Fire Safety Experiment Campaign Complete

Shruti Ghanekar (PhD candidate) successfully completed a 2.5 month long data collection campaign in collaboration with Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) and UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) at FSRI’s facility in Delaware County, PA. The objective of her campaign was to quantify hydrogen cyanide concentration in the residential fire environment using a prototype Infrared Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (IR-TDLAS) based measurement system developed by Ms. Ghanekar as part of her PhD research. The experiments conducted primarily focused on trapped occupant survivability and were a part of UL FSRI’s Residential Home Size-up and Search and Rescue Operations Project. More information on the project can be found at https://ulfirefightersafety.org/research-projects/size-up-and-search-rescue.html.

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New AFOSR Grants for Hypersonic Research

We have received 2 new research grants from AFOSR to support our hypersonics program. These new grants will support our ongoing collaboration with the Center for Hypersonics at the University of Queensland and the Defense, Science, & Technology Group (DST) in Australia. The new grants are:

  • Research into perisymmetric scramjet flowpaths and compact geometries for Mach 7 hypersonic propulsion
  • DURIP grant for instrumentation: Burst-mode multi-spectral laser system for imaging in optical scramjet facility (ACT-II)

New $8M Grant for Future UAS Propulsion Research

Our research group has received an $8M research grant from the Army Research Laboratory as part of the Center for UAS Propulsion (CUP). The grant will fund pioneering research efforts in the following areas:

  • Flexible fuel UAS propulsion technologies
  • Fuel kinetics and modeling
  • Advanced medium-small size gas turbine technologies
  • High-speed (supersonic) air launch effects (ALE) – Ram and Scram modes