Combustion Summer School

Course Description

Morning Sessions (please select one of the following two courses)

Combustion Physics

Lecturer: Prof. Chung K. Law, Princeton University, USA

Course Content: This course presents combustion as a rigorous scientific discipline that is characterized by the canonical formulation of the theoretical foundation; the strong interplay between experiment, theory, and computation; and the description of combustion phenomena from the unified viewpoint of fluid mechanics and chemical kinetics. The course consists of three parts, namely: (1) the basic scientific components of chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and transport phenomena; (2) the foundational concepts of premixed and diffusion flames, the limit phenomena of ignition, extinction and flame stabilization, and the aerodynamics of flames; (3) combustion in turbulent, boundary-layer, two-phase, and supersonic flows.

Short Bio:Prof. Chung K. Law received his PhD from the University of California at San Diego in 1973. He is the Robert H. Goddard Professor at Princeton University and the founding director of the Center for Combustion Energy at Tsinghua University. His research interests are in combustion, propulsion, heat and mass transfer, energy, alternative fuels and the environment. He has published over 600 journal papers, with a Google h-index of 122, and has received a number of honorific professional awards. He is a former president of the Combustion Institute (CI, 2000-2004); a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE, elected 2002); a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME, 1989), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA, 1992), the American Physical Society (APS, 2006), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS, 2010), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, 2012), and the Combustion Institute (CI, 2018).

Model Reduction and Computational Flame Diagnostics

Lecturer: Prof. Tianfeng Lu, University of Connecticut, USA

Course Content: This lecture will discuss methods for systematic reduction and modeling of complex combustion chemistry, including graph based methods, sensitivity analyses, timescale analyses, lumping and machine learning; advanced chemistry solvers based on dynamics stiffness removal, dynamic adaptive hybrid integration, analytic Jacobian, and finite state methods; and computational diagnostics of limit phenomena and critical flame features based on chemical explosive mode analysis and bifurcation analysis, as well as their applications in laminar and turbulent flames.

Short Bio:Dr. Tianfeng Lu received his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and Ph.D in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2004. Since then he has been a postdoctoral fellow and a research staff at Princeton. He joined the University of Connecticut in 2008 and is currently a Professor in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Manufacturing Engineering. He is the recipient of the inaugural Irvin Glassman young investigator award from the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute, a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, Associate Fellow of the AIAA and Fellow of the Combustion Institute.

Afternoon Sessions (please select one of the following two courses)

Combustion Chemistry and Modeling

Lecturer: Prof. Henry Curran, University of Galway, Ireland

Course Content: This course introduces the development of detailed chemical kinetic mechanisms to describe the oxidation of hydrocarbon and oxygenated hydrocarbon fuels and ammonia. It includes a tutorial on the importance of thermochemistry and the use of group additivity to estimate/calculate thermodynamic parameters for species using the THERM program. There will be a detailed discussion on the important general classes of reactions associated with fuel oxidation and the calculation/estimation of the important rate constants associated with these reactions. The importance of good experimental data which are used as validation targets will also be discussed.

Short Bio:Prof. Henry Curran received his PhD degree from the University of Galway in experimental and numerical studies of combustion kinetics in 1994 and a DSc. degree by research from the National University of Ireland in October 2011. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher and research scientist in combustion modelling with Drs Charles Westbrook and William Pitz at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) from 1994–1999.In 1999, he returned to Ireland and worked for six years at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology before joining the University of Galway in 2005. He is currently director of the Combustion Chemistry Centre at NUIG and is a member of the editorial board of Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. He is a founder member of the Irish Section of the Combustion Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Combustion Institute. H is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, the Institution of Engineers Ireland, the American Society of Automotive Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Prof. Curran has thirty years’ experience in developing comprehensive detailed kinetic models, thermochemical estimates, and calculating reaction rates to describe large carbon number hydrocarbons relevant to predicting real fuel behavior in energy conversion systems. He has worked with many industrial sponsors and colleagues at government laboratories and universities around the world.

Advanced Laser Diagnostics in Turbulent Combustion

Lecturer: Prof. Andreas Dreizler, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Course Content: This course discusses important laser-based methods that can be used to study turbulent combustion processes in detail. After outlining the requirements for benchmark experiments, the following diagnostics are presented: particle-based velocimetry, gas-phase and surface thermometry, gas-phase concentration measurements, 4D imaging, and application examples ranging from generic configurations to near-realistic combustion devices. 

Short Bio:Prof. Dr. habil. Andreas Dreizler received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1995 and his Habilitation from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, in 2002. Since 2008, he has been Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and Head of the Institute for Reactive Flows and Diagnostics. He is Director of the Research Center Turbulent, Chemically Reactive, Multiphase Flows Near Walls. His international leadership is based on the use of advanced laser diagnostics and well-designed benchmark experiments, which are used by hundreds of colleagues and companies worldwide to validate numerical simulation models. He has published more than 440 papers in books, peer-reviewed journals, and international conferences (Google h-index: 60), and has received several personal awards, including the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2014). He has served in various roles for the Combustion Institute, chaired several conferences including the 2011 Gordon Research Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Combustion, and presented more than 50 invited and plenary talks. He is a fellow of the Combustion Institute (2018), the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech, 2019), and the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz (2020).

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