Students Eric Wood and Caleb Trotter along with Dr. Eric Mayhew (ARL) and Dr. Alan Kastengren (Argonne) successfully completed the recent campaign at the Argonne Advanced Photon Source to carry out X-ray radiography in the M1 gas turbine combustor. Current tests were geared towards understanding lean blow out and ignition physics at high altitude conditions for the M1 combustor. The M1 combustor is being developed as a standard platform for investigating combustion physics for both Army relevant UAS applications (through Center for UAS Propulsion) and for integration for sustainable aviation fuels (FAA).
Shruti Ghanekar was recognized for her contributions to improving Firefighter Safety and presented the Award for Student Excellence in Furthering Firefighter Life Safety by the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute.
Shruti’s graduate research is focused on developing infrared absorption spectroscopy based measurement systems and deploying them in residential fire environments to quantify and study species concentrations.
Our research group is part of a team that has been awarded a $7.5M MURI award to study turbulence and chemistry interaction in hypersonic propulsion systems. The announced was made today at https://www.cto.mil/2021-muri/. Our group with work with the University of Queensland in Australia to conduct laser and optical measurements in supersonic reactive flow paths.