Until 1998, Arnold R. Miller was a research professor at research universities, including the University of Illinois. He has published numerous papers in research journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society and International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. From 1994 to 1998, Prof. Miller was founding Director of the Joint Center for Fuel-Cell Vehicles at Colorado School of Mines. In 1998, he founded Vehicle Projects Inc, an R&D firm that develops large prototype hydrogen-fuelcell vehicles, including the 130-tonne locomotive that is presently the largest fuelcell land vehicle. The sister organization Supersonic Institute conducts research on the scientific foundations of a land-based high-efficiency supersonic hydrogen-tube transport system. A patent on this concept was awarded to Dr. Miller (Sept 2013): “Supersonic Hydrogen Tube Vehicle.” U.S. Patent No. 8,534,197 B2. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Miller holds a PhD degree in chemistry and an MS degree in applied mathematics, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Vehicle Projects Inc and Supersonic Institute, which focus on various aspects of the development of large industrial or transport fuelcell vehicles, have been founded by Arnold R. Miller, PhD. Using sophisticated mathematical, scientific, and engineering methods, the companies undertake fuelcell-vehicle R&D that ranges from the theory of the Mach-2.8 supersonic tube vehicle to development of a 130-tonne prototype fuelcell locomotive, the largest fuelcell land vehicle at this time.
Vehicle Projects Inc serves heavy industry and transport by developing turnkey prototype fuelcell vehicles that address societal problems such as environmental quality, time and energy efficiency, and energy security. Its activities include project conception, fundraising, project management, vehicle engineering design, fabrication, and testing.
Its core in-house activities are project conception, engineering design, fabrication, integration and consortium organization and management. Our mission is “clean energy security and independence.” We are committed to applying the best solutions to our country’s energy and environmental needs.
Supersonic Institute (since 2010) is an R&D organization focusing on aerodynamic tunneling as the basis of high-efficiency, quiet supersonic transport. In the concept of aerodynamic tunneling, cargo or people are transported in a vehicle from a terrestrial point A to B via a closed tube containing an atmosphere more aerodynamically favorable than air. While the Mach number inside the tube will be below unity, a vehicle can arrive at point B ahead of its sound in air outside the tube and is therefore supersonic.
The activities of Supersonic Institute include dissemination of original research as conference presentations, journal articles, and technical reports. Research methods, focusing on the supersonic hydrogen-tube vehicle, utilize the tools of applied mathematics, statistics, and computer modeling. Work is in progress on building a small, experimental prototype and the results will be analyzed by statistical methods.