Areas of research in the laboratory include advanced biofuels combustion technologies, fuels formulation and mixture formation, smart engines control strategies and engine tribology.
Aims of the work:
1. Develop a better understanding of the physical and chemical structure of biofuel combustion chemistry, modeling, and engine performance with biofuels.
2. Understand and control biofuel ignition delay, heat release, convection and radiation heat transfer, and the flame temperature in relation to chain length, saturation, and mixture heterogeneity for advanced combustion technologies: PCCI, HCCI, LTC.
3. Develop smart-engine controls for NOx/soot tradeoff, low THC and CO, and CO2.
4. Generate innovative diagnostic and analytical tools to measure critical emissions.
5. Develop laser diagnostic techniques and high-fidelity modeling/simulation tools to explore the physical processes of mixture formation and vaporization and their combination in novel combustion technologies, with improved design of injection nozzles for turbulent fuel/air mixing processes as a function of biofuel type, and contribute to a comprehensive understanding of impingement and wall wetting, considering fuel-films that form on surfaces and their influence on engine tribology.
6. Produce peer-accepted papers and presentations, including, but not limited to, biofuels chemistry and modeling, combustion, emissions, controls, and fuel sprays
7. Train undergraduate and graduate students in advanced technologies in Renewable Energy-Biofuels.
8. Help to reduce the U.S. dependence on foreign oil.