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Combustion and Gas Dynamics

Processes that involve combustion and high-speed, compressible flow (gas dynamics) are important in numerous important aeropropulsion and energy conversion applications. Current combustion research in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics is focused on the study of the vaporization and combustion of liquid oxygen droplets in a gaseous hydrogen environment, a problem relevant to combustion processes in rockets using cryogenic liquate propellants. This research is being conducted both experimentally in microgravity using a drop tower and by numerical modeling.