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ME Seminar: Joel Hiltner (Hiltner Combustion)
ME Seminar: Joel Hiltner (Hiltner Combustion)
WhenTuesday, May 14, 2019, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Campus locationMechanical Engineering Building (MEB)
Campus room238
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Industrial Natural Gas Engines: Technology, Markets and Development Challenges
Joel Hiltner of Hiltner Combustion
Tuesday, May 14 in MEB 238
3:30- 4:30 PM

ABSTRACT: Advanced composite materials have their roots in aerospace applications, and represent one of the preferred engineering materials for structural applications where high strength-to weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios are required. Various material systems have been developed to meet specific applications and service environments, and their performance benefits have been realized. Numerous manufacturing processes have been developed as well, offering designers options for building the material/component.
Today we see many aerospace systems using composites, and a growing market for diverse aerospace systems. As new aerospace vehicles and frontiers grow, the application of advancements in the manufacturing of composites will have the opportunity to evolve to enable their industrialization for an exciting future.

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Hiltner completed his Ph.D. at Ohio State University with a focus on optical diagnostics in reciprocating engines. Working for two years in the engine research group of an industrial gas engine OEM taught Dr. Hiltner that large company culture did not suit his demeanor. Three years of post-doc work around the world (Trinity College Dublin, UC Berkeley, Royal Melbourne Instituted of Technology) further convinced Dr. Hiltner that teaching was not one of his talents.
Since returning to the US in 2001, Dr. Hiltner has focused on building a team of natural gas engine experts at his small company (Hiltner Combustion Systems, Ferndale, WA). HCS utilizes combustion and engine simulation, in combination with single-cylinder research engine testing to develop new engine technology for manufacturers of large (1 MW to 15 MW) natural gas engines for stationary and marine applications.

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