Reaction Design, a leading developer of advanced combustion simulation software, announced that Brazil’s Petrobras has joined the Model Fuels Consortium II (MFC II). (Earlier post.) Petrobras was a participant in the inaugural phase of the Consortium and is keenly interested in the Consortium’s work toward creation of accurate fuel models and combustion simulation tools that will enable the next generation of more efficient engines used for transportation and power generation.
Fuel producers must consider a widening product range, from cleaner, high-performance petroleum blends to alternative fuels that vary in quality. The MFC helps us make good decisions by creating accurate and industry validated computer models of complex fuels.—Alipio Ferreira Pinto, Jr., Downstream R&D General Manager at Petrobras
MFC II builds on the work of the original Consortium and continues the innovative design work targeting cleaner burning, more efficient transportation engines, power turbines and fuels. The group was established in 2005 to address engine design challenges caused by the urgent need to reduce pollutant emissions and the economic realities driving the introduction of both modified conventional fuels and new and more complex alternative fuels. The MFC’s primary focus has been to assemble realistic surrogate fuel models that make it possible to represent the precise characteristics of current and future fuels.
In addition to Petrobras, current members of the Consortium are ConocoPhillips, GE Energy, l’Institut Français du Pétrol (IFP), Mazda, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Reaction Design, Saudi Aramco, Suzuki, Toyota and Volkswagen.