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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.

Our research group is:
The lead academic institution for the UAS Propulsion Center CUP.
Part of Army Research Laboratory – Central.
Part of the FAA Center of Excellence – ASCENT (National Jet Fuel Combustion Program)
Main site for the  FAA National Alternative Jet Fuel Database
Part of the DOE PSAAP Phase II Center: XPACC (Plasma Combustion)

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

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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

New Center for UAS Propulsion Center Kicks Off

A new research center named the Center for UAS Propulsion (CUP) has been launched and is headquartered in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The center will be led by Professor Tonghun Lee. “The center will focus on discovery, innovation, and transition of Unmanned Aircraft System … Continue reading New Center for UAS Propulsion Center Kicks Off

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