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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is globally recognized for its multi-client consortia programs that bring together companies and organizations to develop precompetitive technology. Some of our automotive-related consortia are described below. Common membership benefits include:

  • Interested companies may join at any time
  • Yearly renewable contracts
  • The impact of individual membership fees are multiplied by the number of participants
  • Results from SwRI internal research projects are shared with consortium members
  • SwRI aggressively pursues patent protection for technology developed during the consortia
  • Consortium participants receive royalty-free licenses to all developed technology

Advanced Combustion Catalyst and Aftertreatment Technologies (AC2AT) Joint Industry Consortium

The Advanced Combustion Catalyst and Aftertreatment Technologies (AC2AT) program focuses on improving the automotive industry’s understanding of catalysts and emission control systems. This multi- faceted research consortium is leading projects that improve the effectiveness and durability of current aftertreatment systems, as well as developing novel technologies to reduce criteria pollutant emissions and improve fuel efficiency. The consortium includes clients from around the world representing catalyst formulators, substrate and component manufacturers, emission control system integrators and engine and vehicle manufacturers. The main objective of the program is to develop the tools and technologies necessary for the synergistic application of catalysts to advanced engine technologies. This consortium provides a collaborative environment for the fundamental evaluation of advanced combustion engine emissions and novel catalyst technologies. The consortium will include clients representing catalyst formulators, substrate and component manufacturers, emission control system integrators and engine and vehicle manufacturers. The focus of the program will be to develop the tools and technologies necessary for the synergistic application of catalysts to advanced engine technologies. This consortium will provide a collaborative environment for the fundamental evaluation of advanced combustion engine emissions and novel catalyst technologies. The AC2AT PAC meeting is scheduled for October 18-19, 2016, at SwRI in San Antonio, TX.



Advanced Engine Fluids (AEF) Joint Industry Consortium

The Advanced Engine Fluids (AEF) consortium will help its members better understand the effects of fuel and lubricant chemistry on engine combustion.

Sharing costs through a consortium gives companies access to more research than would be feasible if funded individually. Also, members will receive free licensing for any patents that are produced from the consortium's work.

The AEF research will focus on ways to accelerate improvements for fuels and lubricants to keep up with emerging fuel economy standards. SwRI's decades-long experience in fuels and lubricant testing combined with its industry-leading research on advanced engines gives us unique insight into the challenges facing modern fuel and lubricant companies.



Aluminum Head Evaluation, Analysis & Durability (AHEAD)

Worldwide fuel economy and green-house gas regulations are driving the need for weight reduction in automotive powertrains. Aluminum has been a common material used for many years to produce engine components, including cylinder heads, pistons and blocks. Recent trends to downsize engines have increased specific output and thus increased cylinder pressures and temperatures. Current aluminum materials and component designs are being pushed to their fatigue and transient response limits.

To achieve further weight reduction and increase durability, the technologies used to design and produce these parts will need to improve. SwRI, in partnership with Grainger & Worrall (G&W), is forming Aluminum Head Evaluation, Analysis & Durability (AHEAD), a four-year consortium of companies involved in the production of aluminum powertrain components to pool resources and improve state-of-the-art aluminum component technologies.



Clean High-Efficiency Diesel Engine (CHEDE-VII)

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Building on more than 24 years of the industry's longest running diesel research consortium, the Clean High-Efficiency Diesel Engine VII (CHEDE-VII) Consortium began in November 2015.

This program is pursuing the world's most efficient engines to meet the needs of industry five to ten years into the future. The four-year multi-client consortium includes consideration of worldwide markets and technology impacts on each. Goals include research and demonstration of technologies to achieve 55% engine- system efficiency while meeting future stringent emissions standards.



Energy Storage System Evaluation and Safety (EssEs)

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The mission of Energy Storage System Evaluation and Safety II (EssEs-II) is to enhance cell level understanding to support design and control of energy storage systems in applications. The mission is being met by evaluating chemical storage systems across a diverse number of manufacturers and products, and by performing research to advance the testing methodologies used to benchmark batteries, making tests faster, cheaper and more significant. The program provides data on performance, abuse, life cycle and consistency of manufacturing tests for member-selected sets of battery cells in a private, independent, third-party laboratory format.



High-Efficiency Dilute Gasoline Engine (HEDGE-III)

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The initial four-year HEDGE® program was established in 2005 to develop high-efficiency, dilute, gasoline engine technology for light- and heavy-duty applications. The program was renewed at the request of the member companies for second and third four-year programs. Enabling technologies developed under the HEDGE and HEDGE II programs for efficiency improvement, including high EGR tolerance, aggressive knock mitigation, and high boost, have subsequently been developed and the technology transferred to member companies. The HEDGE-III program began in January 2013.



Particle Sensor Performance & Durability (PSPD)

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Particle sensors for onboard diagnostics will soon be required on vehicles to meet upcoming emissions regulations. Many potentially useable sensors available in the marketplace today already target onboard diagnostics and engine control applications. However, more knowledge is needed about how these particle sensors perform in engine exhaust applications under different engine operating conditions where temperature, flow, and particle characteristics are changing. The Particle Sensor Performance & Durability program is a two-year program that began in September 2012.



Powertrain Consulting Service (PCS)

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The Powertrain Consulting Service has been conducted with global manufacturers in the international engine, driveline, and powertrain fluids industries for over two decades. Program services consist of technical update review reports containing the latest developments in engines, fuels and lubricants; onsite updates on the latest powertrain-related technologies; and individual consultations on powertrain-related issues that are important to individual participants.



Related Terminology

consortia  •  consortium  •  CHEDE  •  HEDGE  •  low speed pre-ignition   •  clean diesel  •  LSPI  •  gasoline engine technology  •  PCS  •  powertrain consulting  •  modern engines  •  ESSES  •  efficiency improvement  •  energy storage systems  •  pre-ignition  •  battery testing  •  battery evaluations  •  battery benchmarking  •  technology  •  accelerated aging  •  advanced gasoline engines  •  DAAAC  •  consulting/consultation  •  diesel  •  aftertreatment  •  EGR  •  electric vehicles  •  heavy duty aftertreatment  •  lean burn engines  •  AC2AT  •  advanced combustion  •  catalyst  •  advanced engine fluids  •  AEF

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06/28/16