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Holy Grail of fuel

Professor Margaret Wooldridge and the Mechanical Engineers inside her lab are developing the tools normally used to calibrate the chemistry behind standard diesel and gasoline to better understand the molecular structure of advanced biofuels and synthetic fuels.| Short Read
Professor Margaret Wooldridge and the Mechanical Engineers inside her lab are developing the tools normally used to calibrate the chemistry behind standard diesel and gasoline to better understand the molecular structure of advanced biofuels and synthetic fuels.

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Compression based power is king but the ideal fuel for the future is still unknown. Professor Margaret Wooldridge and the Mechanical Engineers inside her lab are developing the tools normally used to calibrate the chemistry behind standard diesel and gasoline to better understand the molecular structure of advanced biofuels and synthetic fuels.

This can be a challenge since esters in biofuels vary due to the different feedstocks and can include a wide string of compounds, often up to 18 carbon atoms long. From flame chemistry to the tailpipe emissions, Wooldridge is finding new ways to gauge the engine’s performance when you introduce a fuel with a different bond structure and molecular weight. Her hope is to broaden the fuel infrastructure to leverage the best aspects of all available fuels which will result in reduced energy dependency while improving efficiencies at the same time.

About the Professor

Margaret Wooldridge is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in Mechanical Engineering and a professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. She is the past director of the Automotive Engineering Program, past director of the Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Program, and a fellow at both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Society of Automotive Engineers.

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