The ETA Ship and Energy Research Group (ESER) was established in 2017 at Yıldız Technical University, Naval Architecture and Maritime Faculty to conduct fundamental and applied research on internal combustion engines. Currently, the group includes 1 Assoc. Prof., 3 Asst. Prof. and 4 PhD students and 2 MSc. students. The group facilitate activities in the Engine Research Laboratory at Naval Architecture and Maritime Faculty.
The Mission of the ESER Group is to provide basic understanding and vision into combustion processes in Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) and exploring current challenges contribute to acceleration in the development of next-generation environmental friendly and high efficient engines.
In addition, research and development of renewable alternative fuels and technologies serve for sustainability and efficiency are among the goals of the group. We collaborate with industry to overcome technical, economic and social barriers in commercial use of alternative fuels.
Advances in ICE has always been achieved by improvements in tribology. The group has also an outstanding history of experimental tribology research.
Gas/diesel dual fuel engines offer a way to meet current and future emission standards at a lower fuel cost. However, numerous technical challenges remain, requiring a better understanding of in-cylinder combustion physics. Researching the combustion physics, economy, sustainability and environmentalism of the Compression Ignition engine operating with gas fuels (natural gas, syngas, hydrogen…etc.) is another field of study of the group.
Research on dual fuel ammonia (NH3)/diesel, NH3/H2 and NH3/dimethyl ether (DME) will also be carried out by the group. The use of NH3 as a fuel is a relatively novel concept, especially in dual-fuel applications.
Furthermore, ESER group has a studies about performance monitoring and evaluation in ships and power plants. In addition, studies are carried out within the scope of energy efficiency connected to air pollution and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in ship main and auxiliary engines related to Energy Efficiency Operational Index (EEOI) and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII).