Rolf Reitz

Wisconsin Distinguished Professor

Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering

Rolf Reitz's major interest is in the area of engine research. He oversees two engine laboratories. In addition, he develops advanced computer models for predicting engine performance. His heavy-duty diesel engine laboratory features a Caterpillar 3401E single-cylinde test engine that is equipped with prototype fuel injection systems. His research was the first to demonstrate that the use of multiple injections can give significant emissions reductions in these engines. Multiple injections are now being implemented by all major diesel engine manufacturers. His high-speed diesel engine laboratory studies an automotive research engine that also features an electronically controlled fuel injection system capable of multiple injections.

  • Combustion, gas dynamics
  • Sprays-motion & formation
  • Hydrocarbon kinetics
  • Engine fluid dynamics
  • Computer modeling