Powering Road and Air Transport Sectors with Liquid Fuels

University of Melbourne
Level 3 Mechanical Engineering Building
200 Grattan St
Parkville, VIC 3010


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Caitlin McGrane


T: +61 3 9035 9458

Internal combustion engines running on liquid fuels will dominate the road and air transportation sectors for decades, with emphasis placed on alternative liquids to augment and eventually replace petroleum-derived fuels. The successful growth and establishment of a sustainable and profitable liquid alternative fuel industry can be facilitated by approaches that integrate alternative products into the evolving petroleum derived fuel streams.

This presentation will provide an overview of internal combustion engine advances and progress on emerging tools for evaluating and emulating the physical and chemical properties of real fuels and their alternatives. New analytical and statistical methods can provide important insights as to how the molecular structures found in a fuel contribute to the physical and chemical kinetic properties relevant to combustion processes, and assist in screening candidate alternative fuels as they emerge.

Seminar: 3-4pm
Afternoon tea: 4-5pm 

About the Speaker

Frederick L. Dryer received a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University in 1972. Dr. Dryer served on the Professional Research Staff in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department from 1971-1981.  He joined the tenured faculty in 1981 and was promoted to full professor in 1983.

Dr. Dryer is currently a member of the Combustion Institute (2012 Egerton Gold Medal Awardee; 2014 Invited Plenary Speaker), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Fellow), the Society of Automotive Engineers (Fellow), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Associate Fellow; 2014 Propulsion and Combustion Medal), the American Chemical Society, and the National Fire Protection Association.

Dr. Dryer has published extensively and consulted for the government, industry and the legal profession on combustion, fire safety, energy, and emissions-abatement-related subjects.  His services on advisory committees include efforts for the National Materials Advisory Board/National Research Council (five times), NASA, DOE-BES, DOE-ARPA-E, DARPA, ARO, and NIST.

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