Nome: Roberto
Cognome: Cipollone
Qualifica: Professore ordinario
Settore Scientifico Disciplinare: ING-IND/09 (Sistemi Per L'Energia E L'Ambiente)
Struttura di afferenza: Dipartimento di Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione e di economia
Email: roberto.cipolloneunivaq.it
Telefono Ufficio: 0862.43.4319
Altro telefono: 3280090488
Fax Ufficio: 0862.43.43.03

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Curriculum scientifico

(Aggiornato il 22-09-2016)

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Curriculum Vitae  - Roberto Cipollone

Roberto Cipollone was born in  Chieti (Italy), April 21st, 1957.

He graduated as Electric Engineer with honours in December 1980 at the  University of  L’Aquila (Italy). Since this date, he started a continuous cooperation with the Thermal Engine Division of the Department of Energetics, University of  L’Aquila, Italy. Just after his graduation, he was called to a training activities concerning the official courses of Machines, Machine Design and he was the reference for some Research Project concerning the thermodynamic properties of potential fluids in thermal power plants (ORC Cycles) developing a new equation of state (BWR modified), concerning an important District Heating Plant in L’Aquila and also the energetic and environmental characterization of  a Territory (“Fucino” site).

After the military service held as Technical Officer of the Italian Army Force,  he joined the Von Karman Institute in for Fluid Dynamics (Brussels, Belgium) winning, as best research done,  the Belgian Government Prize in 1984, discussing a novel theoretical approach to represent the three-dimensional flow inside high speed centrifugal compressor impellers.

In 1987 he got the Philosophy Doctor Degree on “Engineering of thermal engines” at the University of L’Aquila. The PhD thesis was referred to an original theoretical and experimental treatment of the unsteady convective heat transfer in reciprocating internal combustion engines (ICE) opening the way to the unsteady treatment of this process.

The ICE sector will remain one of his main research topic.  During these years (1987-1989), Roberto Cipollone has been contract  professor on “Mechanics and Machines” and  “Dynamics and control of machines”, giving a strong support to the Machine and Machine Design courses: this was done at the  Engineering Faculty, University of L’Aquila. Thanks to this deep academic activities which was reinforced by a strong scientific growth, Roberto Cipollone joined the Department of Energy of the University of L’Aquila (DIMEG)  as Researcher in 1989, in 1990 as Senior Researcher, in 1992 as Associate Professor on  Dynamics and control of thermal engines, and in 1993 as Full Professor on Interactions between the Environment and thermal engines, so  and reaching the top level of  University status.  In 2012 the mentioned Department (DIMEG) was redefined and actually it is the  Industrial and Information Engineering and Economics, DIIIE.

This official course was a national novelty in the training university program, so starting one important continuous  updating of the research and training activities to the new  scientific and technological requirements coming fro the Society. 

According to this principle, from a scientific point of view his career was mainly oriented toward the evaluation of the  “engineering” interactions between energy transformation and the environment. Unconventional thermodynamics approaches were applied to the study of machines behaviour and thermal engines & energy optimization systems. Also the sector of the Dynamics of thermal engines, mainly referred to reciprocating internal combustion engines, represented one of the main research activities. Inside these areas, the aspects treated were and still are:

·         Renewable energy conversion systems (wind, photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, biomasses) and integration with conventional thermal and mechanical energy plants;

·         District heating and cogeneration plants and plant control strategies ;

·         Internal combustion engine control (cycle based air/fuel ratio n gasoline engines, injection processes, heat transfer, advanced thermal management, variable valve actuations, power transmission by belts which operate in oil, component innovation, compressor assisted exhaust gas recirculation for a precise and easy to be implemented model based on board control,  intake and exhaust air and gas dynamics and engineering rules to set up the design specificatrions, …) & transportation focusing the attention to the most important technologies which will characterize their future evolution.  Several new and original theoretical models were developed (QPM, Quasi Propagatory Model, MOIC, Methods of Interconnected Capacities, MTF Methods of Transfer Functions) to represent the complex air and exhaust dynamics inside engine manifolds suitable for a cycle-resolved  A/F  model based control; an important area of interest has been the control of liquid phase during LPG injection in order to improve engine volumetric efficiency;

·         Unconventional propulsion systems in the road transportation sector which revealed of a great interest: in the framework of a project of relevant national interest, a hybrid bus Colibrì was designed, built and operated at DIMEG, actually DIIIE. It still represents a mobile lab where control strategies are still in development and was the first methane + electric propulsion system. Fiat Research Center, Iveco and Elasys Research Center were involved in this project. Recently, in the framework of the most important Italian industrial founding program (“Industria 2015”), an important research activity has been selected and founded, concerning the development of new city car hydrogen fuelled;  

·         Energetic and environmental regional planning (efficiency increases in the final forms of energy –thermal, mechanical, electrical - intersections between services and resource consumption, etc…); One of the most important result was the Regional Environmental and Energetic Plan (Abruzzo’s Region, Teramo & L’Aquila Provinces, many industrial districts, etc…) which gave the opportunity to open a new research frontier toward regional planning from an energetic and environmental point of view.

In the framework of several important research project done for Companies having an international dimension (Parker Hannifin, Cleveland USA,  Dayco Inc. , USA, Mark Four-MIV- Systèmes Moteur, Orbey, France, Daytech Vigo Spain, MTU Italy,  Hunsheal, Sweden, Ing. E. Mattei S.p.A, Italy, C.e.set. S.p.A. Emerson Appliances, USA, etc…), Roberto Cipollone went deep inside several engineering aspects, offering  the University skills to the industrial sector. Among them, the most important aspects are:  

·         Oil and gas management in on/off shore conditions at cryogenic temperature (LNG);

·         Engine cooling on board management, considering both the development of new components and control strategies;

·         Fluid sealing for industrial and special application, matching the sealing system requirements with the pump performances and proper working. A particular experience has also been done for the automotive sector and household applications (were noise, stick slip & leakage mix a very complex way);

·         Power transmission done by timing belts following unconventional techniques (timing belt operating in oil, friction wheel to actuate the water pump, system analysis concerning main shaft vibration damping, etc…

·         Massive Exhaust Gas Recirculation in light and heavy duty in Internal Combustion Engine; in particular the development of a new long route  technology which makes use of a rotary vane compressor  for a precise control of the flow rate recirculated;

·         Peltier conversion to recovery the thermal energy lost at he exhaust gas in ICE;

·         Geometry pump optimization in order to reduce power absorbed: many real actually working pumps have been designed and operated;

·         Droplet oil separation from the blow by gases from the engine sump;

·         Energy recovery and technology optimization inside rotary vanes machines.

A new research activity concerns energy recovery (in mechanical and electric forms) from exhaust gases from Internal Combustion Engines used for transportation of for generating electrical energy: most important engine manufacturers are strongly interested for that which concerns a new expander of a rotary vane type which has been designed ad which is in operations.

Previous research activity in ICE and the actual interest reversed to energy saving ad CO2 reduction  gave to Roberto Cipollone and his research group an international visibility in the specific sector which favoured important research contracts and the participation to several European Projects. Thanks to this and to the financial dimensions of the projects, a complete engine testing laboratory -  “Carmelo Caputo” Lab – was built: three test benches operate inside and one of them is equipped with a high response dynamometer: it allows the fully reproduction of the all international vehicle approval cycles. Steady and transients (cycle resolved)  pollutants can be measures.  This availability gives an experimental dimension to the engine research and component optimization.   

Roberto Cipollone spent a significant activity for Regions, Provincial and Municipal Governments in the sector of energy planning and renewable energy valorisation on the new energy and environmental markets (green, white and blue certificates), applying “engineering rules” and “industrial approaches” to a sector which never before was treated in this way. The concept of an energetic and environmental planning of a Territory was conceived and, actually, at DIIIE a School of Territorial Planning operates at PhD level. Inside  this field of activity, the following topics have been considered:

·         Optimization of processes of components and the energy conversion systems in industrial areas; one important result was the founding of a Consortium called “Fucino Energia” where 40 Companies and several Institutions joined together to make profit from the liberalization of the electric and methane markets, in the light of the green, white and blue certificates (energy saving, renewable energy production and CO2 trading);

·         Life cycle analysis and life costing and design applied to energy and environmental planning; sustainability in the industrial and service sectors (waste management, water distribution, etc…);

·         Pollutant diffusion in atmosphere using an intermediate approach between a Lagrangian an Eulerian formulation, specifically conceived to give a scientific base to an activity (the regional planning of industrial areas) which suffers for the lack of methodologies which support a choice;

A new research program was recently launched concerning the concentrated solar power plants conversion systems based on the parabolic through technology. The research activity concerns a theoretical part which is related to the use of gases as working fluid inside receivers (instead of molten salt or diathermic oil) and an experimental part oriented to the testing of specific components  that today limit the development of the technology at an industrial stage. For this new activity, important relationships are under development with some of the main international players in the sector (Meccanotecnica Umbra Group S.p.A., ASE, Archimede Solar Energy).

He was responsible of many  research projects with Private national and international companies, National Public Authorities,  European Community, Private Research Centers, etc…. concerning energy planning, environmental opportunities related to the energy production, energy conversion systems, etc… Since 10 years, he is responsible of a relevant national Research Program concerning pollutant reduction in combustion engines. Recently, an important research program with “Provincia dell’Aquila” has been signed and the activity is under development:  it is oriented to the elaboration of 108 Energy Plans of the all the Municipalities of the mentioned Province, in the form of the so called SEAP, Sustainable Energy Action Plan.    

Prof.  Roberto Cipollone published about two hundred scientific papers, chapter of books, books, etc… He was inventor of several national and European patents of industrial interest concerning thermal management in Internal Combustion Engines, model based vehicles controls, concentrated solar power, sealing devices for the automotive sectors and specific heavy duty application (concrete mixing). Many of them have collected the interest of  international Companies which are producing components according to the patents.

Roberto Cipollone had many important functions (President of the Environmental Commission of the University of L’Aquila, President of the Council of the Environmental and Soil Engineering Course at the University of L’Aquila, etc…) as support to a more fruitful relationship between University and Industrial sector. He’s vice-Director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Energy & Management, University of L’Aquila.  He’s President and CEO of the Consortium “Università della Marsica - Università degli Studi dell’Aquila” where eleven Companies are supporting an industrial development in a specific area with the help of many University Departments.


Roberto Cipollone has a research staff at DIIIE with many high qualified persons: they actually are Professors (4), Researchers (1),  Research Assistants (3) and Ph Students (10) deeply involved inside the topics already cited.