Energy Center

Advanced Ground Vehicle Power at purdue : Photos of Engines, Cars, Trains, and Purdue Landmarks

Hoosier Heavy Hybrid Center of Excellence (H3CoE)



John Abraham

Multidimensional spray & combustion modeling

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Doug Adams

Leak detection; valve, driveline & wheel M&S and diagnostics

Dionysios Aliprantis

Dionysios Aliprantis

Motor & generator design, power electronics, plug-in electric vehicles

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Stuart Bolton

Noise control & source visualization

James Caruthers
James Caruthers

Temperature and discharge rates, catastrophic failure
Jun Chen

Jun Chen

Fluid mechanics


Patricia Davies

Sound quality

Suresh Garimella

Suresh Garimella (ME) 
Thermal management, and Power Electronics Cooling

Nadia Gkritza
Nadia Gkritza

Transportation Planning, Economics & modeling; transportation energy & sustainability


Monika Ivantysynova

Fluid power, hydraulic hybrids

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Chuck Krousgrill

Disc brake M&S


John Lumkes

Design of hydraulic valve actuation systems


Peter Meckl

Engine and aftertreatment diagnostics

Issam Maduwar

Issam Muduwar

Heat transfer & recovery


Steve Pekarek

Motor & generator design, power electronics


Fabio Ribeiro

Catalyst kinetics

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Farshid Sadeghi

Lube lab on a chip, tribology in transmission

Maryam Saeedifard
Maryam Saeedifard
(ECE-Georgia Tech)

Power electronics

Gregory Shaver

Engine design, modeling & control, variable valve actuation, & alternative fuels


John Starkey

Power train & continuous variable transmission designs

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Scott Sudhoff

Motor & generator design, power electronics


Oleg Wasynczuk

Distributed heterogeneous simulation, motors, power electronics & systems

Xianfan Xu
Xianfan Xu

Thermoelectrics, waste heat recovery
Henry Zhang
Haiyan Zhang

Transmissions, power-split
Ioannis Papapanagiotou
Ioannis Papapanagiotou

Vehicle Communication, Energy Internet, IT integration
Michael Sangid
Michael Sangid

Light weight materials; materials durability

Focus Areas

Advanced Engine Aftertreatment for Ultra-low NOx and PM Emissions

  • Regeneration control algorithms for diesel particulate filters using high-bandwidth pressure sensing.
  • Crack detection in diesel particulate filters using spectral signal processing techniques.
  • Chemical and transport models for NOx traps including the investigation of detailed kinetic and chemical transformation mechanisms.
  • Experimental determination of kinetic parameters for processes occurring during NOx trapping.
  • Determination of benchmark parameter models of aftertreatment devices.

Modeling and Control of Advanced Internal Combustion Engines

  • Closed-loop control and modeling (both multi-dimensional CFD and control-oriented) of advanced combustion for high efficiency and ultra-low NOx/PM emissions:
    • Premixed Charge Compression Ignition (PCCI).
    • Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI).
    • Camless valve actuation.
  • Fuel-flexible combustion for clean and efficient use of:
    • Conventional fuels–gasoline, diesel.
    • Alternative fuels–biodiesel, ethanol, coal-to-liquid fuels, gas-to-liquid fuels, natural gas, hydrogen.
  • Comprehensive multidimensional CFD modeling of sprays and combustion in engines and aftertreatment systems:
    • Clean diesel engines.
    • Alternative engine/aftertreatment concepts.
    • Advanced spray strategies.

Hydraulic Hybridization of Vehicle Powertrains

The focus is on new transmission concepts including advanced power train control strategies for off-road and on-road vehicles The goal of the research is to investigate ways to drastically reduce fuel consumption and emissions for different kinds of vehicles. The research activities include:
  • Modeling and simulating of power trains using PSDD, an in house MATLAB/Simulink Library.
  • Performance prediction, including fuel consumption.
  • New circuit solutions for continuously variable transmissions and hydraulic hybrids.
  • Advanced power train controls.
  • Hardware-in-the-loop testing of powertrains.
  • Energy recovery.


Electric Hybridization of Vehicle Powertrains

  • Multi-objective design of electric machinery.
  • Modeling and analysis of power electronic systems.
  • Distributed heterogeneous computing.
  • Minimization of acoustic noise and vibration from electric machinery.
  • Prognostics and health management of electric drives.
  • Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) design.
  • Powertrain control strategies for economy, emissions, and performance.
  • Flywheel design and energy storage.
  • Modeling for and control of power flow in hybrid systems and hybrid electric vehicles.

Powertrain Prognostics And Diagnostics

  • Modeling and prediction for reliability in powertrain drivelines, transmissions, and wheel ends:
    • Rotordynamic modeling of drivelines and wheels for hybrid vehicle development and torsional analysis.
    • Fault diagnostics in powertrains to support durability testing and fault-tolerant control strategies.
    • Prognosis of powertrain performance to enable durability predictions and life-extending control.
  • Development of On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) algorithms to detect and isolate emissions faults.
  • Crack detection in diesel particulate filters.

Noise Control for Vehicle Powertrains

  • Acoustic modeling and noise control for vehicle powertrains.
    Modeling of sound sources and sound transmission.
  • Experimental techniques for power train noise evaluation and model development.
  • Pass-by noise diagnostics and visualization.
  • Design of noise control materials, acoustic barriers and enclosures.
  • Sound quality and environmental noise impact modeling.
  • Evaluation of friction material for braking performance and reduction of friction-induced vibrations/noise in braking systems.

Advanced Ground-Vehicle Power Brochure (PDF)

Technical Contact

Dr. Gregory Shaver
Associate Professor
School of Mechanical Engineering

Collaborating Laboratories

Ray W. Herrick Laboratories
140 S. Martin Jischke Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2031

MAHA Fluid Power Research Center and Purdue Center for Systems Integrity
1500 Kepner Drive
Lafayette, IN 47905

Catalysis Laboratory
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100

Energy Conversion Research and Energy Systems Simulation Laboratories
Electrical Engineering Building
465 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2035

Mechanical Engineering Tribology Laboratory
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories
500 Allison Road
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2014
Phone: (765) 494-1501

About the Energy Center

The Center’s mission is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. We engage researchers and students in a community that delivers new discoveries and develops disruptive technologies with national and global impact.


Maureen McCann

Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Pankaj Sharma

Managing Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Mann Hall, Rm 105
203 South Martin Jischke Dr.
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971