Imperial College London

Dr Francesco Restuccia

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Honorary Lecturer



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Francesco is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at King's College London in the Department of Engineering

He is also an Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College working with  Hazelab, Prof Guillermo Rein's  group, and with the Turbo Group, with Dr Aaron Costall

He is very active in student support and pastoral care at Imperial College since 2015, and was the Warden of Wilson House until January 2021. He received the inaugural Imperial College Union Student Academic Choice Award (SACA) for Student Wellbeing Champion in 2019.

His research focuses on transient heat transfer processes in electrochemical storage, vehicle waste-heat recovery, and safety hazards in low-carbon energy industries. A summary of his publications and review work can be found on his Google Scholar and Publons profiles.

He comes from Italy and studied at The University of Edinburgh (Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, MEng 2012),  Caltech (Mechanical Engineering, MS 2014), and Imperial College (Mechanical Engineering, PhD 2018). He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Christensen PA, Milojevic Z, Wise MS, et al., 2021, Thermal and mechanical abuse of electric vehicle pouch cell modules, Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol:189, ISSN:1359-4311

Yuan H, Restuccia F, Rein G, 2021, Spontaneous ignition of soils: a multi-step reaction scheme to simulate self-heating ignition of smouldering peat fires, International Journal of Wildland Fire, Vol:30, ISSN:1049-8001, Pages:440-453

Hu Z, He X, Restuccia F, et al., 2021, Numerical study of scale effects on self-heating ignition of lithium-ion batteries stored in boxes, shelves and racks, Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol:190, ISSN:1359-4311

He X, Restuccia F, Zhang Y, et al., 2020, Experimental study of self-heating ignition of lithium-ion batteries during storage: effect of the number of cells, Fire Technology, Vol:56, ISSN:0015-2684, Pages:2649-2669

Hu Z, He X, Rein G, et al., 2020, Numerical study of self-heating ignition of a box of lithium-ion batteries during storage, Fire Technology, Vol:56, ISSN:0015-2684, Pages:2603-2621

Bravo Diaz L, He X, Hu Z, et al., 2020, Review—meta-review of fire safety of lithium-ion batteries: industry challenges and research contributions, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:167, ISSN:0013-4651, Pages:1-14

Yuan H, Restuccia F, Rein G, 2020, Computational study on self-heating ignition and smouldering spread of coal layers in flat and wedge hot plate configurations, Combustion and Flame, Vol:214, ISSN:0010-2180, Pages:346-357

Restuccia F, Fernandez-Anez N, Rein G, 2019, Experimental measurement of particle size effects on the self-heating ignition of biomass piles: Homogeneous samples of dust and pellets, Fuel, Vol:256, ISSN:0016-2361

Yuan H, Restuccia F, Richter F, et al., 2019, A computational model to simulate self-heating ignition across scales, configurations, and coal origins, Fuel, Vol:236, ISSN:0016-2361, Pages:1100-1109

Restuccia F, Masek O, Hadden R, et al., 2019, Quantifying self-heating ignition of biochar as a function of feedstock and the pyrolysis reactor temperature, Fuel, Vol:236, ISSN:0016-2361, Pages:201-213

Hu Y, Christensen E, Restuccia F, et al., 2019, Transient gas and particle emissions from smouldering combustion of peat, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol:37, ISSN:1540-7489, Pages:4035-4042

Rein G, Huang X, Restuccia F, et al., 2017, Detection of landmines in peat soils by controlled smouldering combustion: Experimental proof of concept of O-Revealer, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Vol:88, ISSN:0894-1777, Pages:632-638

Restuccia F, Huang X, Rein G, 2017, Self-ignition of natural fuels: can wildfires of carbon-rich soil start by self-heating?, Fire Safety Journal, Vol:91, ISSN:1873-7226, Pages:828-834

Restuccia F, Ptak N, Rein G, 2016, Self-heating behavior and ignition of shale rock, Combustion and Flame, Vol:176, ISSN:1556-2921, Pages:213-219

Huang X, Restuccia F, Gramola M, et al., 2016, Experimental study of the formation and collapse of an overhang in the lateral spread of smouldering peat fires, Combustion and Flame, Vol:168, ISSN:0010-2180, Pages:393-402

Kim E, Restuccia F, Yang J, et al., 2015, Solitary wave-based delamination detection in composite plates using a combined granular crystal sensor and actuator, Smart Materials and Structures, Vol:24, Pages:5004-5004

Cradden LC, Restuccia F, Hawkins SL, et al., 2014, Consideration of wind speed variability in creating a regional aggregate wind power time series, Resources, Vol:3, Pages:215-234

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