• 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’.

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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

    A comparison of low-load efficiency optimization on a heavy-duty engine operated with gasoline-diesel RCCI and CDC

    Willems, R. C., Deen, N. G., Willems, F. P. T. & Somers, L. M. T., 1 Jan 2020, ASME 2019 Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference, ICEF 2019. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 12 p. V001T03A003

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

  • Experimental study of the combustion and emission characteristics of oxygenated fuels on a heavy-duty diesel engine

    Han, J., Wang, S., Maria Vittori, R. & Somers, L. M. T. B., 15 May 2020, In : Fuel. 268, 15 p., 117219.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 9 Downloads (Pure)

    Modeling diesel combustion with tabulated kinetics and different flame structure assumptions based on flamelet approach

    Lucchini, T., Pontoni, D., D’Errico, G. & Somers, B., 1 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Engine Research. 21, 1, p. 89-100 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    50 Downloads (Pure)


    • 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

    Student theses

    Structure sensitivity of Ni nanoparticles in CO2 hydrogenation

    Author: Coppens, D., 30 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Hensen, E. J. (Supervisor 1), Filot, I. A. (Supervisor 2), Seykens, X. L. (Supervisor 2) & van Etten, M. P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master