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Understanding how combustion engines work and developing approaches to improving them

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 these engines work and developing approaches to improving them requires unique multidisciplinary expertise and sophisticated facilities that are available 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.

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