Chair in Combustion Engines
School of Engineering
My research covers development of advanced laser diagnostics and their application to important flow fields, in order to develop better understanding and to support the development of predictive models. Recently I have focused mostly on fuel sprays and their “near field” dynamics (e.g. “spray formation”, also called “primary breakup” of the liquid jet). This research spans from very basic jets that intentionally isolate one breakup mechanism at a time (i.e. turbulence, shear, cavitation etc., to support the development of predictive models) to more applied jets (i.e. correlation of interior flows observed with optical tips with breakup). We sometimes study more realistic sprays in high pressure and temperature spray chambers and we include the effects of physical and chemical properties of fuels (i.e. alternative fuels). Our laser diagnostics work has recently focused on short-pulse (pico-and femto-second) lasers and the techniques we are working on include ballistic imaging, time gated optical sectioning, and most recently short pulse coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (short pulse CARS).
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