Research

Modeling of the Formation of Combustion Generated Particulates

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Advancing our understanding of the formation and oxidation of combustion generated particles (i.e. soot) by fundamental and detailed modeling:

o       Development of detailed models of soot formation including detailed aerosol dynamics and soot internal nanostructure;

o       Development of soot models for engines (esp. gas turbine engines);

o       Integration of radiation heat transfer into turbulent combustion models;

o       Applications include gas turbine engines and diesel engines.

 


Experimental Study of Soot Formation

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Advancing our understanding of the formation and oxidation of combustion generated particles (i.e. soot) by careful, detailed and precise measurement techniques:

o       Experimental measurement of particulates in flames and engine exhaust;

o       Experimental study of the effects of different chemical functional groups on soot formation;

o       Experimental investigation of soot formation for real fuels and their surrogates;

o       Experimental measurements of soot properties for model validation;


Biofuel Combustion

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Advancing the development of new fuels from biomass feedstocks:

o      Investigating the effect of biodiesel, bio-butanol, bio-oil, bio-kerosene and other biofuels on combustion processes;

o      Measurement of species in biofuel flames;

o      Development of detailed chemical kinetic models;

o      Adaptation of engines for biofuel use;

o      Applications in the automotive, train, aircraft and power generation sectors.



 Optical Gas Sensors for Industrial Furnaces

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Conserving energy and reducing pollutant emissions through process control:

o      Development of non-intrusive optical sensors for pollutant measurement;

o      UV, VIS, N-IR, M-IR Spectroscopy;

o      Novel process control strategies;

o      Applications in the steel, cement, and power generation.

 


Engine Models

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The understanding and modelling of engine combustion processes:

o      Development of engine models (esp. HCCI and gas turbine engines);

o      Integration of radiation heat transfer into combustion models;

o      Applications include gas turbine engines and diesel engines.

 

 

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