This image simultaneously captures the instantaneous velocity field and OH distribution inside a model gas turbine combustor.

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Welcome to the Propulsion and Energy Conversion Laboratories. Here lasers probe flames, computers compose turbulence, and minds engage to push the boundaries of aerospace propulsion.

At the Propulsion and Energy Conversion Laboratories, we focus on different aspects of propulsion, energy conversion, and related phenomena by exploring turbulent reacting and multiphase flows. These could be understanding and predicting local and global flame propagation rates in turbulent reacting flows or stabilizing flames in supersonic flows. We enjoy investigating fundamental aspects of the complex interactions between turbulence, chemical kinetics, and/or thermodynamics to discover new phenomena and improve fundamental understanding that can help us engineer such complex flows towards higher performance aircraft engines. Recently, we have focused into fundamental aspects of reduced/zero greenhouse gas propulsion systems and flow physics of disease transmission.

While our primary expertise is experimental propulsion research using laser-based diagnostics, in principle, our research philosophy tries to eliminate borders of engineering and science in approach or publication venues or in between experiments, theory, and computations. We settle to work on a new or unresolved problem of high technological-scientific impact and learn/adapt to the tool that is best suited to tackle it irrespective of it being a sophisticated laser-based diagnostic, Direct Numerical Simulation or analysis without compromising on rigor and depth.

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