Our research seeks to develop a fundamental understanding of how fuel composition impacts fuel properties and combustion behavior in (diesel) engines of interest to the military. This work is ultimately directed at developing the ability to predict the properties and performance of a fuel given knowledge of its chemical composition; this would, in turn, greatly facilitate the “fit for purpose” determination of fuels in specific Naval engines. Through our research, we engage midshipmen in project-based learning where they gain hands on experience with laboratory equipment and computational platforms.
Our work is funded by the Office of Naval Research NEPTUNE (Naval Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence initiative) program.
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