This project looks at the efficiency of combustion engines based on the temperate of the fluid in the engine

Project Insights

  • €529,168

    Total Project Costs
  • 4 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2016

    Year Funded

Project Description

Around 64% of crude oil is consumed by combustion engines in cars, trucks, ships, aeroplanes etc. These devices contribute heavily to the carbon dioxide production that is changing our climate. Conventional engines are not efficient as they lose energy due to heat transfer, in the same way a hot cup of coffee cools down over time. The hotter the fluid, the quicker the rate of cooling. This research changes the chemical reaction of combustion to reduce the temperature of the fluid in the engine so that less energy is lost to heat transfer, improving the engine's efficiency.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €529,168

Funding Agency: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Year Funded: 2016

Lead Organisation: Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Stephen Dooley

Lead Researcher