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Thermodynamics & Thermal Engines

University of Thessaly, Pedio Areos, GR-383 34 Volos

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Recent PhD Thesis

Dimitri Tziourtzioumis: Experimental Investigation of the steady state and transient operation of Diesel Engines fuelled by high percentage biodiesel blends. Volos, June 2012


George Konstantas: Development and Application of a Computer Aided Engineering Methodology Supporting the Design Optimization of Automotive Exhaust Treatment Systems. Volos, June 2006


George Stratakis: Experimental Investigation of Catalytic Soot Oxidation a and Pressure Drop Characteristics in Wall-Flow Diesel Particulate Filters.

Volos, January 2004


George Pontikakis: Modeling, Reaction Schemes and Kinetic Parameter Estimation in Automotive Catalytic Converters and Diesel Particulate Filters.

Volos, June 2003

Recent MSc Thesis

Olympia Zogou: Transient Simulation of a Combined Cycle Trigeneration System Fuelled by Natural Gas Volos, July 2007

Dimitri Psarianos: Development of a System for the Measurement of Soot Maldistribution and Pressure Drop Characteristics in Diesel Particulate Filters.

Volos, April 2002

Recent Conference Papers

·         Optimization of Thermal Performance of a Building with Ground Coupled Heat Pump System, ECOS 2006 International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, July 12- 14 2006, Aghia Pelagia, Crete, Greece

·         Computer-Aided Design Engineering of Diesel Filter Systems Joint Meeting of the Italian and the Greek Section of the Combustion Institute, 17- 19 June 2004, Corfu Island, Greece

·         3-D Catalytic Regeneration and Stress Modeling of Diesel Particulate Filters by ABAQUS FEM Software. SAE paper 2002-01-1017. 2002 SAE International Congress, Detroit, MI.

·         Some Empirical Observations on Diesel Particulate Filter Modeling and Comparison between Simulations and Experiments SAE paper 2000-01-477

·         Modeling of Hydrocarbon Trap Systems SAE paper 2000-01-0655

Selection of Journal Papers (1994 - today)

·         ­­D. Tziourtzioumis, A. Stamatelos: Effects of a B70 biodiesel blend on the ECU and fuel system operation during steady-state and transient performance of a Common Rail Diesel Engine. Energy Conversion and Management 60: 56-67

·         A.Stamatelos: Experience Gained from the Application of Basic Quality Assurance Procedures in a Greek University Engineering Department. In Press, European Journal of Engineering Education Vol. No. 2010

·         O. Zogou and A. Stamatelos: Application of Building Energy Simulation in the Sizing and Design Optimization of an Office Building and its HVAC Equipment. Chapter 9 in: Energy and Buildings: Efficiency, Air Quality & Conservation (Ed: J. Utrick), ISBN:978-160741049-2, NOVA Science Publishers, 2009

·         D. Tziourtzioumis, L. Demetriades, O. Zogou and A. Stamatelos: Experimental investigation of the effect of a B70 biodiesel blend on a common rail, passenger car Diesel engine. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Vol. 223 Part D: J. Automobile Engineering, 685-701, 2009

·         Stamatelos, G. and Stamatelos, A.: “The Role of Engineering Laboratories in the Establishment of a Quality Culture in Higher Education in Greece European Journal of Engineering Education Vol. 34, No. 1, March 2009, 1–13

·         Tziourtzioumis, Dimitrios and Stamatelos, Tassos (2008) "Design Improvements in a 30,000 kcal/h Air Furnace, assisted by CFD and Infrared Thermography" The Open Fuels & Energy Science Journal, 2008, 1, 79-90 Available at:

·         Optimization of Thermal Performance of a Building with Ground Source Heat Pump System, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol 48/11 pp 2853-2863, 2007

·         Konstantas, George and Stamatelos, Tassos (2007) "A Unified Approach for Modeling Three-Way Catalytic Converters and NOx Traps with a Minimum Set of Tunable Parameters," Chemical Product and Process Modeling: Vol. 2 : Iss. 3, Article 15. Available at:

·         Modeling Three-way Catalytic Converters: An effort to predict the effect of Precious Metal Loading. Proc Instn Mech Engrs, Vol. 221, Part D: J. Automobile Engineering (2007) 355-373.

·         3-D Catalytic Regeneration Modeling of SiC Diesel Particulate Filters. ASME Transactions, J. Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Vol.128, Issue 2, April 2006, 421-433

·         Identification of Catalytic Converter Kinetic Model Using a Genetic Algorithm Approach. Proc Instn Mech Engrs, Vol. 218 Part D: J Automobile Engineering (2004) 1455-1472

·         Three-Way Catalytic Converter Modelling as a Modern Engineering Design Tool. ASME Transactions, J. Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Vol. 126, Issue 4, October 2004 906-923

·         Flow Maldistribution Measurements in Wall-Flow Diesel Filters. Proc Instn Mech Engrs, Vol. 218, Part D: J. Automobile Engineering (2004) 995-1009.

·         Kinetic Parameter Estimation by Standard Optimization Methods in Catalytic Converter Modeling. Chem. Eng. Comm. 191(11) 2004, 1473-1501

·         Quality Assurance of Exhaust Emissions Test Data. Proc Instn Mech Engrs Vol. 218, Part D: J. Automobile Engineering (2004) 901-914

·         Experimental Validation of a Fuel Additive Assisted Regeneration Model in SiC Diesel Filters. Proc Instn Mech Engrs Vol. 218, Part D: J. Automobile Engineering (2004) 729-744

·       Flow distribution Effects in the Loading and Catalytic Regeneration of Wall-Flow Diesel Particulate Filters Proc Instn Mech Engrs Vol. 218 Part D: J. Automobile Engineering (D2) 203-216 (2004)

·         Thermogravimetric Analysis of Soot Emitted by a Modern Engine Run on Catalyst-Doped Fuel. Combustion and Flame, 132 (2003) 157-169

·         Experimental Investigation of the Role of Soot VOF in the Regeneration of Diesel Filters Proc Instn Mech Engrs Vol 217 (2003) Part D 307-317

·         Experimental investigation of the pressure drop in porous ceramic diesel particulate filters. Proc Instn Mech Engrs Vol 216 (2002) Part D, 773-784

·         Mathematical Modeling of Catalytic Exhaust Systems for EURO-3 and EURO-4 Emissions Standards. Proc. Inst. Mech. Engrs., Vol 215, (2001) Part D, 1005-1015

·         Experimental and Modelling Study on Zeolite Catalysts for Diesel Engines. Topics in Catalysis 16 (1-4): 329-335 2001.

·         Thermal Response of Automotive Hydrocarbon Adsorber Systems ASME Transactions, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Vol. 122, No 1, January 2000, 112-118.

·         The Behaviour of aged Three-way Catalytic Converters in the different modes of legislated cycles International Journal of Energy Research, 2000, 24.

·         Dynamic Filtration Modeling in Foam Filters for Diesel Exhaust Chem. Eng. Com., 2001, Vol.00, pp.1-26.

·         Berechnung des Waermeuebergangs in Motorabgas-Systemen Motor-technische Zeitschrift, MTZ 59 (1998) 7/8, S.442-450.

·         Modeling Dynamic Phenomena in 3-Way Catalytic Converters Chem Eng Sci 54 (1999) 4567-4578

·         Computergestuetzte Entwurf von Abgasnachbehandlungsystemen. Teil I. Ottomotor Motortechnische Zeitschrift, MTZ 60 (1999), 2, S. 116-124.

·         Computergestuetzte Entwurf von Abgasnachbehandlungsystemen. Teil II. Dieselmotoren. Motortechnische Zeitschrift, MTZ 60 (1999), 3, S. 194-204.

·         Dynamic Behavior Issues in Three-Way Catalyst Modelling AIChE Journal, March 1999, Vol. 45, No.3, 603-614

·         Statistical Uncertainty in Automotive Emissions Testing Proc. Inst. Mech. Engrs., Part D, Journal of Automobile Engineering, 1999.

·         Mathematical Modelling of Pt-based Catalytic Converters for Diesel NOx Reduction. Proc Instn Mech Engrs, Vol 213 Part D, 491-502 (1999).

·         Zyklus-Emissionsverhalten eines gealterten Dreiwege-Katalysators MTZ Motortechnische Zeitschrift 61 (2000) 2, 98-105.

·         Modeling Catalytic Regeneration of Particulate Filters by taking into Account Adsorbed Hydrocarbon Oxidation Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 1999, 38, 1866-1876.

·         Engine Exhaust System Design based on Heat Transfer Modelling Energy Conversion and Management 40 (1999) 1057-1072.

  • Three-Way Catalytic Converter Modelling and Applications Chemical Engineering Communications, Vol.164, pp.153-189, 1998.
  • The Role of CAE in the Design Optimization of Automotive Exhaust Aftertreatment Systems Proc. Inst. Mech. Engrs.,Part D, Journal of Automotive Engineering, Vol.212, pp.169-186, 1998.
  • Modelling Heat Transfer in Automotive Exhaust Systems Proc. Inst. Mech. Engrs., Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Vol.211 (1997), pp.1-15.
  • Catalytic Automotive Exhaust Aftertreatment Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, Vol.23, pp.1-39, 1997.
  • Konzept zur Katalysatorueberpruefung durch Reaktionswaermeentwicklung Motortechnische Zeitschrift, MTZ 58 (1997), 3, S. 178-184.
  • Effect of Climatic Conditions on the Design Optimization of Heat Pump Systems for Space Heating and Cooling Energy Conversion and Management, Vol.39, No.7, pp.609-622, 1998.
  • Α Review of the Effect of Particulate Traps on the Efficiency of Vehicle Diesel Engines Energy Conversion and Management, Vol.38, No.1, pp. 83-99, 1997.
  • Modes of Catalytic Regeneration in Diesel Particulate Filters Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 1997, 36, 4155-4165
  • Computer-aided Assessment and Optimization of Catalyst Fast Light-off Techniques Proc. Instn. Mech. Engrs., Journal of Automobile Engineering, Vol.211 Part D, pp. 21-37, 1997.
  • Development and Application Range of Mathematical Models for Automotive 3-Way Catalytic Converters Applied Catalysis B (Environmental), 1997, Vol.12, Iss.2-3, pp.161-191.
  • Modeling Thermal Regeneration of Diesel Particulate Traps AIChE Journal, Vol.42, No.6, pp.1662-1672, June 1996.
  • Modeling Catalytic Regeneration of Diesel Particulate Traps Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 1996, (35), pp. 2-13.
  • Detection of Automotive Catalysts Failure by Use of On-Board Diagnostics Proc. Instn. Mech. Engrs., Part D, Journal of Automobile Engineering Vol.209, pp.171-182, 1995.
  • On-line Regeneration Control for a Diesel Particulate Trap System. Automatica, Vol.30, No. 3, pp. 513-520, 1994.
  • Transient Modeling of 3-Way Catalytic Converters SAE Transactions, Vol.103, (1994), pp.565-578.






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