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Projects

Current Projects

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Abdullah Bawja
  • Development of one dimensional GT-Power based model for AJAX E-565 single cylinder two stroke engine.
Tim Kroeger
  • Enabling high efficiency and clean combustion through the integration of low heat rejection (LHR) concepts with advanced low temperature combustion (LTC) engines.
Taylor Linker
  • Improving current engine control strategies to account for fuel reactivity, thereby improving emissions compliance.
Kevin Wallace
  • Development of simulation for large bore, single-cylinder, two stroke natural gas engine.
Katy Armitage
  • Utilizing low heat rejection and low temperature combustion to reduce emissions and increase efficiency in diesel engines.
Forrest Pommier
  • Experimental testing of directed energy spark ignition systems on large-bore natural gas engine. This testing involves study of the timing, amount of energy, and number of strikes per spark event. The purpose of the research is to determine the effectiveness of increased energy and control over the spark event in hopes of increasing the lean limit and reducing emission without sacrificing performance. General trends have shown to increase the lean limit while reducing emissions. The ignition systems being used for the testing were not designed to be run on a low speed engine, such as the Ajax E-565, so no data is available on which to provide some means of the outcome of this research. This project is funded by Altronic Inc.
Jacob Nowlin
  • Developing methodology to integrate the non-methane cutter from an older emissions bench into the current emissions analysis system.

Past Projects

Tim McDonald
  • Providing research assistance in the lab on a variety of small projects including: working with test instrumentation, inventorying gas cylinders, and grading thermodynamics concept inventories.
Alireza Mashayekh
  • Study of conjugate heat transfer of a spark-ignited natural gas engine cylinder in collaboration with GE.
Tingting Li
  • Enabling high efficiency and clean combustion through the integration of low heat rejection (LHR) concepts with advanced low temperature combustion (LTC) engines.
Jue Li
  • Assessing potential differences of fuel effects on combustion and engine behavior between differently-sized engines.
Ryan Bandura
  • Model based determination of CFD initial conditions and NO predictions for diesel engines, funded by John Deere.
Aaron Griffin
  • Single-cylinder natural gas engine combustion and emissions research and development.
  • 2013. Use of oxide nanoparticles in soot reduction. University of Central Florida.
Jiafeng Sun
  • 2011 – 2014. Studied diesel/gasoline dual-fuel combustion in a diesel engine, to improve efficiency, and NOx and smoke emissions, using energy balance, design of experiment and statistical techniques.
  • 2008 – 2011. Development of low emissions, high efficiency natural gas engine: Implementation of homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI) technologies. Qatar National Research Foundation.
Joshua Bittle
  • Simultaneous and substantial reductions in nitric oxide and particulate matter emissions via the development of low temperature combustion in a diesel engine. Houston Advanced Research Center.
  • Root cause analysis of changes in NOx emissions due to biodiesel combustion in diesel engines. Houston Advanced Research Center.
Michael Penny
  • Enabling high efficiency and clean combustion through the integration of low heat rejection (LHR) concepts with advanced low temperature combustion (LTC) engines. National Science Foundation EAGER grant and NSF AIR grant.
Hoseok Song
  • Radiation heat transfer and its effect on NO formation in diesel combustion with biodiesel fuel. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 2007 ARP Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program.
  • Root cause analysis of changes in NOx emissions due to biodiesel combustion in diesel engines. Houston Advanced Research Center.
Aditya Narayanan
  • Root cause analysis of changes in NOx emissions due to biodiesel combustion in diesel engines. Houston Advanced Research Center.
Michael Kader
  • Fleet equipment performance measurement preventive maintenance model (PM2). Texas Department of Transportation.
Bryan Knight
  • Simultaneous and substantial reductions in nitric oxide and particulate matter emissions via the development of low temperature combustion in a diesel engine. Houston Advanced Research Center.
James McLean
  • Simultaneous and substantial reductions in nitric oxide and particulate matter emissions via the development of low temperature combustion in a diesel engine. Houston Advanced Research Center.
Gurlovleen Rathore
  • Root cause analysis of changes in NOx emissions due to biodiesel combustion in diesel engines. Houston Advanced Research Center.
  • Radiation heat transfer and its effect on NO formation in diesel combustion with biodiesel fuel. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 2007 ARP Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program.
Jason Esquivel
  • Root cause analysis of changes in NOx emissions due to biodiesel combustion in diesel engines. Houston Advanced Research Center.
Brandon Tompkins
  • Root cause analysis of changes in NOx emissions due to biodiesel combustion in diesel engines. Houston Advanced Research Center.
Sushil Oak
  • Improved engine design concepts using the second law of thermodynamics: reducing irreversibilities and increasing efficiencies. U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV.
Rahul Pillai
  • Efficiency analysis of varying EGR under PCI mode of combustion in a light duty diesel engine. Texas A&M University.

Sidharth Sambashivan
  • Operational test cell manual for medium-duty diesel engine. Texas A&M University.