Methanol fumigation in diesel engines

Experimental investigation on methanol fumigation in diesel engines

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

29 October 2021

Campus

Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Global concerns about air pollution and human’s health are continuously forcing manufacturers to improve the performance of engines and reduce emissions. This has been more focused on the diesel engines since the conventional CI engine sustains with high nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

One solution to this is replacing conventional fossil fuels by alternative fuels. Among the alternative fuels, ethanol and methanol have been considered as suitable diesel fuel replacement. Methanol is a clean-burning fuel that produces fewer smog-causing emissions such as nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter, and can improve air quality and related human health issues. Methanol can be produced from not only natural gas but also renewable sources such as biomass and recycled carbon dioxide.

This project aims to investigate the effect of methanol fumigation on the performance, operation and combustion emission of diesel engines.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Javad Mehr

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Applicants must be from at least one of the following disciplinary backgrounds:

  • Naval architecture
  • Maritime engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • First Class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • First author of at least two published (or accepted) high-ranked journal papers

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Good knowledge of diesel engines, fuel injection systems and fumigation
  • Hands-on experience in experimental work, especially engines
  • Computer programming skills
  • Good knowledge of LabVIEW programming
  • Experience in data acquisition and signal processing
  • Good understanding of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics specifically in the framework of high-pressure and compressible flows

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Javad Mehr, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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