Marco Masoero

Marco Masoero
Politecnico di Torino | polito · DENERG - Department of Energy

Master of Engineering

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The EN 16798-1 specifies the requirements to assess indoor environmental quality (IEQ) considering thermal, air quality, lighting and acoustics domains. A drawback of the standard is that it is based on an objective evaluation approach and does not account for the subjective perception. Also, the standard does not assess global IEQ nor comfort as a...
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This work deals with the improvement of perceived speech quality of flat screen TV-sets on the various broadcasting platforms of the Italian radio and TV broadcasting company Rai. It is well known that the reduced thickness of flat TVs implied a degradation of the audio quality due to the adoption of miniaturised and cheap loudspeakers compared to...
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Nowadays, two different heat accounting methods are available: the direct method, based on heat meters, and the indirect one, based on heat cost allocators. Unfortunately, in existing buildings, due to the plant configuration, heat meters are often technically unfeasible or not cost efficient, whereas heat cost allocators can be easily installed in...
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Low driving range is one of the main obstacles for a larger market penetration of future autonomous Electric Vehicles (EV). Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system size and consumption can lower the range of an EV from 5 to 50%, depending on the outside weather conditions, vehicle size, vehicle envelope characteristics and driving s...
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The Aosta Valley is an alpine region in north-west Italy that is characterized by a high level of naturalness, with extensive uninhabited areas that are distant from artificial sound sources. The Aosta Valley Regional Environmental Protection Agency (ARPA-VdA) has been particularly sensitive to the preservation of the soundscape, which is considere...
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Acoustic panels need to be optimal for both acoustic performance and aesthetic values, in order to respond to the requirements of both architects and acousticians. However, current practice shows that there is a gap in interaction between these professionals. Hence, new strategies in enhancing the efficiency of the design should be investigated. Th...
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We present an energy-saving cooperative adaptive cruise control (eco-CACC), which minimizes the energy consumption of autonomous electric vehicles. The approach leverages a trajectory preview from the preceding vehicle, and conciliates inter-vehicular distance reduction and speed profile smoothing. The problem is tackled with a nonlinear MPC approa...
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Recently, in many fields related to environmental quality, such as thermal and visual quality, the tendency is to customize the comfort according to the user’s needs. A tailored comfort zone is planned in public spaces, in which occupants can set their own comfort level with passive or active systems. In this context, the reduction of noise due to...
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Different acoustic simulation software have been substantially improved over the last decades accounting for absorptive and diffusive acoustic properties of different surfaces. Whereas the characteristics of the absorptive surfaces have been thoroughly investigated and implemented, the diffusive surface features are still subject to continuous rese...
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The correct estimate of individual thermal energy consumptions, and consequently, a fair heat cost allocation among the residents of apartment buildings with centralized heating systems, represents an important driving force towards energy saving, energy efficiency and the reduction of pollutant emissions. Nowadays, in those contexts where direct h...
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Simulations of the acoustic effects that diffusive surfaces have on the objective acoustic parameters and on sound perception have not yet been fully understood. To this end, acoustic simulations have been performed in Odeon in the model of a variable-acoustic concert hall. This paper is presented as a follow-up study to a previous paper that dealt...
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Wall flow catalytic filters may represent an efficient solution for PM emission control of biomass-fired boilers and stoves, as they combine physical filtration processes with catalytic oxidative reactions. Moreover, such solution may be applied both in new equipment and in retrofit of existing appliances, and may be easily scaled according to the...
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The paper presents the approach used in a field investigation on the vibration impact of a new underground metro line, focusing on population annoyance. The metro consists of a double barrel tunnel equipped with a slab track system: rails are fastened to elastically supported sleeper blocks embedded in a floating concrete slab, cast on a resilient...
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In this paper we present the most innovative aspects of the EC-FP7 EcoThermo project. The main aim of the project consists on innovating the technique of heat cost allocation in buildings with a centralized heating system, overcoming the heat cost allocator drawbacks for reliability, measurement reproducibility and traceability and contexts of appl...
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At the National Institute of Metrological Research (INRiM), the first European thermo-hydraulic simulator (mock-up) for testing both traditional and innovative thermal energy measurement devices and heat cost allocators has been recently built up, in the context of the EU Seventh Framework Programme FP7-SME-2012. The INRiM mock-up is an automatical...
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The mitigation of noise generated by transportation infrastructures is a well-known problem. Particular attention should be paid to mitigation when the infrastructure is close to residential areas. This study consists of a noise evaluation for a mitigation design in a rail yard close to an urban residential area. Firstly, an evaluation of the acou...
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Operational analysis of a wood-fired CHP plant. Data elaboration starting from realt time collected information, logged by the District Heating network of the municipality.
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The present work focuses on the numerical analysis of the annual performance of a 1-MWe hybrid biomass-solar CSP power plant with 2-tanks TES direct system. Molten salts have been considered as thermal storage fluid and HTF, in order to improve the operative temperature range of the system. The integration of the CSP with a biomass boiler aims at i...
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In this paper, we present the process and the results of the thermal analysis applied to a nanosatellite developed at Politecnico di Torino. First, main mission parameters and the spacecraft design are presented, in order to fix the boundary conditions and the thermal environment used for the analysis. Then, the thermal model built to solve the the...
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This is the final overview report for the Intelligent Energy Europe iSERVcmb Project funded by the European Commission between May 2011 and May 2014
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The Operating Room (OR) is the heart of any surgical hospital and it is the place where the most dangerous accidents can rarely occur either to the patients or to the operating team. Post-surgical infection is one of the most important complications, in particular in Orthopaedic surgery. A new aspect of the life in the OR is the personal protection...
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The recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) paves the way for automatic monitoring and feedback approaches to reducing energy use in buildings in the EU, and has placed an emphasis on encouraging this approach in future legislation for EU Member States. A previous European project, HARMONAC www.harmonac.info, showed that continuous...
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The present legislation establishes that workers' exposure to noise, which is the cause of chronic acoustic trauma, should be limited through the adoption of measures of technical and organizational nature. Organizational actions involve a plurality of aspects, not only technical in character, which are usually more difficult to apply and less rewa...
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The present work focuses on the application of the CFD analysis to the thermal design of a DRL (Daytime Running Lamp) with LEDs. The design of these devices is a highly critical task due to thermal conditions encountered by the LEDs and consequent cooling strategies and thermal management. In fact, LEDs’ performance is temperature dependent, so loc...
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Current design of Automotive Lighting Systems is more and more based on highly sophisticated mathematical models, which enable a virtual analysis of the main performances: optical, thermal, mechanical. A very important aspect to consider at the design stage is the possible condensation of water vapour inside the lighting system, under particular we...
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The paper discusses the collection and processing of energy performance data as part of the inspection of HVAC systems, aimed at identifying technically feasible and cost-effective Energy Conservation Opportunities (ECO), as required by EPBD. Case studies developed by the HARMONAC project have shown that low-cost or no-cost ECO's -mostly related to...
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An innovative approach to noise and vibration mitigation has been applied to the construction of a new underground railway. The aim is to overcome the difficulties in respecting noise level limits in densely populated areas, as specified by current legislation, even with state-of-the-art technology (e.g., low-emission machinery, noise barriers, etc...
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In 1666 the architect Guarino Guarini received from Carlo Emanuele II, Duke of Savoy, the appointment to build in Turin a new church dedicated to S. Lorenzo. The architect conceived a design in Baroque style with a very particular ribbed dome and this peculiarity is a very hard to find feature throughout Europe. Acoustics measurements were performe...
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In the current transformation of the air conditioning (AC) market, important efforts should be achieved to improve the energy efficiency of these systems all along their life cycle. To detect and define the performance degradation of these facilities, a global approach has to be developed and the complexity of the systems implies the creation of re...
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La memoria presenta i risultati di uno studio teorico-numerico, finalizzato a prevedere le escursioni di temperatura durante la missione di un nanosatellite di forma cubica di spigolo 130 mm. Il satellite presenta cinque facce rivestite di celle fotovoltaiche ed una sesta faccia costituita da una piastra in alluminio che svolge funzione di attacco...
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The standard ISO 3382 is the most important reference for concert hall acoustic characterization; nevertheless there are still different aspects to study in order to apply it for acoustic design. The ISO standard defines spatial impression parameters and the measurement methods; particularly it suggests the figure of eight microphone in order to de...
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TO), Via Cavalieri di Vittorio Veneto 8., Italy, sia.pisani@tin.it This paper reports the results of acoustical measurements carried out in three small Italian opera houses. The theatres have approximately a volume of 1200 m 3 and are typical Italian theatres built between the late XVIII century and during the XIX century. To meet an increasing dem...
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European Commission Green Paper of Future Noise Policy has pointed out that noise is one of the major environmental problems in European urban areas, in terms of social and health effects, as well as for the implied technical and economical loads. This paper, which represents the introduction to the session on "Economic aspects of noise of noise co...
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"S. Ruffillo-Savena-Rastignano" is one of the most critical areas of the Italian high-speed railway system, being situated in the Bologna municipality where the Bologna-Firenze high speed line enters the Bologna urban tract. The necessity of providing the local communities interested by the works with reassuring information, the sensitivity of the...
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The article discusses the applicability and reliability of the calculation methods currently used to estimate the impact of the noise caused by railway lines, referring particularly to the application of such methods to railway lines on which run trains with new characteristics, such as high speed trains. The article compares in particular the perf...
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Results of a survey performed on 300 buildings in Turin in order to understand the energy performance of the city building stock and evaluate the feasibility of district heating and energy retrofits are presented. Data on the dimensions, construction and maintenance conditions of buildings and heating systems were collected on site and a simulation...
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This paper presents the first results of CO.S.MO (Carbon MonOxide Self Monitoring), a research program aimed at collecting data on air quality and noise levels along predetermined paths, reproducing typical walking or driving patterns in the historic centre of Turin, in order to assess the actual populations's exposure to environmental pollution. R...
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The ice pond is a scheme of making ice in winter and storing it for cooling in summer. During winter a large excavated reservoir is filled with a snow/ice mixture produced by a snow machine of the type used in ski resorts. At the end of the cold season the ice is covered with insulation. When cooling is needed, chilled water is pumped from the pond...
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Ground heating of greenhouses, i. e. the heating of the surface layer of the earth where plants are rooted, is a very useful technique in horticulture and flower-growing. In this article the design characteristics and performance of a system with air solar collectors for greenhouse ground heating are described. The study was carried out using a mat...
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A method for calculating the effective average U-value of transparent building components is presented. The method is based on the solution of the global energy balance of the component. The results presented are valid for the city of Turin, and were obtained using the hourly meteorological data of the typical day of the months of the heating seaso...
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A new refrigeration system with annual storage of ice, called the Ice Pond, has been developed and tested at Princeton University. The first commercial ice pond is now under construction to serve a 30 000 m3 office building in the Princeton area. This technique leads to substantial reductions in energy consumption with respect to conventional cooli...
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Knowledge of building thermal response appears of primary importance in designing heating system control. When the heating system controller is of the adaptive type and is built up with a microprocessor, identification procedures become mandatory. Aim of this paper is to show some identification algorithms applied to this specific field. Exoeriment...
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The demand for air-conditioning has been growing rapidly and at present accounts for about 4% of the total US energy consumption. Two thirds of this energy is for cooling commercial buildings, mostly with electrically-driven mechanical chillers. Furthermore, cooling is required for certain industrial processes. The full significance of air conditio...
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An effective low-energy-consumption air-conditioning system, using naturally-frozen ice as the heat sink, has been successfully demonstrated. During the summer of 1980, a test building at Princeton University was cooled using ice frozen during the previous winter. The ice is produced outdoors by spraying water into winter air, and stored until summ...
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SUMMARY The European Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings states that Member States shall lay down measures to establish a regular inspection of air conditioning (AC) systems of effective output of more than 12 kW. This legislative measure - in conjunction with the fact that about one third of the existing AC system will become obsolete...
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This work was carried out within the AUDITAC project supporting the implementation of Article 9 of the EPBD (Inspection of air-conditioning systems of an effective rated output of more than 12 kW). One of the main goals of the project was to collect and organise into a data base a set of case studies, documenting real examples of audits leading to...
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The paper concerns the definition of guidelines in the design of a new urban settlement, based on system energy utilization and building environmental impacts and sustainability improvement. The study refers to a 160000 m 2 area sited on the outskirts of Carmagnola, a city close to Torino, where the municipality decided to locate about 1260000 m 3...
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The paper discusses the collection and processing of energy performance data as part of the inspection of HVAC systems, aimed at identifying technically feasible and cost-effective Energy Conservation Opportunities (ECO's), as required by EPBD. Case studies developed by the HARMONAC project have shown that low-cost or no-cost ECO's -mostly related...
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Infiltration heat losses due to heating appliances located within the living space are normally evaluated by reducing the conversion efficiency of the boiler with no consideration for the fluid dynamic interaction between boiler, chimney and building. Purpose of this work is to develop a simplified mathematical model of the overall (building + boil...

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Building on the results of its predecessor projects, AUDITAC (2005-2007) and HARMONAC (2007-2010), the iSERVcmb project provides a detailed insight into how energy is used in HVAC systems and buildings through analysis of operational energy use data from HVAC systems around Europe. The project demonstrates significant electrical savings ranging up to 33%, and 9% on average, have been achieved by understanding the details of energy usage and power demands at the level of individual components within buildings. The iSERVcmb project proposes and trials a practical, structured process which can be used across all buildings and HVAC systems in the EU Member States. Part of this approach is the use of benchmarks of energy use and power demands at HVAC component level, partially derived from sub-hourly automatic monitoring data collected from over 2800 HVAC systems across the EU. The iSERVcmb approach uses existing metering and sensors, along with information on buildings assets and activities, such that benchmarks, powerful in diagnostic work, can be derived from that data - and produced for individual building configurations and activities supported.