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University of Melbourne Node

The University of Melbourne node of ACART is located in the Thermodynamics Laboratory, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Parkville.

This laboratory has a long track record in engine research. The group currently consists of around 30 people, including academic staff, research fellows, technicians and postgraduate students. Research at the University node focuses on:

  • chemistry of liquid and gaseous fuels,
  • engine research,
  • visualisation and modelling of sprays and combustion,
  • powertrain dynamics, optimisation and control.

Available Facilities

Engine dynamometers and emissions equipment

  • Schenck, 460 kW transient AC dynamometer with fuel, coolant and oil conditioning
  • Horiba EURO IV-capable emissions bench, engine-out and tailpipe
  • Cambustion HFR400 Fast Flame Ionisation Detector
  • Maha particulate meter
  • Kistler in-cylinder pressure transducers
  • several eddy current dynamometers ranging from 100 kW to 400 kW
  • smaller, computer-controlled dynamometers

Research engines and related

  • ASTM compliant engine for fuel octane rating (RON and MON)
  • high-temperature, high-pressure, constant volume chamber (CVC) for fuel spray studies
  • high-powered Quantel Nd:YAG and dye lasers and LaVision ICCD camera
  • UV/Optical access constant volume chamber (CVC)
  • high speed and low speed CFR engines
  • production OEM engines

Control equipment

  • DSpace MicroAutobox
  • MOTEC programmable ECUs
  • extensive custom electronics capability


  • CFD, CAD & FEA packages
  • Matlab/Simulink
  • ANSYS Fluent
  • Chemkin Pro
  • GT-suite including GT-Power
  • Advisor

Enquiries for use

Prof. Michael Brear

Site Manager (University Node)

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010

T: +61 3 8344 6722
F: +61 3 9347 8784