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Projects

Current Projects

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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.
Jacob Hedrick
  • Variable composition natural gas engine research in association with AETC and GE, funded by Pipeline Research Council International.
Tim Kroeger
  • 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.
Tingting Li
  • Enabling high efficiency and clean combustion through the integration of low heat eejection (LHR) concepts with advanced low temperature combustion (LTC) engines.
Alireza Mashayekh
  • Study of conjugate heat transfer of a spark-ignited natural gas engine cylinder in collaboration with GE.
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.
Jiafeng Sun
  • Design experiments to study various engine phenomena (currently continue his thesis research on diesel/gasoline dual-fuel combustion); supervise and assist student researchers in their specific tasks; provide lab management services including safety oversight and lab organization.

Past Projects

Aaron Griffin
  • 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.