Internal combustion engine design incorporates many different sciences and competences​​

Combustion and Propulsion Systems

For a sustainable future 

With the human population increasing and demanding better living standards the need for transport will rise. However, the transport sector is a very fossil-dependent sector at a time when the climate crisis is high on the radar. 

By 2030, approximately 70 - 90 percent of all passenger cars powered by internal combustion engines, with or without some level of electrification, and almost all long-distance transport but already we have approximately more than a billion ICEs in the world. By 2050 the prediction today is that 50 percent of passenger cars and 75 percent of long-distance transport will be either partially or fully powered by ICEs. 

At Combustion and Propulsion Systems we have great expertise in combustion and emission formation in internal combustion engines. This expertise is necessary to contribute to a sustainable future. 

Technical development​ and renewable fuels

Fuel-efficient combustion engines with zero emissions that are driven by renewable fuels are a crucial part of the development towards fossil-free and sustainable transports. 

Technical development in ICE design is rapid and leads to continually decreasing emissions and higher efficiency. Important parts of the development are the adaptation of the internal combustion engine to hybrid vehicles, development of new technologies that achieve both high efficiency and low emissions and development of new renewable fuels. This requires both experimental projects and modelling of phenomena in everything from combustion to entire powertrains. 

To investigate all these aspects of internal combustion engine design, Combustion and Propulsion systems have a combustion lab of a very high standard. The lab has everything from a 1-cylinder passenger car-sized optical engine to a multi-cylinder diesel truck engine. We also have a hybrid test cell for hybrid vehicles, complete with driving robots and a programmable battery simulator. In our well-equipped spray laboratory, sprays are examined at both room temperature and during combustion. 

Combustion Engine Research Center

Our division also has extensive collaboration with Combustion Engine Research Center (CERC), which aims to generate knowledge and methods for the industry to manufacture sustainable internal combustion engines. The division has a collaboration with various universities and industrial companies in both Sweden and Europe as well as the USA, China and Japan. 

We also teach a large portion of the courses in the master’s programme Mobility Engineering​.

More information about our research

Workshop 2020 - Presentations on some current research projects​
Research Projects​
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If you have questions about the division or looking for cooperation with one of our employees, please contact Head of Division Lucien Koopmans​.

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