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/strong>
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 Feeback Program SI 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
1Università eCampus Italy
2 University of Cukurova Turkey
3 University of Northumbria at Newcastle 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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PRIN2017 – MIUR

Title of the project:
NEXT.COM – The NEXT generation of multiphysics and multidomain environmental COMfort models: theory elaboration and validation experiment

Project reference number: 20172FSCH4_004

Abstract:
NEXT.COM will develop a frontier breakthrough of comfort investigation in the built environment by testing and validating a brand new multiphysics, multidomain and multisensorial comfort experimental protocol and exhaustive analytic interpretation model. Answers to the key research issues motivating occupancy behaviour, driving and reducing energy needs and improving wellbeing conditions within the built environment will be provided. To this aim, the project will exploit the full potential of a new generation of monitoring apparata (e.g. skin temperature sensors, galvanic skin response sensors, brain activity, activity/posture, augmented-virtual reality, etc.) that are currently used in other domains but have not been completely exploited in building physics yet. The comfort interpretation model will be integrated into some of the most common ready-to-use and customized dynamic building energy simulation tools to assess also the potentialities of the approach in terms of energy saving in new and existing buildings.

Participants:

N° Partner Name of the Partner Country
1 Politecnico di Torino Italy
2 Università di Perugia Italy
3
Università eCampus Italy
4 Università Federico II Italy

Role of Università eCampus
Università eCampus develops the measurement system to acquire environmental and physiological quantities, together with the data processing and analysis tools for the predictive models creation.

Team leader at eCampus: Prof. Marco Arnesano
Budget of eCampus: 93.000€

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Past projects:

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

Abstract:
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:

N° Partner Name of the Partner 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

 Abstract:
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:

N° Partner Name of the Partner 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€