Scott A Miers

Scott Miers

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Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Graduate Seminar Series Coordinator

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2004. MS, Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University, 2001. BS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1995.

Biography

Dr. Miers joined the ME-EM Department at Michigan Tech in August of 2008. He was previously employed by Argonne National Laboratory in the Engines and Emissions Research section where his research focus was on internal combustion engine efficiency, emissions, and performance. He was also closely involved with alternative and renewable fuels research investigating how the unique chemical compositions affect both engine and vehicle operation.

His research interests and expertise centers on experimental internal combustion engine research focusing on gasoline and diesel combustion including system efficiency and emissions reduction. He has experience with novel IC engine data acquisition techniques such as piston-mounted wireless microwave telemetry and minimally invasive combustion visualization. In addition, he has a significant interest in alternative and renewable transportation fuels and has worked with biodiesel, ethanol, butanol, and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels in both spark-ignition and compression-ignition engines.

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Alternative and renewable transportation fuels
  • Internal combustion engine efficiency
  • Performance and emissions
  • Wireless data acquisition techniques
  • Combustion visualization

Research Interests

  • Internal combustion engine efficiency, emissions, and performance
  • Alternative and renewable fuels: investigating how the unique chemical compositions affect both engine and vehicle operation
  • IC engine data acquisition techniques such as piston-mounted wireless microwave telemetry and minimally invasive combustion visualization
  • Alternative and renewable transportation fuels
  • In-Use Emissions

Recent Publications

  • Madison, D. P., Miers, S. A., Barna, G. L., Richerson, J. L. (2013). "Comparison of Piston Temperature Measurement Methods: Templug Versus Wireless Telemetry with Thermocouples", ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power (Vol. 135, No. 6, pp. 1-8).
  • Lawyer, K., Ickes, A., Wallner, T., Ertl, D., Williamson, R., Miers, S. A., Naber, J. D. (2013). "Blend Ratio Optimization of Fuels Containing Gasoline Blendstock, Ethanol, and Higher Alcohols (C3-C6): Part II - Blend Properties and Target Value Sensitivity", SAE International 2013-01-1126.
  • Rittenour, M. D., Weber, J. C., Miers, S. A. (2012). "Assessing the Effect of E22 Fuel on Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Snowmobile Performance and Emissions", ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference ICEF2012-92185.
  • Wiegand, A. L., Miers, S. A., Blough, J. R., Kowalski, D. I., Biske, A. (2012). "Development of a Micro-Engine Testing System", SAE Small Engine Technology Conference 2012-32-0105.
  • Miers, S. A., Green, C., Meldrum, J., Chmielewski, M. (2010). "Measurement of Regulated and Unregulated Exhaust Emissions from Snowmobiles in the 2009 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge", SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants (Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 1112-1121).
  • Wallner, T., Miers. S.A., McConnell, S.S., “A Comparison of Ethanol and Butanol as Oxygenates Using a Direct-Injection, Spark-Ignition (DISI) Engine”, 2008 ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division Spring Technical Conference, Chicago, Illinois, ICES2008-1690.
  • Miers, S. A., Barna, G. L., Anderson, C. L., Blough, J. R., Inal, M. K., Ciatti, S. A., “A Wireless Microwave Telemetry Data Transfer Technique for Reciprocating and Rotating Components”, ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, GTP-06-1228, Vol.130, Issue. 2, 2007.
  • Miers, S. A., Kastengren, A. L., El-Hannouny, E. M., Longman, D. E., “An Experimental Investigation of Biodiesel Injection Characteristics Using a Light-duty Diesel Injector”, 2007 ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, ICEF2007-1735.
  • Miers, S. A., Ng, H., Ciatti, S. A., Stork, K., “Combustion Analysis Comparison of SunDiesel and Conventional Diesel in a LD Engine”, 2005 SAE Powertrain and Fluid Systems Conference, San Antonio, TX, SAE 2005-01-3670.

Current and Past Research Projects

  • Title: "Evaluating the Impact of E15 on Snowmobile Engine Durability and Vehicle Driveability" Sponsor: Department of Energy Project Scope: E15 (15 vol% ethanol) can be used in model year 2001 and newer light-duty motor vehicles yet is not approved for use in snowmobiles or off-highway vehicles of any kind. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of E15 on current product and legacy snowmobile engines and vehicles that could occur due to misfueling by the vehicle owner. Three test scenarios were conducted to evaluate the impact of E15, including cold-start performance and emissions, on-snow vehicle driveability, and laboratory exhaust emissions over the useful life of the engine.
  • Title: "Incorporation of Higher Carbon Number Alcohols in Gasoline Blends for Application in Spark-Ignition Engines" Sponsor: "Argonne National Laboratory"
  • Title: "Comparative Analysis of Efficiency and Operating Characteristics of Automotive Powertrain Architectures Through Chassis Dynamometer Testing" Sponsor: Argonne National Laboratory
  • Title: Thermal Characterization of Combustion Chamber Components in a Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection (GTDI) Engine Sponsor: Ford Motor Company
  • Title: "Novel Automotive Waste Heat Recovery Techniques"
  • Title: "Advanced Piston Material for Improving Thermal Efficiency and Reducing Emissions"

Classes Taught

  • ME-EM 2200 (Thermodynamics)
  • ME-EM 4220 (IC Engines 1)
  • ME-EM 5200 (Advanced Thermodynamics)

Recent Research Projects

Enhancement of Corn-based Fuel for Recreational Engines and Vehicles

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Scott Miers
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics