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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.


ERC T-25 get-together at 2019 SAE Congress

This year for 2019 SAE Congress, we will be holding the T-25/ERC get-together on Wednesday morning, April 10th starting at 8:00AM 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.

We look forward to seeing you again in Detroit!

ERC Symposium: Technologies to meet Ultra-Low NOx Standards

The latest entry in ERC's biennial symposium series will be held on June 5-6th 2019, on the topic of Technologies to meet Ultra-Low NOx Standards. More details as they become available will be posted here.

Spring 2019 Engine Training Courses

The Department of Engineering Professional Development in partnership with ERC will be offering several engine training courses in Madison, WI.

IMEM at SAE Congress 2019

The International Multidimensional Engine Modeling User's Group Meeting at the SAE Congress, is organized in association with the Engine Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan Technological University, in Detroit Downtown at 12:00 - 5:30 pm on April 8, 2019.

Registration and more info

Foster receives SAE International honor for outstanding diesel research

SAE International has honored David Foster, the Phil and Jean Myers professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, with its 2018 John Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines.


Spray and Droplet Phenomena at the 4th Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference

Prof. Trujillo is organizing a session titled 'Spray and Droplet Phenomena' at the 4th Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference to be held in Las Vegas, April 14-17, 2019. Interested authors are encouraged to submit their latest research findings and should contact Mario F. Trujillo (mtrujillo@wisc.edu) for more details.

Reitz, Trujillo awarded at 14th International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems

The Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems – Europe has conferred its Arthur Lefebvre Award on Emeritus Professor Rolf D. Reitz in recognition for distinguished, continuing and encouraging contributions to the field of Atomization and Sprays.

At the same meeting Associate Professor Mario Trujillo received a Norman Chigier Atomization and Sprays Paper Reviewer Award

Kokjohn leads new program to integrate solid oxide fuel cells and advanced combustion engines

Author: Adam Malecek

A University of Wisconsin-Madison team led by Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Sage Kokjohn is developing new technology that would enable smaller, distributed electrical generation systems that are roughly twice as efficient as conventional fossil fuel-based power plants and provide more environmentally friendly power.