Thermal and fluid dynamic measurement for automotive powertrain and vehicles development, control and monitoring


Cantore Giuseppe Cantore

Giuseppe Cantore

Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Rinaldini Carlo Alberto Rinaldini

Carlo Alberto Rinaldini

Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Pinelli Michele Pinelli

Michele Pinelli

Università degli Studi di Ferrara


The Special Session aims to collect contributes from researchers and professional from academia and industry which study and approach the application to the automotive powertrain (ICE and Hybrid Electric systems) and vehicles of thermal (including emissions) and fluid dynamic measurement for the development, control and monitoring.


This special session focuses on the following (but not limited to) topics:

  • ICE and Hybrid Electric performance test rigs and cells development and calibration
  • Temperature, pressure, flow rate measurements for powertrain and vehicles development
  • Pollutant emission measurements and characterization
  • After treatment devices (EGR, SCR, DPF, DOC, ecc.) characterization
  • Experimental analysis of classical and innovative combustion solution in internal combustion engines including also application of alternative fuels
  • Measurements for powertrain control and for the calibration and mapping of Electronic Control Unit (ECU)
  • Measurements and control of energy fluxes in vehicles with advanced propulsion systems
  • Heat transfer measurements in ICE and Hybrid Electric powertrain


Giuseppe Cantore is Professor Emeritus of Fluid Machines and Systems for Energy and the Environment.
Since 1994 he has been a Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia where, from 2007 to 2012, he served as the Dean of the Faculty.
During his career, he directed and coordinated the second-level master's degree in vehicle engineering and was a promoter of the master's degree course in vehicle engineering.
He is the author of over 180 publications in journals and conference proceedings on internal combustion engines and energy conversion systems.
He was a member of SAE and IGTI.
President of ATA Emilia Romagna until 2016
President of ATI Emilia Romagna to date
Coordinator of many PRIN and FIRB research projects

Carlo Alberto Rinaldini received the M.S. degree and the Ph. D degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 and 2007 from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia where is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”. His research activity mainly concerns the experimental analysis and the numerical modelling of energy conversion systems with particular attention to the optimization of efficiency and reduction of polluting emissions. The activities carried out include the development of innovative technical solutions, with particular reference to the sector of propulsion systems and the analysis on the use of alternative and sustainable fuels. He is co-author of more than 50 papers published in international journals and congress proceedings.

Michele Pinelli. Graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna in 1997, he obtained the title of PhD in 2001. Since 2021 he has been Full Professor of Fluid Machines at the Engineering Department of the University of Ferrara, where he hold the courses of Measurement and Fluid Machines. From 2018 to 2021 he was Pro-Rector Delegate of the Third Mission of the University of Ferrara. His research activity is documented by more than 340 scientific articles published mainly in international journals and international congresses. He is the scientific director of several international research collaborations, including Imperial College London and St. John's College of the University of Oxford. Beside the research activity, it manages and coordinates the activities of the Technology Transfer Laboratory of the Cento site of the Mechlav Technopole in Ferrara through which it has activated more than 120 research agreements in collaboration with national and international industries and research centers.