Carrie M. Hall
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Materials, and Aerospace Engineering Department
Illinois Institute of Technology
Current Projects
Control and Analysis of High Efficiency Dual Fuel Engines
Dr. Hall’s team focuses on the dynamics and control of thermal systems primarily with automotive applications. These studies involve a combination of both simulation and experimental work. Experimental studies  on this topic are conducted in IIT’s Advanced Engine  Control Laboratory and also in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory in ANL’s Transportation Research Center. 
Work on this topic is currently being supported by a NSF CAREER Award (NSF CAREER: Control of Advanced Fuel-Flexible Multi-Cylinder Engines, Award 1553823).

Integrated Control of Engine and Aftertreatment Systems
Prior work in this area has focused on model-based control of the SCR system and strategies for integrating in control of the engine air flows to provide proper temperatures to the SCR system. We are currently exploring the use of neural networks in the control of such systems.

Analysis of Dual Fuel Spark Ignited Engines
Dr. Hall has partnered with researchers at Argonnne National Laboratory (ANL) to study the advantages of using both natural gas and gasoline on a dual fuel engine in order to avoid knock limitations and improve overall combustion efficiencies. This work is supported by ANL's Faculty Research Participation Program.

Vehicle Powertrain Analysis
 Dr. Hall also has a number of students who work on vehicle analysis projects at Argonne’s Advanced Research Powertrain Facility (ARPF).
An additional project on vehicle analysis is funded from the American Petroleum Institute and IIT is partnered with ARPF for that work.
  
Facilities
The experimental facilities at IIT contain:  
  • 400 kW eddy current dynamometer
  • High speed data logging system
  • Rapid prototyping control system
  • Fuel flow measurement and conditioning system
  • Air flow measurement system
  • Horiba exhaust gas analysis system
  • Modern diesel engine equipped with pressure transducers, thermocouples, and oxygen content sensors

Simulation work is supported by the AVL AST University Partnership Program ( https://www.avl.com/simulation ) and by Gamma Technologies.