Dan DelVescovo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
324 Engineering Center
(248) 370-4590
Fax: (248) 370-4416

delvescovo@oakland.edu

Education

  • 2016, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • 2012, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • 2010, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI

Research Interests

  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Advanced Combustion Strategies
  • Alternative and Bio-Derived Fuel Sources
  • Engine and Combustion Modeling
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Vehicle Emissions Regulations and Policy

Current Research

Future transportation engines will have to operate under various combustion modes, using a variety of potential fuel sources. Understanding how to minimize emissions and maximize efficiency under these uncertainties is the focus of my research.
  • Low temperature combustion (LTC) strategies including HCCI, RCCI, and GCI
  • The effects of bio-derived and alternative fuel sources on advanced combustion strategies
  • Simplified (0-D/1-D) combustion models
  • Developing fuel reactivity metrics for conventional and advanced combustion modes

Publications

  • DelVescovo, D. A., Kokjohn, S.L., Reitz, R. D., “The Effects of Charge Preparation, Fuel Stratification, and Premixed Fuel Chemistry on Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) Combustion,” SAE Int. J. Engines, 2017, doi:10.4271/2017-01-0773

  • DelVescovo, D. A., Kokjohn, S.L., Reitz, R. D., "The Development of an Ignition Delay Correlation for PRF Fuel Blends from PRF0 (n-Heptane) to PRF100 (iso-Octane),” SAE Int. J. Engines 9(1):520-535, 2016, doi:10.4271/2016-01-0551

  • Wang, H., DelVescovo, D. A., Yao, M., Zheng, Z., Reitz, R. D., “Reaction Mechanisms and HCCI Combustion Processes of Mixtures of n-Heptane and the Butanols”, Mech. Eng. 2015; 1:3. doi:10.3389/fmech.2015.00003

  • Wang, H., DelVescovo, D. A., Yao, M., Reitz, R. D., “Numerical Study of RCCI Combustion Processes Using Gasoline, Diesel, iso-Butanol and DTBP Cetane Improver”, SAE Int. J. Engines 8(2):831-845, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-0850

  • DelVescovo, D. A., Wang, H., Wissink, M. L., Reitz, R. D., “Isobutanol as both the Low Reactivity and High Reactivity Fuels with the addition of Di-Tert Butyl Peroxide (DTBP) in RCCI Combustion”, SAE Int. J. Fuels Lubr. 8(2):2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-0839

  • Walker, N. R., Wissink, M. L., DelVescovo, D. A., Reitz, R. D., “Natural Gas for High Load Dual-Fuel Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) in Heavy-Duty Engines”, Energy Resour. Technol. 2015; 137(4):042202-042202-7. doi:10.1115/1.4030110

  • Splitter, D. A., Wissink, M. L., DelVescovo, D. A., Reitz, R. D., “Improving the Understanding of Intake and Charge Effects for Increasing RCCI Engine Efficiency”, SAE Int. J. Engines 7(2):913-927, 2014, doi:10.4271/2014-01-1325

Teaching Experience

  • Introduction to Thermal Engineering (EGR250)
  • Internal Combustion Engines I (ME457) (Fall 2017)