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Federico Perini

Office: ERB 1015A
Advisor: Rolf D. Reitz

Post-Doc expected Winter 0000



Modeling In-cylinder Flows and Mixture Formation in a Light Duty Optical Diesel Engine / Developing High-Performance turbulent reactive flow solvers

Long Term Goals

- Pursue a career in numerical combustion - Develop efficient numerical models to improve understanding of combustion phenomena and increase energy efficiency and sustainability of industrial combustion applications


  • Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Modena, Italy, 2008-2011
  • M. Sc., Automotive Engineering, University of Modena, Italy, 2005-2007
  • B. Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Modena, Italy, 2002-2005
  • B. Mus., Piano, State Conservatory "L. Campiani" of Mantova, Italy, 1994-2005


  • Post-Doc Researcher, University of Modena (Italy), 2011-2012, Advanced Numerics for Chemical Kinetics in Internal Combustion Engine Simulations


  • Journal Publications
  • F. Perini, P.C. Miles, R.D. Reitz, "A comprehensive modeling study of in-cylinder fluid flows in a high-swirl, light-duty optical diesel engine", Computers & Fluids 2014(105):113-124, doi:10.1016/j.compfluid.2014.09.011.
  • F. Perini, D. Sahoo, P.C. Miles, R.D. Reitz, "Modeling the Ignitability of a Pilot Injection for a Diesel Primary Reference Fuel: Impact of Injection Pressure, Ambient Temperature and Fuel Mass" , SAE Int. J. Fuels Lubr. April 2014(7):48-64; doi:10.4271/2014-01-1258.
  • F. Perini, B. Das Adhikary, J.H. Lim, X. Su, Y. Ra, H. Wang, R.D. Reitz, "Improved Chemical Kinetics Numerics for the Efficient Simulation of Advanced Combustion Strategies" , SAE Int. J. Engines 7(1):2014, doi:10.4271/2014-01-1113.
  • F. Perini, A. Krishnasamy, Y. Ra, R.D. Reitz, "Computationally efficient simulation of multi-component fuel combustion using a sparse analytical Jacobian chemistry solver and high-dimensional clustering", ASME J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 136(9), 091515, 2014. doi: 10.1115/1.4027280
  • F. Perini, E. Galligani, R.D. Reitz, "A study of direct and Krylov iterative solver techniques to approach linear scaling of the integration of Chemical Kinetics with detailed combustion mechanims", Combustion and Flame 161(5), 1180-1195, 2014.
  • F. Perini, "High-dimensional, unsupervised cell clustering for computationally efficient engine simulations with detailed combustion chemistry", Fuel 106, 344-356, 2012.
  • F. Perini, E. Galligani, R.D. Reitz, An analytical Jacobian approach to sparse reaction kinetics for computationally efficient combustion modelling with large reaction mechanisms, Energy and Fuels 26 (8), 4804-4822, 2012.
  • F. Perini, J.L. Brakora, G. Cantore, R.D. Reitz, Development of reduced and optimized reaction mechanisms based on genetic algorithms and element flux analysis, Combustion and Flame 159 (1), 103-119, 2012.
  • F. Perini, E. Mattarelli, Development and calibration of an enhanced quasi-dimensional combustion model for HSDI diesel engines, International Journal of Engine Research 12(4), 311-335, 2011.
  • E. Mattarelli, F. Perini, C.A. Rinaldini, "Optimization of a Supercharged Single Cylinder Engine for a Formula SAE Racing Car", SAE International Journal of Engines 2 (1), 199-210, 2009.
  • Conference Proceedings
  • F. Perini, K.Zha, S. Busch, P.C. Miles, R.D. Reitz, "Principal Component Analysis and study of port-induced swirl structures in a light-duty optical diesel engine", SAE World Congress 2015, technical paper 2015-01-1969.
  • F. Perini, K. Zha, D. Sahoo, S. Busch, P.C. Miles, R.D. Reitz, "Effects of in-cylinder non-uniformities on mixture preparation in a light-duty Diesel engine operating a light-load Partially Premixed Combustion strategy" - THIESEL 2014 Conference on Thermo- and Fluid Dynamic Processes in Direct Injection Engines, Valencia, Spain, 2014.
  • F. Perini, A.B. Dempsey, R.D. Reitz, D. Sahoo, B. Petersen, P.C. Miles, "A Computational Investigation of the Effects of Swirl Ratio and Injection Pressure on Mixture Preparation and Wall Heat Transfer in a Light-Duty Diesel Engine", SAE Technical paper 2013-01-1105, SAE 2013 World Congress and Exhibition 2013, Detroit, MI, 2013.
  • F. Perini, E. Galligani, G. Cantore, R.D. Reitz, "Validation of a Sparse Analytical Jacobian Chemistry Solver for Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Simulations with Comprehensive Reaction Mechanisms", SAE Technical paper 2012-01-1974, SAE 2012 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, Rosemont, IL, 2012.
  • F. Perini, G. Cantore, R.D. Reitz, "An analysis on time scale separation for internal combustion engine simulations with detailed chemistry", SAE Technical paper 2011-24-0028, 10th International Conference on Engines and Vehicles, Capri (Italy), 2011;
  • E. Mattarelli, F. Paltrinieri, F. Perini, C.A. Rinaldini, M. Wilksch, "2-Stroke Diesel engine for light aircrafts: IDI vs. DI combustion system", SAE Technical paper 2010-01-2147, SAE 2010 Powertrains Fuels and Lubricants meeting, 2010.
  • F. Perini, E. Mattarelli, F. Paltrinieri, "Development and Validation of Predictive Emissions Schemes for Quasi-Dimensional Combustion Models", SAE Technical paper 2010-01-0148, SAE World Congress and Exhibition 2010, Detroit, MI, 2010.
  • M. Meldi and F. Perini - Reduced Interaction between numerical and model errors through anisotropic filtering, "Quality and Reliability of Large-Eddy Simulation II", september 9-11 2009, Pisa, Italy, Ed. Springer, ISBN: 978-94-007-0230-1.
  • G. Cantore, F. Paltrinieri, F. Perini, C.A. Rinaldini, "A Lumped Parameter Approach for Simulation of ICE Cooling Systems", SAE Technical paper 2009-01-2760, SAE 2009 Powertrains Fuels and Lubricants Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2009.


  • DOE Sandia National Laboratories

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