Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Advanced Power Systems

The Advanced Power Systems (APS) Research Center explores alternative energy sources that help mitigate the economic ramifications of increased oil prices. The focus is on alternative energy sources, such as biofuels, fuel cells, and wind turbines.

The most immediately feasible alternative energy source is biofuels. With decades of expertise and numerous innovative engine research labs, the APS group is well equipped to devise the necessary modifications to internal combustion engines that will allow them to run on high mix biofuel, improving efficiency and reducing emissions without sacrificing torque, fuel economy, or smooth vehicle operation.

This group also focuses on energy system optimization to ensure efficient use of future fuel supplies. Thermal-fluid experts are working to characterize two-phase flows in heat exchangers, enhance flows in fuel cells, and develop methods and technologies that will allow the utilization of gasified natural material in power generation systems. Researchers are also investigating ways to optimize the flow of air across wind turbines in order to increase productivity. By investigating current and emerging technologies, the group is bridging the gap between today's fossil fuel economy and a multisource economy that promises a more stable and sustainable future.

Faculty + Research = Discovery

Our department boasts world-class faculty who have access to numerous innovative research labs and are committed to discovery and learning. This encompasses a range of research areas, experiences, and expertise related to advanced power systems. Learn more about our faculty and their research interests:

Research Projects

Our faculty engage in a number of research projects, many of which are publicly funded. A sample listing of recent research projects focused on agile interconnected microgrids appears below. You can also view a broader list of research projects taking place across the mechanical engineering department.

Ongoing Projects

Past Projects