Mobility

Propulsion Systems

As the world moves towards more efficient and environmentally friendly fuel sources research is needed to discover the best available future. Within the next 10 years a significant shift is expected in which we will see five classes of propulsion systems emerge. Meet the researchers exploring the latest mobility technologies.

 

Chunpei Cai

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Fluid dynamics
  • Aerospace and space engineering
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Research Interests

  • Rarefied and non-equilibrium gas dynamics
  • Plasma simulations
  • Electric propulsion
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Bo Chen

  • Dave House Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechatronics and embedded systems
  • Agent Technology
  • Monitoring and control networks
  • Hybrid electric vehicles
  • Smart grid

Research Interests

  • Modeling and control of hybrid electric vehicles
  • EV-smart grid integration
  • Distributed monitoring and control
  • Battery control for HEV and energy storage systems
  • IC engine management systems
  • Sensor information fusion

Scott A Miers

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

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
Christopher Morgan

Christopher Morgan

Jeffrey D. Naber

  • Ron and Elaine Starr Professor in Energy Systems, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Advanced Power Systems Research Center
  • Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Advisor

Areas of Expertise

  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Hydrogen and Biofuels
  • After-Treatment

Research Interests

  • Combustion processes and combustion control of hydrogen and hydrogen dual fueled engines
  • Biofuels including ethanol with production from forest products and application in advanced combustion engines
  • Gasoline IC engine research and the development of physical based correlations and models
  • Development of combustion measurement techniques for diesel, gasoline, and HCCI and PPCI engines

Youngchul Ra

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Combustion/Chemical kinetics
  • Internal Combustion Engine

Specialties

  • Advanced Combustion Modeling: Gasoline Compression Ignition (GCI), Reactive Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI),High Pressure Torch Jet Combustion (HPTJC), Ignition, Flame propagation
  • Engine CFD: Full Conjugate Multi-domain code, Engine combustion application, Code development
  • Chemical kinetics: Multi-component fuel chemistry, Surface chemistry, Soot, Emissions.
  • Alternative Fuel Research: Biofuel, Additives, Spray modeling, Fuel assessment and design
  • High Performance Computing Technology: Parallel computing, Solver algorithm, Optimization

Darrell L. Robinette

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Powertrain control
  • Automatic transmissions
  • Drivetrain dynamics
  • Torque converters
  • Hybrid electric vehicle system integration and control

Research Interests

  • Advanced propulsion and power transfer systems
  • Automatic transmission systems design
  • Integration and control
  • Hybrid electric propulsion systems
  • Driveline torsional vibration analysis and testing
  • Rotating machinery NVH
  • Dynamic/digital signal processing
  • Lumped parameter modeling

Mahdi Shahbakhti

  • Research Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Co-Advisor of Alternative Energy Enterprise

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamic Systems Modeling and Control
  • Powertrain/Vehicle Control
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Vehicular Emissions and Aftertreatment Systems
  • Building Energy Controls

Research Interests

  • Modeling and Control of Energy Systems
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Connected Vehicles
  • Advanced Combustion Engines
  • Energy Control of Buildings in a Smart Grid
  • HVAC/Climate Controls

Jeremy Worm

  • Research Engineer, Advanced Power Systems Research Center
  • Instructor, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Michigan Tech Mobile Lab

Research Interests

  • High-Performance Engines (SI & CI)
  • Direct Injection
  • Compressed Natural Gas
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Energy Efficiency

Areas of Expertise

  • Internal Combustion Engines Combustion System Development Variable Valve Lift / Timing Powertrain Calibration Alternative Fuels Engine Integration
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Instrumentation & Testing Ground Vehicle Systems Powertrain Systems