Experimental and computational studies of combustion kinetics

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The reaction networks responsible for fuel oxidation in combustion devices pose a number of unique scientific challenges that arise from the richly complex and inherently multi-scale nature of these processes. Inside the piston engines that power vehicles on the road, inside the gas turbine engines that power airplanes and the electrical grid, and, more visibly, inside the candles that illuminate the dinner table, the conversion of fuel and atmospheric oxygen to products and heat does not take place in a single step. Rather, the conversion process frequently proceeds through thousands of intermediate chemical species, which undergo tens of thousands of elementary reactions, all of which occur at rates that are strongly dependent on the local temperature, pressure, and concentrations of other chemical species. Needless to say, enormous amounts of data are required to understand and characterize these processes; and interpreting those data require interdisciplinary, data-driven solutions that embrace the inherent multi-scale nature of these processes. This project involves experimental and computational studies to address these scientific and technological challenges.

Lab: Burke Lab

Direct Supervisor: Jeffrey Kysar

Position Dates: 5/14/2018 - 8/31/2018

Hours per Week: 40

Paid Position: Yes

Credit: No

Qualifications: introductory combustion, programming, and laboratory experimentation at a level sufficient to succeed in the project

Eligibility: Master's; SEAS only

Michael Burke: mpb2168@columbia.edu