Engine Research Laboratory

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Kanpur, India (208016)




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Prof. Avinash Kumar Agarwal

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Kanpur, India (208016)


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"The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels seem insignificant

today, but such oils may become a course of time as important

as petroleum and the coal tar products of the present time"

                                                                                                                    Rudolf Diesel


Engine Research Laboratory was created in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on October 16th, 2005. The aim of this laboratory is to develop state-of-art experiments related to Internal Combustion Engines and vehicles apart from Emission and engine related Tribological Investigations. This is a dedicated lab for IC Engines which aspires to be the first lab in the country to use Laser Diagnostics and Micro-sensors for engines. This dedicated engine research lab paves the way for a balanced development of this front-line area of research. The lab has several fully instrumented single and multi-cylinder engine test benches for different types of engines/dynamometers.

Presently ERL is working on several advanced research topics such as Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) for in-cylinder flow visualization, Phase Doppler Interferrometry (PDI) for spray characterization, combustion visualization and optical diagnostics, Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), HCCI/PCCI of gasoline and diesel like fuels, Engine Noise and vibration, Laser Ignition of CNG and hydrogen.

ERL aspires to be a leading engine and fuel research lab in international arena.

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Last updated on 30th November, 2014