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.
Best-ever efficiency points to clean, green gas-diesel engine
By David Tenenbaum
Rolf Reitz’s mechanical engineering team has built the world’s most efficient internal combustion engine right here at UW-Madison. And it’s not just sitting in a lab — it’s now being road tested in a 2009 Saturn hybrid. The technology could be used in a wide range of engines for automobiles, locomotives, generators and even ships.
In partnership with the Department of Engineering Professional Development, ERC is offering courses in Diesel Engine Performance (Oct. 6-7) and Fundamentals of Engine System Controls (Oct. 8-10).
The Chronicle Herald article covers ERC engine technologies
Kelly Taylor:Putting the squeeze on gasoline discuses technologies ERC is developing for improving engine efficiency
Read the article here
SAE International article covers RCCI developments
In an article titled RCCI engine begins in-vehicle demonstration testing, SAE International discuses continuing Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) developments.
Read the article here.
The Motor Trend blog mentions RCCI hybrid vehicle project
In a post covering displays at the SAE 2014 World Congress & Exhibition, the Wisconsin Hybrid Vehicle Team project to implement Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) in a a series hybrid vehicle is mentioned.
Read the post here.