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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.


UW Researchers Developing Super-Efficient Diesel Engine

Professor Reitz discusses Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) in an interview with Central Time on Wisconsin Public Radio

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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.

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Courses: Diesel Engine Performance and Fundamentals of Engine System Controls

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

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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.