Francesco Del Pero

Francesco Del Pero
University of Florence | UNIFI · Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale

Doctor of Philosophy

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Publications (28)
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High-performance Permanent Magnets (PMs), both as sintered metal and bonded metal-polymer, are necessary for modern industry. PMs using Rare Earth Elements (REEs) for wind power generation provide efficiency and power density. As a drawback, REEs are critical due to cost, environmental and social impacts related to their production. Component optim...
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In the last decades, sustainability has become a critical issue for the vehicle industry. Today automotive manufacturers are subjected to several government regulations aimed at making the industry more environmentally sustainable. In this context, many research and industrial activities are focused on the eco-design field by developing innovative...
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Mechanical recycling of common materials such as plastics requires appropriate material segregation, which is usually performed adopting processes similar to those developed for mineral engineering industry. Due to the need to increment amount and quality of selection products, such processes – still developed through trial-and-error approach – are...
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Demand for urban mobility continue to be on the rise and the changing landscape has profound repercussions on a varied range of issues as well as health, safety, water, transport and energy consumption. For this reason, to achieve sustainable urbanization, cities must generate better employment opportunities, expand the necessary infrastructure, en...
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A thorough assessment of Life-Cycle effects involved by vehicle lightweighting needs a rigorous evaluation of mass-induced consumption, on which energy and sustainability benefits during use stage directly depend. The paper proposes an analytical calculation procedure to estimate the weight-related energy consumption of pure Electric Vehicles (EVs)...
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The paper presents an innovative lightweight design solution for the rear crash management system of a C-class car, developed within the AffordabLe LIghtweight Automobiles AlliaNCE (ALLIANCE) EU research project. The innovation provides that the reference version of the module, based on conventional steel components, is revolutionized through the i...
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The paper contributes at filling the lack of knowledge on Photovoltaic (PV) panels recycling through the analysis of a mobile mechanical treatment plant developed within the context of a European project. The process, the machinery installed in the system and their main functionalities are described. The data are used to perform a Life Cycle Assess...
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The paper displays extracts from the results of the Affordable LIghtweight Automobiles AlliaNCE (ALLIANCE) project, funded by the Horizon 2020 framework programme of the European Commission. In this regard, a door demonstrator, that is, currently in series production and mainly consists of steel materials, has been re-engineered making use of state...
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The use of so called Rare Earth Elements (REEs) for the production of permanent magnets (PMs) is increasing worldwide due to the needs of numerous industrial sectors. REEs are described in literature as critical materials due to the uncertainties related to cost instability and due to the potential environmental and social impact associated to thei...
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Sustainability is a critical issue for the automotive industry, making that car manufacturers have to address also environmental issues additionally to the traditional ones. Within this context, many research and industry activities have been concentrated in the field of lightweighting through the development of innovative materials and manufacturi...
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In the characterization of the mechanical behavior of metallic materials, the effects of the combined action of corrosive environmental factors, together with stress states induced by operating loads, are the subject of in-depth studies and undergoing continuous development. The idea behind the project was born thanks to the collaboration with the...
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The objective of this paper is to discuss the main barriers for modelling and integrating the environmental performances in the automotive concept design. Incorporating environmental assessment in the early design phase of a vehicle component is known as an important challenge that car makers need to face in order to develop more sustainable design...
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Transportation represents one of the major contributors to several environmental burdens such as Green-House-Gas (GHG) emissions and resource depletion. Considering the European Union, light duty vehicles are responsible for roughly 10% of total energy use and air emissions. As a consequence, the need for higher fuel/energy efficiency in both conve...
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In past years the European Union (EU) set targets to reduce emis-sions in order to encourage and develop a more sustainable society. As a conse-quence of this carmakers began to study new materials and innovative technol-ogies in order to lightweight their vehicles, thus reducing use stage fuel con-sumption and environmental impact. A promising str...
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The paper proposes a method aimed to support Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the evaluation of environmental benefits achievable by lightweight design solutions in the automotive field. The study is based on an in-depth calculation of car weight-induced Fuel Consumption (FC) resulting in the Fuel Reduction Value (FRV) coefficient; this is functional...
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A tailored model for the assessment of environmental benefits achievable by "light-weighting" in the automotive field is presented. The model is based on the Fuel Reduction Value (FRV) coefficient, which expresses the Fuel Consumption (FC) saving involved by a 100 kg mass reduction. The work is composed of two main sections: simulation and environm...
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A tailored model for the assessment of environmental benefits achievable by “light-weighting” in the automotive field is presented. The model is based on the Fuel Reduction Value (FRV) coefficient, which expresses the Fuel Consumption (FC) saving involved by a 100 kg mass reduction. The work is composed of two main sections: simulation and environm...
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The railway system represents one of the most resource-efficient answer to our ever-growing demand for transport service and the development trends for the following years forecast a substantial increase in this sector. Considering the European Union, rolling stock realizes a significant share of both goods and passengers carriage while it is respo...
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Purpose Nowadays, some engine components subjected to mechanical stress and high temperature are made of thermoplastic materials. The air intake manifold (AIM) is one of these parts. In the past, AIM was made of aluminium or magnesium alloy, while today, engine manufacturers prefer to use lighter materials such as nylon reinforced with glass fibre....
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The railway system represents one of the most resource-efficient answer to the ever-growing demand for transport service. Development trends for the following years project substantial increase in this sector. To date, environmental effects caused by railway transport services have been rarely inspected systematically and existing studies focus on...

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The project focuses on the development of novel advanced materials and production technologies, aiming at an average 25% weight reduction over 100k units/year, at costs of <3 €/kg. Additionally, ALLIANCE will develop a mass-optimizer software tool and a multi-parameter design optimisation methodology and process, aiming at an accelerated pre-assessment of technologies over existing designs in a holistic framework.