Future Fuels and Fuel Design
predicting fuel ignition phenomenon
flow reactor experiments and modeling
premixed flame experiments and modeling
sustainable engineering of fuel technologies
The CPC group studies conventional and alternative fuels (e.g., biofuels, synthetic fuels, etc.), so the environmental impact of combustion systems can be reduced. We take a multi-discplinary approach to combustion research, wherein expertise are gathered through an international network and applied towards solving combustion related problems. Please visit the "Collaborators" page to view some of the organizations that we work with.
A major thrust of research is simulating the combustion chemistry of transportation fuels. We develop fundamental chemical kinetic models that can be used to simulate fuel combustion and pollutant formation in energy systems. Engine designers then implement these chemical kinetic models in computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations to achieve various performance targets. In addition, we obtain data from fundamental combustion experiments using advancing diagnostic techniques to elucidate reaction pathways of combustion, and to generate experimental data needed to validate detailed chemical kinetic models.
Our research in combustion chemistry modeling includes quantum chemistry calculations, comprehensive mechanism development, combustion cyberinfrastructure development, computer generated detailed and reduced mechanisms, and simulation of multi-dimensional reacting flows. Please visit our "Research" page to view some of the projects that we are working on.
17 October, 2023
Taking a big team approach to tackling transportation’s grand carbon challenge.
01 November, 2022
An inverse mixture-design approach based on machine learning can teach computers to create mixtures from a set of target properties. Developed by KAUST, this could help find high-performance transport fuels that burn efficiently while releasing little carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.
07 September, 2022
This is the second Grand Challenge and this year's topic was to find a solution that will process / re-refine used vegetable cooking oils into biodegradable lubricants in a cost-effective, commercially viable manner while reducing the impact of lubricants on the global ecosystem.
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