Prof. Alberto Cuoci
Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering "G. Natta"
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.
- Maestri M., Cuoci A., Coupling CFD with detailed microkinetic modeling in heterogeneous catalysis, Chemical Engineering Science, 96 (2013) 106-117, DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2013.03.048
- Cuoci A., Frassoldati A., Faravelli T., Ranzi E., A computational tool for the detailed kinetic modeling of laminar flames: application to C2H4/CH4 coflow flames, Combustion and Flame (2013), DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2013.01.011
Cuoci A., Frassoldati A., Faravelli T., Jin H., Wang Y., Zhang K., Glarborg P., Qi F., Experimental and detailed kinetic modeling study of PAH formation in laminar co-flow methane diffusion flames, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 34(1), pp. 1811-1818 (2013), ISSN: 1540-7489, DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2012.05.085
2005-2008. Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (May 2008). Thesis title: "Pollutant formation in turbulent reactive flows: interactions between chemistry and turbulence". Advisor: Prof. Tiziano Faravelli.
2006-2007. (University of Utah): visiting scholar in the research group of Professor P. J. Smith. I mainly worked on the numerical simulation of turbulent reactive flows, with particular attention to the effects of turbulent fluctuations on soot formation.
1999-2004. Master Degree in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (October 2004). Thesis title: "Evaporazione e combustione di goccioline di combustibile liquido in condizioni di microgravità" [Evaporation and combustion of liquid fuel droplets under microgravity]. Advisors: Prof. Eliseo Ranzi and Prof. Tiziano Faravelli.