Luca Molinaroli

Luca Molinaroli holds a Master of Science summa cum laude in Mechanical Engineering (Politecnico di Milano, 2003, thesis title “Experimental analysis on the use of electric fields to control frost formation on the evaporators of refrigerating machine and heat pumps”) and a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering summa cum laude (Politecnico di Milano, 2007, dissertation title: “Frost formation control on a flat plate and a finned coil using electrohydrodynamic technique”).

He currently is an associate professor at Dipartimento di Energia – Politecnico di Milano in the field of Applied Thermodynamic (Fisica Tecnica Ambientale, ING/IND-11).

His research interests are: (i) use of low GWP refrigerants (HFO, R450A, R513A) in vapour compression systems, (ii) modelling components (namely, compressors and heat exchangers) and vapour compression systems, with a focus on yearly simulation of standard and advanced configurations of chillers and heat pumps and (iii) solar assisted heat pumps, with a focus on both experimental and numerical analysis and on yearly comparison with traditional configurations. The research activities result in about seventy articles and papers in conferences and journals and five patents.

He is involved in different public or private research projects on performance improvement of vapour compression systems for refrigeration or heat pumping applications. He is also involved in the activities of IEA HPT Annex 54 – Heat pump systems with low GWP refrigerants.

He is a member of AICARR (Associazione Italiana Condizionamento Aria, Riscaldamento e Refrigerazione), a member of Commission B2 – Refrigerating Equipment of IIR (International Institute of Refrigeration) and a former member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, Air-Conditioning Engineers).

He is scientific responsible of the “Vapour Compression Systems ” research line and of “REF_Lab” activities of the group.

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