The Hydraulics area group of DICEA is the direct heir of the former Institute of Hydraulics, which has been active at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Ancona since the 1970s. The group currently consists of about fifteen people, with expertise and experience in the fields of Hydraulics, Bio-Fluid Dynamics, Hydraulic Engineering, Fluvial Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Coastal Engineering and Offshore Engineering.


The group carries out teaching, research and support activities and/or collaboration with external organisations and companies operating or with interests in the hydraulics sector.

The teaching activity covers courses in Hydraulics, Environmental Hydraulics, Bio-Fluid Dynamics, Fundamentals of Hydraulics for Marine Engineering, Hydraulics for the Energy Harvesting, Hydraulic Construction, Hydraulic Land Protection, Hydraulic Construction 2, Hydraulic Construction for Building Construction, Management and Maintenance of Hydraulic Systems, Hydraulic Engineering and Renewable Energy, Maritime Construction, Coastal Engineering for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various fields.

The research group in the Hydraulics area works mainly in Fluid Mechanics, Biofluid Dynamics, Environmental Hydraulics, Hydrology, Hydraulic and Fluvial Constructions, and Maritime, Coastal and Offshore Hydraulics and Engineering.

With regard to external collaborations, some of the main national and international organisations/companies with which relations were established are highlighted:

  • Regione Marche
  • Cicli integrati impianti primari, CIIP, Ascoli Piceno
  • Autorità di Sistema Portuale dell’Adriatico Centrale, Ancona
  • Comune di Senigallia
  • Comune di Civitanova Marche
  • Comune di Numana
  • Comune di Sirolo
  • Naval Research Laboratory, USA
  • University of Delaware, USA
  • University of Florida, USA
  • Ecole Politechnique Federale de Lausanne, Svizzera
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norvegia
  • University of Bergen, Norvegia
  • Universidad de Zaragoza, Spagna
  • University of Bordeaux, Francia
  • University of Nottingham, Regno Unito
  • University of Plymouth, Regno Unito


Hydraulics and Maritime Construction Laboratory

Research activities

The Hydraulics research group operates mainly in the following fields: Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Hydraulics, Hydraulic Construction, Maritime Hydraulics, Maritime Construction, Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Fluvial Hydraulics, Biofluid Dynamics. The main activities are related to:

  • Description of shallow water flows (e.g. rivers, estuaries, sub-coastal zone).
  • Hydro-morphodynamic evolution of the coastal zone.
  • Natural two-phase flows (e.g., evolution of the free air-water interface) and industrial flows (e.g., liquid-gaseous flows in pipelines).
  • Fluid-structure interactions (e.g., wave dynamics around submerged piles and pipelines, impact of fluids on walls, dynamics of floating WECs).
  • Mixing processes of active and passive tracers (e.g., pollutants).
  • Oscillating boundary layer dynamics (e.g., above and within a porous-permeable bed).
  • Distribution networks (e.g., modelling and evaluation of supply systems).
  • Groundwater and solute transport in heterogeneous porous media.
  • Biological flows (e.g., blood flows in coronary arteries).
  • Hydropower generation by turbines (e.g., applications to existing aqueduct networks, river and maritime applications).


Prof. Maurizio Brocchini

Prof. Sara Corvaro

Dr. Giovanna Darvini

Prof. Carlo Lorenzoni

Prof. Matteo Postacchini

Prof. Luciano Soldini

Dr. Gianluca Zitti

Livio Luccarini

Giacomo Trozzi