The CRECK Modeling Group

Detailed kinetic mechanisms and CFD of reacting flows

Alberto CuociAlberto Cuoci

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

Institutional web-page: @Polimi

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GitHub: @acuoci



Research interests

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.



Chemical Reaction Engineering

Computational Fluid Dynamics of Reactive Flows


External links

OpenSMOKE++: a general framework for numerical simulations of reacting systems with detailed kinetic mechanisms

catalyticFOAM: a multidimensional CFD solver for laminar reacting flows with heterogeneous reactions


Most recent publications

Dogu, O., Pelucchi, M., Van de Vijver, R., Van Steenberge, P.H.M., D'hooge, D.R., Cuoci, A., Mehl, M., Frassoldati, A., Faravelli, T., Van Geem, K.M., The chemistry of chemical recycling of solid plastic waste via pyrolysis and gasification: State-of-the-art, challenges, and future directions (2021) Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 84, art. no. 100901, DOI: 10.1016/j.pecs.2020.100901

Fürst, M., Bertolino, A., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Frassoldati, A., Parente, A., OptiSMOKE++: A toolbox for optimization of chemical kinetic mechanisms (2021) Computer Physics Communications, 264, art. no. 107940, DOI: 10.1016/j.cpc.2021.107940

Cuoci, A., Avedisian, C.T., Brunson, J.D., Guo, S., Dalili, A., Wang, Y., Mehl, M., Frassoldati, A., Seshadri, K., Dec, J.E., Lopez-Pintor, D., Simulating combustion of a seven-component surrogate for a gasoline/ethanol blend including soot formation and comparison with experiments (2021) Fuel, 288, art. no. 119451, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.119451

Saufi, A.E., Frassoldati, A., Faravelli, T., Cuoci, A., Interface-resolved simulation of the evaporation and combustion of a fuel droplet suspended in normal gravity (2021) Fuel, 287, art. no. 119413, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.119413

D’Alessio, G., Attili, A., Cuoci, A., Pitsch, H., Parente, A., Unsupervised Data Analysis of Direct Numerical Simulation of a Turbulent Flame via Local Principal Component Analysis and Procustes Analysis (2021) Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 1268 AISC, pp. 460-469, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-57802-2_44

Dalili, A., Brunson, J.D., Guo, S., Turello, M., Pizzetti, F., Badiali, L., Avedisian, C.T., Seshadri, K., Cuoci, A., Williams, F.A., Frassoldati, A., Hicks, M.C., The role of composition in the combustion of n-heptane/iso-butanol mixtures: experiments and detailed modelling (2020) Combustion Theory and Modelling, 24 (6), pp. 1002-1020, DOI: 10.1080/13647830.2020.1800823

D'Alessio, G., Cuoci, A., Aversano, G., Bracconi, M., Stagni, A., Parente, A., Impact of the partitioning method on multidimensional adaptive-chemistry simulations (2020) Energies, 13 (10), art. no. 2567, DOI: 10.3390/en13102567

Shamooni, A., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Sadiki, A., An a priori DNS analysis of scale similarity based combustion models for LES of non-premixed jet flames (2020) Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 104 (2-3), pp. 605-624, DOI: 10.1007/s10494-019-00099-9

Bodor, A.L., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Franzelli, B., A forward approach for the validation of soot sizing models using laser-induced incandescence (LII) (2020) Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics, 126 (3), art. no. 49, DOI: 10.1007/s00340-020-7383-9

D'Alessio, G., Parente, A., Stagni, A., Cuoci, A., Adaptive chemistry via pre-partitioning of composition space and mechanism reduction (2020) Combustion and Flame, 211, pp. 68-82, DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2019.09.010

Shamooni, A., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Sadiki, A., New Dynamic Scale Similarity Based Finite-Rate Combustion Models for LES and a priori DNS Assessment in Non-premixed Jet Flames with High Level of Local Extinction (2020) Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 104 (1), pp. 233-260, DOI: 10.1007/s10494-019-00060-w

Maio, G., Cailler, M., Cuoci, A., Fiorina, B., A virtual chemical mechanism for prediction of NO emissions from flames (2020) Combustion Theory and Modelling, DOI: 10.1080/13647830.2020.1772509