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Cécile Münch-Alligné was born in Strasbourg in 1979. She graduated in hydraulic and mechanical engineering from the INPG Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Hydraulique et Mécanique de Grenoble in 2002 and obtained her PhD in Fluid Mechanics and Transfers from the INPG in 2005. She wrote her PhD thesis on Large Eddy Simulation. She then worked as a scientific assistant in the EPFL Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines for four years, during which she worked on numerical flow simulation in turbomachines. She has been teaching hydropower at the HES-SO Valais-Wallis since September 2010. The hydropower research team she has built has been carrying out many local, national and international projects. She is heading the Hydroelectricity team, which is a member of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Supply of Electricity (SCCER-SoE) and of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Future Swiss Electrical Infrastructure (SCCER-FURIES). She is a board member of the SCCER-SoE and of the Federal Energy Research Commission (CORE). She has also been coordinating the energy-related research of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis since 2015.

Secteur d’activité

  • Machines hydrauliques
  • Grande et petite hydraulique
     

Compétences

  • Modélisation et simulation numérique des fluides
  • Design et optimisation des turbines hydrauliques
  • Estimation de potentiels
  • Turbulence
  • Interaction fluide-structure
     

Projets principaux réalisés et en cours

SCCER-SoE
"Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Supply of Electricity" is a national competence center to develop fundamental research and innovative solutions in the domains of GeoEnergies and HydroPower granted by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). HES-SO Valais-Wallis is in charge of the development of new turbines for harvesting energy from existing hydraulic infrastructure fresh water supply network.
> Leader of WP3.2 : Innovative technologies for Hydropower,
member of the board

SCCER-FURIES
"Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Future Swiss Electrical Infrastructures" joins the competences of the top Swiss academic and industrial actors in the area of power / energy systems granted by CTI. HES-SO Valais-Wallis will contribute to the task “Control of massive DG and distributed storage” of WP1 "Regional multi energy grids". In particular, this contribution will be focused on the development of concurrent hydraulic, mechanical and electrical engineering of small units featuring fast dynamics and low CAPEX.

DUO TURBO
"Providing Industrial and Competitive Family of Low-CAPEX Integrated Plug-and-Play Energy Recovery Stations” is a 3 years project funded by KTI involving HES-SO Valais-Wallis, EPFL and three industrial partners. The project focuses on turning a counter rotating micro-turbine proof of concept into a range of standard energy recovery stations able to harvest energy on drinking water networks. (1 Million for 3 years)
> Project manager

HYPERBOLE
"HYdropower plants PERformance and flexiBle Operation towards Lean integration of new renewable Energies", is a 42 months European FP7 project involving EPFL as leader, ALSTOM, ANDRITZ, VOITH, Power Vision Engineering, UPC, Uni Stuttgart, INESC Porto and HES-SO Valais-Wallis. In this project, the HES-SO Valais-Wallis is involved in numerical simulation of the vortex rope at full load in a Francis turbine. 

HydroNET 2
"Modern methodologies for design, manufacturing and operation of hydropower plants", is a 3 years project supported by CCEM and SER involving EPFL, EAWAG, EMPA, HSLU and HES-SO Valais-Wallis with the financial support of Swisselectric Research. In this project, the HES-SO Valais-Wallis is in charge of Large Eddy Simulation of the Tip Vortex.
> Sub-task leader

Hydro VS
"Valorisation de la production d'énergie des infrastructures hydrauliques existantes” is a 5 years project supported by The Ark Energy initiative funded by the Ark Foundation (VS)  evolving EPFL and HES-SO Valais-Wallis. In this project, HES-SO Valais-Wallis is in charge of the development of an iso-kinetic turbine for river and involved in the development of a micro-counter-rotating turbine in a close collaboration with EPFL.
> Leader of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis WP’s

Arbaz
"Station de transfert d'énergie par pompage et turbinage à Arbaz : étude de l’installation, de l'intégration et de la gestion optimale du réseau" is a 1 year project supported by The Ark Foundation involving EPFL, CREM, Cimark and HES-SO Valais-Wallis. In this project, the HES-SO Valais-Wallis is studying the feasibility of a micro pumped storage power plant.
> Leader of the project

Clean City
This 2-years project is supported by the HES-SO and involved HES-SO Genève, HES-SO Fribourg and HES-SO Valais-Wallis. The HES-SO Valais-Wallis is in charge of flow numerical simulations of pollutant dispersion around a cubic building using a opensource code OpenFOAM.​

Principales publications

ARTICLES

2018

  • Hydraulic performance evaluation of a micro-turbine with counter rotating runners by experimental investigation and numerical simulation Link to the publication
    Vagnoni E., Andolfatto L., Richard S., Münch-Alligné C., Avellan F.
    Renewable Energy, Volume 126, October 2018, pp. 943-953
  • Experimental Assessment of a New Kinetic Turbine Performance for Artificial Channels - Link to the publication
    Münch-Alligné C., Schmid J., Richard S., Gaspoz A., Brunner N., Hasmatuchi V.
    Water 2018, Volume 10, Issue 3, 311
  • New Prototype of a Kinetic Turbine of Artificial Channels - Link to the publication
    Münch-Alligné C., Richard S., Gaspoz A., Hasmatuchi V., Brunner N.
    Advances in Hydroinformatics, Springer, Singapore, 2018, pp. 981-996
  • U-RANS Simulations and PIV Measurements of a Self-excited Cavitation Vortex Rope in a Francis Turbine - Link to the publication
    Decaix J., Müller A., Favrel A., Avellan F., Münch C.
    Advances in Hydroinformatics, Springer, Singapore, 2018, pp. 1069-1083
  • Un stockage local et compétitif de l'énergie - Link to publication
    Martignoni S., Smati L., Denis V., Münch C.
    Bulletin VSE/AES, 2/2018, pp. 27-31
  • RANS computations of a confined cavitating tip-leakage vortex Link to publication
    Decaix J., Dreyer M., Balarac G., Farhat M., Münch-Alligné C.
    ​European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids, Volume 67, January-February 2018, pp. 198–210

2017

  • URANS Models for the Simulation of Full Load Pressure Surge in Francis Turbines Validated by Particle Image Velocimetry - Link to publication
    Decaix J., Müller A., Favrel A., Avellan F., Münch‌ C.
    Journal of Fluids Engineering, ASME, July 2017
  • L'eau potable, source d'énergie Link to publication
    Martignoni S., Luisier S., Hasmatuchi V.Münch C.
    Bulletin VSE/AES, 2/2017, pp. 40-44

2016

  • Experimental characterization of a five blade tubular propeller turbine for pipe inline installation Link to publication
    Samoraa I.Hasmatuchi V.Münch-Alligné C.Franca M. J.Schleiss A. J.Ramosa H. M.
    Renewable Energy, Volume 95, September 2016, pp. 356-366
  • RANS Computations of a Cavitating Tip Vortex - Link to publication
    Decaix J., Balarac G., Münch C.
    Advances in Hydroinformatics - SimHydro 2014, Springer Water, pp. 519-529

2015

  • Design and control of a new hydraulic test rig for small hydro turbines Link to publication
    Hasmatuchi V., Botero F., Gabathuler S., Münch C.
    The International Journal on Hydropower & Dams, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp. 51-60
  • Le pompage-turbinage à petite échelle pour le stockage local d'énergie  
    Gabathuler S., Pavanello D., Münch C.
    Bulletin VSE/AES, 2/2015, pp. 49-54
  • RANS and LES simulations of the tip leakage vortex for different gap widths Link to publication
    Decaix J., Balarac G., Dreyer M., Farhat M., Münch C.
    Journal of Turbulence, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp. 309-341
     

2014

  • Psamathe- Alternatives Konzept der Entsanderspülung  
    De Cesare G., Münch-Alligné C., Daneshvari M., Schwindt S., Biaggi F.
    WasserWirtschaft, 4/2014, pp. 44-49
  • Numerical simulations of a counter rotating micro turbine - Link to publication
    Münch-Alligné C., Richard S., Meier B., Hasmatuchi V., Avellan F.
    Advances in Hydroinformatics, P. Gourbesville et al. (Eds.), Springer Hydrogeology, 2014, pp. 363-373
  • Une experte en parle...
    Petite hydraulique en Suisse : une filière industrielle de pointe
     - Link to the publication
    Münch-Alligné C.
    Etude thématique sur la petite hydraulique en Suisse, CleantechAlps, 6/2014, pp. 8-11
  • Mind the gap: a new insight into the tip leakage vortex using stereo-PIV Link to publication
    Dreyer M., Decaix J., Münch-Alligné C., Farhat M
    Experiments in Fluids, Volume 55, Issue 11, 2014
  • A comparative study of cavitation models in a Venturi flow  
    Charrière B., Decaix J., Goncalvès E.
    European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids, vol. 49, 12/2014, pp. 287-297
     

Avant 2014

  • Exploitation du potentiel de la petite hydraulique : Situation actuelle et exemple de développement  
    Münch-Alligné C., Avellan F.
    Bulletin ElectroSuisse, 2/2013, pp. 41-45
  • Design optimization of a 2D blade by means of milling tool path  
    Vessaz C. Tournier C., Münch C., Avellan F.
    CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology 6, 2013, pp. 157-166
  • Petite hydraulique : état de l'art  
    Münch C.
    Bulletin de l'ARPEA n°253, juillet 2012, pp. 7-11
  • Fluid-structure coupling for oscillating hydrofoil
    C. Münch, P. Ausoni, O. Braun, M. Farhad, F. Avellan
    Journal of Fluids and Structure 26(6), 2010
  • Large Eddy Simulation of a compressible flow in a locally heated square duct
    S. El. Alimia, C. Münch, A. Azzi, S. Ben Nasrallah
    International Review on Modeling and Simulations, February 2009
  • Large Eddy Simulations in curved square ducts: variation of the curvature radius
    C. Münch, O. Métais
    Journal of Turbulence, vol. 8, 2007
  • Turbulence in cooling channel of rocket engines : Large Eddy Simulations
    C. Münch, O. Métais
    Compte Rendus Mécanique, vol. 333, 2005, pp. 574-579
  • Simulation des Grandes Echelles d'écoulements turbulents compressibles dans des conduits courbes : étude des transferts thermiques
    C. Münch, O. Métais
    Mécanique & Industries, vol 6, 2005, pp. 275-278
  • Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent flow in curved ducts: influence of the curvature radius
    C. Münch, O. Métais
    Direct and large Eddy Simulation VI, Springer, 2005
  • Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent flow in curved and S-shape ducts
    C. Münch, J. Hébrard, O. Métais
    Direct and large Eddy Simulation V, Springer, 2003

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

2017

  • Design of a PM-generator for a straight flow counter-rotating micro-hydro turbine Link to publication
    Violante D., Farner L., Münch C., Chevailler S.
    Proc. of the 19th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE2017)
  • New prototype of a kinetic turbine for artificial channels  
    Münch-Alligné C., Gaspoz A., Richard S., Hasmatuchi V., Brunner N.
    SimHydro 2017, Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France, June 14-16, 2017
  • U-RANS simulations and PIV measurements of a self-excited cavitation vortex rope in a Francis turbine  
    Decaix J., Müller A., Favrel A., Avellan F., Münch C.
    SimHydro 2017, Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France, June 14-16, 2017
  • RANS computations for identification of 1-D cavitation model parameters: application to full load cavitation vortex rope  
    Alligné S., Decaix J., Müller A., Nicolet C., Avellan F., Münch C.
    Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 813, 12032, 2017

2016

  • On the Dynamic Measurements of Hydraulic Characteristics  
    Hasmatuchi V., Bosioc A., Münch-Alligné C.
    28th IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems, Grenoble, France, July 4-8, 2016
  • Head loss coefficient through sharp-edged orifices  
    Adam N.J., De Cesare G., Schleiss A.J., Richard S., Münch-Alligné C.
    28th IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems, Grenoble, France, July 4-8, 2016
  • RANS computations for identification of 1-D cavitation model parameters: application to full load cavitation vortex rope  
    Alligné S., Decaix J., Müller A., Nicolet C., Avellan F., Münch C.
    28th IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems, Grenoble, France, July 4-8, 2016
  • Energy production with a tubular propeller turbine  
    Samora I., Hasmatuchi V., Münch-Alligné C., Franca M.J., Schleiss A.J., Ramos H.M.
    28th IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems, Grenoble, France, July 4-8, 2016
  • Simulation of energy recovery on water utility networks by a micro-turbine with counter-rotating runners  
    Andolfatto L., Vagnoni E., Hasmatuchi V., Münch-Alligné C., Avellan F.
    28th IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems, Grenoble, France, July 4-8, 2016
  • Engineering & Performance of DuoTurbo: Microturbine with Counter-Rotating Runners  
    Biner D., Hasmatuchi V., Violante D., Richard S., Chevailler S., Andolfatto L., Avellan F., Münch C.
    28th IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems, Grenoble, France, July 4-8, 2016

2015

  • Analytical hill chart towards the maximisation of energy recovery in water utility networks with counter-rotating runners micro-turbine  
    Andolfatto L. Delgado J., Vagnoni E., Münch-Alligné C., Avellan F.
    E-proceedings of the 36th IAHR World Congress, The Hague, The Netherlands, June 28 - July 3, 2015
  • Application of laser doppler velocimetry to the development of a counter rotating micro-turbine  
    Vagnoni E., Andolfatto L., Delgado J., Münch-Alligné C., Avellan F.
    E-proceedings of the 36th IAHR World Congress, The Hague, The Netherlands, June 28 - July 3, 2015
  • Hydraulic performance of a new isokinetic turbine for rivers and artificial channels  
    Hasmatuchi V., Alligné S., Kueny J.-L., Münch C.
    E-proceedings of the 36th IAHR World Congress, The Hague, The Netherlands, June 28 - July 3, 2015
  • New hydraulic test rig for small power turbomachines  
    Hasmatuchi V., Botero F., Gabathuler S., Münch C.
    E-proceedings of the 36th IAHR World Congress, The Hague, The Netherlands, June 28 - July 3, 2015
  • Design & performance of a hydraulic micro-turbine with counter-rotating runners  
    Biner D., Hasmatuchi V., F. Avellan, Münch-Alligné C.
    5th International Youth Conference on Energy 2015, Pisa, Italia, May 27-30, 2015
     

2014

  • Mind the gap - tip leakage vortex in axial turbines  
    Dreyer M., Decaix J., Münch-Alligné C., Farhat M
    27th IAHR Symposium, Montréal, Canada, September 22-26, 2014
  • RANS Computations of a Cavitating Tip Vortex  
    Decaix J., Balarac G., Münch C.
    SimHydro 2014, Modelling of rapid transitory flows, Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France, June 11-13, 2014
  • Development of a PM-Generator for a Counter-Rotating Micro-Hydro Turbine  
    Melly D., Horta R., Münch C., Biner H., Chevailler S.
    Proc. of  XXI International Conference on Electrical Machines, Berlin, Germany, September 2-5, 2014, pp. 124-129
  • Design and Control of a New Hydraulic Test Rig for Small-Power Turbomachines  
    Hasmatuchi V., Botero F., Gabathuler S., Münch C.
    Hydro 2014, Cernobbio, Italy, October 13-15, 2014
  • Numerical Modelling of a Run-off-River Tailrace Channel  
    Hasmatuchi V., Avellan F., Münch C.
    Hydro 2014, Cernobbio, Italy, October 13-15, 2014
     

Avant 2014

  • Hybrid RANS/LES simulations of cavitating flow in Venturi  
    Decaix J., Goncalves Da Silva E.
    8th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, Poitiers, France, August 28-30, 2013, pp. 1-6
  • Numerical computations of a tip vortex including gap with RANS and LES turbulence models  
    Decaix J., Münch-Alligné C., Balarac G.
    5th International Workshop on Cavitation and Dynamic Problems in Hydraulic Machinery, Lausanne, Switzerland, September 8-11, 2013
  • Numerical Simulations of a Counter Rotating Micro Turbine  
    Münch-Alligné C., Richard S., Meier B., Hasmatuchi V., Avellan F.
    SimHydro 2012, Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France, September 12-14, 2012
  • Numerical simulation of a new sand trap flushing system  
    Daneshvari M., Münch-Alligné C., De Cesare G.
    Proc. of 4th IAHR International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures, Porto, Portugal, February 9-11, 2012
  • Development of a Tidal Current Turbine
    C. Münch, M. Vonlanthen, J. Gomes, P. Guinard, F. Avellan
    SHF, Lausanne, 2011
  • Design and Performance Assessment of a Tidal Ducted Turbine
    C. Münch, M. Vonlanthen, J. Gomes, R. Luquet, P. Guinard, F. Avellan
    3rd IAHR Workgroup, Czech Republic, 2009
  • Hydro elastic behaviour of vibrating blades
    C. Münch, O. Braun, P. Ausoni, M. Fahrat, F. Avellan
    24th IAHR Symposium, Brazil, 2008
  • Simulation of unsteady hydrodynamic loadings and structural analysis of vertical axis water turbine
    J. Zanette, C. Münch, A. Tourabi
    XXII ICTAM, Australia, 2008
  • Numerical investigations of Fluid Structure coupling: oscillating hydrofoil
    C. Münch, O. Braun, J-L. Kueny, F. Avellan
    12th Symposium on transport Phenomena and Dynamics of Rotating Machinery, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2008
  • 2D oscillating hydrofoil
    C. Münch, P. Ausoni, M. Fahrat, F. Avellan
    2nd IAHR International Meeting of the Workgroup on Cavitation and Dynamic Problems in Hydraulic Machinery and System, Timisoara, Roumania, 2007
  • Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent flow in heated curved ducts: influence of the Reynolds number
    C. Münch, O. Métais
    Turbulent and Shear Flow Phenomena IV Willamsburg, VA, USA, 2005
  • Simulation des Grandes Echelles d’écoulements turbulents compressibles dans des conduits courbes: étude des transferts thermiques
    C. Münch & O. Métais
    Congrès Francais de Mécanique, Troyes, France, 2005
  • Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent flow in curved ducts: influence of the curvature radius
    C. Münch, O. Métais
    Direct and large Eddy Simulation VI, Poitiers, France, 2005
  • Simulation d’écoulements turbulents et transferts de chaleur : le cas du circuit régénératif
    C. Münch & O. Métais
    Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France AAAF Grenoble, France, 2005
  • Turbulence dans les canaux de refroidissement des moteurs de fusée : Simulation des grandes Echelles
    C. Münch & O. Métais
    Journées Jeunes Chercheurs Centre National Etudes Spatiales Toulouse, France, 2004
  • Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent flow in curved and S-shape ducts
    C. Münch, J. Hébrard, O. Métais
    Direct and large Eddy Simulation V, Münich, Allemagne, 2003
  • Simulation des Grandes Echelles d’un écoulement en conduite carrée courbe
    C. Münch, O. Métais
    Congrès Francais de Mécanique Nice, France, 2003

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