We are pleased to announce that the 3rd workshop for the Engine Combustion Network will be held at the University of Michigan shortly before the 2014 SAE World Congress. The goal of the ECN is to promote the development of predictive engine combustion modeling for the design of more fuel-efficient, low-emission engines. The ECN provides highly leveraged, vetted datasets for spray combustion model development by utilizing contributions from many experimental and modeling participants at pre-selected operating conditions appropriate to engines. Workshops are held to coordinate this research. Organizers gather experimental and modeling results prior to the workshop to allow a side-by-side comparison and expert review of the current state of the art for diagnostics and engine modeling, and to identify needed future directions.
Early registration is now underway. General registration will commence soon. Cost: $150 (no banquet) or $200 (with banquet). Registration includes payment for breaks, lunches, options for a Friday night banquet near the venue and a tour of the E. Lay Automotive Lab, and Saturday evening reception and games.
The meeting will be held at the Rackham Graduate School Amphitheater:
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor MI 48109
Hotel, restaurant, and transportation options.
Useful maps of the venue: from airport, U. Michigan campus, Rackham and parking, Lay auto lab
The E. Lay Automotive Lab tour on North Campus will be held during the Saturday discussion session and requires travel. The Friday banquet and Saturday evening reception and games will be held near Rackham at the Michigan League 2nd floor.
The topical areas chosen for ECN3 will build upon recommendations from past workshops and current research pathways. The organization for ECN3 seeks to understand and connect what may seem as disparate phenomenon—for example, effects originating within the nozzle that affect combustion downstream. Four major topics are listed below, along with several example themes for these topics:
First, please start by saving the date now for ECN3. We are placing the meeting coincident to the 2014 SAE World Congress to make participation convenient. Next, please let us know if you are willing to serve in one or more of the topical area committees (1-4) leading up to ECN3. Although the workshop is more than a year away, most of the work happens well before the meeting. Experiments and simulations will be performed based on well-defined guidelines, and workshop organizers will collect and synthesize results beforehand. We will also hold regular web meetings to prepare and share from today until the workshop. Potential roles include experimentation, modeling, session organization, data compilation, webpage documentation/archiving, and so forth. Even if you have participated in the past, please let us know if you are willing to join now in this effort.
We will have ECN web meetings on the first Tuesday of every month, leading up to ECN3. Meetings will alternate between “ECN3 topic organization” and “experimental/modeling results” every other month. Topic organizers will lead the discussion on those months. Time will be allotted to each topic in series. Participants can stay in attendance or drop in/out as needed. Topic organizers will coordinate the guidelines for experimental and modeling submissions, and make arrangements to collect these submissions for analysis. The deadline for all experimental and modeling submissions will be approximately 1 month before ECN, and any earlier submission is encouraged. Lead time is needed to resolve questions about the data, ensure uniformity and standardization, and provide time for analysis BEFORE ECN3.