Fall 2010 IAB
September 15 to 17

Invited Faculty Talk:
Prof. Albert Pisano

Fuel-Flexible Microengines for Portable Power

The ultimate goal of the fuel flexibility project is to deliver on-demand, reliable, small- scale portable power for specialized uses and for future (unknown) biofuel diversity, using internal combustion engines that run on a variety of fuels. This will require advanced control of the combustion event, dramatic improvements to the engine sealing technology, and development of integrated sensors and feedback for optimal performance. To achieve this goal, a specialized engine test platform has been designed and built to accurately measure power output, torque, and efficiency. A baseline for engine performance on "standard" fuel can be established and will enable performance comparisons using other fuels, new design features (e.g., seals), and control systems.