New look at old data leads to cleaner engines

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New insights about how to understand and ultimately control the chemistry of ignition behavior and pollutant formation have been discovered in research led by Sandia. The discovery eventually will lead to cleaner, more efficient internal combustion engines.

“Our findings will allow the design of new fuels and improved combustion strategies,” said Nils Hansen, Sandia researcher and lead author of the research. “Making combustion cleaner and more efficient will have a huge impact, reducing energy use around the globe.”

The work, which focuses on the chemical science of low-pressure flame measurements, is featured in the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute and was selected as a distinguished paper in Reaction Kinetics for the 37th International Symposium on Combustion. Authors include Nils, Xiaoyu He, former Sandia intern Rachel Griggs and former Sandia postdoctoral fellow Kai Moshammer, who is now at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in Germany. The research was funded by the DOE’s Office of Science.

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