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AE585 Graduate Seminar Series - Why I Like Ethanol

Margaret S. Wooldridge, University of Michigan

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Margaret S. Wooldridge
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director, Dow Sustainability Fellows Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Full seminar title - Successfully integrating sustainable fuels into the transportation sector – or why I like ethanol

The barriers to changing the fuels that currently power the transportation infrastructure are diverse and significant. However, transitioning to sustainable fuels offers many benefits if fuel properties are leveraged well. In this presentation, current fossil fuel use is briefly reviewed framing the challenges and motivation to move away from fossil fuels and towards low carbon renewable fuels. Bridging the gap between fundamental studies of fuel properties and engineering applications is critical to maximizing the benefits and minimizing the unforeseen effects of changing fuels. Experimental results spanning from the fundamental combustion chemistry of ethanol to the convolution of chemistry, spray and mixing properties of ethanol, and the impact of ethanol in engine studies are presented. The key outcomes from each study are highlighted particularly in the context of how results are transferred to technology implementation.

Biographical Sketch
Professor Margaret Wooldridge is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering and the Director of the Dow Sustainability Fellow Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1995; her M.S.M.E. in 1991 from S.U. and her B.S. M.E. degree from the University of Illinois at Champagne/Urbana in 1989. Prof. Wooldridge’s research program spans diverse areas where high-temperature chemically reacting systems are critical, including power and propulsion systems, fuel chemistry, and synthesis methods for advanced nanostructured materials. She is a 2013 recipient of the Department of Energy Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for exceptional contributions to the DOE mission to advance national, economic, and energy security of the U.S. She is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the recipient of numerous honors including the ASME George Westinghouse Silver Medal, ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, an NSF Career Award, and the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educator Award.
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When and Where

Map Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building - 1109 Boeing Lecture Hall

February 2018

4:00pm - 5:30pm

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