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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.


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.


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.


IMEM at SAE Congress

The International Multidimensional Engine Modeling User's Group Meeting at the SAE Congress, is being organized in association with the Engine Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan Technological University, in Detroit Downtown at 12:00 - 5:30 pm on April 9, 2018. Offers for presentation need to be emailed to yra@mtu.edu with proposed paper title and authors by January 25, 2018. Registration and more info

Spring 2018 Engine Training Courses

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

ERC Symposium: Impact of Future Regulations on Engine Technology

The latest entry in ERC's biennial symposium series was held on June 14-15th, 2017, on the topic of Impact of Future Regulations on Engine Technology. Technology. The agenda and slides from select talks are available here.

Reitz receives Aurel Stodola Medal from ETH Zurich

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.


Engine software from UW spinoff being used around the world

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.


New high-powered Evinrude outboard built with UW-Madison software

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.