Fuel Combustion Systems
Liquid fuel combustion is central to many human activities, most importantly transportation. It is expected to remain so in the foreseeable future. The fuel landscape, however, is drastically changing due to the introduction of alternative and bio-derived fuels. This change provides new opportunities to design more efficient fuel blends for advanced combustion technologies and simultaneously help mitigate the environmental impact of combustion.
With this CAREER award, Perrine Pepiot, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is developing an integrated approach to understand, model, and leverage interactions between the molecular components of fuel during combustion. The long-term goal is to enable better control of the combustion chemistry process and to explore alternative engine concepts. Pepiot and her team are using innovative tracers-based methods to improve and simplify simulations of multi-component fuel combustion systems, addressing the limitations of current techniques. They are also integrating various analytical methods to gain a better understanding of and framework for analyzing these processes. The central research outcome is a significant leap forward in the ability to reliably capture and analyze complex chemical processes in numerical simulations of combustion systems.