Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



William J. Pitz

Physicist
Materials Science Division


 +1 925-422-7730


DegreeDiscipline/InstitutionYear
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
University of California at Berkeley
1982
M.S. Engineering Science
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1973
B.S. Engineering Science
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1973

Research Interests

Development of chemical kinetic mechanisms for hydrocarbon fuels, oxygenated fuels, oil-sand derived fuels and energetic materials. Applying these mechanisms to applied problems such as combustion in homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engines and diesel engines.


Recent Publications

Pitz, W. J., C. V. Naik, T. Ní Mhaoldúin, C. K. Westbrook, H. J. Curran, J. P. Orme,  and J. M. Simmie, “Modeling and Experimental Investigation of Methylcyclohexane Ignition in a Rapid Compression Machine,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 31, 267-275, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, UCRL-PROC-217798 (2007).

Metcalfe, W. K., Pitz, W. J., Curran, H. J., Simmie, J. M., and Westbrook, C. K.  “The Development of a Detailed Chemical Kinetic Mechanism for Diisobutylene and Comparison to Shock Tube Ignition Times,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 31, 377-384, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, UCRL-PROC-217797 (2007).

Pitz, W. J., and Westbrook, C. K, “A Detailed Chemical Kinetic Model for TNT,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 31 (2) 2343-2351, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, UCRL-PROC-217783 (2007).

Pitz, W. J., Cernansky, N. P., Dryer, F. L., Egolfopoulos, F. N., Farrell , J. T., Friend, D. G., and Pitsch, H., “Development of an Experimental Database and Kinetic Models for Surrogate Gasoline Fuels,” 2007 SAE World Congress, Detroit, MI., SAE Paper 2007-01-0175; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, UCRL-CONF-224937 (2007).

Saylam, A., Ribaucour, M., Pitz, W. J., and Minetti, R., “Reduction of large detailed chemical kinetic mechanisms for autoignition using joint analyses of reaction rates and sensitivities,” International Journal of Chemical Kinetics 39 (4) (2007) 181-196, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, UCRL-JRNL-226859 (2007).

Silke, E. J., Pitz, W. J., Westbrook, C. K. and Ribaucour, M. “Detailed Chemical Kinetic Modeling of Cyclohexane Oxidation”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, in press, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, UCRL-JRNL-226089 (2007).

Westbrook, C. K., Pitz, W. J., and Curran, H. J. "A Chemical Kinetic Modeling Study of the Effects of Oxygenated Hydrocarbons on Soot Emissions from Diesel Engines," Journal of Physical Chemistry A 110, 6912-6922, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, UCRL-JRNL-217092 (2006).

Naik, C. V., Pitz, W. J., Sjöberg, M., Dec, J. E., Orme, J., Curran, H. J., Simmie, J. M., and Westbrook, C. K., “Detailed Chemical Kinetic Modeling of Surrogate Fuels for Gasoline and Application to an HCCI Engine,” SAE 2005 Transactions of Fuels and Lubricants, Presented at the 2005 Fall Powertrain and Fluid Systems Conference & Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas.  SAE paper 2005-01-3742, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, UCRL-CONF-211952 (2005).

Jayaweera, T. M., Melius, C. F., Pitz, W. J., Westbrook, C. K., Korobeinichev, O. P., Shvartsberg, V. M., Shmakov, A. G., Bolshova, T. A. and Curran, H. J., “Flame Inhibition by Organophosphorus-Containing Compounds over a Range of Equivalence Ratios,” Combustion and Flame 140/1-2 pp. 103-115, UCRL-JRNL-206058 (2005).

Naik, C. V., Pitz, W. J., Sjöberg, M., Dec, J. E., Orme, J., Curran, H. J., Simmie, J. M., and Westbrook, C. K., “Detailed Chemical Kinetic Modeling of Surrogate Fuels for Gasoline and Application to an HCCI Engine,” 2005 Joint Meeting of the U. S. Sections of the Combustion Institute, Philadelphia, PA, March 21-23, 2005; UCRL-CONF-208916 (2005).

Metcalfe, W., Curran, H. J., Simmie, J. M., Pitz, W. J., and Westbrook, C. K., “The Development of a Detailed Chemical Kinetic Mechanism for Diisobutylene and Comparison to Shock Tube Ignition Times,” Joint Meeting of the U. S. Sections of the Combustion Institute, Philadelphia, PA, March 21-23, 2005; UCRL-CONF-208916 (2005).

Schuchardt, K., Oluwole, O., Pitz, W. J., Rahn, L. Green, W. H., Jr., Leahy, D. Pancerella, C., Sjöberg, M., and Dec, J. “New Approaches for Collaborative Sharing of Chemical Model Data and Analysis Tools,” Joint Meeting of the U. S. Sections of the Combustion Institute, Philadelphia, PA, March 21-23, 2005; UCRL-CONF-209117 (2005).

Pitz, W. J., and Westbrook, C. K, “A Detailed Chemical Kinetic Model for TNT”, 2005 Joint Meeting of the U. S. Sections of the Combustion Institute, Philadelphia, PA, March 21-23, 2005; UCRL-CONF-209023 (2005).

Silke, E. J., Curran, H. J., Simmie, J. M., Pitz, W. J., and Westbrook, C. K., “A Rapid Compression Machine Modelling Study of the Heptane Isomers,” European Combustion Meeting, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, April 3-6, 2005. UCRL-CONF-212489 (2005).

Glaude, P. A., Pitz, W. J., Thomson, M. J., “Chemical Kinetic Modeling of Dimethyl Carbonate in an Opposed-Flow Diffusion Flame,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 30, pp. 1095-1102, UCRL-CONF-201358 (2005).

Curran, H. J., Jayaweera, T. M., Pitz, W. J., and Westbrook, C. K., "A Detailed Modeling Study of Propane Oxidation," Western States Section of the Combustion Institute, Davis, California, Paper No. 04S-58; UCRL-CONF-203063 (2004).

Korobeinichev, O. P., Shvartsberg, V. M., Shmakov, A. G., Bolshova T. A., Jayaweera, T. M., Melius, C. F., Pitz, W. J., and Westbrook C. K., “Flame Inhibition by Phosphorus-Containing Compounds in Lean and Rich Propane Flames,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 30, Issue 2, pp. 2350-2357, UCRL-CONF-201585 (2005).

Buchholz, B. A., Mueller, C. J., Upatnieks, A., Martin, G. C., Pitz, W. J., and Westbrook, C. K., "Using Carbon-14 Isotope Tracing to Investigate Molecular Structure Effects of the Oxygenate Dibutyl Maleate on Soot Emissions from a DI Diesel Engine," Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE Paper No. 2004-01-1849, UCRL-JRNL-201870 (2004).

Connaire, M. O., Curran, H J., Simmie, J. M., Pitz, W. J., and Westbrook, C.K., “A Comprehensive Modeling Study of Hydrogen Oxidation,” International Journal of Chemical Kinetics 36:603-622, UCRL-JC-152569 (2004).

Mueller, C. J., Pitz, W. J., Pickett, L. M., Martin, G. C., Siebers, D. L., and Westbrook, C. K., "Effects of Oxygenates on Soot Processes in DI Diesel Engines: Experiments and Numerical Simulations," Arch T. Colwell Merit Award Paper, Society of Automotive Engineers, Paper SAE 2003-01-1791, 2003, UCRL-JC-151213 (2003).


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