Fluids systems) at the University of Texas at Austin (2000), a five-year-long Laurea in Ingegneria Meccanica at Politecnico di Milano (2001), and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (2001).

He carried out his post-doc research at the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Imperial College and he took part in the 2004 Summer Research Program at the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University.

Pierre's research focuses on fluid mechanics and he has used experimental, numerical and theoretical techniques. He has been interested in turbulent drag reduction by moving surfaces (spanwise wall oscillations and traveling waves), and in boundary-layer transition to turbulence induced by free-stream perturbations. He has also worked on the problem of attenuation of pressure waves generated by high-speed trains travelling through tunnels.

Research Interests

  • Turbulent drag reduction
  • Bypass transition to turbulence
  • Klebanoff modes in laminar boundary layers
  • Effect of free-stream disturbances on laminar boundary layers
  • Receptivity of Tollmien-Schlichting waves
  • Perturbation methods in applied mathematics

EPSRC Research funding

2011-2014 EP/I016015/1 Papadakis, G. Ricco, P. Whidborne, J.
Control of boundary layer streaks induced by free-stream turbulence using a novel velocity-pressure control
framework.
Duration: 3 years, starting 1 September 2011.
Researchers to be employed: 1 Ph.D. student and 1 post-doc for three years.

2011-2012 First-Grant EP/I033173/1 Ricco, P.
Control of a swept-wing boundary layer perturbed by free-stream turbulence.
Duration: 18 months, starting 1 October 2011.
Researcher to be employed: 1 post-doc for 12 months.

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Hicks PD & Ricco P (2015) Laminar Streaks in Oscillating Boundary Layers. Procedia IUTAM, Vol. 14 (pp 264-273)
  • Da Rocha Pinto JM, Ricco P & Papadakis G (2014) Wall-transpiration feedback control of laminar streaks using an adjoint approach. 2014 UKACC International Conference on Control, CONTROL 2014 - Proceedings (pp 209-213)
  • Lu L, Agostini L, Ricco P & Papadakis G (2014) Optimal state feedback control of streaks and görtler vortices induced by free-stream vortical disturbances. 2014 UKACC International Conference on Control, CONTROL 2014 - Proceedings (pp 214-219)
  • Whidborne JF, Lu L, Papadakis G & Ricco P (2014) Performance Limits for Control of Boundary Layer Streaks Induced by Free Stream Turbulence. IFAC Proceedings Volumes, Vol. 47(3) (pp 7007-7012)
  • Ricco P & Hahn S (2013) Control of Wall Turbulence by Spinning Discs. Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 745 (pp 135-143)
  • Ricco P, Luo J & Wu X (2011) Stability of unsteady nonlinear streaks induced by free-stream vortical disturbances. 6th AIAA Theoretical Fluid Mechanics Conference
  • Ricco P (2010) Asymptotic theory of the pre-transitional laminar streaks and comparison with experiments. IUTAM Bookseries, Vol. 18 (pp 331-336)
  • Ricco P & Quadrio M () Turbulent drag reduction over an oscillating wall. Proceedings 5 Euromech Fluid Mechanics Conference. Toulouse, France, 24 August 2003 - 28 August 2003.
  • Ricco P & Wu X () Effect of freestream turbulence on a compressible laminar boundary layer. Effect of freestream turbulence on a compressible laminar boundary layer. Proceedings IUTAM Symp. on Laminar-Turbulent Transition, 13 December 2004 - 17 December 2004.
  • Ricco P & Wu X () Generation of highly-oblique TS waves in a laminar boundary layer by free-stream turbulence. Proceedings 6 Euromech Fluid Mechanics Conference. Stockholm, Sweden, 26 June 2006 - 29 June 2006.
  • Ricco P & Wu X () Nonlinear development of Klebanoff modes in a laminar boundary layer. Poster presentation 11 Euromech European Turbulence Conference. Porto, Portugal, 25 June 2007 - 28 June 2007.
  • Ricco P & Quadrio M () Modification of turbulent friction drag by streamwise-traveling waves of spanwise wall velocity. Proceedings. European Drag Reduction and Flow Control Meeting. Ostritz-St. Marienthal, Germany, 8 September 2008 - 11 September 2008.
  • Ricco P & Quadrio M () Drag reduction effects in a turbulent channel flow induced by spanwise wall oscillations. Proceedings 7 Euromech Fluid Mechanics Conference. Manchester, UK, 14 September 2008 - 18 September 2008.
  • Ricco P & Quadrio M () Spanwise generalized Stokes layer and turbulent drag reduction. Proceedings 8 Euromech Fluid Mech. Conference. Bad Reichenhall, Germany, 13 September 2010 - 16 September 2010.
  • Ricco P, Ottonelli C, Hasegawa Y & Quadrio M () The drag-reduction oscillating-wall problem: new insight after 20 years. Proceeding 9 Euromech Fluid Mechanics Conference. Rome, Italy, 9 September 2012 - 12 September 2012.
  • Ricco P, Ottonelli C, Hasegawa Y & Quadrio M () Near-wall enstrophy generation in a drag-reduced turbulent channel flow with spanwise wall oscillations. Procedings European Drag Reduction and Flow Control Meeting. Toulouse, France, 10 December 2012 - 12 December 2012.
  • Ricco P () Supersonic streaks over porous surfaces. Invited presentation, Workshop - Hydrodynamic instability and laminar-turbulent transition: progress. Tianjin University, China, 24 August 2013 - 26 August 2013.
  • Ricco P & Hahn S () Reduction of turbulent wall friction by spinning discs. 14 European Turbulence Conference. Lyon, France, 1 September 2013 - 4 September 2013.
  • Lu L, Papadakis G & Ricco P () Optimal control of streaks induced by free-stream turbulence in incompressible boundary layer by wall blowing and suction. 14 European Turbulence Conference (Poster presentation). Lyon, France, 1 September 2013 - 4 September 2013.
  • Ricco P () Effect of porous surface on pre-transitional supersonic boundary-layer disturbances generated by free-stream vortices. 66th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics. Pittsburgh, USA, 24 November 2013 - 24 November 2013.
  • Wise D & Ricco P () Reduction of turbulent skin-friction drag by oscillating discs. 66th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics. Pittsburgh, USA, 24 November 2013 - 26 November 2013.
  • Da Rocha Pinto J, Ricco P & Papadakis G () Wall-based feedback control of an incompressible laminar boundary layer subjected to free-stream vortical disturbances. 6 European Conf. CFD (ECFD VI). Barcelona, Spain, 20 July 2014 - 25 July 2014.
  • Lu L, Agostini L, Ricco P & Papadakis G () Optimal state feedback control of boundary layer streaks and Gortler vortices induced by free-stream vortical disturbances. 10th International Conference on Control. Loughborough, UK, 8 July 2014 - 11 July 2014.
  • Da Rocha Pinto J, Ricco P & Papadakis G () Wall-based feedback control of a compressible laminar boundary layer subjected to free-stream vortical disturbances. 8th International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics (ICCFD8). Chengdu, China, 8 July 2014 - 12 July 2014.
  • Hicks PD & Ricco P () A comparison of the laminar streaks above a spanwise oscillating plate and a plate with spanwise wall forcing. IUTAM-ABCM Symposium on Laminar Turbulent Transition. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8 September 2014 - 12 September 2014.
  • Marensi E & Ricco P () Nonlinear response of a compressible boundary layer to free-stream vortical disturbances. IUTAM-ABCM Symposium on Laminar Turbulent Transition. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8 September 2014 - 12 September 2014.
  • Ricco P () Reduction of turbulent friction drag by rotating discs. Symposium on ``Active drag reduction via wavy surface oscillations''. Aachen, Germany, 20 November 2015 - 21 November 2015.
  • Papadakis G, Liang L & Ricco P () Control of streaks induced by free-stream turbulence in incompressible boundary layers: application to a linear model. 67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics. San Francisco, USA, 23 November 2014 - 25 November 2014.
  • Ricco P, Aghdam SK & Seddighi M () Combination of wall transpiration and spinning rings for turbulent drag reduction. European Drag Reduction and Flow Control Meeting. Sidney Sussex College, Universiy of Cambridge, 23 March 2015 - 26 March 2015.
  • Ricco P, Aghdam SK & Seddighi M () Reduction of turbulent friction by hydrophobic surfaces with shear-dependent slip length. European Drag Reduction and Flow Control Meeting. Sidney Sussex Conference, University of Cambridge, 23 March 2015 - 26 March 2015.
  • Alvarenga C, Wise D & Ricco P () Turbulent drag reduction via spinning discs and rings. European Drag Reduction and Flow Control Meeting. Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, 23 March 2015 - 23 March 2015.
  • Wise D & Ricco P () Oscillating discs for turbulent drag reduction. European and Drag Reduction Flow Control Meeting. Sindney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, 23 March 2015 - 26 March 2015.
  • Aghdam SK & Ricco P () Turbulent drag reduction by hydrophobic surfaces with shear-dependent slip length. Proceedings. 15th Euromech European Turbulence Conference. University of Delft, 23 August 2015 - 26 August 2015.
  • Ricco P & Quadrio, Maurizio () Reduction of turbulent friction by spanwise wall oscillation. Proc. AIDAA XVII Congresso Nazionale. Rome, Italy, 15 September 2003 - 19 September 2003.