Engine Research Center
The ERC has extensive computational facilities that will readily accommodate all of the proposed ERC projects and collaborations. The primary components of this facility large Linux clusters with approximately 100 nodes. The ERC also maintains large file and storage servers for the extensive output of the many modeling and simulation projects. In addition several projects use large, parallel systems at several of the DOE National Laboratories.
Current facilities at the ERC include 8 engine test cells, equipped with electric dynamometers and speed controllers. Current research engines include 3 large single-cylinder diesel engines, two single-cylinder metal gasoline engines, one single-cylinder optical gasoline engine, two single-cylinder diesel engines, 3 small single-cylinder gasoline engines and 1 multi-cylinder diesel engine with transient operation capability. The engines are fully instrumented and diagnostics for oil, water, fuel and air flow monitoring, two of them with full dilution tunnels.
Available special equipment includes a high-speed camera synchronized to a copper vapor laser, a Cordin framing camera (0.5M frames/s), three 2-component laser Doppler systems for velocity measurement, excimer lasers for laser-induced fluorescence, digital image analysis systems, three Nd:YAG lasers and a dye laser for Raman spectroscopy, two phase/Doppler particle analyzers (including a two-component system) for spray drop sizing, a transient patternator for spray mass flux measurement, high pressure shock tubes and spray bombs, an optical PIV processor, Zuech and Bosch rate-of-injection meters, a Questar long-distance microscope lens, two Nicolet Rega FTIR spectrometers, an AVL Particulate analyzer using filter optical method for exhaust soot mass measurement, an electrostatic precipitator and SMPS analyzer for particle size and number determination, three cu-vapor lasers, and two gated image-intensified CID cameras. A portable micro-dilution tunnel capabilities to enhance simultaneous measurements of particulate mass, particulate sizing and number distribution and particulate mass speciation including SOF analysis and trace metals detection.
General purpose equipment includes portable high-speed data acquisition systems, digital oscilloscopes, function generators, gas chromatography instruments for CO, CO2, NO, NOx, UHC, H2O, a darkroom, PCs and low-speed data acquisition systems for experiment control, and the ERC's dedicated machine shop which houses a vertical milling machine, engine lathe, band saw, welding equipment, and complete tooling.
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April 20, 2007