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 concentrations. The second study, conducted on May 10th, 2018, measured water vapor concentration in the fire room in a steel and concrete ranch structure at IFSI to study the difference that the building material makes on water vapor and smoke concentrations. The fuels used for both the studies were Pallet & Straw, Pallet, Straw & OSB, and Lightweight Furniture. The fires were imaged using visible light and IR cameras and the water vapor concentration was measured using the 3-location water vapor sensor developed by Shruti Ghanekar.
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 of new jet fuels into the commercial aviation sector. We are discussing a means to link the two databases by employing a common data storage and analysis format. The effort in our group is led by Anna Oldani and Siddhartha Jahorie.
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 and L1 gas turbine combustors as well as high fidelity X-Ray imaging at the Argonne National Laboratory.