David Kittelson

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David Kittelson

Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 217
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D. 1972, Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, England
M.S. 1966, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
B.S. 1964, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota


Thomas E Murphy Engine Lab (MERL) - 2811 Weeks Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414


Research Interests
  • Sampling and characterization of particles from high-temperature, high-pressure streams.
  • Characterization of devices for removing particulate matter from combustion products.
  • Energy conversion and the production and use of alternative fuels.
  • Dynamics of diesel exhaust and other carbonaceous aerosols.
  • Electronic engine control.
  • Measurement and control of spark ignition engine knock; engine sensors, control, and on-board diagnostics.
  • Performance of alcohols and other alternate fuels in engines.
  • Continuous measurement of airborne particulate sulfur, carbon, and nitrogen.
  • Measurements of ultrafine particles in gases and liquids; and megasonic cleaning of silicon wafers.

Selected Publications

  • Watts, Winthrop F., David D. Gladis, Matthew F, Schumacher, Adam C. Ragatz, and David B. Kittelson, 2010. Evaluation of a Portable Photometer for Estimating Diesel Particulate Matter Concentrations in an Underground Limestone Mine, in press, Annals of Occupational Hygiene.
  • Bika, Anil Singh, Luke Franklin, and David Kittelson, 2009. Hydrogen as a Combustion Modifier of Ethanol in Compression Ignition Engines, SAE paper number 09FFL-0209.
  • Boies, Adam, Steven Hankey, David Kittelson, Julian Marshall, Peter Nussbaum, Winthrop Watts, and Elizabeth Wilson, 2009. Reducing Motor Vehicle GHG Emissions in a State that is not California, Environmental Science and Technology, 2009, 43 (23), pp 8721-8729.
  • Gidney, Jeremy T., Martyn V. Twigg, and David B. Kittelson, 2009. Effect of Organometallic Fuel Additives on Nanoparticle Emissions from a Gasoline Passenger Car, in press, Environmental Science and Technology.
  • Gladis, David Daniel and David Kittelson, 2009. Measuring Diesel Ash Emissions and Estimating Lube Oil Consumption Using a High Temperature Oxidation Method, SAE paper number 2009-01-1843.