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Interdisciplinary Research Centre


Our research focuses on combustion and reacting flows. We work on simulations and experiments of turbulent combustion, and in particular on "flames at the limit". We focus therefore on ignition and extinction phenomena that have applications, for example, in diesel engines and gas turbines. Our work on simulations and simulation tools includes reduced chemical mechanism construction, laminar flames, Direct Numerical Simulations of turbulent flames, and RANS and LES simulations of non-premixed reacting flows with the Conditional Moment Closure (CMC) method. Our CMC code is currently being used by various laboratories across the world. There is also experience with dispersion of reacting pollutants in the atmosphere and on aerosol modelling. On the experimental side, our work includes combustion in porous media for hydrogen production for fuel cells, auto-ignition and spark ignition of turbulent non-premixed flames, spray combustion, and blow-off of flames. Spark ignition of non-premixed combustion has proven to be a very fruitful research topic. We have lately performed various new experiments with igniting jets, counterflows, bluff-body flames, and heptane sprays. Many fast camera movies are available that can assist modelling studies - please contact me for details.