5th Two-Day Meeting
Internal Combustion Engine Simulations Using OpenFOAM Technology

The 5th edition of the "Two-Day Meeting on Internal Combustion Engine Simulations using OpenFOAM Technology" was held 4–5 May 2022 at the Lufthansa Seeheim Conference Hotel near Darmstadt, Germany. The meeting was co-organized by the STFS group at TU Darmstadt and the Internal Combustion Engine group at Politecnico di Milano.

The 5th edition of the “Two Day Workshop for Engine Simulations using OpenFOAM Technology” workshop has been a great success. After a long period of not meeting colleagues and friends due to the ongoing pandemic, it has been great to hold the workshop in person at the Lufthansa Seeheim Conference Hotel near Darmstadt. The meeting was co-organized by the STFS (Simulation of reactive Thermo-Fluid Systems) group at TU Darmstadt and the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) group at Politecnico di Milano.

The planning committee would like to thank all attendees and presenters. It has been a great occasion to exchange the community's advancements of the past two years on Engine Simulation using OpenFOAM. With 46 attendees, including engineers, developers, and scientists, 20 talks and plenty of discussions, it has been a great platform to exchange experiences, expertise as well as ideas for the future of the community and to consolidate the OpenFOAM Internal Combustion community and its efforts. We are looking forward to seeing the results of this continued effort and collaboration in the next workshop in two years.


OpenFOAM is now a consolidated platform for computational fluid dynamics whose capabilities are continuously extended thanks to its object-oriented structure, making it a very efficient platform for the development of advanced numerical and physical models.

This Two-Day Meeting is dedicated to engineers and researchers using the OpenFOAM technology for the simulation of internal combustion engines and related processes. Presentations from universities, research institutes and industries will address the state of the art, real applications and specific developments related to:

  • in-cylinder flows: gas exchange, fuel-air mixing, combustion, pollutant formation
  • intake and exhaust systems: after-treatment, unsteady flows, silencers


Time Title of presentation Presenter Organization
9:00–11:00 Registration
11:00–11:15 Welcome STFS (Technical University of Darmstadt) and ICEG (Politecnico di Milano)
11:15–12:30 CFD modelling of Natural Gas SI engines using RANS approaches Lorenzo Sforza Politecnico di Milano
CFD modeling of cold-flow in the Sandia small bore diesel optical engine under full-cycle condition Simone Santoro Politecnico di Torino, Dipartimento di Energia
Framework development for LES numerical investigation of the in-cylinder phenomena inside DISI engines (opens in new tab) Andrea Pati TU Darmstadt, STFS
12:30–13:30 Lunch break
13:30–19:00 Numerical investigation of the effect of e-fuels properties on the combustion performance of a CI engine by means of CFD and evolutionary optimization algorithms Gabriela Bracho Universitat Politècnica de València, CMT-Motores Térmicos
Reconciling theory, experimental evidences and kinetic modelling: a new discrete sectional model for soot formation and oxidation Andrea Nobili Politecnico di Milano
Optimization of an oxycombustion system coupling OpenFoam with the PSO algorithm Gabriela Bracho Universitat Politècnica de València, CMT-Motores Térmicos
Recent developments in N-fuels, NOx and NOx/hydrocarbons chemistry (opens in new tab) Matteo Pelucchi Politecnico di Milano
Pressure coupling of multiple Representative Interactive Linear Eddy Models for turbulent combustion spray simulation Nidal Doubiani Chalmers University of Technology
Coffee break
Eulerian modeling of high speed diesel injection Alberto Ceschin King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Challenges and opportunities of turbulent jet ignition on different prechamber engines Giovanni Gianetti Politecnico di Milano
CFD modeling of large two-stroke marine engine using tabulated kinetics and simplified CFD approach (opens in new tab) Qiyan Zhou Politecnico di Milano
Trans- and Supercritical Oxymethylene Ether-3 (OME3) Injections and Comparisons with n-dodecane (opens in new tab) Faniry Rahantamialisoa Università degli Studi di Perugia
LES investigation of engine operation with a multicomponent reference fuel at knocking conditions within the NTC regime (opens in new tab) Magnus Kircher TU Darmstadt, STFS
Plenary session: OpenFOAM for ICE simulation
20:00–22:00 Social Dinner
Time Title of presentation Presenter Organization
8:30–13:30 IC engine meshing and mesh motion solution Yogini Patel Wärtsilä Finland Oy, R&D and Engineering
Development of an explicit mesh deformation strategy for engine applications Heikki Kahila Wärtsilä Finland Oy, R&D and Engineering
Beetron Free piston Linear Generator: CFD investigation Franco Merli Beetron SA
Generalized Internal Boundary method applied to multi motion in ICE (opens in new tab) Daniel Deising Engys GmbH
Modeling Engine Compression Ignition Combustion using Ducted Fuel Injection Technology and Alternative Fuels (opens in new tab) Tommaso Lucchini Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Energia
Coffee break
Numerical Simulation of a RCCI engine using Flamelet Generated Manifold combustion model and OpenFOAM Pourya Rahnama Technical University of Eindhoven
Numerical modeling of AdBlue film and Solid by-product formation in DeNOx SCR system Kaushal Nishad TU Darmstadt, RSM
A comprehensive methodology for the simulation of thermal and chemical evolution of wall film in SCR system Antonello Nappi Politecnico di Milano
CFD simulation of the next generation After-Treatment Systems: advanced solutions for the reduction of the catalyst light-off time Augusto Della Torre Politecnico di Milano – Dipartimento di Energia
Plenary session: Future of ICE simulations
13:30-15:00 Lunch break, conclusion and remarks

Previous meetings

If interested, please see also the program of the previous two-day meeting editions which were organized in the past.

1st meeting 2011

2nd meeting 2015

3rd meeting 2018

4th meeting 2020

Picture: ICE group

About the ICE Group at Politecnico di Milano

The Internal Combustion Engine Group (ICE Group) is one of several programs at the Dipartimento di Energia of Politecnico di Milano. The group activities focus on the study of combustion, propulsion systems and energy systems.

Group website


The event is supported by the Transregional Collaborative Research Center TRR 150 “Turbulent, chemically reactive, multi-phase flows near walls” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

TRR 150 website