Antonios Tourlidakis


Antonios Tourlidakis




University of Western Macedonia

Polytechnic School Campus

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Active Urban Planning Zone (ZEP), Kozani

50100 Kozani


Contact Data

Tel (office): +30 24610 56680

Fax: +30 24610 56601



Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Cranfield University, UK


2014 –              Professor, University of Western Macedonia

2009 – 2014     Associate Professor, University of Western Macedonia

2003 – 2009     Assistant Professor, University of Western Macedonia

2000 – 2003     Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University

1997 – 2000      Lecturer, Cranfield University

1994 – 1997     Research Fellow, Cranfield University

1990 – 1992     Research Officer, Cranfield University


Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Laboratory of Internal Combustion Engines

Curriculum Vitae

Antonios Tourlidakis graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Engineering School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He obtained his PhD from the School of Mechanical Engineering of Cranfield University in 1992.

At Cranfield University, he was employed as a Research Officer, Research Fellow, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer and developed his research and academic activities through the participation in a large number of research programs, supervising PhD projects and teaching in postgraduate study programs. He developed a research team that was engaged in the development and application of computational aerodynamics methods for the design and analysis of Turbomachines for aerospace and industrial applications.

Since 2003, he has been employed as Assistant, Associate and Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Western Macedonia.

At the University of Western Macedonia, Prof. Tourlidakis has developed research activities in the fields of computational methods for the analysis and design optimisation of turbomachinery components, optimisation of thermal power generation, design of wind turbines, engineering and management of renewable energy. He has collaborated with local and national stakeholders in scientific, technological and developmental projects and he has been actively involved in local and regional initiatives for the transition of the Region of Western Macedonia towards a production model of lower coal dependence. Prof. Tourlidakis has a strong publication record, he has organised conferences and he has developed teaching and research collaborations with Universities and Research Centres in Greece and abroad.  He acted as external examiner of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan (2016-2018). Dr Tourlidakis was awarded the 2002 Arthur Charles Prize by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers of the UK for the best research paper on power generation. He has been a Honorary Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University and he is currently a Visiting Academic at Cranfield University.

Professor Antonios Tourlidakis acted as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Western Macedonia, (2012 – 2015), significantly contributing to the quality improvement and recognition of the Department. He acted as the first elected Rector of the University of Western Macedonia (2015-2019); and, in this institutional role, he undertook initiatives which led to the growth and further establishment of the University in combination with considerable improvement of its overall infrastructure, operational performance and its teaching and research quality.

Course Catalogue



Gas Turbine Technology

Wind turbines and Hydroturbines



Computational Fluid Dynamics

Publications in


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In-Cylinder Flow Measurements in a Transparent Spark Ignition Engine

Tsiogkas, V.D., Chraniotis, A., Kolokotronis, D., Tourlidakis, A.

SAE Technical Papers, 2019.

 A practical application of energy harvesting based on piezoelectric technology for charging portable electronic devices

Psoma, S.D., Tzanetis, P., Tourlidakis, A.

Materials Today: Proceedings, 2017, 4(7), pp. 6771–6785

Computational investigation of a shrouded vertical axis wind turbine

Vafiadis, K., Fintikakis, H., Zaproudis, I., Tourlidakis, A.

Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo, 2016, 9

A proposal for SO2 abatement in existing power plants using rich in calcium lignite

Efthimiadou, A., Nikolaides, I.P., Tourlidakis, A.

Applied Thermal Engineering, 2015, 74, pp. 119–127

Study of slagging and fouling mechanisms in a lignite-fired power plant

Panagiotidis, I., Vafiadis, K., Tourlidakis, A., Tomboulides, A.

Applied Thermal Engineering, 2015, 74, pp. 156–164

CFD modelling approaches of onshore wind farms and their potential impact on the microclimate of Chios

Stergiannis, N., Rados, K.G., Caralis, G., Perivolaris, I., Zervos, A.

European Wind Energy Association Conference and Exhibition 2014, EWEA 2014, 2014

Advances of CFD in fluid machinery design

R.L.Elder, A.Tourlidakis, M.Yates

John Wiley & Sons, 2003.