Projects

Current projects:

Research and Innovation Action EE-04-2016-2017:
New heating and cooling solutions using low grade sources of thermal energy

Title of the project:
Innovative Micro Solar Heat and Power System for Domestic and Small Business Residential Buildings (Innova MicroSolar)

Project reference number: 723596

Abstract:
The overall objective of this project is to develop an innovative high performance and cost effective 2kWel/18kWth solar heat and power system for application in individual dwellings and small business residential buildings for on-site electricity and heat generation using solar thermal energy at temperature levels of 250-280 °C. The proposed technology consists of a small Organic Rankine Cycle plant, a linear Fresnel reflectors solar field and a thermal energy storage system based on phase change material and equipped with reversible heat pipes to guarantee the thermal and electrical energy production even in case of no sun for a time interval of about 3- 4 hours. Finally, an intelligent control system allows the management of the integrated system and its interaction with the user. The proposed plant has the objective of guaranteeing about 60% of the energy required by a domestic user with the ultimate goal of contributing to the decarbonisation of the residential sector.
At present the plant has been designed and installed in the town of Almatret (Spain) and experimental tests will be run in the next months to assess its operation on field.

Participants:

N° Partner        Name of the Partner                                                                  Country
1                              University of Northumbria at Newcastle      United Kingdom
2                              University of Lleida                                                      Spain
3                              Università eCampus                                                    Italy
4                              Enogia                                                                                   France
5                              Thermacore Europe Ltd                                            United Kingdom
6                              Elianto                                                                                  Italy
7                              STRATEGIE                                                                       Italy
8                              Sinagro Enginyeria S.L.P.                                           Spain
9                              User Feedback Program Sl                                      Spain

 

Role of Università eCampus
Università eCampus deals with the study, the modelling and the optimization of the integrated system with particular reference to the solar and conventional back-up technologies. Indeed, depending on the location in which the proposed system is installed and on the user needs, the size of the system and the interaction of the different sub-systems must be adapted to design the best possible configuration from an energetic, environmental and economic point of view.

Team leader at Università eCampus: Dr. Luca Cioccolanti
Budget of Università eCampus: 337’250€

For further details please visit the project website: http://innova-microsolar.eu/

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Erasmus+ Key Action 2:
Capacity Building in Higher Education

Title of the project:
Enhancement of engineering skills of students of all levels for application of evidence based sustainable renewable energy solutions in the built environment (Skybelt)

Project reference number: 610258-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

Abstract:
The project aims at enhancing the knowledge and skills of students (at all levels) in the field of renewable energy technologies to be integrated into the built environment at the partner countries universities. The project consists of three main pillars: (i) the modernization of the modules selected within the project at Asian partner universities implementing also distance teaching methods and new laboratory equipment; (ii) the promotion of internships of students and their mobility; (iii) the involvement of external organizations working in the field of the project in order to create an extend network that can increase the impact of the activities during their execution and guarantee the sustainability of the project at its end. The project started at the end of 2019 and will have a duration of 3 years.

Participants:

N° Partner        Name of the Partner                                                             Country
1                              Università eCampus                                                    Italy 
2                              University of Cukurova                                              Turkey
3                              Northumbria University                                            United Kingdom
4                              Beijing University Of Technology                         China
5                              Lanzhou Jiatong University                                     China 
6                              Universiti Putra Malaysia                                         Malaysia
7                              Universiti Sains Malaysia                                          Malaysia
8                              Naresuan University                                                   Thailand
9                              Chiang Mai University                                               Thailand

 

Role of Università eCampus
Università eCampus acts within the project as coordinator and leader of the work packages related to the preparation and management of the project. Furthermore, together with the other European partner universities Università eCampus works in the supervision of the enhancement of the teaching material at Asian partner universities with respect to the selected modules in the project. Moreover, it support the setting up and the implementation of the quality assurance plan according to the current European standards.

Project coordinator and Team leader at Università eCampus: Dr. Luca Cioccolanti
Project budget: 1’000’000 €
Budget of Università eCampus: 119’685€

For further info please visit the project website www.skybelt.eu or contact Dr. Luca Cioccolanti at luca.cioccolanti@uniecampus.it

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Project title:

Study on the fatigue behaviour and damage propagation in asphalt rubber mixtures

Summary:

The experimental programme included the analysis of two different types of Asphalt Rubber mixtures, respectively manufactured through dry-Italy and wet method.

The study involved the following laboratory investigations:

  • Cyclic compression tests in linear visco-elastic field, carried out at different temperatures and frequencies, for the measurement of the complex Young’s modulus (norm and phase angle);
  • Cyclic triaxial tests with compressive load pulses, for the measurement of the permanent deformation at high temperatures;
  • Cyclic indirect tensile fatigue tests, performed at constant temperature and frequency with the application of different horizontal stresses, for the construction of the fatigue curves;
  • Indirect Tensile strength tests with analysis of the fracture energy.

The tests were carried out by means of a Nottingham Asphalt Tester device. The equipment consists in a servo-pneumatic press (located inside a climatic chamber for the temperature control) and allows dynamic uniaxial and triaxial tests to be performed on asphalt concrete mixtures, according to EN 12697-24, EN 12697-25 and EN 12697-26.

The project developed between May 2014 and November 2015.

Participants:

Partner No.       Partner Name                      Country

1                               Università eCampus         Italy

2                               Ecopneus S.c.p.A.                Italy

 

Role of Università eCampus

Università eCampus was responsible for state-of-the-art study, definition of the experimental programme, data analysis and writing of technical reports.

 

Coordinator for eCampus: Prof. Edoardo Bocci

Budget for eCampus: 25’000€


 

Project title:

Study of the possibility to use the filler produced from Ladle Furnace Slags (LFS)

in hot bituminous mixtures

 

 

Summary:

The present research aimed at evaluating the possibility of use ladle furnace “white” slags (LFS), deriving from the steelmaking industry by Gruppo Pittini, as filler in hot asphalt concrete. The objectives of the study were:

  • The assessment of the physical properties of the LFS, in order to verify the opportunity of its reuse in asphalt mixtures;
  • The definition of an adequate procedure for LFS treatment aimed at achieving physico-mechanical characteristics of the asphalt concrete comparable to those of the mixtures including industrial fillers with hydrated lime;
  • The laboratory validation, in terms of volumetric and mechanical properties, of the asphalt concrete including LFS filler, compared to a traditional mix including limestone filler.

The project developed between March and September 2017.

Participants:

Partner No.      Partner Name                                                    Country

1                             Università eCampus                                        Italy

2                             Ferriere Nord S.p.A.                                         Italy

3                             Università Politecnica delle Marche      Italy

 

Role of Università eCampus

Università eCampus was responsible for the definition of the experimental programme, the identification of the mixes with different filler types and dosages for the laboratory tests, the data analysis, the definition of the products that allowed achieving the best performances in the asphalt concrete and the writing of the technical reports.

 

Coordinator for eCampus: Prof. Edoardo Bocci

Budget for eCampus: 7’500€