Politecnico di Milano, founded in 1863, is the leading Italian technical university, with over 40000 students in engineering, architecture and design. It has 12 research departments with a permanent faculty of about 1500 people. The university is based in Milano but it also has regional sites in other five nearby cities. Politecnico di Milano delivers undergraduate level, graduate level and Ph. D. level education and carries out research at international levels in all branches of engineering science. More specifically, the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria has as permanent faculty staff of about 280 people and is active in the fields of Control Systems, Computer Science, Telecommunication, Microelectronics, Electrical enegineering and Biomedical engineering. The team involved in the project, which belongs to the Control Systems section, has a 15+ years’ experience in the system-level dynamic simulation of engineering systems, with a special emphasis on energy systems but also spanning other domains, such as robotics and multi-body systems. It is the main competence centre in Italy regarding object-oriented simulation and the Modelica language, as documented by a large record of published work. The person responsible for this project, Francesco Casella, is member of the board of the Open Source Modelica Consortium, has been the chairman of the 7th International Modelica Conference in 2009, belongs to the international program committees of the International Modelica Conference and of the EOOLT workshop series. He is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the open source Modelica Fluid model library and the main author of the well-known ThermoPower model library.

Role in the PreFlexMS project:

  • The team will be responsible for the development and validation of dynamic component and system models of the molten-salt steam generator and of the required balance-of-plant equipment, covering the entire span of the project, from the early design phases down to the commissioning of the demonstration plant. The team will be responsible for the simulation of all expected transients of the plant, including suitable models of the control system, and will provide feedback both on the equipment design and on the control system design, for an iterative improvement of the overall system design.