Xi’an Speakers: Pericles Pilidis

Pericles Pilidis

Head – Thermal Power & Propulsion, Cranfield University

Since his Ph.D. and MBA at Glasgow University, Prof. Pilidis has specialized in gas turbine design, performance, operations, maintenance, technoeconomic and environmental aspects of gas turbine engines for air, land, and sea. He started his career in the maintenance base of an airline, focusing on performance testing and maintenance policies. Subsequently, Prof. Pilidis moved to Cranfield University, where he is currently Head of Thermal Power & Propulsion. Prof. Pilidis contributes to research and education in the gas turbine arena. He is one of the co-creators of the Cranfield TERA (Technoeconomic Environmental Risk Analysis) philosophy. His research has encompassed the use of Hydrogen as a carbon-free fuel for aviation for more than two decades. Prof. Pilidis is the former Vice-President and current UK representative for ISABE, Ex-Board Member of the European Turbine Network, and the former Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the ASME Cycle Innovations. Prof. Pilidis speaks English, Spanish, Greek, and French. He has supervised 250+ Postgraduate students.

Interdisciplinary Keynote


Hydrogen and Civil Aviation
Prospects and Implications

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