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General Motors Joins Model Fuels Consortium

SAN DIEGO--Reaction Design, the clean technology chemistry leader, today announced that General Motors has joined the Model Fuels Consortium (MFC). Through its membership in the MFC, GM will support the consortiums charter to develop, validate and apply advanced simulation methods that can improve engine and fuel design resulting in increased fuel efficiencies and reduced emissions. General Motors joins existing members Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, Cummins Engine Company, Dow Chemical Company, Ford Motor Company, Honda, L'Institut Français du Pétrole, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, and Toyota.

GMs membership in the MFC means a great deal to the consortiums work, both for their expert guidance as well as their real-world implementation of the fuel mechanisms and tools that are being developed, said Bernie Rosenthal, CEO of Reaction Design. With the addition of GM, the MFC boasts two of the Detroit Three automakers and a majority of the Japanese auto manufacturers.

Launched in 2005, Reaction Designs MFC directs the expertise and resources of fuel producers, engine manufacturers and automakers toward a shared agenda: to develop the model fuels that are essential to accurate simulation of the complex chemical processes that drive combustion. The MFCs stakeholders and their corporate brethren face regulatory and economic pressures to meet increasingly stringent emissions standards and demanding fuel efficiency requirements circumstances that have also given rise to developmental fuels and new engine technologies they must master.

We are especially interested in the development and application of advanced kinetic simulation tools developed by Reaction Design that have the potential to give us added flexibility in evaluating existing engine designs and new combustion concepts, said Dr. Gary Smyth, lab director of GM Research & Development, Powertrain Systems Research Lab.

To manage the ever-expanding range of design options and their inherent tradeoffs, engine and fuel developers have boosted their reliance on combustion simulation, thereby reducing their dependence on costly and increasingly inadequate empirical tests. Through the MFCs work, simulation will continue to grow in value and reliability as a design tool.

Model fuels are a carefully chosen mix of a few pure chemicals that together mimic the combustion behavior in computer simulations of the much more chemically complex commercial fuels. Once validated, the model fuels accurately simulate combustion, allowing fuel and engine designers to optimize engine performance and emissions control faster and at less cost than with traditional physical fuel/engine testing. Developing validated fuel surrogates and associated computer simulation tools are the main focus of the consortium.

About Reaction Design

Reaction Design helps transportation manufacturers and energy companies rapidly achieve their Clean Technology goals by automating the analysis of chemical processes via simulation and modeling solutions. Reaction Design is the exclusive developer and distributor of CHEMKIN, the de facto standard for modeling gas-phase and surface chemistry that provides engineers ultra-fast access to reliable answers that save time and money in the development process. Reaction Design also offers the KINetics software package, which brings detailed kinetics modeling to other engineering applications, such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) programs. Reaction Designs world-class engineers, chemists and programmers have expertise that spans multi-scale engineering from the molecule to the plant. Reaction Design serves more than 350 customers in the commercial, government and academic markets.

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