• De Zaale, Gemini South 2.139 (Building 15)

    5612 AJ Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513, Department of Mechanical Engineering

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The mission of the group is to develop ultra-clean combustion concepts for heavy-duty transport within the context of the necessary emergence of new, low-carbon, fuels (bio- and e-fuels). Due to the complex interaction between the fuel and the emissions this can only be achieved by developing a deep understanding of the underlying critical processes. For this we use a set of unique experimental set-ups, advanced (optical) diagnostic techniques and efficient state-of-the-art numerical tools. The knowledge will lead the way to the best future fuels to reach the set goals in the ‘klimaatakkoord’.

Highlighted phrase

Future fuels and ultra-clean engines for sustainable transport.

Organisational profile

The group uses numeric and experimental tools to develop the necessary understanding of new clean and efficient combustion concepts for Heavy-duty engines. We especially target fuels that have a low-carbon footprint in order to mitigate the climate impact. Combustion concept studies are performed on dedicated adapted heavy-duty (truck) engines. These concept studies guide the more detailed numerical and experimental campaigns. A series of special (unique) set-ups are available to study in detail the sub-processes applying advanced (laser) diagnostics techniques. Apart from the deeper level of understanding these provide the results also serve as a benchmark for the numerical models. The numerical models are used to explain the complicated interaction of fuels and emissions observed in the concepts studies especially the effect of future fuels (bio- and e-fuels).

The research is carried out within a consortium; the Zero-Emission Lab. This lab is a formal co-operation between DAF, TNO, Shell, Province Brabant and the TU/e especially to develop clean and efficient concepts for a sustainable transport system. The group also co-operates on a global level and is a well-recognized partner of the Engine Combustion Network (www.sandia.gov/ecn), an international co-operation with world leading institutes like the national laboratories in USA (SNL and ANL), France (IFPen) and universities around the world (USA, Italy, Spain, Australia etc..). Research within the group has been supported by industry, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme (FP6, FP7, H2020).

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Research Output 1990 2019

Comparative study on the effects of inlet heating, inlet boosting, and double-injection strategy on partially premixed combustion

Han, J., Wang, S. & Somers, B., 2 Apr 2019, In : SAE Technical Papers. 2019, 12 p., 2019-01-1149

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleAcademicpeer-review


Constrained optimization of fuel efficiency for RCCI engines

Xia, L., Willems, R., de Jager, B. & Willems, F., 28 Jun 2019, 9th IFAC International Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control. p. 648-653

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Experimental validation of a virtual engine-out NOx sensor for diesel emission control

Mentink, P. R., Escobar Valdivieso, D., Forrai, A., Seykens, X. & Willems, F., 26 Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Engine Research. p. 1-10

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Emission control
Engine cylinders
Frequency response

Activities 2010 2016

  • 3 Contributed talk
  • 2 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

Pre-symposium tutorial Modeling and Control of Diesel Aftertreatment Systems

Frank Willems (Contributor), X.L.J. Seykens (Contributor)
18 Jun 201619 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

LIU-TU/e course Modeling and Control of Aftertreatment Systems

Frank Willems (Contributor), X.L.J. Seykens (Contributor)
23 Mar 201525 Mar 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

NVV CFD Day, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Cemil Bekdemir (Speaker)
16 Mar 2012

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific