The University of Minnesota T.E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory has an opportunity for a post-doctoral associate to conduct experimental research in advanced fuel pretreatment technologies for natural gas engines. The research will be conducted under a new U.S. DOE-sponsored project. The goal of the proposed research program is to overcome the disadvantages of conventional NG engines by developing catalytic fuel pretreatment technology to control advanced low temperature compression ignition (LTCI) combustion. LTCI modes result in higher engine BTE through higher compression ratio combined with lean operation and lower heat loss.
Duties/Responsibilities listed by percentage of time:
Elements of the research to support the project and laboratory may include: a) configuring single-cylinder engine and rapid compression machine experiments (60%); b) performing 1-D engine and reactor models (15%) c) overall project management and reporting (10%); and d) analyzing, processing and publishing project findings (15%).
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field is required. Must have reliable transportation to/from off-campus work location. Relevant areas of expertise should include engine experimentation, combustion research, catalyst development, fuel ignition kinetics, and aftertreatment.
Applicants with experience in experimental engine research and in ignition studies using rapid compression machines or other like facilities. Excellent communication, writing management and leadership skills are also needed for this position. Experience in Chemkin or other chemical kinetics software and 1-D engine analysis software like GT-Power is preferred.
Internal Number: 329150
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