• Alternative Fuel Lab

Alternative Fuel Research Laboratory


Leading Professor in the Research:

Dr. Bade Shrestha, Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, WMU


About Us

The alternative fuel research laboratory is focused on the performance evaluation of internal combustion engines using alternative gaseous fuels and their mixtures. The effect of various operating parameters, such as fuel compositions, pressure, temperature, spark timing, on performance, efficiency and operational limits is investigated through experiment and analytical modeling and simulation techniques. Another area of interest is the investigation on the knock phenomena and cyclic variation while using alternatives fuels and their mixtures and modeling of these phenomena using high end software and detailed chemical kinetics.

The laboratory is also an integral part of undergraduate laboratory experiment for the courses such as ME 468 Engine Design, ME 467 Internal Combustion Engine II, and ME 367 Internal Combustion Engine I.

Following experiment will be conducted in this laboratory to enhance the undergraduate teaching:

  • Fuel combustion rate analysis using in-cylinder trace diagrams
  • Effect of various operating parameters in the fuel burning rate.
  • Investigation of fuel composition effects


Ongoing graduate and undergraduate researches in the laboratory are:

  • Landfill gas combustion in IC engines
  • Biogas combustion in IC engines
  • Knocking and its suppression
  • Chemical kinetic modeling and simulation
  • Natural gas combustion in IC engines
  • Hydrogen combustion as an additive or fuel for IC engines


For more information please contact: Dr. Bade Shrestha


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5343 USA
269-276-3420 | 269-276-3421 Fax