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CMT - Motores Térmicos


Type of Organisation: University
Origin Country:Spain
Contact:Prof. José M. Desantes
Tel.: +34 963877650


CMT - Motores Térmicos was founded in 1979 as the chair of Thermal Engines of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and has evolved since to become a very dynamic and internationally well-known Research Institute that collaborates closely with the international automotive industry.

Its main research activities are centred on the theoretical-experimental study of all the thermo-fluid dynamic processes in reciprocating internal combustion engines, with the aim of responding to specific demands of the automotive industry. Main concerns are nowadays dictated by environmental issues such as the reduction of specific fuel consumption and pollutants, as well as by the need to improve engine efficiency and reliability. Work is carried out to explore following aspects:

  • Air management and turbocharging in engines.
  • Injection-combustion processes and pollutant formation, especially in direct injection Diesel engines.
  • Control of the noise generated by these processes.
  • Thermal management in the engine.

In addition, CMT also does research work for the maintenance of reciprocating internal combustion engines aimed at developing non-intrusive diagnosis techniques for predictive maintenance, such as performance measurements, analysis of lubricants and engine vibration, and at implementing integral maintenance systems for transport fleets.

CMT-Motores Térmicos has state-of-the-art experimental and computational equipment needed for these tasks, including 14 fully equipped engine test cells for single cylinder and real engines, a climatic chamber with capabilities to simulate below zero temperatures (-30° C) and altitude conditions (up to 2800 m, 700 mbar) with enough space for a car, 3 turbo-group test benches for heavy-duty and automotive engines for the full
characterisation of turbochargers, including in pulsating flow conditions, an anechoic chamber for measuring combustion and engine exhaust noise.

Participation in EU Projects and International Activities

CMT-Motores Térmicos has successfully led several European projects in the 3rd, 4th and 5th Framework programmes, and participated in various others, including 10 European projects of the 5th Framework programme. In the 6th Framework Programme, the institute was involved in 2 Integrated Projects (NICE, GREEN), in one STREP project (IPSY), and in a Network of Excellence (ECO-Engines). Also, between 2002 and 2006, it was recognised as a Marie Curie Training Site.

Within the 7th Framework Programme, the group is involved in the following projects:

  • Powerful
  • Cleaner-D
  • Cometnano
  • VECOM (ITN) as coordinator
And, in H2020, so far in two additional projects:
  • GasOn in GV-3-2014 call and REWARD in GV-3.1-2014 
  • ELECFILTER (Clean Ski Initiative).