EPFL Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines
World Hydropower Congress | 14-16 May 2019 | Paris
François Avellan, Eng. Dr., is director of the EPFL Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines. Supervising 38 EPFL doctoral theses, he was distinguished by SHF, Société hydrotechnique de France, awarding him the “Grand Prix 2010 de l’hydrotechnique”. His main research domains of interests are hydrodynamics of turbine, pump and pump-turbines including cavitation, hydro-acoustics, design, performance and operation assessments of hydraulic machines.
Prof. Avellan was Chairman of the IAHR Section on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems from 2002 to 2012. He has conducted successfully several Swiss and international collaborative research projects, involving key hydropower operators and suppliers, such as the coordination for the FP7 European project n° 608532 “HYPERBOLE: HYdropower plants PERformance and flexiBle Operation towards Lean integration of new renewable Energies” (2013-2017). Furthermore, he is involved in scientific expertise and independent contractual experimental validations of turbines and pump turbines performances for the main hydropower plants in the world.
In recognition for his work as Convenor of the TC4 working group of experts in editing the IEC 60193 standard, he received the “IEC 1906 Award” from the International Electrotechnical Commission.