Advanced Combustion

Advanced Combustion

Combustion engines drive a large percentage of our nation’s transportation vehicles and power generation and manufacturing facilities. Today’s combustion engines rely heavily on non-renewable petroleum-based fuels that produce harmful emissions and carbon dioxide. Understanding how those engines work and developing approaches to improving them requires unique multidisciplinary expertise and sophisticated facilities that are available together only at Argonne National Laboratory. Engine and vehicle manufacturers turn to Argonne for assistance with a wide range of combustion challenges and Argonne consistently delivers the sorts of results that will move our nation toward the use of cleaner, more energy-independent engines for transportation, power generation and manufacturing applications.

Projects

Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling

Developing, testing and validating combustion chemistry models for alternative fuels

Fuel Chemistry Predictive Modeling

Advancing high-fidelity, advanced computational fluid dynamics tools to model engine performance in a simulation environment

Fuel Spray Analysis

Visualizing the flow inside the engine's fuel injector nozzle using X-ray beams at the Advanced Photon Source

Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative

VERIFI is the first and only source in the world for high-fidelity, three-dimensional, end-to-end, combustion engine simulation/visualization, simultaneous powertrain and fuel simulation, with uncertainty quantification