Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano
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My main research interests are focused on the kinetic modeling of pyrolysis, oxidation and combustion processes and on fluid dynamic analyses of devices for combustion processes. In particular, my current research activities cover the following fields:
Interactions between turbulence and kinetics: coupling between detailed kinetics and complex fluid dynamics to predict and to study the formation of pollutant species (unburned hydrocarbons, aldehydes, PAHs, NOx and soot) in combustion devices (combustors for aeromobiles, burners, industrial furnaces, etc.). The main goals are the understanding of physical and chemical phenomena occurring in combustion processes and the creation of new and more efficient combustion devices, characterized by a reduction of pollutant emissions. In this context large attention is devoted to the problem of interactions between turbulence and chemistry, to better understand the effects of turbulent fluctuations on the formation of pollutant species.
Energy and transports: kinetic modeling and fluid dynamic analyses of internal combustion engines and new engines (low temperature oxidation mechanisms, cool flames, autoignition and knocking, evaporation and autoignition of fuel droplets, etc.). At present, particular attention is devoted to the definition of surrogate mixtures to mimic the combustion behavior of real transportation fuels.
Rebughini, S., Cuoci, A., Dixon, A.G., Maestri, M., Cell agglomeration algorithm for coupling microkinetic modeling and steady-state CFD simulations of catalytic reactors (2017), Computers and Chemical Engineering, 97, pp. 175-182, DOI: 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2016.11.033
Bracconi, M., Maestri, M., Cuoci, A., In situ adaptive tabulation for the CFD simulation of heterogeneous reactors based on operator-splitting algorithm (2017), AIChE Journal, 63 (1), pp. 95-104, DOI: 10.1002/aic.15441
Rebughini, S., Bracconi, M., Cuoci, A., Maestri, M., Catalysis engineering: From the catalytic material to the catalytic reactor (2017), Springer Series in Chemical Physics, 114, pp. 189-218, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-44439-0_8
Franzelli, B., Cuoci, A., Stagni, A., Ihme, M., Faravelli, T., Candel, S., Numerical investigation of soot-flame-vortex interaction (2017), Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 36 (1), pp. 753-761, DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2016.07.128
Stagni, A., Esclapez, L., Govindaraju, P., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Ihme, M., The role of preferential evaporation on the ignition of multicomponent fuels in a homogeneous spray/air mixture (2017), Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 36 (2), pp. 2483-2491, DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2016.06.052
Evans, M.J., Medwell, P.R., Tian, Z.F., Ye, J., Frassoldati, A., Cuoci, A., Effects of oxidant stream composition on non-premixed laminar flames with heated and diluted coflows (2017), Combustion and Flame, 178, pp. 297-310, DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2016.12.023
Frassoldati, A., Cuoci, A., Stagni, A., Faravelli, T., Ranzi, E., Skeletal kinetic mechanism for diesel combustion (2017), Combustion Theory and Modelling, 21 (1), pp. 79-92, DOI: 10.1080/13647830.2016.1222082
Cuoci, A., Saufi, A.E., Frassoldati, A., Dietrich, D.L., Williams, F.A., Faravelli, T., Flame extinction and low-temperature combustion of isolated fuel droplets of n-alkanes (2017), Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 36 (2), pp. 2531-2539, DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2016.08.019
Gentile, G., Debiagi, P.E.A., Cuoci, A., Frassoldati, A., Ranzi, E., Faravelli, T., A computational framework for the pyrolysis of anisotropic biomass particles (2017), Chemical Engineering Journal, 321, pp. 458-473, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.03.113