Sustainable Internal Combustion Engine Virtual ‘Live’ – five must-see presentations!

The engine industry’s premier conference opens next week (Wednesday 3 February), providing an indispensable dedicated online platform to network, connect, learn and discuss how the traditional ICE powertrain should be developed and advanced beyond its current specifications and design constraints to ensure a long and prosperous future.

The free two-day visit Sustainable Virtual ‘Live’ Internal Combustion Engine (February 3 and 4, 2021) will see expert speakers explore future concepts and technologies for the IC engine.

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Dedicated sessions over the two days include the post-pandemic automotive industry; Development of engines beyond the limits of current technology; Effective lubricants; The transition to Euro 7 and the reduction of CO2 emissions; diesel powertrains; Heavy vehicles; Future mobility; Advanced components and materials; Moving away from fossil fuels – all followed by live chat and Q&A.

Attendees can expect a highly enriching and insightful exchange of ideas, with live interaction and networking fully enabled and encouraged during the event, which will take place online for maximum security and convenience. Here are some of the highlights in store:

The role of the internal combustion engine in a net zero future

Ian Constance, UK CEO Advanced propulsion center, will explore the opportunity of the internal combustion engine in a post-pandemic world, including the need to understand the opportunities and challenges facing our sector in the quest to achieve net zero carbon goals. The internal combustion engine will likely remain an important part of the solution as we decarbonize, but how does it fit into the mix and how should strategic priorities be considered?

Combustion engines can outperform electric cars and produce negative emissions

Dulob is developing an important piece of the puzzle: a new patented thermodynamic cycle that will achieve diesel efficiency at just 10% of peak diesel pressure. This has the potential to solve NOx and particulate issues, reveals Bengt Ovelius, CTO and founder of Dulob Innovations. The second part of the puzzle is interesting for all engine manufacturers. Mathematical analysis indicates that atmospheric methane has the potential to generate electricity for the whole of the EU and fuel for cars and aviation. A reduction from 1.8 ppm to 0.8 ppm takes the atmosphere back to the year 1700. This reduces the greenhouse effect more than the sum of current global environmental policies.

Mahle passive jet ignition for high output, high performance gasoline engine applications

As part of the ‘Engine Development Beyond the Bounds of Current Technology’ session on Wednesday February 3, Dr. Mike Bassett, chief engineer at Mahle powertrain, will discuss the concept of pre-chamber-based jet ignition, which produces jets of partially burned species that induce ignition in the main combustion chamber, allowing rapid and stable combustion. Dr. Bassett shows how passive jet ignition, combined with high compression ratio, Miller cycle and EGR, can provide high efficiency engine operation. The ability of passive jet ignition to also allow full board λ=1 operation for high specific power applications is also discussed.

A transport of the future without an internal combustion engine?

listen to two Ford leaders – director of global engine engineering Frank Abkenar and Head of Research and Advanced Engineering Carlsten Weber – discuss the future of the internal combustion engine. Based on the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, the undiminished increase in total engine efficiency is limited. This moves “what to burn” instead of “how to burn” to the center of interest. A very promising alternative to conventional fuels based on fossil sources is the use of sustainable fuels produced from renewable energies. The majority of next-generation propulsion systems will continue to have an internal combustion engine as part of an electrified system to ensure the best compromise in terms of performance, operating range, cleanliness and cost. Therefore, the continuous optimization of the internal combustion engine is essential for the future of automotive propulsion systems.

Pathways for next generation diesel engines towards beneficial participation in sustainable mobility and transport

Improved and environmentally friendly powertrain systems – especially low GHG emissions – are needed for future mobility and personal transportation. Since the publication of the new European CO2 targets – which set ambitious reduction requirements – multifaceted developments have been initiated to achieve them. In addition, the short-term achievement of extremely challenging real-world pollutant emission standards requires that these emissions be reduced to near zero. Further optimization of conventional ICE fuel specifications and properties – along with an increased level of bespoke powertrain electrification – offers good potential to achieve these parallel goals simultaneously. During the ‘Diesel engines’ session, Thomas Korfer, Group Vice-President – ​​Diesel engines business unit, FEV1 Group, will share his thoughts on how to achieve lightweight diesel engines that meet future market demands with near-zero pollutant emission behavior and superior GHG emission performance.

Click on here to see the full program and list of speakers. Register – FREE – now!

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