After a career in the automotive industry, Jon Edsell welcomed the opportunity to complete a PhD in automotive engineering.
PhD (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)
I like the idea of ensuring that natural gas fuelled heavy duty engines remain competitive and can reduce CO2 emissions compared to petrol and diesel. I like contributing to the global challenge of improving fuel efficiency.
I completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) in the 1980s and have spent my whole career working with engines and fuels.
I had the opportunity to complete my Masters or PhD after completing my degree but chose to work in industry instead. I always felt this was a missed opportunity, so it has been great to get the chance to apply my extensive industry experience in a research setting.
My research focusses on how to reduce the exhaust temperatures of heavy duty engines found in vehicles like trucks and buses. By reducing exhaust temperatures, we should be able to improve overall fuel efficiency, maintain engine durability and reduce harmful CO2 emissions.
I’m learning a lot about how to make the most use of new technologies in my research. I have access to RMIT’s Green Engine Laboratory, where I use specialist testing equipment linked to high-powered computing facilities. The equipment includes an engine test set-up with significant computing power to take data at very fast rates, and a laser set-up that gives a visualisation of the mixing of air and fuel to enable improvements in mixing, and hence engine operating efficiencies.
I’m an engine guy. My career has been focussed on engines. I’m not going to be doing anything else! I like the idea of ensuring that natural gas fuelled heavy duty engines remain competitive and can reduce CO2 emissions compared to petrol and diesel. I like contributing to the global challenge of improving fuel efficiency.
Once I complete my research, I hope to work in the automotive industry as a consultant. I’d like to continue to be involved in ensuring that natural gas powered engines maintain their relativity for the future.