Combustion Research Lab

Combustion Research Lab

The Combustion Research Lab focuses on combustion process modifications and re-organization to reduce or even eliminate the need for after-treatment technologies for internal combustion engines and industrial burners that use both premixed and non-premixed flames. The lab performs experimental and numerical modelling of the combustion process with the use of Star-CD software for 3D simulations, and GT Power and AVL Boost for one-dimensional approaches.

Researchers engage in the development of better combustion technology based on three functional ingredients:

  •  Mixing of fuel with air in high-intensity and small-scale (HISS) turbulent flows
  • Mixing of fuel with combustion products (EGR) or partial oxidation products to achieve fuel reformation
  • Mixing of air with combustion products (EGR) or partial oxidation products in HISS flows

State-of-the-art facilities include:

  • HCCI engine and split-cycle engine test benches with dynamometers
  • In-cylinder pressure measurements for engines indicated performance and combustion phasing analysis
  • Emissions benches for exhaust gas characterization, instrumented flame propagation apparatus with fast imaging capability
  • A unique multiple-coflows inverse flame burner

To get involved with the Combustion Research Lab

Contact: Dr. Andrzej Sobiesiak
Department of Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering 
519-253-3000, Ext. 2616