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Model Fuels Consortium Adds Petrobras and Saudi Aramco


SAN DIEGO--Reaction Design, the clean technology chemistry leader, today announced that two of the worlds premier energy companies, Petrobras and Saudi Aramco, are the latest additions to the membership of the Model Fuels Consortium (MFC). Through their membership, the companies 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. Petrobras and Saudi Aramco join current members, Chevron and Conoco-Phillips, giving the consortium strong representation from forward-thinking clean energy providers. Additional members of the MFC include Cummins Engine Company, Dow Chemical Company, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, LInstitut Français du Pétrole, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PSA Peugeot Citroën, and Toyota.

The addition of Petrobras and Saudi Aramco, two of the largest energy producers in the world, brings great insight and support to our consortium, said Bernie Rosenthal, CEO of Reaction Design. I commend these companies for their commitment to the advancement of knowledge and development of vital tools for clean fuel production and combustion.

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 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.

Joining the Model Fuels Consortium will enable Petrobras to work closely with the worlds leading engine producers to design and produce the most efficient and environmentally friendly fuels, said Alipio Ferreira Pinto, Jr., Downstream R&D General Manager.

Saudi Aramco is committed to developing energy products to support clean combustion technology and the work of the MFC provides valuable tools and scientific understanding for us to achieve our goals, said Ahmar Ghauri, Internal Combustion Engine Scientist. Saudi Aramco has observed the significant achievements of the MFC since its inception and we look forward to collaborating with Reaction Design and our fellow members to achieve the objectives of the MFC.

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.

Reaction Design now has fuel mechanism development projects covering most fuels of interest to the transportation and energy production markets. The MFC is focuses on gasoline and diesel fuel combinations while separate research projects sponsored by NASA and the US Department of Energy are underway to investigate the clean combustion of biofuels and Fischer-Tropsch fuels for jet engines and autos, respectively. Through the breadth of its involvement in these fuel mechanism development initiatives, Reaction Design provides expertise in extensively validated fuel mechanisms and software tools that provide engine and fuel producers effective simulation required for clean combustion technology development.

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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