Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Politecnico Di Bari (2018)

All Publications

  • The breakdown of self-similarity in electrified counterflow diffusion flames COMBUSTION AND FLAME Di Renzo, M., Pascazio, G., Urzay, J. 2019; 205: 231–40
  • The effects of incident electric fields on counterflow diffusion flames COMBUSTION AND FLAME Di Renzo, M., Urzay, J., De Palma, P., de Tullio, M. D., Pascazio, G. 2018; 193: 177–91
  • Aerodynamic generation of electric fields in turbulence laden with charged inertial particles NATURE COMMUNICATIONS Di Renzo, M., Urzay, J. 2018; 9: 1676


    Self-induced electricity, including lightning, is often observed in dusty atmospheres. However, the physical mechanisms leading to this phenomenon remain elusive as they are remarkably challenging to determine due to the high complexity of the multi-phase turbulent flows involved. Using a fast multi-pole method in direct numerical simulations of homogeneous turbulence laden with hundreds of millions of inertial particles, here we show that mesoscopic electric fields can be aerodynamically created in bi-disperse suspensions of oppositely charged particles. The generation mechanism is self-regulating and relies on turbulence preferentially concentrating particles of one sign in clouds while dispersing the others more uniformly. The resulting electric field varies over much larger length scales than both the mean inter-particle spacing and the size of the smallest eddies. Scaling analyses suggest that low ambient pressures, such as those prevailing in the atmosphere of Mars, increase the dynamical relevance of this aerodynamic mechanism for electrical breakdown.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41467-018-03958-7

    View details for Web of Science ID 000430923500001

    View details for PubMedID 29700300

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  • An efficient flamelet progress-variable method for modeling non-premixed flames in weak electric fields COMPUTERS & FLUIDS Di Renzo, M., De Palma, P., de Tullio, M. D., Pascazio, G. 2017; 157: 14–27