The aim of the activity is to develop and apply numerical methods to the simulation of the combustion process. This is still one of the most challenging problems in engineering applications. The focus is on the most advanced technologies that can realize a clean process, such as premixed and oxy-combustion, flame-less and mild processes. The problem of turbulent combustion is investigated through the development of specific physical models and using the most advanced numerical techniques. The research also focuses on the effects of turbulence on the wrinkling and the propagation of the flame surface. The group has a long term partnership with commercial software vendors as a product developer and Zimont's model is the industrial reference for premixed combustion simulation
The aim of the activity is to provide tools and expertise in the field of design and analysis of target systems for nuclear physics applications. The Process Engineering and Combustion team has gained more than ten years experience in CFD simulation applied to the Accelerator Driven System (ADS) through European projects in close interaction with partners such as ENEA and Ansaldo, using the most advanced multiphysics simulation software. We also developed in collaboration with CERN a set of software for the simulation of fast transients due to the interaction of the particle beam coming from an accelerator with both solid and liquid targets, adopting the numerical techniques of SEM and mesh-less SPH. These tools have successfully been used for the simulation of several equipment of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and other experiments at CERN, and are currently used in the framework af a collaboration with the ESS (European Spallation Source).