Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Taraza's primary skills and interest are in the field of Internal Combustion Engines, especially in engine dynamics & tribology, engine simulation and turbocharging. Research experience includes dynamic simulation of friction in engine bearings and valve trains, engine diagnosis based on analysis of the measured crankshaft speed and simulation of transient operation of turbocharged diesel engines.
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania
D Taraza, N.A. Henein, W. Bryzik, "The Frequency Analysis of the Crankshaft's Speed Variation: A reliable Tool for Diesel Engine Diagnosis," ASME Journal for Gas Turbines and Power 123(2), 428-432, 2001
D. Taraza, "Accuracy Limits of IMEP Determination from Crankshaft Speed Measurements," SAE Transactions, Journal of Engines 111, 689-697.2002.
D. Taraza, "Statistical Correlation Between the Crankshaft's Speed Variation and Engine Performance, Part I: Theoretical Model," ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power 125(3), 791-796, 2003.
D. Taraza, "Statistical Correlation Between the Crankshaft's Speed Variation and Engine Performance, Part II: Detection of Deficient Cylinders and MIP Calculation," ASME journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power 125(3), 797-803, 2003.
M. Teodorescu, D. Taraza, N.A. Henein, W. Bryzik, "Simplified Elasto-Hydrodynamic Friction Model of the Cam-Tappet Contact", SAE Transactions Journal of Engines 112, 1271-82, 2003, (Contributing Author).
R. Stanley and D. Taraza, "A Characteristic Parameter to Estimate the Optimum Counterweight Mass of Symmetric In-Line Engines," accepted for publication in the ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power 126 (3), 645-655, 2004, (Equal Contribution).
M. Teodorescu, D. Taraza, "Combined Multi-Body Dynamics and Experimental Investigation of the Cam-Flat Tappet Contact Condition" Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK), Journal of Multi-body Dynamics 218 No K3, 133-142, 2004 (Contributing Author).
- Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
- Member, American Society of mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Awards and Honors
- Arch T. Colwell Merit Award. Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), 1998.
- Outstanding Faculty Award. College of Engineering, Wayne State University, 2000.