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Welcome to the Laser Diagnostics Laboratory for Energy and Propulsion Research

We study energy conversion in advanced propulsion and power generation systems with a focus on hypersonic airbreathing propulsion and advanced gas turbines. Additionally, we investigate new power systems based on novel energy conversion pathways including thermal, electrochemical, and catalytic processes and chemistry of alternative jet fuels. Often, the work is based on the application of novel laser and optical diagnostics. We work closely with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Argonne National Laboratory, and Illinois Fire Services Institute (IFSI) to develop both novel diagnostics strategies and apply them in research.

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Featured (above image) Ongoing research activity sample in propulsion and energy research. Please check the research tabs for more details.

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ARL-Central Launches on Youtube

We are an integral part of the new ARL-Central situated in the Chicago area. ARL-Central officially launched in 2018 and will be focused on propulsion and material research for the Army. The new Center for UAS Propulsion will be part of the ARL-Central efforts. The official promotion video for ARL-Central was launched on Youtube.

Anna Oldani Department of Transportation Student of the Year

Our own Anna Oldani (Ph.D. student) has been chosen to receive the Department of Transportation Student of the Year Award (DOT SOY). Anna has devoted her Ph.D. into alternative jet fuel research, in the process assembling the first database for alternative jet fuel database for the Federal Aviation Administration (altjetfuels.illinois.edu). The database has been assembled … Continue reading Anna Oldani Department of Transportation Student of the Year