Research

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 and Astronautics is focused on the study of turbulent jet flames with strongly-pulsed fuel injection.  Compressible flow research includes the study of the disruption and vaporization of fuel droplets in supersonic flow.  Gas dynamics and combustion are brought together in a current study of spinning detonation waves.