Date of Award

Fall 2006

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Kim, Kyuil

Second Advisor

Borg, John

Third Advisor

Marklin, Richard W.


Since the beginning of the industrial revolution in the middle of the eighteenth century, the advent and development of various kinds of mechanical devices operated by using fossil fuels has made human life more convenient and comfortable. The corresponding industrial productivity has tremendously increased; motivating people to continuously invent and develop devices that are directly related to the quality of people's personal lives. Steam power plants and engines using fossil fuels contributed significantly to industries and our human life, resulting in transportation devices such as steam-powered trains and vehicles. These energy (power) converting devices have been continuously developed to produce more mechanical power, one of which is the development of internal combustion engines...



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