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Computational Modeling for Advanced Concepts in Gas Turbine Engine Combustion


Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Airbreathing Propulsion

RO# Location
13.30.01.B0106 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


Name E-mail Phone
Edwards, J. Tim 937.255.3524


Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is becoming a powerful tool in the design and analysis of advanced air-breathing propulsion including conventional and unconventional systems. The latest improvements in numerical algorithms, geometric modeling, numerical discretization, grid generation, physical parameter modeling, and adaptability in the supercomputing environment (including parallel architecture), CFD tools are applied throughout the development process of combustion systems. The Combustion Branch of the Turbine Engine Division conducts research in interdisciplinary areas for gas turbine combustor flows. These areas include CFD, phenomenological physical modeling for turbulence for more accurate diffusion modeling, reduced reaction kinetics for hydrocarbon fuels, large eddy simulation techniques, turbulence-chemistry effects, multiphase flows, supercritical fuel technology, combustion aids and flame stabilization, and numerical acceleration schemes to improve convergence including solution adaptive techniques and unstructured grid technology. This research will emphasize numerical multidimensional analysis; reduced order analysis; and analytical, computational, physical, and numerical model developments including appropriate validations. Excellent computational platforms and high-speed graphic workstations are also available. The research will enhance our capability to design, analyze, and optimize efficient combustion systems for turbo machinery.


Computational fluid dynamics; Chemically reacting flows; Gas turbine engines, combustion systems; Turbulent flows, computational methods; Multiphase flows, combustion methods;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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