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Office Location: ETC 7.142C

Matthew Hall


Louis T. Yule Fellowship in Engineering

Department Research Areas:
Thermal Fluids Systems and Transport Phenomena

Prof. Matthew J. Hall is a faculty member in the Thermal Fluids Systems area in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Louis T. Yule Fellowship in Engineering. His research focus is engine combustion processes with an emphasis on engine controls, optical measurement techniques, engine sensor development, gasoline engine cold-start emissions, spark ignition characterization, engine friction, waste heat recovery, and alternative fuels. He is also involved in studies of lithium ion battery fires and battery safety. Further, he is engaged in projects to extend the flight range of drones through the use of combustion energized thermoelectric power generators. He has served on the College of Engineering faculty since 1991 and has published more than 150 technical articles. He is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and is an Associate Editor for the Society of Automotive Engineers’ International Journal of Engines. He teaches courses in Thermodynamics that include modeling and/or analyses of power cycles and HVAC systems, including refrigeration and heat pumps.

Most Recent Publications 
  1. F.P. Brito, N. Pacheco, R. Vieira, J. Martins, L. Martins, J. Teixeira, L.M. Goncalves, J. Oliveira, M. Hall, Efficiency Improvement of Vehicles using Temperature Controlled Exhaust Thermoelectric Generators, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 203, January 2020

  2. Hu, J., Hall, M.J., Matthews, R.D., Moilanen, P., Wooldridge, S., and Yi, J., “A Novel Technique for Measuring Cycle-Resolved Cold Start Emissions Applied to a Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection Engine,” SAE Technical Paper 2020-01-0312, 2020, also in SAE Journal of Engines, doi:10.4271/2020-01-0312.

  3. Kim, K., Hall, M.J., Wilson, P.S., and Matthews, R.D., “Arc-Phase Spark Plug Energy Deposition Characteristics Measured Using a Spark Plug Calorimeter Based on Differential Pressure Measurement,” Energies 2020, 13(14), 3550;

  4. Dardalis, D., Basu. A., Hall, M.J., Matthews, R.D., “The Rotating Liner Engine (RLE) Diesel Prototype: ReducingInternal Engine Friction by about 40% under Idle Conditions,” Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 779;

  5. Cardoso, J.S., Silva, V., Rocha, R.C., Hall, M.J.,Costa, M., Eusébio, D., “Ammonia as an energy vector: Current and future prospects for low-carbon fuel applications in internal combustion engines,” Journal of Cleaner Production, Article 126562, Pll S0959-6526(21)00782-4, Elseveir, 2021.

  6. Hu, J., Hall, M.J., Matthews, R.D., Moilanen, P., Wooldridge, S., and Yi, J., “Quantitative Analysis of Gasoline Direct Injection Engine Emissions for the First 5 Firing Cycles of Cold Start,” SAE Technical Paper 2021-01-0536, 2021, also in SAE International Journal of Advances and Current Practices in Mobility, doi:10.4271/2021-01-0536.

  7. Cardoso, J.S., Silva, V., Chavando, J.A.M., Eusébio, D., Hall, M.J., Costa, M., “Small-Scale Biomass Gasification for Green Ammonia Production in Portugal: A Techno-Economic Study,” Energy and Fuels, August, 2021, DOI: 10.1021/ACS.energyfuels.1c01928, 2021.

  8. Kim, K., Tambasco, C., Hall, M.J., and Matthews, R., “Experimental and Modeling Study of Spark Plug Electrode Heat Transfer and Thermal Energy Deposition,” SAE Technical Paper 2021-01-0480, 2021, doi:10.4271/2021-01-0480.

  9. Kim, K., Tambasco, C., Hall, M.J., Matthews, R. D., “Multi-Dimensional Spark Ignition Model with Distributed Energy Input and Integrated Circuit Model,” SAE Technical Paper 2021-01-0405, 2021, doi:10.4271/2021-01-0405.

  10. Dardalis, D., Hall, M.J., Matthews, R., Basu, A., “Testing the Rotating Liner Engine: Over 30% Reduction in Diesel Engine Fuel Consumption at Idle Conditions,” SAE Technical Paper 2021-01-0448, 2021, doi:10.4271/2021-01-0448.

  11. Tambasco, C., Li, D., Hall, M.J., Matthews, R.D., “Spark Ignition Discharge Characteristics under Quiescent Conditions and with Convective Flows,” SAE Technical Paper 2021-01-1157, September 2021.

  12. Cardoso, J.S., Silva, V., Eusébio, D., Tarelho, A.C., Hall, M.J., Grinberg Dana, A., “Numerical modelling of ammonia-coal co-firing in a pilot-scale fluidized bed reactor: Influence of ammonia addition for emissions control,” Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 254, February, 2022, 115226 .

  13. Cardoso, J.S., Silva, V., Mayoral Chavando, J. A., Eusebio, D., Hall, M.J., “Numerical modelling of coal phase-out through ammonia and biomass co-firing in a pilot-scale fluidized bed reactor,” Fuel Communications, Vol. 10, March, 2022, 100055, ISSN 2666-0520, .

  14. Yilmaz, N.; Atmanli, A.; Hall, M.J.; Vigil, F.M. Determination of the Optimum Blend Ratio of Diesel, Waste Oil Derived Biodiesel and 1-Pentanol Using the Response Surface Method. Energies 2022, 15, 5144. en15145144.

  15. Lyu, M.; Alsulaiman, Y.; Hall, M.J.; Matthews, R.D. Impacts of Intake Throttling on the Combustion Characteristics and Emissions of a Light-Duty Diesel Engine under the Idle Mode. Energies 2022, 15, 8846. 

  16. Tambasco, C., Hall, M.J., and Matthews, R.D., “Spark Discharge Characteristics for Varying Spark Plug Geometries and Gas Compositions,” SAE Technical Paper 2022-01-0437, 2022, doi:10.4271/2022-01-0437.

  17. Li, D., Matthews R.D., and Hall, M.J., “Improved Correlations for the Unstretched Laminar Flame Properties of Iso-Octane/Air Mixtures,” The 10th International Conference on Modeling and Diagnostics for Advanced Engine Systems (COMODIA 2022), July 5-8, 2022, Sapporo, Japan.

  18. Dardalis, D., Asad, O., Hall, M.J., Matthews, R.D., “Minimizing Boundary Friction in Diesel Engines Piston Assembly: Testing the Rotating Liner Engine Prototype Under Load,” ASME 2022 Internal Combustion Engine Division ICE Forward Conference (ICEF2022), Paper Number: 88867, Oct. 17, 2022.

  19. Silva, V., Cardoso, J.S., Chavando, J., Eusébio, D. and Hall, M.J., “Ammonia and biomass co-firing for coal phase-out,” 7th International Conference on Renewable Energy and Conservation, Paris, Nov. 18-20, 2022, Conference Proceedings in Energy Reports (ISSN: 2352-4847) (ICREC 2022.

  20. Li, D., Hu, J., Hall, M.J., and Matthews, R.D, “A Simulation Study on the Transient Behavior of a Gasoline Direct Injection Engine under Cold Start Conditions,” SAE Technical Paper 2022-01-0401, 2022, doi:10.4271/2022-01-0401 also in SAE International Journal of Advances and Current Practices in Mobility, issue 2, 2023.

  21. Hu, J., Li, D., Hall, M.J., Matthews, R.D., Moilanen, P., Wooldridge, S., and Yi, J., “A parametric study to improve first firing cycle emissions of a gasoline direct injection engine during cold start,” Intl. J. of Engine Research, Volume 24, Issue 8, August 2023, Pages 3428-3444 © IMechE 2023,

  22. Li, D., Hu J, Hall M, Matthews R. “Development of a fractal engine simulation model in a multidimensional simulation for the cold start process of a gasoline direct injection engine. Intl. J. of Engine Research, Volume 24, Issue 9, September 2023, Pages 3830-3849, doi:10.1177/14680874231174272.