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2014

December: Prof. Frederick (Fred) Dryer joins the ACART team

Prof. Fred Dryer of Princeton University has joined the ACART team as an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Prof. Dryer is a world leading authority on several aspects of combustion science. This position formalises a collaboration that has grown over the last few years, in which Prof. Dryer has worked increasingly closely with the ACART team.

September: ACART researcher finalist in the APEC Science Prizes

Prof. Chris Manzie was the Australian nominee and a finalist in the APEC Science Prize in Intelligent Transportation

April: Dr. Robert Gordon joins ACART team

Dr Robert Gordon joined ACART and the University of Melbourne, coming from Rolls-Royce Canada where he was the Team Leader for Industrial Gas Turbine Research and Technology. Dr Gordon is a specialist in transient combustion phenomena such as ignition/autoignition, flashback, and extinction. He is an experimental researcher, with expertise in advanced laser diagnostics such as PIV, LIF and Rayleigh. He has previously researched biofuel combustion at the University of Cambridge, and high-altitude relight at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney.

February: ACART hosts Road Transport Engine Emissions course

Once again, the Road Transport Engine Emissions short course was hosted at the University of Melbourne, Parkville. This 3 day professional development programme has been developed for academic and industry personel alike.

Seminars delivered by OEMs, government, equipment manufacturers and University researchers address not only the performance and emissions of gasoline, diesel, alternatively fueled, hybrid and electric vehicles, but also the measurement techniques and equipment necessary for emissions assessment.

February: Dr. Mohsen Talei joins ACART team

Dr. Mohsen Talei joins ACART and the University of Melbourne after a period of post-doctoral research in the Engine Research Group at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Prior to his post-doc, he undertook his PhD on theoretical and numerical study of combustion-generated sound at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Talei is a specialist in computational fluid mechanics (CFD), with research involvement in areas such as autoignition, lifted flames under diesel–like conditions, combustion modelling for HCCI engines and combustion-generated sound.

2013

November: Best Student Paper Award at AUCC2013

PhD candidate Alireza Mohammadi won the "Best Student Paper" award at the 2013 Australian Control Conference for: A. Mohammadi, D. Nesic, C. Manzie (2013) "Emulation Design for a Class of Extremum Seeking Controllers: Case Studies in ABS Design and Spark Timing Calibration" [pdf]

June: Best Application Paper Award at ASCC2013

Prof. Chris Manzie won "Best Application Paper" award at the 2013 Asian Control Conference for: C. Manzie, P. Dewangan, G. Corde, O. Grondin, A. Sciarretta (2013) "State of Charge Management for PHEVs with Uncertain Distance to Recharge" [pdf]

2012

August: ACART consolidates its research into LPG

The ACART team was successful in winning an ARC Linkage Grant titled “Lower greenhouse at lower cost: maximising the potential of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in passenger vehicles”. This project will develop tools for designing internal combustion engines that simultaneously achieve low greenhouse emissions without added consumer cost. The project aim is to be achieved through the effective use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which is an affordable fuel that has potentially low regulated and greenhouse emissions if used properly.

July: ACART expands its research into cost effective abatement in the NEM

The National Electricity Market (NEM) is currently powered mainly by coal combustion, with some renewable generation and natural gas. This energy mix must change if we are to make deep cuts in our national electricity emissions. ACART’s capabilities in the dynamics, control and optimisation of power plants has been called upon to assist a consortium led by the University of Melbourne group, and including the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), General Electric, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and others. This project will run for the next 2 years, and will identify cost-effective pathways to a low emission future for our NEM.

July: Dr. Yi Yang joins the ACART team

Dr. Yi Yang comes to the University of Melbourne from Sandia National Laboratories, where he was a Post-Doctoral Associate with Dr. John Dec. Yi brings to the team his considerable understanding of fuel chemistry and how it affects engine performance, which compliments our ongoing activities in understanding the autoignition and knocking of conventional and alternative fuels. Yi is building a major new facility that will be used to examine fuel chemistry at engine representative conditions.

January: ACART develops new partnerships in the Defence Sector

ACART's expertise in the dynamics and control of propulsion systems has resulted in it winning new contracts with defence industry organisations, BAE and the Australian Federal Government's Department of Defence. These projects involve research on sea and air vehicles.

2011

October-December: Prof. Fred Dryer visits ACART

Prof. Fred Dryer of Princeton University, an eminent scholar in combustion science, visited the University of Melbourne from October-December 2011. During this time the group worked closely with Prof. Dryer on the autoignition of both ethanol/gasoline mixtures and LPG. This collaboration is ongoing, with several publications due to appear in 2012 and beyond.

July: ACART, SAE-A and Horiba run engine emissions course

In keeping with tradition, every 2 years ACART, Horiba and SAE-A run their 3 day professional development short course on road transport engine emissions at the University of Melbourne.

This year’s course was the most successful yet, attracting our largest number of attendees. Those in attendance heard talks from OEMs, leading suppliers, government and, of course, University researchers on a broad range of topics, in particular discussing the performance and emissions from gasoline, diesel, alternatively fuelled, hybrid and electric vehicles.

January: ACART expands collaborative industry research programme

Assoc. Prof. Chris Manzie has been awarded a Future Fellowship by the Australian Research Council for 2011-2015. Chris’ research will focus on advanced control and optimisation of conventional, hybrid and electric powertrains, and expands ACART’s support of local industry.

ACART is now working on a co-ordinated collaborative research programme with Robert Bosch, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Ford Australia, Holden Limited, Toyota Australia and the Victorian Department of Transport. This co-ordinated programme focuses on fundamental aspects of powertrain modelling, control and optimisation, and aims to achieve large reductions in the emissions from road vehicles.

2010

August: ACART research fellow wins SAE-A award

Dr. Rahul Sharma was the 2010 recipient of the “Young Automotive Engineer of the Year Award” from the Society of Automotive Engineers – Australasia. Rahul received the award at the Annual SAE-A Automotive Excellence Awards, held on 24th August at the RACV Club in Melbourne. The award recognises Rahul’s research in gas fuelled engine modelling and control, undertaken as part of ACART’s research on hydrogen fuelled, spark ignition engines.

January: ACART launches collaborative industry research programme

As part of our benefitting the local automotive industry broadly, ACART has launched a collaborative research programme with local manufacturers Robert Bosch, Ford Australia and Holden Limited. This programme is believed to be the first time that these manufacturers have been brought together on a research programme, for the mutual benefit of all participants.

The programme is supported by an Australian Research Council’s Future Fellowship, which was awarded to Assoc. Prof. Michael Brear of ACART. The research programme will continue for the next 4 years, with all results shared amongst programme participants. The aim is to understand fundamental aspects of the combustion of particular alternative fuels, and to exploit this understanding to further reduce engine emissions.

2009

August: Minister launches hydrogen fuelled engine

On August 5th, the Hon. Peter Batchelor, Minister for Energy and Resources in the Victorian Parliament, launched ACART’s hydrogen fuelled internal combustion engine. This project has redesigned the Geelong manufactured Ford engine using locally sourced components from Mahle and Parnell, and is already one of the most efficient hydrogen fuelled internal combustion engines ever demonstrated. In the remaining 18 months of the project, the team aims to demonstrate the most efficient hydrogen engine ever reported, with an efficiency comparable to current fuel cell demonstrators. Further, the technologies currently being worked on by the group can also be applied to LPG and natural gas fuelled engines, and so also have immediate application in production engines.

July: ACART, SAE-A and Horiba to run engine emissions course

ACART and Horiba, in association with the Society of Automotive Engineers, Australia (SAE-A) will be presenting a 3 day professional development short course on road transport engine emissions from 15-17 July at the University of Melbourne. Material to be covered includes regulated hydrocarbon, CO and NOx emissions, greenhouse and non-regulated gases as well as other air toxics and particulates from petrol and diesel engines. For further information on registering for this course, please contact Marissa Mascarro, Marissa@sae-a.com.au

April: Minister Gavin Jennings opens ACART Environmental Wind Tunnel

Ford Australia, Melbourne School of Engineering and the State Government of Victoria officially opened of the new Advanced Centre for Automotive Research and Testing (ACART) Environmental Laboratory test facilities at the Ford Proving Ground on 15th April, 2009.

2008

June: ACART / HORIBA Technical exchange workshop

On Tuesday, June 10th 2008, the Advanced Centre for Automotive Research and Testing (ACART) in conjunction with the world’s leading manufacturer of automotive emissions measurement systems, HORIBA, presented a ‘Technical exchange workshop’ to invited participants from the Australian automotive and transport industries.

Approximately 50 people attended, for a day of presentations and discussion on the impact of future automotive emissions legislation on testing technology. Of particular interest were the performance and testing of both advanced powertrain technologies such as hybrids and alternatively fuelled vehicles.

2007

July: ACART & SAE-A run engine emissions course

The Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne in association with the Society of Automotive Engineers, Australia (SAE-A) and the Department of Fuel and Energy, University of Leeds, present a 3 day professional development short course on road transport engine emissions. Material covered includes regulated hydrocarbon, CO and NOx emissions, greenhouse and non-regulated gases as well as other air toxics and particulates from petrol and diesel engines.

For further information on the course, please visit the SAE-A website www.sae-a.com.au

March: ACART wins major research grant to develop a hydrogen fuelled engine

The Victorian State Government awarded the University, Ford and Haskel Australia a grant to build a highly efficient low cost hydrogen fuelled engine. The project "Efficient and practical hydrogen fuelled vehicle technologies" is to be supported by the Energy Technology Investment Scheme (ETIS) in the Department of Primary Industries. The main aim of the 3 year project is to build a Victorian-manufactured engine that should achieve the world's highest efficiency for a hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engine, using technologies that are production ready.

2006

August: The Sod Turning Ceremony, 16 August 2006

The Honourable John Brumby, Tom Gorman President of Ford Australia and Professor John McKenzie, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research from the University of Melbourne turned the ground breaking sod at the site of the environmental windtunnel. View the report in uninews