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SuperTruck: Development of High-Efficiency Engines for On-Highway Class 8 Trucks

Center for Transportation Research (CTR) Brown Bag Series
Andrew M. Ickes, Center for Transportation Research
September 11, 2014 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Building 362, Room F108
The combination of proposed CO2 emissions regulations and customer desire to reduce fuel expenses drive increasing the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty diesel engines. This reflects in the need for advanced combustion strategies to not only deliver low pollutant emissions, but superior efficiency as well. Reflecting these objectives, the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored SuperTruck program began in 2010 with an aggressive series of demonstration targets: a 50 percent increase in freight fuel efficiency, demonstration of an engine with 50 percent brake thermal efficiency, and development of a pathway to achieve a 55 percent brake thermal efficiency engine. Argonne, as a main partner of the Navistar SuperTruck program, was tasked with vehicle simulation and with experimental evaluation of high-efficiency engine technologies and combustion concepts. This presentation will cover research conducted on a heavy-duty diesel engine platform aimed at increasing brake thermal efficiency while maintaining low engine-out emissions. Facility capabilities, ongoing combustion research, and future program direction will be highlighted.