The Engine Control Research Laboratory (ECRL)
at UH focuses on research, education and technology transfer aspects
involving the optimization, control, monitoring and
diagnostics of internal combustion engine and powertrain systems
with the overall objective of optimizing their fuel economy, improving
their reliability and minimizing the production of harmful emissions.
ECRL promotes a systems approach investigating
the interplay and integration of the various engine and catalyst
subsystems with adaptive and multivariable monitoring and control
Cross-cutting research: ECRL
conducts basic and applied research on the crossroad of disciplines
that are essential for improving the fuel economy, reliability
and environmental friendliness of future internal combustion engines.
A main element is the usage of state-of-the-art analysis, design,
optimization and control tools for the integrative examination
and improved overall design of engine systems.
Interdisciplinary student training:
ECRL students are educated in the fundamental and the practical
aspects of engine systems and control. This is accomplished with
the synergy of cross-departmental graduate courses, participation
in industry-sponsored projects, involvement in experimentation
and testing, and internships at collaborating companies. Coursework
from both the Mechanical Engineering and the Chemical Engineering
Departments at UH provides the interdisciplinary education needed
to address the complexity of modern powertrain control problems.
technology transfer: Close collaborations with
engine and automotive manufacturers guarantee technology
need assessment and technology transfer. Established partnerships
present excellent educational, training and employment opportunities
for the ECRL graduates.