Several Master Theses are available at the CRECK Modeling Group. Please click on the links below for further information.


Polycylic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and soot from combustion

Development and tuning of a detailed kinetic scheme describing behavior of aromatic species (benzene, toluene and xylene) to achieve a deeper knowledge about the kinetics of larger species, like PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons).


Thermo-valorization of biomasses

Multiscale modeling of biomasses: the main goals are to describe the thermal decomposition of a single biomass particle in its intrinsic multiphase nature (solid, liquid, gas) and to extend it to a large scale industrial process able to compete with standard fossil fuel based technologies.


Laminar diffusion coflow flames doped with butanols

Numerical simulations of laminar coflow flames doped with butanol isomers. The numerical results will be compared and validated with respect to accurate experimental measurements available from the University of Science and Technology of China (Hefei).


Numerical modeling of next generation engines (HCCI)

Numerical simulations of HCCI engines with detailed kinetic mechanisms. Introduction of new and more reliable sub-models for the description of the thermo-fluid dynamics of the system, with particular attention for the effects of the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), the volumetric coefficients and the mechanism of thermal exchange.


Post-processing of combustors for helicopters

Numerical predictions of the emissions of pollutant species from a combustor for helicopter engines. In particular the attention will be focused on the formation of CO, unburned hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides (NOx).


Combustion mechanisms for CFD applications

Application of the DRG (Directed Graph Relaxation) method for the automatic skeletal reduction of detailed kinetic mechanisms. The DRG technique will be applied, with several variants, to the pyrolysis and oxidation kinetic mechanisms developed in our group to obtain skeletal schemes, specifically tuned for specific fuels and operating conditions of relevant interest for practical applications.


Emissions from biomass and coal combustion

Numerical modeling of emissions of pollutant species (NOX and soot) from combustion of biomasses and coal thorugh the Kineti Post Processing technique. The CFD results (obtained with a simplified kinetic scheme) are post-processed by using a large, detailed kinetic scheme, which is able to accurately predict the formation of the involved compounds.