CERC is based on the concept of linking scientific competencies that are found in several university departments (e.g. engine fundamentals, basic fluid mechanics, chemistry and fuels chemistry, controls, catalysis, numerical modeling and simulation, and advanced measurement techniques). These basic ingredients are then organized and focused to meet long-term research needs that are delineated within “industrial road maps”. The road maps are jointly developed by our industrial partners.
CERC research project organization is carried out in part by “reference groups”; working groups consisting of researchers from academia and industry who delve deeply into the issues and details together. Typical reference group areas would include Spark-Ignited Engines, Compression-Ignited Engines, Alternative Fuels, Diagnostics and Sprays, and so forth. The definitions of the reference groups can evolve over time, in response to new knowledge and research needs. The board of directors, together with CERC management, ensures that the overall research strategy is strongly academic while emphasizing future sustainable transport research needs.
CERC research projects cover processes from internal flow in the fuel injector, to spray breakup and droplet formation, to evaporation, mixing and turbulent cylinder flows, ignition, turbulent combustion, new combustion modes and thermodynamic cycles (both compression and spark ignition), emissions formation, exhaust gas treatment, waste heat recovery, hybrid electric vehicle systems, and engine and system controls. These processes are studied both experimentally and numerically. Experiments necessarily involve the use of advanced measurement techniques. The link called “CERC Projects” to the left will take you to the most recent examples.
CERC is managed within the Combustion Division of the Institution of Applied Mechanics at Chalmers. The Combustion Division has many closely related projects that are located outside of CERC; either because they are related to a single company and not all of the findings are meant to be shared, or because they are more scientific and as such they are not of immediate interest to industry. These associated projects have roughly the same size of funding base as CERC, and there is strong synergy between these two groups. Together they support significant infrastructure (labs, equipment, research engineers and technicians, and courses) that strengthens both sides. CERC itself, however, provides very long term stability and international visibility to the research programs. The link called “Associated Projects” to the left will take you to the most recent examples of the associated projects.