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SAE: Trajectory Based Combustion Control for Renewable, Efficient and Modular Power Source & Collegiate Design Team Updates

November 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

$5 – $10

Recent advances in engine design and control make it possible to control the combustion chamber volume in real-time. This opens up the possibility of regulating the pressure and temperature history of the fuel-air mixture inside the combustion chamber through the piston trajectory. This is the core idea of the “Trajectory
Based Combustion Control”. In this talk, Prof. Zongxuan Sun will present the framework of this new combustion control method, simulation studies and experimental validation of this concept. Specific examples for implementing the trajectory based combustion control will be discussed as well including the
free piston engine and a controlled trajectory rapid compression and expansion machine.

Zongxuan Sun is a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. He is currently Director of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). He was a Staff Researcher (2006-2007) and a Senior Researcher (2000-2006) at General Motors Research and Development Center in Warren, MI. His research interests include controls and mechatronics with applications to the automotive and commercial vehicle propulsion systems. Dr. Sun has published over one hundred thirty referred technical papers and received twenty two US patents.

Meeting Agenda:
5:30-6:30 PM Registration, social time and dinner
6:30-7:15 PM Presentation by Prof. Sun
7:15-8:30 PM Student team CDS update presentations.
8:30-9:00 PM Depart

Cost: SAE Members & Students: $5
CDS Team Members $0
Non-members: $10

Reservation Deadline: Monday, November 18, 2019
To reserve, call Becca at RFA Engineering at (952) 843-2701 from 8AM-4PM. Or send her an email at:


November 19, 2019
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 – $10
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Jerry Betz


John T. Tate Hall, Physics Building
116 Church St SE,
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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