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A principal engineer in NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences, Brad Zigler leads the advanced combustion and fuels research team, which focuses on the interrelationship of fuel physicochemical properties, ignition kinetics, combustion, and emissions to support the development of renewable fuel chemistries and advanced combustion engines.

Research Interests

Combustion mechanisms and kinetics

Fuels and combustion

Transportation research

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University

Master of Engineering Management, University of Detroit-Mercy

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Professional Experience

Senior and Principal Engineer and Task Lead, Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2008–Present) 

Graduate Student Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (2002–2008)

Product Design Engineer, Powertrain Operations, Ford Motor Company (1992–2002)

Associations and Memberships

Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2006–Present)

Nominations Committee Chair, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division (2019–Present)

Division Chair, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division (2016–2017)

Executive Committee Member, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division (2011–2017)

Technical Program Chair, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference (2013)

Advanced Combustion Technical Committee Chair, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division (2010–2011)

Advanced Combustion Technical Committee Co-Chair, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division (2007–2010)

Board of Associates Member, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division (Elected in 2007)

Member, The Combustion Institute (2003–Present)

Member, Society of Automotive Engineers (1988–Present)

Featured Work

Experimental and Numerical Investigation of the Advanced Fuel Ignition Delay Analyzer Constant-Volume Combustion Chamber as a Research Platform for Fuel Chemical Kinetic Mechanism Validation, Fuel (2020)

Towards Quantitative Prediction of Ignition-Delay-Time Sensitivity on Fuel-to-Air Equivalence Ratio, Combustion and Flame (2020)

The Impact of Physicochemical Property Interactions of Iso-Octane/Ethanol Blends on Ignition Timescales, Fuel (2018)

Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines: Efficiency Merit Function for Spark-Ignition Engines; Revisions and Improvements Based on FY16–17 Research, U.S. Department of Energy Technical Report (2018)

Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines: Properties of Co-Optima Core Research Gasolines, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Estimating Energy Consumption and Efficiency of Mobile Fluid Power in the United States, NREL Technical Report (2017)

A Quantitative Model for the Prediction of Sooting Tendency from Molecular Structure, Energy and Fuels (2017)  

Effects of Iso-Octane/Ethanol Blend Ratios on the Observance of Negative Temperature Coefficient Behavior within the Ignition Quality Tester, Fuel (2016)

Exploring the Relationship Between Octane Sensitivity and Heat-of-Vaporization, SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants (2016)

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