Reza Tafreshi is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He joined Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (2006) and Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar (2007), after six years of experience in industry. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of modeling, analysis, and control of mechanical and subsea systems, Biomedical Signal Processing, Machine Fault Diagnosis, Robotics and Automation. He has authored over 80 journal, proceeding articles, and book chapters.
The Gas and Fuels Research Centre enjoys having advanced fuel characterization research facilities. On the other hand, the Engine Research and Testing Laboratory (ERTL) have state of the art internal combustion engine facilities, with several engines, computer-controlled, with various sensors and data acquisition systems, and importantly, fast and high accurate emission measurement systems. The combination of fuel characterization facilities and state of the art engine and emission facilities can close the loop in help developing new synthetic fuels for developing more efficient engines with lower emissions. This is locally and globally important for the purpose of lowering human-produced greenhouse gases.
ERTL research activities also include integrated modeling, control and diagnostics of internal combustion engines and catalysts for optimized fuel economy and emissions reduction; and development of low emissions, high efficiency engines.
Furthermore, researchers at ERTL focus on the development of reduced order mathematical models for optimizing subsea and pipeline protection system architectures.
In addition to TAMU main campus, the Engine Research and Testing Laboratory has collaborated and worked with institutions, such as University of Houston and OryxGTL-Sasol.
Engine Research and Testing Laboratory
The Engine Research and Testing Laboratory (ERTL) supports TAMUQ and Qatar community in internal combustion engine related activities such as engine and catalyst modeling and control, development and implementation of new combustion technologies, engine performance and efficiency evaluation, and emissions measurement.
State of the art facilities include a F-150 3.7L V6 Ford gasoline engine, a Ford 4-Cylinder diesel engine, and a single cylinder diesel engine, all computer controlled and equipped with matching dynamometers, all necessary sensors, such as in-cylinder pressure transducer, and data acquisition systems. ERTL also includes fast and high precision emission analyzers, and very fast analyzers for transient NO/NO2 and CO/CO2 measurements.