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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.

Announcements

ERC T-25 get-together at 2014 SAE Congress

As usual, we will be having a T-25/ERC get-together on Wednesday morning, April 9th at 7:00AM in the basement food court at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. We would be most pleased to see you again and to re-establish old ties.

For those attending the SAE Congress, the schedule of presentation of ERC papers can be viewed here.

We look forward to seeing you again in Detroit!

The Advantage of Renewable Fuels in High-Efficiency Engines

by Bryan Weber based on SAE 2013-01-0264 paper from Dempsey AB, NR Walker, and R Reitz.

When it comes to ages-old combustion engines, the challenge is pulling all the energy from the fuel without releasing pollutants. One option to achieve this goal is called reactivity controlled compression ignition... Read summary | Read full article

UW–Madison Online Engineering Graduate Degrees Ranked No. 3 by U.S. News & World Report

University of Wisconsin–Madison has been ranked No. 3 among schools offering high-quality online graduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report. This is the third year in a row UW–Madison has ranked in the top ten.

The Master of Engineering in Engine Systems (MEES) program was included in the degree programs reviewed for this ranking.

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Cooling inspired by sweat

By Christie Taylor

In many of today’s electronics, the price we pay for speed comes in the form of heat. As the number of processors on a computer chip increases, so does the amount of heat each chip generates—and there’s a greater chance a device will overheat and fail.

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Consortium gives small engine industry an edge

By Christie Taylor

Motorboats. Lawnmowers. Motorcycles. Sure—they are among the most ubiquitous “vehicles” of summer. Yet in Wisconsin, they share another commonality: The small engines that power those boats, mowers and bikes are part of a key Wisconsin industry. In fact, the small engine industry is among the largest state industries.

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Sage Kokjohn Joins the Engine Research Center

By Scott Gordon

This September Professor Sage Kokjohn joined the Engine Research Center as a new faculty member. Sage’s fascination with the internal-combustion engine began when he took up motocross racing while growing up in Iowa. Today, Kokjohn focuses on helping the next generation of engines keep up with tightening emissions standards and changes in the ever-volatile energy landscape.

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