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Filippo Coletti
Assistant Professor

Filippo Coletti

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Office: 226 Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-625-6694
E-mail: fcoletti (at)

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Professor Coletti works in experimental fluid dynamics. His research interests are focused along two main axes. On the fundamental side, he studies dispersed multiphase flows, and especially the dynamics of solid particles suspended in turbulent fluids. This includes both the effects of fluid flow on the particle trajectories, and the changes caused by the particles to the fluid flow. These phenomena are especially relevant to environmental processes such as atmospheric precipitation and pollution transport. On the applied side, Coletti investigates bio-fluid mechanics problems. In particular he explores the relation between anatomical structure and organ-level function in respiratory and cardiovascular settings, by using both idealized and realistic in vitro models. The questions are tackled using a broad range of measurement techniques, including Particle Image Velocimetry and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Studies of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, 2003
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Studies of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, 2005
Diploma Course in Fluid Dynamics, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium, 2006
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, 2010


2014 - current: Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2011 - 2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
2010 - 2011: Research Engineer, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium
2005 - 2010: Graduate Researcher, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium
2009: Visiting Research Engineer, Snecma Motors, Villaroche, France
2003: Undergraduate Researcher, University of Studies of Perugia, Perugia, Italy

Five Recent Publications

  • Schiavazzi D., Nemes A., Schmitter S., Coletti F., 2017, The effect of velocity filtering in pressure estimation, Exp. Fluids., (Journal Article) More Details
  • Nemes A., Desari T., Hong J., Guala M., Coletti F., 2017, Snowflakes in the atmospheric surface layer: observation of particle-turbulence dynamics, J Fluid Mech, 814:592-613, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Frankel A., Pouransari H., Coletti F., Mani A., 2016, Settling of Heated Particles in Homogeneous Turbulence, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Banko A., Coletti F., Elkins C.J., Eaton, J.K., 2016, Oscillatory Flow in the Human Airways from the Mouth through Several Bronchial Generations, Interantional Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, (Journal Article) More Details
  • D. Carter, A. Petersen, O. Amili, and F. Coletti , 2016, Generating and controlling homogeneous air turbulence using random jet arrays, Exp. Fluids, 57:1-15, (Journal Article) More Details

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Honors and Fellowships

  • National Science Foundation, CAREER Award, 2015
  • The 3M Company, Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 2015
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Wind Energy Committee, Best Paper Award, ASME Turbo Expo, 2014
  • Arthur Charles Main Prize, Journal of Power and Energy, 2012
  • International Mobility Grant, Flemish Research Foundation, 2011
  • Prize for Excellence in Experimental Research, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, 2006
  • Italian Minister of Education Scholarship, University of Studies of Perugia, 2000-2005

Current Courses

AEM 4203 -- Aerospace Propulsion | Course Home Page

Subjects and Courses Taught

AEM 2012 -- Dynamics
AEM 4203 -- Aerospace Propulsion
AEM 4295 -- Problems in Fluid Mechanics
AEM 4602W -- Aeromechanics Laboratory
AEM 8201 -- Fluid Mechanics I

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