Francesco Contino
Recent publications

Francesco Contino focuses his research effort on four strands: Energy systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of reactive systems, Real Driving Emissions and Robust Optimisation — optimisation combined with uncertainty quantification. About energy systems, he works at micro and macro levels to understand what are the key drivers to help us succeed the energy transition. For numerical simulations, he has developed a reduction method (TDAC), in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano, to use detailed mechanisms in CFD simulation; it is included in the official release of OpenFOAM. Francesco Contino also works on real driving emissions of passenger cars and heavy duty; he includes uncertainties in emission factors and uses Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS). Finally, he works on making robust design optimisation affordable by working on efficient optimiser and fast uncertainty quantification methods.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Fluid mechanics

bayesian inference
energy storage
reacting flows
internal combustion engine

Research group(s): TFL

PhD and Post-doc researchers under my supervision:

Optimized and robust energy transition pathway for Belgium through uncertainty quantification
Xavier Rixhon

Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Coppitters, Diederik; Contino, Francesco; El-Baz, Ahmed; Breuhaus, Peter; De Paepe, Ward. Techno-economic feasibility study of a solar-powered distributed cogeneration system producing power and distillate water: Sensitivity and exergy analysis. In: Renewable Energy, Vol. 150, no., p. 1089-1097 (2020). doi:10.1016/j.renene.2019.10.105.

2. Lorenzo-Llanes, Junior; Pagés-Díaz, Jhosané; Kalogirou, Efstratios; Contino, Francesco. Development and application in aspen plus of a process simulation model for the anaerobic digestion of vinasses in UASB reactors: Hydrodynamics and biochemical reactions. In: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Vol. 8, no.2, p. 103540 (2020). doi:10.1016/j.jece.2019.103540.

3. Lhuillier, Charles; Brequigny, Pierre; Lamoureux, Nathalie; Contino, Francesco; Mounaïm-Rousselle, Christine. Experimental investigation on laminar burning velocities of ammonia/hydrogen/air mixtures at elevated temperatures. In: Fuel, Vol. 263, p. 116653 (2020). doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2019.116653.

4. Žiga Rosec; Dias, Véronique; Contino, Francesco; Tomaž Katrašnik; Tine Seljak. Comparative analysis of bio-intermediates and waste-derived fuels in experimental gas turbine. In: Frontiers of Engineering Mechanics Research, (2020). (Soumis).

5. Verleysen, Kevin; Coppitters, Diederik; Parente, Alessandro; De Paepe, Ward; Contino, Francesco. How can power-to-ammonia be robust? Optimization of an ammonia synthesis plant powered by a wind turbine considering operational uncertainties. In: Fuel, Vol. 266, no.1, p. 117049 (2020). doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2020.117049.

6. Dias, Véronique; Pochet, Maxime; Contino, Francesco; Jeanmart, Hervé. Energy and economic costs of chemical storage. In: Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 6:21 (2020). doi:10.3389/fmech.2020.00021.

7. Boveroux, F.; Cassiers, S.; Buekenhoudt, P.; Chavatte, L.; De Meyer, P.; Jeanmart, Hervé; Verhelst, S.; Contino, Francesco. Feasibility study of a new test procedure to identify high emitters of particulate matter during periodic technical inspection. In: SAE World Congress Experience, WCX 2019, Vol. 2019-April, no. April (2019), p. il (2019). doi:10.4271/2019-01-1190.

8. Pochet, Maxime; Dias, Véronique; Moreau, Bruno; Foucher, Fabrice; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. Experimental and numerical study, under LTC conditions, of ammonia ignition delay with and without hydrogen addition. In: Combustion Institute. Proceedings, Vol. 37, p. 621-629. doi:10.1016/j.proci.2018.05.138; 10.1016/j.proci.2018.05.138.

9. Pochet, Maxime; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. Uncertainty quantification from raw measurements to post-processed datas : a general methodology and its application to an homogeneous-charge compression-ignition engine. In: International Journal of Engine Research,. doi:10.1177/1468087419892697.

10. Coppitters, D.; De Paepe, W.; Contino, Francesco. Techno-economic uncertainty quantification and robust design optimization of a directly coupled photovoltaic-electrolyzer system. In: Energy Procedia, Vol. 158, p. 1750-1756. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2019.01.405.

Conference Papers

1. Rixhon, Xavier; Limpens, Gauthier; Verleysen, Kevin; Coppitters, Diederik; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. Uncertainty quantification of energy systems.

2. Limpens, Gauthier; Rixhon, Xavier; Contino, Francesco; Jeanmart, Hervé. The role of renewable fuels in low carbon societies.

3. Pochet, Maxime; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. The use of ammonia in HCCI piston engines.

4. Pochet, Maxime; Dias, Véronique; Bruno Moreau; Fabrice Foucher; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. Experimental and numerical study, under LTC conditions, of ammonia ignition delay with and without hydrogen addition. In: Combustion Institute. Proceedings. Elsevier Inc.: Philadelphia, 2018.

5. Giorgetti, S.; Parente, A.; Contino, Francesco; Bricteux, Laurent; De Paepe, W.. Humidified micro gas turbine for carbon capture applications: Preliminary experimental results with CO2 injection. doi:10.1115/GT201877265.

6. Coppitters, D.; Contino, Francesco; El-Baz, A.; Breuhaus, P.; De Paepe, W.. Is a distributed system based on a micro gas turbine integrated with renewable energy sources suitable for effective desalination? Sensitivity and exergy analysis.

7. De Paepe, W.; Renzi, M.; Carrerro, M.M.; Caligiuri, C.; Contino, Francesco. Micro gas turbine cycle humidification for increased flexibility: Numerical and experimental validation of different steam injection models. In: Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo. Vol. 3 (2018). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2018, 978-079185104-3. doi:10.1115/GT201876996.

8. Abraham, S.; Tsirikoglou, P.; Lacor, C.; Ghorbanias, G.; Wunsch, D.; Hirsch, C.; Contino, Francesco. Uncertainty quantification in industrial turbo-machinery design using sparse polynomial chaos expansions. doi:10.2514/6.2018-3103.

9. Pochet, Maxime; Dias, Véronique; Bruno Moreau; Fabrice Foucher; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. Investigation of ammonia ignition delay at low temperatures and lean conditions.

10. Ricks, N.; Siozos-Rousoulis, L.; Huang, Z.; Contino, Francesco; Ghorbaniasl, G.. A correction technique for spurious signals from the permeable ffowcs williams-hawkings equation. doi:10.2514/6.2018-3779.

Book Chapters

1. Mounaïm-Rousselle, C.; Halter, F.; Foucher, F.; Contino, Francesco; Dayma, G.; Dagaut, P.. Fuel class valerates. In: Biofuels from Lignocellulosic Biomass: Innovations beyond Bioethanol , xxx, 2015, p. 59-85. 9783527338139. doi:10.1002/9783527685318.ch3.


1. Tsirikoglou, Panagiotis; Kyprianidis, Konstantinos; Kalfas, Anestis I.; Contino, Francesco. Optimization in probabilistic domains: an engineering approach. 2020. 978-0-12-819714-1. 24 pages.


1. Contino, Francesco. Combustion in homogeneous charge compression ignition engines : experimental analysis using ethyl esters and development of a method to include detailed chemistry in numerical simulations, prom. : Jeanmart, Hervé ; Gerin, Patrick, 30/05/2011.