Symposium for Combustion Control 2018

The Symposium for Combustion Control directed by Prof. Stefan Pischinger (Institute for Combustion Engines), Prof. Jakob Andert (Institute for Combustion Engines), Prof. Dirk Abel (Institute of Automatic Control), Dr. Thivaharan Albin (Institute of Automatic Control) and Prof. Heinz Pitsch (Institute for Combustion Technology) of RWTH Aachen University has already taken place for the fourth time. In this year, again over 90 participants from 13 different countries visited the conference in Aachen.

In 19 technical presentations and additional plenary speeches of Prof. Christian Schwarz (BMW Group), Prof. Per Tunestål (Lund University) and Prof. Gregory M. Shaver (Purdue University), the latest theoretical and application driven developments for the control of next generation combustion engines were presented. During the two conference days, varied topics were expounded.

Prof. Christian Schwarz showed detailed life cycle analysis of different electrified powertrains and highlighted that improved combustion engines can significantly contribute to a reduction of CO2 emissions. The use of e-fuels couples the production of electrical energy to the transport sector combines benefits like peak shaving in the energy grid with low-CO2 transport. Prof. Per Tunestål showed an outstanding presentation how combustion control can act as an enabler for clean combustion engines. Also the third keynote from Prof. Gregory Shaver focused on low emission engines, but more on the Diesel side. He showed very clearly that improved control methods could help to keep the exhaust aftertreatment system in the right temperature range.The dinner took place at the restaurant LivingRoom close to the historical city hall.