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Dan DelVescovo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
414 Engineering Center
(248) 370-4590
Fax: (248) 370-4416

[email protected]


  • 2016, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • 2012, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • 2010, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI


  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Combustion
  • Internal Combustion Engines


  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Advanced Combustion Strategies
  • Alternative Fuel Sources
  • Engine and Combustion Modeling
  • Chemical Kinetics

“Future engines will have to operate under various combustion modes, using a variety of fuel sources. Understanding how to minimize emissions and maximize efficiency under these uncertainties will help pave a way towards better fuel economy and decreased pollution” – Dan DelVescovo, 2016

Selected Publications

1. DelVescovo, D., Splitter, D., Szybist, J., “Modeling Pre-Spark Heat Release and Low Temperature Chemistry of Iso-Octane in a Boosted Spark-Ignition Engine”, 37 th Int. Symp. Combustion, PROCI-D- 17-00464 (submitted)

2. Salih, S., DelVescovo, D., Koloziej, C., Rockstroh, T., Hoth, A., “Defining the Boundary Conditions of the CFR Engine Under RON Conditions for Knock Prediction and Robust Chemical Mechanism Validation”, 37 th Int. Symp. Combustion, PROCI-D- 17-01125 (submitted)

3. Salih, S., DelVescovo, D., “Design and Validation of a GT Power Model of the CFR Engine towards the Development of a Boosted Octane Number”, SAE World Congress 2018, 18PFL-0538 (submitted)

4. Tao, M., Ge, H., DelVescovo, D., Zhao, P., “Manifestation of Octane Rating and Fuel Sensitivity for Gasoline Surrogates Under Advanced Compression Ignition Conditions”, Combustion and Flame, CNF-D- 17-00573R1 (submitted)

5. Tao, M., Ge, H. DelVescovo, D., Zhao, P., “A kinetic modeling study on octane rating and fuel sensitivity in advanced compression ignition engines”, Combustion and Flame, 185: 234-244, 2017.

6. DelVescovo, D. A., Kokjohn, S.L., Reitz, R. D., “The Effects of Charge Preparation, Fuel Stratification, and Premixed Fuel Chemistry on Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) Combustion,” SAE Int. J. Engines, 2017.

7. DelVescovo, D. A., Kokjohn, S.L., Reitz, R. D., "The Development of an Ignition Delay Correlation for PRF Fuel Blends from PRF0 (n-Heptane) to PRF100 (iso- Octane),” SAE Int. J. Engines 9(1):520-535, 2016.

8. DelVescovo, D. A., Wang, H., Wissink, M. L., Reitz, R. D., “Isobutanol as both the Low Reactivity and High Reactivity Fuels with the addition of Di-Tert Butyl Peroxide (DTBP) in RCCI Combustion”, SAE Int. J. Fuels Lubr. 8(2):2015.

9. Splitter, D. A., Wissink, M. L., DelVescovo, D. A., Reitz, R. D., “Improving the Understanding of Intake and Charge Effects for Increasing RCCI Engine Efficiency”, SAE Int. J. Engines 7(2):913-927, 2014.

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