"The Evolving IC Engine: Future Prospects"

John B. Heywood, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

The internal combustion engine in its spark-ignition and diesel engine forms, with petroleum-based fuels has dominated land transportation propulsion for almost a century. Alternatives such as electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles are now being developed and deployed in limited numbers. What are the future prospects for continued improvement and deployment of the IC engine? What are the technical opportunities available? Specifically, how can we improve the energy efficiency of this mode of propulsion? This seminar will discuss these questions, and suggest useful ways to move forward.

Professor Heywood has been a faculty member at MIT since 1968, where he has been Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory. His interests are focused on internal combustion engines, their fuels, and broader studies of future transportation technology and policy, fuel supply options, and air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions. He has published over 200 papers in the technical literature, and is the author of five books including a major text and professional reference “Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals.” He is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and has received many awards for his work. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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