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Combustion and Fuel Science Research

Analyzing fuels, vehicles, engines and advanced combustion technology

The Combustion and Fuel Science Research Group at works closely with industry partners and other ORNL researchers to conduct experimental and computational investigations on the interrelated areas of advanced combustion engines, lubricants, fuels, and emissions controls.  Researchers strive to develop knowledge and accelerate the deployment of renewable fuels with lower lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and new technologies that increase vehicle efficiency, reduce petroleum consumption, and decrease harmful emissions. Research spans basic chemistry to component studies to engine systems and full vehicle applications. Scientists also leverage one-of-a-kind expertise and facilities at ORNL in the areas of leadership computing, neutron sciences, materials characterization, advanced manufacturing, and biosciences.

Researchers are engaged in both industry and government research on fuels, engines, and emissions control technologies. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office and Bioenergy Technologies Office along with industry partners are the primary sponsors of ongoing research. Scientists and engineers work with industry through the Crosscut Lean Exhaust Emissions Reduction Simulations team, and they participate in the U.S. DRIVE and 21st Century Truck Partnership.  Teams participate in many cooperative research and development agreements with industry and perform sponsored research for engine manufacturers, automotive manufacturers, energy companies, and supplier organizations.


Section Head, Propulsion Science
James P Szybist