MSE Research Project Database

Low emission transport via advanced engines and fuels


Project Leader: Yi Yang
Primary Contact: Yi Yang (yi.yang@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: combustion and emissions; energy efficiency
Disciplines: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,Mechanical Engineering
Domains: Optimisation of resources and infrastructure
Research Centre: Advanced Centre for Automotive Research and Testing (ACART)

99% transport energy used today is via burning fossil fuels and biofuels in combustion engines. This makes transport a major contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollutions in large cities around the world. Despite the rapid electrification in passenger transport, combustion engines will continue its strong presence in the foreseeable future for hybrid electric vehiciles and as the prime mover for nearly all other transport applications than passenger vehciles. There is therefore a urgent need to develop low emission engines and fuels to curtail the environmental impacts of future transport.

This project aims to develop low emission transport technologies via understanding the key processes where engine operation interacts with fuel combustion chemistry. Fundamental experiments and detailed modeling will be conducted in world-class facilities, including a unique CFR octane rating engine and a high pressure plug flow reactor. This research will enable the development of next generation high-efficiency low-emissions engines as well as making the best use of limited biofuel resources currently available.