2019 Workshop Agenda

Workshop on Ignition for Internal Combustion Engines

Location: Building 240, Room 1416
Argonne National Laboratory
June 27-28, 2019

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

8:15-8:55 a.m. Registration

9:00-9:05 a.m. Welcome to Argonne National Laboratory
Paul Kearns, Director at Argonne National Laboratory

9:05-9:15 a.m. Workshop Objectives and Mechanics
Sibendu Som, Manager at Argonne National Laboratory

9:15-9:30 a.m. Overview on DOE Funded Research on Ignition Systems
Michael R. Weismiller, Technology Manager at DOE – Vehicle Technologies Office

9:30-10:15 a.m. Novel Ignition Systems for High Efficiency Engines
Keynote: Cherian Idicheria, Staff Researcher at General Motors

10:15-10:45 a.m. Coffee break

10:45-11:15 a.m. Spark Discharge Dynamics in High-velocity Flow Fields
Seong-Young Lee, Professor at Michigan Technological University

11:15-11:45 a.m. Time-Resolved X-ray Diagnostics of Ignition Kernels
Brandon Sforzo, Mechanical Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory

11:45-1:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking

1:00-2:00 p.m. Tour of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

2:00-2:30 p.m. High-Fidelity Modeling of Spark Plug Ignition and Erosion
Douglas Breden, Member of Technical Staff at Esgee Technologies

2:30-3:00 p.m. Advanced Spark and Corona Ignition systems: Optical Engine Experiments and Simulations
Michele Battistoni, Professor at University of Perugia

3:00-3:30 p.m. Coffee break

3:30-4:00 p.m. Recent Development of the Advanced Corona Ignition System (ACIS)
Kristapher Mixell, Director of Ignition Coils and ACIS at Federal Mogul

4:00-4:30 p.m. Path to Commercialization of Transient Plasma Ignition
Dan Singleton, CEO at Transient Plasma Systems

4:30-5:00 p.m. Fundamental and Applied Transient Plasma Ignition Research at Sandia National Laboratories
Isaac Ekoto, Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories

5:00-5:30 p.m. Group Photo and transfer to Guest House

5:30-6:30 p.m. Sponsor Reception and Poster Session by Argonne Researchers
Guest House

6:30-8:00 p.m. Sponsor Dinner
Guest House

Friday, June 28, 2019

8:00-8:20 a.m. Registration

8:30-9:00 a.m. High Efficiency Engines – The Pre-Chamber Spark Plug at the Base Technology
Marc Sens, Senior Vice President Advanced Development
Thermodynamic/Powertrain Concepts at IAV GmbH

9:00-9:30 a.m. MAHLE Jet Ignition(R) Research: Efficiency Potential and Application Challenges
Mike Bunce, Head of Research at Mahle Powertrain

9:30-10:00 a.m. Experimental and Computational Study of Pre-Chamber Turbulent Jet Ignition for Lean-Burn Engines
Li Qiao, Professor at Purdue University

10:00-10:30 a.m. Coffee break

10:30-11:00 a.m. State of the Art Ignition Modeling for CFD Aided Engine Design
Eric Pomraning, Owner and Vice President at Convergent Science Inc.

11:00-11:30 a.m. Addressing Ignition Challenges in High BMEP Natural Gas Engines
Daniel O’Connor, Manager of Ignition Systems at Cummins

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Alternative Ignition Systems for Future Natural Gas Engines
Arnold Kim, Engineering Project Team Leader at Caterpillar

12:00-1:15 p.m. Lunch and Networking

1:15-1:45 p.m. Performance Characterization of Alternative Ignition Systems Using Optical Tools in Natural Gas Engines
Munidhar Biruduganti, Principal Engine Research Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory

1:45-2:15 p.m. Multi-Dimensional Modeling of Pre-Chamber Ignition and Combustion in Natural Gas Engines
Joohan Kim, Postdoctoral Appointee at Argonne National Laboratory

2:15-2:45 p.m. Advanced Ignition Modeling Research at Argonne National Laboratory
Riccardo Scarcelli, Principal Mechanical Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory

2:45-2:50 p.m. Thank You
Doug Longman, Manager at Argonne National Laboratory

2:50-5:00 p.m. Two parallel sessions

• Tours
• One-on-One


Two tours for everyone (buses leave from 240 TCS conference center entrance)

  • Engine Facilities
  • Advanced Photon Source


(The VERIFI team will email room information to individuals who signed up for this session.)

Tour Descriptions

Engine Facilities

Argonne’s engine testing capability spans from light duty to heavy duty, with engines ranging in size from 0.5L up to 19L. Argonne’s facilities include state-of-the-art instrumentation for in-cylinder visualization and regulated and un-regulated emissions characterization (gaseous and particulate). These experiments generate high-quality data for validation of VERIFI simulations.

Advanced Photon Sources

The Advanced Photon Source (APS) is a user facility at Argonne, which produces the brightest x-ray beams in the Western hemisphere, enabling multi-disciplinary research that advances science. A dedicated hutch at APS allows VERIFI researchers to gain fundamental understanding of fuel injection and spray phenomena (such as cavitation and jet interactions) and aid advanced model developments.

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) is a user facility at Argonne that provides the computational science community with a world-class computing capability dedicated to breakthrough science and engineering. The tour will include a visit to Argonne’s 10-petaflop MIRA supercomputer. The VERIFI team uses these facilities and collaborates extensively with ALCF scientists to scale up engine calculations.

One-on-One Session

VERIFI experts will be available for discussions with industry representatives to understand their computing needs and provide guidance on how VERIFI projects could help them design and optimize next-generation engines and fuels. Argonne will provide a list of VERIFI experts available for discussion.