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."
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.
2017 Engine Training Courses
The Department of Engineering Professional Development in partnership with ERC will be offering several engine training courses in Madison, WI.
- SI Engine Performance February 27-28
- IC Engine Mechanical Design March 1-3
- Valvetrain Workshop May 1-3
- Diesel Engine Performance September 18-19
- Fundamentals of Engine System Controls September 20-22
The latest entry in ERC's biennial symposium series will be held on June 14-15th, 2017, on the topic of Impact of Future Regulations on Engine Technology. Registration information and a draft agenda is available here.
ERC T-25 get-together at 2017 SAE Congress
This year we will be holding the T-25 ERC get-together on Wed morning, April 5 starting at 8:00 a.m. in the lower level food court at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. We would be most pleased to see you again and to re-establish old ties.
Author: Adam Malecek
Mechanical Engineering Professor Emeritus Rolf Reitz received the 2016 Aurel Stodola Medal from the ETH Zurich Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT). Reitz, a pioneer in advanced engine research, delivered the Aurel Stodola Lecture at ETH Zurich on Nov. 9, 2016.
Author: David Tenenbaum
When engine makers announce an improved design promising better fuel economy, lower emissions and more power, Kelly Senecal may smile privately. A good portion of the world’s major engine manufacturers are using engine simulation software developed by his UW spinoff firm, Convergent Science.
Author: David Tenenbaum
To understand what happens inside the cylinder of an outboard motor running at 5500 rpm, BRP/Evinrude got some help from an unlikely source: software code originally written to understand the motion of air after an atomic bomb explosion.