Reaction Design Launches Model Fuels Consortium II
15 September 2008
Reaction Design announced the establishment of Model Fuels Consortium II (MFC-II). (Earlier post.) The MFC is a collaboration of engine companies, energy companies and research laboratories, led by Reaction Design, which is developing model fuels to support the development of cleaner-burning, more efficient engines and fuels by enabling accurate simulation results.
The goal of MFC-II is to create software models and tools that let engine designers predict and control soot particle size and number. Nano-particles are increasingly being linked to various medical conditions from asthma to pulmonary fibrosis. New and proposed regulations would limit the number and size of these particles that an engine can produce.
However, without proactive engine design changes, these regulations would significantly increase the cost of automotive after-treatment systems.
As the cost of engine fuels continues to rise and the need to meet tightening emissions specifications drives the need for more sophisticated design methods, close collaboration among fuel and auto industry leaders is essential. MFC-II provides a forum for this collaboration, enabling continued development of tools, fundamental combustion data and models that help solve fuel-efficiency and pollution-reduction challenges.—Bernie Rosenthal, CEO of Reaction Design
Building on the successful surrogate modeling strategy of the original MFC, the new consortium effort will continue to expand the “members-only” combustion fuels database to refine precision and add new fuel types, as new trends require. This database provides the cornerstone intellectual property for accurate combustion simulation and soot prediction.
With the growing importance of diesel fuels, further development of science-based soot models, with a special emphasis on particle size distribution, will be pursued. In addition, the mechanism-reduction techniques developed in the original project will be further enhanced to meet demands for faster, more precise model generation.
Charter Members for the MFC-II include: Conoco-Phillips, Mazda, PSA, Saudi-Aramco, Suzuki, and Toyota. In addition to the active contributions from these members the MFC-II effort will continue to benefit from the active participation and guidance of a technical advisory committee including chief technical adviser, Charlie Westbrook, widely regarded as one of the pioneers of combustion modeling, together with Prof. Anthony Dean, Colorado School of Mines; Prof. William Green, MIT; Prof. Hiromitsu Ando, Fukui University; Prof. Mitsuo Koshi, University of Tokyo; Prof. Ulrich Maas, Karlsruhe University and Prof. Rolf Reitz, University of Wisconsin.
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