Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering

First Advisor

Ming Zheng

Second Advisor

Graham T. Reader


Applied sciences



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The main objective of the thesis work was to propose and produce an advanced engine test platform for diesel Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) research by reconfiguring a high performance modern European diesel engine. Innovative LTC combustion strategies were then tested on this newly created platform, which demonstrated that the modified engine system is fully flexible in the independent control of intake boost, exhaust backpressure, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), and injection scheduling.

In the first part of the thesis, the implementation of independent control of the modified Ford Puma has been documented in detail. LTC tests conducted on the engine test platform are recorded, and preliminary experimental results are discussed.

In the second part of the thesis, parametric analysis of variable valve timing (VVT) effects on the combustion phasing of diesel homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI) is studied through the GT-power simulation work, and the results are discussed.