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Alessandro Ballatore is a Doctoral Candidate at the Power and Flow group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research is set within the Argon Power Cycle (APC) project: by burning fuel in Argon instead of air, hence converting energy from renewable fuels into power through a closed-loop cycle, an exceptionally high efficiency is reached. In particular, his main duty is to study the combustion process by developing and validating suitable Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) models to investigate the effect of injection timing, orientation and location on ignition delay and overall efficiency.
All models are wrong, but some models are useful: the practical question is how wrong they have to be to not be useful.
Alessandro Ballatore, after succeeding in his BSc in Aerospace Engineering, obtained his Master Of Science in Aeronautical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2020. He graduated with a thesis on the Immersed Boundary Method in OpenFOAM, on the numerical study and validation of the algorithm and its application on tyre aerodynamics.
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