Our research focuses on modeling the interactions between combustion processes and turbulent flows. At the center of the work are fundamental problems such as the formation of pollutants, the effects of turbulence on the dynamics of nano-particles and liquid droplets, and various hydrodynamic and flame instabilities.
Multi-physics and multi-scale numerical simulations
To build a better understanding of these complex flows, the research relies on high-fidelity numerical simulations and targets all scales, from the quantum level to the size of a vehicle, and all types of flows, from homogeneous mixtures to complex turbulent flows.
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Soot formation is studied at the molecular level where the interactions between hydrocarbon species lead to the inception of the first soot particle, and throughout the cycle of an engine where the particles are transported in the turbulent field and slowly oxidized away by chemical reactions.
Applications are diverse and include internal combustion engines, gas turbines, solid rocket motors, flow around reentry vehicles, inertial confinement fusion, fires, ...