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Biserni C.,Viale Risorgimento | Garai M.,Viale Risorgimento
Energy Reports | Year: 2015

Especially in the last decade, efforts have been made in developing the sustainable building assessment tools, which are usually performed based on fundamentals of the First Law of Thermodynamics. However, this approach does not provide a faithful thermodynamic evaluation of the overall energy conversion processes that occur in buildings, and a more robust approach should be followed. The relevance of Second Law analysis has been here highlighted: in addition to the calculation of energy balances, the concept of exergy is used to evaluate the quality of energy sources, resulting in a higher flexibility of strategies to optimize a building design. Reviews of the progress being made with the constructal law show that diverse phenomena can be considered manifestations of the tendency towards optimization captured by the constructal law. The studies based on First and Second Principle of Thermodynamics results to be affected by the extreme generality of the two laws, which is consequent of the fact that in thermodynamics the "any system" is a black box with no information about design, organization and evolution. In this context, an exploratory analysis on the potentiality of constructal theory, that can be considered a law of thermodynamics, has been finally outlined in order to assess the energy performance in building design. © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.


Salti S.,Viale Risorgimento | Di Stefano L.,Viale Risorgimento
Image and Vision Computing | Year: 2013

Recursive Bayesian Estimation (RBE) is a widespread solution for visual tracking as well as for applications in other domains where a hidden state is estimated recursively from noisy measurements. From a practical point of view, deployment of RBE filters is limited by the assumption of complete knowledge on the process and measurement statistics. These missing tokens of information lead to an approximate or even uninformed assignment of filter parameters. Unfortunately, the use of the wrong transition or measurement model may lead to large estimation errors or to divergence, even when the otherwise optimal filter is deployed. In this paper on-line learning of the transition model via Support Vector Regression is proposed. The specialization of this general framework for linear/Gaussian filters, which we dub Support Vector Kalman (SVK), is then introduced and shown to outperform a standard, non adaptive Kalman filter as well as a widespread solution to cope with unknown transition models such as the Interacting Multiple Models (IMM) filter. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Biserni C.,Viale Risorgimento | Garai M.,Viale Risorgimento
International Journal of Heat and Technology | Year: 2016

Building energy assessment is usually performed based on fundamentals of the First Law of Thermodynamics, which is mainly concerned on quantitative energy aspects. However, this approach does not provide a faithful thermodynamic evaluation of the overall energy conversion processes that occur in buildings, and a more robust approach should be followed. This paper presents an exploratory work to study the relevance of Second Law analysis: in addition to the calculation of energy balances, the concept of exergy is used to evaluate the quality of energy sources, resulting in a higher flexibility of strategies to optimize a building design. In this context, a digression on the potentiality of constructal theory, that can be considered a law of thermodynamics, has been outlined.


Ochoa J.V.,Viale Risorgimento | Bandinelli C.,Viale Risorgimento | Vozniuk O.,Viale Risorgimento | Chieregato A.,Viale Risorgimento | And 4 more authors.
Green Chemistry | Year: 2016

New insights into the transformation of ethanol to butadiene over MgO-SiO2 catalysts, prepared by means of the sol-gel technique, have been gained via characterization, catalytic tests, and in situ infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Catalysts with low Si-content, i.e., with a Mg/Si atomic ratio in the range between 9 and 15, gave superior butadiene yields, because of the proper combination of strong basic sites, required for ethanol activation, and a moderate number of medium-strength acid sites, needed for the dehydration of intermediately formed alkenols to butadiene. A model of the medium-strength, Lewis-type acid sites, consisting of Mg2+ cations with neighbouring Si4+ atoms, has been proposed; these sites are converted into Bronsted sites in the presence of water, a co-product of the multistep transformation of ethanol into C4 molecules. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2016.


Paci M.,Viale Risorgimento | Annessi V.,Viale Risorgimento | Ricchetti T.,Viale Risorgimento | Rapicetta C.,Viale Risorgimento | Sgarbi G.,Viale Risorgimento
Rare Tumors | Year: 2010

Cystic fibrohistiocytic tumor of the lung is a rare neoplasm. In many cases it represents a metastasis from a benign or low-grade fibro-histiocytic tumor of the skin, but occasionally it may be primary. Radiologically it usually occurs as a cystic change of multiple pulmonary nodules, and pneumothorax is the most frequent presenting symptom. We present here a 16-year-old man with recurrent right pneumothorax. The patient had no history of cutaneous fibrohistiocytic lesions. He underwent videothoracoscopic right apical segmentectomy, right lower lobe nodulectomy, and pleuroabrasion. Microscopy of the apical segmentectomy showed a cystic fibrohistio-cytic tumor, whereas the nodule of the lower lobe was an intraparenchymal lymph node. The patient is alive with no tumor recurrence. The differential diagnosis includes Langerhans cell histiocytosis, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, pleuropulmonary blastoma, and metastatic endometrial stromal sarcoma. This disease usually occurs with multiple pulmonary cysts and cavitation. This case is the first reported presenting as a single lesion. © Copyright M. Paci et al., 2010.

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