The University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the 7 Universities of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. It has a university statute, focused on professional training and applied research. Together with the University of Southern Switzerland (USI), it is the only Italian language university pole in Switzerland, with almost 4,000 students mainly in the Lugano region. Besides basic education, SUPSI offers postgraduate courses and applied research facilities to local, national and international industries. SUPSI successfully participated and is currently active in a number of EU projects within the scope of the various framework programs and special research actions like EUREKA. Moreover, SUPSI is founded through regular national programs and direct applied-research grants from the industry. SUPSI is structured in five main departments, which in turn are organized in institutes. The ICIMSI Institute belonging to the Department of Technology and Innovation (DTI) is participating to the AIRnergy proposal.

Institute of Computer Integrated Manufacturing for Sustainable Innovation (ICIMSI)

Founded in 1992, ICIMSI functions since 1998 as a venue for applied scientific computer applications and industrial technology for the SUPSI. The Institute counts on 60 collaborators distributed into 3 competences sectors: Mechanical Engineering and Advanced Materials (MEM), Automation Systems (TAI), Customization and Sustainability (CS).

The MEM sector is active in a network of national and international centres of expertise, committed to the support R&D for SMEs and to pursuit sustainable innovation.
The MEM sector proven experience in the following areas of competence exists:

  • Thermo-fluid dynamics analysis and simulation
  • Heat Exchange
  • Finite Element Analysis for structural mechanics
  • Rheological analysis
  • HiTech polymers and composites
  • Multiscale simulations
  • Advanced statistical techniques for multivariate analysis (MVA) and Design Of Experiments (DOE)

In these areas of competence, MEM actively collaborates with industrial partners, offers seminars and updating courses, is responsible for the bachelor curriculum of Mechanical Engineering and participates to the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE).

Role in project

  • Thermodynamics studies and analyses;
  • Thermo-Fluid Dynamics Modeling and Simulations;
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics expertise resource centre.

Key personnel

Maurizio Barbato received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Rome in 1990. From 1992 to 2000 he worked as researcher at CRS4 a research centre located in Sardinia (IT) and which had Carlo Rubbia as Director. In these years Mr. Barbato worked on modeling and simulation of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactive flows and premixed combustion. As combustion expert in the year 2000 he was hired by the Swiss Center for Scientific Computing (CSCS) where he worked on modeling and simulation of combustion processes since 2003. In 2004 Mr. Barbato become Lecturer and Researcher at SUPSI. At this University he continued his research activities focusing on thermo-fluid dynamics studies and application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to research and industrial problems. His research activities are in the field of fluid dynamics, heat exchange, combustion, partially catalytic oxidation and heterogeneous catalysis modeling. Since 2007 Mr. Barbato research activities are focussing on Concentrated Solar Energy especially on receivers technology development. Mr. Barbato is coordinator of the GREEN KITCHEN IAPP project in the framework of the FP7 Marie Curie Program.

Experience so far with EU and other funding programs

  • EU – Project GREEN KITCHEN (2010 – 2013) (IAPP – Marie Curie Framework) ”Energy Efficiency, Optimized Resources Use and Processes Innovation of Home Appliances and Their Domotic Integration”.
  • KTI – Switzerland – InPhoCUS (2010 – 2012): ”Innovative Concentrated Photovoltaic Collectors”.
  • KTI – Switzerland DAPHNE (2006 – 2008): ”Design Platform for Innovative Heat Exchangers”.
  • EU – Project BRITE EURAM Low NOx III (1996-1999): Low Emission Aero-Engines:

Selected Publications

  • Bader R., Barbato M., Pedretti A., Steinfeld A., “An Air-Based Cavity-receiver for Solar Trough Concentrators”, ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Vol. 132, 031017-1/7, 2010.
  • M. Barbato, .L.D. Vella, S. Specchia, V. Specchia, ”CFD Model of anExperimental Short Contact Time Reactor for Methane Catalytic Partial Oxidation” EnginSoft International Conference – 2010, October 21-22, 2010, Brescia – Italy.
  • Armensise, M. Barbato, M. Capitelli, E. Kustova, ”State-to-State Catalytic Models, Kinetics, and Transport in Hypersonic Boundary Layers” Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 20, N. 3, July – September 2006, pp.465-476.