Alessio Ricci

Curriculum vitae

about me

Alessio graduated in Architecture and Construction Engineering at the University of Chieti (Pescara), Italy, in 2010 with the thesis CFD simulations of tall buildings: evaluation of pressure coefficients for the aerodynamic response. In 2006-2007 (with a Socrates Erasmus scholarship) and in 2007-2008 (within the visiting student program) he studied at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). In 2012, he started the PhD in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at University of Genoa (Italy), with a scholarship funded by Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca (MuR). In 2013, as a visiting PhD student, he spent three months at the unit of Building Physics and Services at Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) under the supervision of Prof. B. Blocken. In 2015 he started a double PhD degree program between the University of Genoa (UniGe) and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). From 2013 to 2015, apart from his PhD studies, Alessio was also involved in additional research projects covering different fields, as wind energy, civil and naval engineering. In 2017, Alessio was awarded the double PhD degree in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering & Building and Physics with the thesis Wind flow modeling in urban areas through experimental and numerical techniques. Since 2017, he has been involved in a wide range of multidisciplinary research projects as postdoctoral researcher at the TU/e and KU Leuven (KUL, Belgium). He dealt with a wide range of multidisciplinary research and industrial projects, as: downscaling of atmospheric winds from mesoscale to microscale, characterization of the wind in complex environments (urban and port areas), pedestrian-level wind comfort assessment, wind effects on ships and port infrastructures (WINDLASS project), modeling of thunderstorm downburst winds (THUNDERR project - ERC Advanced Grant led by the University of Genoa), prediction of wind effects on solar panels, prediction of pollutant dispersion in urban areas, and reduction of aerosol particle to limit the concentration and potential associated infection transmission risks in indoor spaces (Covid-19 projects). In May 2021, he was awarded a personal grant from the Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO) with the project The impact of atmospheric winds on complex seaport areas and ships, hosted by KUL. Since October 2022, Alessio is an Assistant Professor at IUSS School for Advanced Studies in Pavia (Italy) and Guest Researcher at TU/e (the Netherlands). In recent years, he has built an international profile, he is member of international committees, research groups, associations as the wind-tunnel team at TU/e, the national research school for fluid mechanics J.M. Burgerscentrum (Netherlands), the Italian Association for Wind Engineering and he has been co-promoter (from 2019 to 2022) of the ANIV’s youth group (ANIV-G). Since 2014, he has been involved in organizing committees of International Wind Engineering conferences/workshops, Panel Grant evaluations and Graduation and PhD committee boards. Alessio has published 57 papers, 15 ISI journal papers and 42 scientific contributions to international conferences/workshops in the field of Wind Engineering & Urban Physics. He is peer reviewer of 33 ISI journals, Early Career Editorial Board member of Building & Environment (Elsevier), Topic Editor of Atmosphere (MDPI) and Review Editor of Sustainable Design and Construction (Frontiers in Built Environment). He has been teaching assistant for the courses of Structural Engineering (held by Prof. G. Solari) and Structural Mechanics (held by Dr. M. Lepidi) at UniGe, Urban Physics (held by Prof. B. Blocken) at TU/e and KU Leuven, and ATHENS courses (held by Prof. B. Blocken) at KU Leuven. Since 2018, Alessio is co-supervisor of PhD students and MSc students at TU/e (Netherlands), KUL (Belgium) and UniGe (Italy).

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publicationsJournal papers

1. Žužul J., Ricci A., Burlando M., Blocken B., Solari G., 2023. CFD analysis of the WindEEE Dome produced downburst-like winds. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 232, 105268.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2022.105268

2. Ricci A., Burlando M., Repetto M.P., Blocken B., 2022. Static downscaling of mesoscale wind conditions into an urban canopy layer by a CFD microscale model. Building and Environment 225, 109626.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2022.109626

3. Ricci A., Guasco M., Caboni F., Orlanno M., Repetto M.P., Giachetta A., 2022. Impact of surrounding environments and vegetation on wind comfort assessment of a new tower with vertical green park. Building and Environment 207, 108409.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2021.108409

4. Ricci A., Blocken B., 2021. English title: Reports from international young researchers (2) COVID-19 and Wind Engineering: the contribution by Eindhoven University of Technology and KU Leuven. Japan Association for Wind Engineering (in Japanese) 46, 275-277.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5359/jawe.46.275

5. Blocken B., Druenen T., Ricci A. Kang L., van Hooff T., Qin P., Xia L., Alanis Ruiz C., Arts J.H., Diepens J.F.L., Maas G.A., Gillmeier S.G., Vos S.B., Brombacher C., 2021. Ventilation and air cleaning to limit aerosol particle concentrations in a gym during the COVID-19 pandemic. Building and Environment 193, 107659.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2021.107659

6. Ricci A., B. Blocken, 2020. On the reliability of the 3D steady RANS approach in predicting microscale wind conditions in seaport areas: The case of the IJmuiden sea lock. Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics 207, 104437.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2020.104437

7. Ricci A., W.D. Janssen, H.J. van Wijhe, B. Blocken, 2020. CFD simulation of wind forces on ships in ports: Case study for the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal. Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics 205, 104315.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2020.104315

8. Ricci A., Kalkman I.M., Blocken B., Burlando M., Repetto M.P., 2020. Impact of turbulence models and roughness heights in 3D steady RANS simulations of wind flows in urban environments. Building & Environment 171, 106617.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.106617

9. Ricci A., Blocken B., 2019. Experimental and Computational Analysis of Microscale Wind Conditions in the Port of Amsterdam. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering (Springer), Proceedings of the XV Conference of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering 27, 587-598.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12815-9_45

10. Ricci A., Burlando M., Repetto M.P., Blocken B., 2019. Simulation of urban boundary and canopy layer flows in port areas induced by different marine boundary layer inflow conditions, Science of the Total Environment 670, 876-892.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.03.230

11. Ricci A., Kalkman I.M., Blocken B., Burlando M., Freda A., Repetto M.P., 2018. Large-scale forcing effects on wind flows in an urban environment: impact of inflow conditions Sustainable cities and society 42, 593-610.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2018.08.012

12. Ricci A., Burlando M., Repetto M.P., Kalkman I., Blocken B., 2017. ensitivity test of different inflow conditions for CFD simulations of wind flow in urban areas. Proceedings of the 7th European and African Conference on Wind Engineering, EACWE 2017. International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE). Code 129213.

13. Ricci A., Kalkman I.M., Blocken B., Burlando M., Freda A., Repetto M.P., 2017. Local-scale forcing effects on wind flows in an urban environment: impact of geometrical simplifications, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 170, 238-255.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2017.08.001

14. Ricci A., Burlando M., Freda A., Repetto M.P., 2017. Wind tunnel measurements of the urban boundary layer development over a historical district in Italy, Building and Environment 111, 192-206.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.10.016

15. Burlando M., Ricci A., Freda A., Repetto M.P., 2015. Numerical and experimental methods to investigate the behaviour of vertical-axis wind turbines with stators, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 144, 125-133.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2015.04.006

Books & monographs

1. Ricci A.. Wind flow modeling in urban areas through experimental and numerical techniques. hD Thesis. Eindhoven University of Technology. ISBN: 978-90-386-4258-1. Bouwstenen 226. NUR: 955. Eindhoven, Netherlands. 2017.

Magazines

1. Blocken B., Druenen T., Ricci A., Kang L., van Hooff T., Qin P., Xia L., Alanis Ruiz C., Arts J.H., Diepens J.F.L., Maas G.A., Gillmeier S.G., Vos S.B., Brombacher C., 2021. Ventilatie en luchtreiniging tegen aerosoldeeltjes in sportscholen. 1 Jun 2021, In: TVVL Magazine, Netherlands, 3, 50-54.

2. Ricci A., Janssen W.D., van Wijhe H.J., Blocken B. How does the surrounding built environment affect the wind forces on moored ships in ports? The Naval Architect Magazine, vol. February 2021, pp. 37-41. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London, UK.

3. Pelkmans D., Ricci A., Qin P., Blocken B. 3D Steady RANS Simulation of Pollutant Dispersion in Streets. Inside Information, Mollier, pp 49. Academic Year 2020-21. Mollier Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands.

Conference papers

* conference cancelled due to the pandemic Covid-19; corresponding author.
1. Žužul J., Ricci A., Burlando M. Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations of thunderstorm downburst winds. CCIA 2022 – The 20th conference on Engineering and Architecture, Havana city, Cuba, Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2022.

2. Žužul J., Ricci A., Burlando M. CFD simulations of extreme thunderstorm downburst winds. 1st CWE Workshop - Advanced modeling of stochastic Wind Effects and Vibrations, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, October 26, 2022.

3. Cosnefroy M., Qin P., Ricci A., Gillmeier S., van Hooff T., Hornikx M. A database of scale model measurements for urban sound propagation in a moving atmosphere and first comparisons with simulations. ICA 2022 – The 24th International Congress on Acoustic, Gyeongju, South Korea, 24-28 October 2022.

4. Radhakrishnan Jayakumari A.K., Gillmeier S., Ricci A., Guihard R., Blocken B. Geometrical scaling effects on experimentally obtained external pressure measurements on an idealized building. 8EACWE – the 8th European and African Conference on Wind Engineering, Bucharest, Romania, 20-23 September 2022.

5. Žužul J., Ricci A., Burlando M. LES simulations of a downburst immersed in an ABL-like wind. 8EACWE – the 8th European and African Conference on Wind Engineering, Bucharest, Romania, 20-23 September 2022.

6. Ricci A., Blocken B. Prediction of wind flow in seaport areas and wind forces assessment on port infrastructures. In-Vento 2022 – 17th Conference of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 4-7 September 2022.

7. Žužul J., Ricci A., Burlando M. LES simulations of an experimentally-produced inclined downburst: implications of a storm motion. In-Vento 2022 – 17th Conference of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 4-7 September 2022.

8. Ricci A., Blocken B. Characterization of wind in seaports and waterways through field measurements and CFD simulations. COBEE 2022 – The 5th International conference on building energy and environment, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 25-29 July 2022.

9. Blocken B., Malizia F., van Druenen T., Van Gael B., Ricci A., Xia L., Qin P., Kang L., van Hooff T. An experimental and numerical study of football stadium ventilation to reduce aerosol concentrations and COVID-19 transmission. COBEE 2022 – The 5th International conference on building energy and environment, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 25-29 July 2022.

10. Xia L., Ricci A., Blocken B. Analysis of aerosol concentration in the players dressing room of the Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium of Amsterdam. COBEE 2022 – The 5th International conference on building energy and environment, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 25-29 July 2022.

11. Qin P., Ricci A., Blocken B. CFD simulations of pollutant dispersion in a street canyon: Impact of ideal versus realistic source emissions. COBEE 2022 – The 5th International conference on building energy and environment, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 25-29 July 2022.

12. Radhakrishnan Jayakumari A.K., Guihard R., Gillmeier S., Ricci A., Blocken B. Design and Scaling Methodology for Experimental Analysis of Wind Effects on Performance of Mechanical Ventilation System for Asbestos Abatement. Ventilation 2022 – ASHRAE, 13th International Industrial Ventilation Conference for Contaminant Control, Toronto, Canada, 22-24 June 2022.

13. Blocken B., van Druenen T., Malizia F., Gillmeier S., Ricci A. Impact of javelin point geometry on aerodynamic performance and flight distance. ISEA 2022 – The Engineering of Sport 14, Purdue University, 6-10 June 2022.

14. Xia L., Ricci A., Qin P., Blocken B. The efficiency of mechanical ventilation system and air cleaning to reduce the aerosol concentration in indoor spaces. Burgers Symposium - Conference Centre ‘De Werelt’ in Lunteren (Netherlands), 8-9 June 2022.

15. Qin P., Ricci A., Blocken B. 3D RANS simulations on the DrivAer car model: the impact of computational grid parameters. Burgers Symposium - Conference Centre ‘De Werelt’ in Lunteren (Netherlands), 8-9 June 2022.

16. Žužul J., Ricci A., Burlando M., Blocken B., Solari G. Characterization of experimentally produced isolated downburst winds by Large Eddy Simulations. ACWE 2022 – 14th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, National Wind Institute – Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, USA, 17-19 May 2022.

17. Ricci A., Blocken B. Characterization of wind in seaports for load prediction on ships and port infrastructures. ACWE 2022 – 14th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, National Wind Institute – Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, USA, 17-19 May 2022.

18. Ricci A., Guasco M., Caboni F., Orlanno M., Repetto M.P., Giachetta A. Wind comfort assessment of a newly designed tower with a vertical green park. ACWE 2022 – 14th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, National Wind Institute – Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, USA, 17-19 May 2022.

19. Ricci A., Burlando M., Repetto M.P. On the applicability of CFD microscale models for downscaling the wind measured above an urban area into the canopy layer. ACWE 2022 – 14th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, National Wind Institute – Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, USA, 17-19 May 2022.

20. Qin P., Ricci A., Blocken B. 3D steady RANS simulations on the DriVear car model: The impact of the computational grid parameters. AERO2022 – the 56th International Conference on Applied Aerodynamics, Toulouse, France, 20-30 March 2022.

21. Xia L., Ricci A., Qin P., Blocken B. Using ventilation and air cleaning to reduce the aerosol concentration in a laboratory room. AERO2022 – the 56th International Conference on Applied Aerodynamics, Toulouse, France, 20-30 March 2022.

22. * Caboni F., Guasco M., Orlanno M., Ricci A., Freda A., Repetto M.P., Giachetta A. Experimental and numerical analyses for the comfort optimization of a new designed tall building. BBAA IX – The 9th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications, University of Birmingham, UK, 20-23 July 2020.

23. * Qin P., Ricci A., Blocken B. Analysis of the effect of computational parameters on 3D steady RANS simulations of the DrivAer model. BBAA IX – The 9th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications, University of Birmingham, UK, 20-23 July 2020.

24. * Ricci A., Burlando M., Repetto M.P., Blocken B. 3D steady RANS simulations and on-site measurements for wind flow prediction in port areas. BBAA IX – The 9th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications, University of Birmingham, UK, 20-23 July 2020.

25. * Žužul J., Ricci A., Burlando M., Blocken B., Solari G. CFD modeling of the thunderstorm downburst outflow on a low-rise building. BBAA IX – The 9th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications, University of Birmingham, UK, 20-23 July 2020.

26. Gillmeier S., Ricci A., Blocken B. Simulating approach flows similar to the atmospheric boundary layer in a newly built atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel. PHYSMOD 2019 - International Workshop on Physical Modeling of Flow and Dispersion Phenomena, Hong Kong, 26-28 August 2019.

27. Radhakrishnan Jayakumari A.K., Guihard R., Ricci A., Gillmeier S., Blocken B. Wind effects on pollutant containment zone in an asbestos removal worksite – field measurements. PHYSMOD 2019 - International Workshop on Physical Modeling of Flow and Dispersion Phenomena, Hong Kong, 26-28 August 2019.

28. Žužul J., Burlando M., Solari G., Blocken B., Ricci A., Comparison between the Impinging Jet Model and Experimental Stationary Downbursts. ICWE15 - the 15th International Conference on Wind Engineering, Beijing, China, 1-6 September 2019.

29. Ricci A., Vasaturo R., Blocken B. A software application to predict local scale wind conditions in the Port of Amsterdam. ICWE15 - the 15th International Conference on Wind Engineering, Beijing, China, 1-6 September 2019.

30. Ricci A., Burlando M., Repetto M.P., Blocken B. Full-scale and reduced-scale 3D RANS simulations for the case study of Livorno city (Italy). ICWE15 - the 15th International Conference on Wind Engineering, Beijing, China, 1-6 September 2019.

31. Ricci A., Blocken B. Simulation of urban boundary and canopy layer flows in port areas induced by different marine boundary layer inflow conditions. Plenary Session by Junior Staff Member. Burgers Symposium - Conference Centre ‘De Werelt’ in Lunteren, Netherlands, 21-22 June 2019.

32. Ricci A., Blocken B., Experimental and Computational analysis of microscale wind conditions in the Port of Amsterdam. In-Vento 2018 – the 15th Conference of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering, Napoli, Italia, 9-12 September 2018.

33. Ricci A., Burlando M., Repetto M.P. Application of CFD and mass-consistent models for operational wind forecasting. CWE 2018 – the 7th International Symposium on Computational Wind Engineering, Seoul, South Korea, 18-22 June 2018.

34. Ricci A., Blocken B. Wind environmental conditions in the largest sea vault in the world. Burgers Symposium - Conference Centre ‘De Werelt’ in Lunteren (Netherlands), 6-7 June 2018.

35. Ricci A., Freda A., Repetto M.P., Burlando M., Blocken B. Urban comfort evaluation in an Italian historical district: the impact of architectural details in wind tunnel and CFD analysis. URBANCEQ-2017 – the 1st International Conference on Urban Comfort and Environmental Quality, Genova, Italia, 28-29 September 2017.

36. Ricci A., Burlando M., Repetto M.P., Kalkman I.M., Blocken B. Sensitivity test of different inflow conditions for CFD simulations of wind flow in urban areas. EACWE 2017 – the 7th European and African Conference on Wind Engineering, Liege, Belgium, 4-7 July 2017.

37. Ricci A., Kalkman I.M., Blocken B., Burlando M., Freda A., Repetto M.P. Impact of model parameters in RANS modeling of urban wind flow: the case study of Livorno city. In-Vento 2016 – the 14th Conference of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering, Terni, Italy, 25-28 September 2016.

38. Ricci A., Kalkman I.M., Blocken B., Burlando M., Freda A., Repetto M.P. Inflow condition sensitivity in the CFD simulation of wind flow in the urban environment. BBAA VIII – 8th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications, North-eastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 7-11 June 2016.

39. Ricci A., Kalkman I.M., Blocken B., Repetto M.P., Burlando M., Freda A. Local-scale forcing effects on wind flows in an urban environment. PHYSMOD 2015 - International Workshop on Physical Modeling of Flow and Dispersion Phenomena, Zurich, Switzerland, 7-9 September 2015.

40. Ricci A., Burlando M., Repetto M.P., Freda A. Experimental and numerical investigation of the urban boundary layer in Livorno city. ICWE14 - the 14th International Conference of Wind Engineering, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 21-26 June 2015.

41. Repetto M.P., Freda A., Fia M., Rebuffo E., Burlando M., Ricci A. Wind tunnel study on urban wind flow. In-Vento 2014 – the 13th Conference of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering, Genova, Italy, 22-25 June 2014.

42. Ricci A., Burlando M., Repetto M.P., Freda A. Wind flow modelling in urban areas: the case of Livorno city. EEBP7 – the 7th International Symposium on Environmental Effects on Buildings and People, Actions, Influences, Interactions, Discomfort, Cracow, Polonia, 20-22 October 2014.

43. Burlando M., Repetto M.P., Freda A., Ricci A. Wind tunnel and CFD models of a vertical axis wind turbine with power augmentation guide vanes. CWE2014 – the 6th International Symposium on Computational Wind Engineering, Hamburg, Germany, 8-12 June 2014.

44. Ricci A. Short introduction about the PhD research project. Urban Physics Autumn School 2013. An international specialized workshop for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. Nikiti Calcidica, Greece, 13-18 October 2013.

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