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.
UW-Madison Researchers Lift the Hood on Biofuels Testing
By Celia Luterbacher
The flight of stairs between the ground floor and the basement of UW-Madison's Engineering Research Building separates a tranquil academic hallway from what looks-and smells-like a busy mechanic's garage.
But rather than fixing cars, researchers are studying the internal combustion process itself to reduce the pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and fuel consumption associated with modern transportation.
This summer, wielding pipettes rather than wrenches and lab coats rather than coveralls, engineers in UW-Madison's Engine Research Center (ERC) are testing 'green' hydrocarbon fuels produced in the lab of James Dumesic, a professor of chemical and biological engineering and a researcher with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC).
2013 ERC Symposium: Engine Fuel Efficiency and Advanced Combustion
The latest in ERC's biennial symposium series was held June 5-6th on the topics of engine fuel efficiency and advanced combustion.
Rothamer earns SAE teaching award
By Christie Taylor, College of Engineering News
Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor David Rothamer was one of eight young educators selected for the SAE 2013 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, which recognizes outstanding young engineering educators and provides them enrichment opportunities and knowledge to pass on to their students. Rothamer received the award during the SAE World Congress in April.