Engine Instrumentation and Controls
The basic objectives of this project are:
1. To develop a systematic approach for investigation of combustion and emissions of engines operating with various biofuels and their blends.
2. To explore the fundamental physical processes of mixture formation and vaporization and their coupling in novel biofuel combustion technologies, premixed charge compression ignition, and homogenous charge compression ignition
3. To develop an ECU to optimize engine dynamic response, fuel efficiency, and output torque under different operating conditions.
The project will involve collaboration between three faculty members, and three graduate students and four undergraduates. It will create new opportunities for higher learning and advanced research. Broader impacts integrating research and education include:
- Contributing to experimentally validated, predictive technologies that optimize the operation of evolving biofuel blends in advanced engines for transportation applications.
- Providing synergistic opportunities for faculty and students to apply their knowledge, skills, and resources to solving problems beyond their individual expertise and related to next-generation biofuels, including characterizing their thermochemical and thermophysical properties to optimize feedstock use and processing.
- Developing the professional and technical environment of undergraduate & graduate students.