Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is launching a new consortium focusing on fuels and lubricants to discover ways to suppress low-speed preignition (LSPI), a condition that causes heavy engine knock and can seriously damage engine parts or cause complete engine failure. The initial meeting of the Preignition Prevention Program Consortium is scheduled for January. “The P3 Consortium will help us gain an understanding of fundamental issues of low-speed preignition," said Chris Chadwell, Senior Research Engineer in SwRI's Advanced Combustion and Emissions Section. He said the consortium will investigate interaction of fuels and lubricants to better understand the role physical and chemical properties play in LSPI. It also aims to develop control solutions and guidelines to prevent or reduce incidences of the potentially devastating condition. SwRI has previously managed the HEDGE-II consortium focused on high-efficiency spark ignition engine technologies and the Clean Diesel V consortium. Cost to join the P3 Consortium is $225,000 for OEMs and those in the fuels and lubricants industry. For engine component suppliers, the fee is $175,000.