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Welcome to the Engine Research Center

"The engine is the ideal teaching tool – it features all of the elements of engineering: materials, fluids, thermodynamics, lubrication, chemistry, electronics, etc. The only thing missing is nuclear reaction."

Phil Myers

The Engine Research Center (ERC) is world-leading research and educational institution dedicated to investigating the fundamental thermo-physical processes that control combustion performance and the pollutant emissions formed during combustion in internal combustion engines. The problems are approached with a unique combination of modeling and experimental capabilities. This work is supported by fundamental studies of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, combustion, sprays, emissions, laser diagnostics and after-treatment systems.

Research in the ERC spans from small spark-ignition engines to heavy-duty diesel engines, and a major focus is on low-temperature modes of combustion.

Announcements

Kokjohn leads new program to integrate solid oxide fuel cells and advanced combustion engines

Author: Adam Malecek

A University of Wisconsin-Madison team led by Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Sage Kokjohn is developing new technology that would enable smaller, distributed electrical generation systems that are roughly twice as efficient as conventional fossil fuel-based power plants and provide more environmentally friendly power.

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Fall 2018 Engine Training Courses

The Department of Engineering Professional Development in partnership with ERC will be offering several engine training courses in Madison, WI.

Kokjohn receives SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award

Author: Adam Malecek

SAE International has selected Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Sage Kokjohn to receive the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, which recognizes and honors younger educators who are successfully preparing engineers to meet the challenges that face society.

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Kokjohn receives Max Bentele Award for Engine Technology Innovation

Author: Adam Malecek

SAE International has selected Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Sage Kokjohn to receive the 2017 Max Bentele Award for Engine Technology Innovation.

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New laser imaging system improves combustion diagnostics

Author: Will Cushman

UW-Madison Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor David Rothamer has designed and built a pulse-burst laser system that opens the door to new research opportunities for imaging turbulent reacting flows.

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