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Expert in Evaporative and Refueling Emission Control

Expert ID: 727332 Michigan, USA

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Evaporative Emissions Consulting, Inc., was formed in 2009 after Expert's retirement from General Motors R&D Center with 30 years of experience in fuels and fuel vapor emission control research and development. Expert's firm provides engineering and consulting services in the area of evaporative fuel vapor emission control. Expert has extensive experience in finding solutions to difficult evaporative emission control problems which involved developing mathematical models to predict evaporative (diurnal, hot-soak, running loss, and refueling) fuel vapor generation from fuel tanks, fuel vapor storage in activated carbon canister, canister purging, vapor redistribution, canister back-purge, and permeation losses. Another unique modeling skill of Expert is the complex mathematical prediction of vapor pressures and emissions from gasolines containing various oxygenates (ethanol, methanol, butanol, MTBE, ETBE, etc.).
Skills that nobody else in the industry possess except Expert:
1. Complex non-ideal solution (ethanol/gasoline) evaporative and refueling vapor generation model
2. Vapor generation models for predicting:
a. Diurnal and running loss vapor generation as a function of ethanol concentration, fuel vapor pressure,
ambient temperature, and altitude
b. Refueling vapor generation as a function tank fuel RVP, dispensed fuel RVP, tank temperature, dispensed
fuel temperature, air entrainment (liquid seal vs. mechanical seal, and fill type (bottom fill vs. top fill)
3. Canister models based on activated carbon adsorption isotherm and mass/energy balance for predicting:
a. Canister loading (adsorption) breakthrough or bleed emissions
b. Canister purging (desorption) as a function of purge air volume and temperature
c. Canister back-purge (passive purge), especially in multiple diurnals
d. Vapor redistribution during soaks and its effect on bleed emissions
e. EPA working capacity
f. Slow loading diurnal vapor storage capacity (for EPA and CARB 3-day diurnals)
g. Rapid loading refuel vapor storage capacity (EPA ORVR test)

Just retired from GM R&D Center and started a consulting company called Evaporative Emissions Consulting, Inc.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan - Warren, Michigan - Flint, Michigan - Sterling Heights, Michigan - Lansing, Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan - Livonia, Michigan - Dearborn, Michigan - Westland, Michigan - Toledo, Ohio

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1979 Degree: PhD Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: The University of Michigan, Ann Anbor
Year: 1976 Degree: MS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Year: 1974 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Osmania University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Responsibilities: Consulting firm
Years: 1979 to 2009 Employer: General Motors Research and Development Center Title: GM Technical Fellow Department: Chemical and Environmental Laboratory Responsibilities: Research and development in evaporative and refueling emission control - mathematical modeling and simulation software development, problem solving, new concept development to solve complex automotive evaporative and refueling emission control problems or for reducing the cost and complexity of the systems

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1995 to 2009 Country / Region: Europe Summary: Helped GM engineers in Europe in the design of evaporative and refueling emission control systems
Years: 2000 to 2009 Country / Region: South Korea Summary: Helped GM engineers in S. Korea in the design of evaporative and refueling emission control systems

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member Society of Automotive Engineers
Licenses / Certifications
P.E. in State of Michigan
Awards / Recognition
2002 Boss Kettering Award for Engine off Natural Vacuum Fuel System Leak Detection.

1995 Boss Kettering Award for Innovations in Fuel Systems.

2002 Charles L. McCuen Special Achievement Award for Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detection.

1993 Charles L. McCuen Special Achievement Award for Innovative Components for Reduced Vehicle Evaporative Emissions.

1989 Charles L. McCuen Special Achievement Award for EVAP-PC Model for Predicting Vehicle Vapor Emissions.
Publications and Patents Summary
26 US patents and several defensive publications; 5 pending

11 SAE Papers

2 papers in international journals

6 graduate studies/research publications in international journals

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Developed and taught 2-day Society of Automotive Engineers professional development seminar. Title: Evaporative and Refueling Emission Control.

Taught a two-hour class to GM engineers on evaporative and refueling emission control
Marketing Experience
Automotive Evaporative and Refueling Emission Control

Fields of Expertise

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