Future fuels and ultra-clean engines for sustainable transport
The group uses numeric and experimental tools to develop the necessary understanding of new clean and efficient combustion concepts for Heavy-duty engines. We especially target fuels that have a low-carbon footprint in order to mitigate the climate impact. Combustion concept studies are performed on dedicated adapted heavy-duty (truck) engines. These concept studies guide the more detailed numerical and experimental campaigns. A series of special (unique) set-ups are available to study in detail the sub-processes applying advanced (laser) diagnostics techniques. Apart from the deeper level of understanding these provide the results also serve as a benchmark for the numerical models. The numerical models are used to explain the complicated interaction of fuels and emissions observed in the concepts studies especially the effect of future fuels (bio- and e-fuels).
The research is carried out within a consortium; the Zero-Emission Lab. This lab is a formal co-operation between DAF, TNO, Shell, Province Brabant and the TU/e especially to develop clean and efficient concepts for a sustainable transport system. The group also co-operates on a global level and is a well-recognized partner of the Engine Combustion Network (www.sandia.gov/ecn), an international co-operation with world leading institutes like the national laboratories in USA (SNL and ANL), France (IFPen) and universities around the world (USA, Italy, Spain, Australia etc..). Research within the group has been supported by industry, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme (FP6, FP7, H2020).
Meet some of our Researchers
Andrea Di Matteo
Within the research group Power&Flow, Somers is specialized in the following themes:
Combustion Systems and their Fuels
This theme is connected to the development of smart injection and combustion strategies of future ultra-clean and efficient combustion...
Metal Fuels as dense CO2-free Energy Carriers
This theme is concerned with a novel type of fuels: metal powders that have a tremendously high energy density and can act as a major...
Somers is currently working on the following projects:
Lignin as a feedstock for renewable marine fuels
STW 14927 HiEff
TBBE118001 Drop-in biofuels via catalytic hydrogenation of pyrolysis oil for application in the marine sector
815259 SmartCHP - Smart and flexible heat and power from biomass derived liquids for small-scale CHP application
Argon Power Cycle
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Combined experimental and numerical studies on soot characteristics of diesel sprays with split injection strategiesCombustion and Flame (2022)
Control oriented engine model development for Model-based PPC controlSAE Technical Papers (2022)
Ignition and Combustion Characteristics of N-Butanol and FPBO/N-Butanol Blends With Addition of Ignition ImproverFrontiers in Energy Research (2022)
Large Eddy Simulation of cavitation effects on reacting spray flames using FGM and a new dispersion model with multiple realizationsCombustion and Flame (2022)
A comparison of combustion properties in biomass–coal blends using characteristic and kinetic analysesInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2021)