Rolf D. Reitz

Wisconsin Distinguished Professor

1018A Engineering Research Building
1500 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-0145
reitz@engr.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

Professor Reitz's research interests include internal combustion engines, chemical kinetics and sprays. A major research focus of his group is the development and application of advanced computer models for the design of fuel injected engines, including diesel and spark-ignited engines. His group has also pioneered a high efficiency, low emissions, dual-fuel engine technology, known as Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI)

Prof. Reitz performs engine experiments using fully instrumented single-cylinder research diesel engines equipped with high-pressure electronic fuel injection systems. The experimental results are used to study the effect of fuel injection characteristics (such as variable rate and multiple injections) on diesel engine soot and NOx emissions, as well as to develop injection strategies for Low Temperature Combustion engines.  The engine experiments also provide validation data for the computer models. The computer models are used in combination with genetic algorithm search techniques to find optimum engine designs.

Before joining the university in 1989, Reitz spent six years at the General Motors Research Laboratories, three years as a research staff member at Princeton University, and two years as a research scientist at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

He is a consultant to many industries and is a member of the Combustion Institute and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has served on the executive board of the Institute of Liquid Atomization and Spraying Systems--North and South America, and is the current director of the UW-Madison Mechanical Engineering Department's Engine Research Center. He is Editor (Americas) of the International Journal of Engine Research.

Education

  • BS, 1970, University of Cape Town
  • MSc, 1972, University of Cape Town
  • MS, 1974, State University of New York
  • MA, 1975, Princeton University
  • PhD, 1978, Princeton University

Research Interests

  • combustion, gas dynamics
  • sprays-motion & formation
  • hydrocarbon kinetics
  • engine fluid dynamics
  • computer modeling

Awards, Honors and Societies

2012 DOE Vehicle Technologies R&D Award

SAE Horning Memorial Award (with students D.A. Splitter, R. Hanson) 2010.

ASME Internal Combustion Engine Award, 2011

Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS-Americas) William Robert Marshall Award (with student N. Abani), 2010. 

Best Paper Award, ASME ICE Fall Conf. (with T. Lachaux, M. Musculus, S. Singh) 2009

R. Byron Bird Award for excellence in Research Publication, 2008

ASME Fellow, 2006

SAE Arch T. Colwell Award (with student M. Subramaniam and sponsor M. Ruman) 2005

ASME Soichiro Honda Medal, 2004

Wisconsin Idea Fellow, University of Wisconsin System, 2004-05

Best Paper Award, ASME ICE Fall >Conf. (with students P. Senecal, D. Montgomery) 2000

Appointed Wisconsin Distinguished Professor, 1999-2003, 2004-2009, 2010-2014

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Fellow, 1998. 

SAEForest R. McFarland Awards, 1998, 2004.

SAE Horning Memorial Award (with students Z. Han, G. Hampson, A. Uludogan) 1997.

Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS-Americas) William Robert Marshall Award (1995: with student M. Patterson) 

Myers-Uyehara Fund Meritorious Paper Award (with student S.-C. Kong), 1994

SAE Distinguished Speaker Award, 1992. 

SAE Horning Memorial Award (with student J. Naber), 1989

SAE Excellence in oral presentation awards 1988, 89,91,92,93

Publications

Links

Detailed web page: http://reitz.me.wisc.edu

Courses

Fall 2014-2015

  • ME 491 - Mechanical Engineering Projects I

  • ME 990 - Dissertator Research and Thesis
  • ME 890 - PhD Research and Thesis
  • ME 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • ME 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • Profile Summary

    Professor Reitz\'s research interests include internal combustion engines, chemical kinetics and sprays. A major research focus of his group is the development and application of advanced computer models for the design of fuel injected engines, including diesel and spark-ignited engines. His group has also pioneered a high efficiency, low emissions, dual-fuel engine technology, known as Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI)

    Prof. Reitz performs engine experiments using fully instrumented single-cylinder research diesel engines equipped with high-pressure electronic fuel injection systems. The experimental results are used to study the effect of fuel injection characteristics (such as variable rate and multiple injections) on diesel engine soot and NOx emissions, as well as to develop injection strategies for Low Temperature Combustion engines.  The engine experiments also provide validation data for the computer models. The computer models are used in combination with genetic algorithm search techniques to find optimum engine designs.

    Before joining the university in 1989, Reitz spent six years at the General Motors Research Laboratories, three years as a research staff member at Princeton University, and two years as a research scientist at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

    He is a consultant to many industries and is a member of the Combustion Institute and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has served on the executive board of the Institute of Liquid Atomization and Spraying Systems--North and South America, and is the current director of the UW-Madison Mechanical Engineering Department\'s Engine Research Center. He is Editor (Americas) of the International Journal of Engine Research.


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