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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 Symposium: 2025 Emissions and Fuel Economy

ERC is proud to announce the latest entry in its biennial symposium series, to be held on June 3-4th, 2015, on topics of 2025 Emissions and Fuel Economy.

Details and registration information.

ERC Award Recipients at the 2015 SAE World Congress

January 2015

The 2015 SAE World Congress awards ceremony will include an Engine Research Center technical paper award. Derek Splitter, who completed his PhD degree in 2012 and currently works at Oakridge National Laboratory, is this year’s winner of the 2014 SAE Myers Award for Outstanding Student Paper. The paper that he is cited for was SAE Int. J. Engines 7(2):2014, doi:10.4271/2014-01-1325, " Improving the understanding of Intake and Charge effects for increasing RCCI engine efficiency." This award is given annually for the best technical paper presented by a student. The paper must be based on work done by the lead author(s) while a student. The award recognizes ERC founder Phil Myers and his wife Jean for their lifelong devotion to students and SAE. Derek's co-authors on the papers include Martin Wissink, Dan DelVescovo, and Rolf Reitz of the University of Wisconsin – Madison