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Welcome to the Laser Diagnostics Laboratory for Energy and Propulsion Research

We develop and apply novel diagnostics techniques (mostly laser and optical based) to study energy conversion in advanced propulsion and power generation systems. Additionally, we investigate new power systems based on novel energy conversion pathways including thermal, electrochemical, and catalytic processes. 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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Shruti and Jeongan execute Fire Safety Burns at IFSI

The campaign was conducted at the Illinois Fire Service Institute. During the first study, held on May 2nd, 2018, real time water vapor concentration readings were taken in the non-fire room in a metal can structure at IFSI. It consisted of six scenarios of fire resulting in a wide range of water vapor and smoke … Continue reading Shruti and Jeongan execute Fire Safety Burns at IFSI

FAA Alternative Jet Fuel Database to link with Europe Jetscreen

The ‘Alternative Jet Fuel Test Database’ led by our group and sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration will be linking with the database at the newly established European alternative database of Jetscreen. Jetscreen is a similar program to the FAA Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels established in Europe for both screening and integration … Continue reading FAA Alternative Jet Fuel Database to link with Europe Jetscreen

Eric, Brendan, and Dino awarded fellowships from the Army Research Laboratory

Congratulations to Eric Mayhew and Brendan McGann for being selected as ORAU Journeyman Fellows. They and will receive research funding for a year from the Army Research Laboratory. Likewise, Dino Mitsingas was awarded a ARL Pathways fellowship for the upcoming year. The fellowships will support ongoing collaborations with ARL in development of the ARC M1 … Continue reading Eric, Brendan, and Dino awarded fellowships from the Army Research Laboratory