The Thermodynamics Laboratory in the School of Engineering undertakes fundamental and applied research in transport and power generation.
The Laboratory has three main areas of related research:
- the combustion of conventional and alternative fuels;
- the control of conventional and hybrid systems;
- the modelling and dynamics of transport and energy systems.
The Thermodynamics Laboratory houses a wide range of research facilities, both experimental and computational, and supports a team of 5 academic staff and roughly 25 full time researchers and students. This work involves close collaboration with both industry and government, in particular the Ford Motor Company, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and Princeton University.
Current projects include:
- Achieving cost effective abatement from Australian electricity generation;
- Enabling low greenhouse gas emissions from road vehicles through the proper use of alternative fuels; Optimising flex fuel engine performance;
- Optimal design of controlled aerodynamic bodies: from concept to prototype;
- Towards an event based model of combustion generated sound.
Learn more about the Thermodynamics Laboratory on the School of Mechanical Engineering website: http://www.mech.unimelb.edu.au/thermodynamics/