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Opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

Multi-Phase Combustion Mechanisms and Diagnostics


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Chemistry

RO# Location
64.15.15.B2778 Washington, DC 203755321


name email phone
Brian T Fisher 202.404.3365
Steven G Tuttle 202.767.0810


Research focuses on the experimental investigation of multi-phase combustion phenomena, from the fundamentals of chemistry to the physics of fluid flows. There are three primary research thrusts of interest: (1) Power & Energy (gas-phase and spray combustion in gas-turbine and diesel engines, solid-fuel combustion in rockets/ramjets); (2) Fire Suppression (liquid pool/spray fires, gas/aerosol/foam suppression agents); and (3) Pollution Remediation (in-situ burning of crude oil spills, wellhead blowout combustion). Several laser-based and optical diagnostic techniques are employed to identify and monitor relevant species concentrations, temperatures, and flow parameters, including: coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) spectroscopy, spontaneous Raman scattering, phase Doppler anemometry (PDA), particle image velocimetry (PIV), multi-wavelength pyrometry, laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV), laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS), and emission spectroscopy. Labs are equipped with high-speed visible and infrared video cameras, FTIR spectrometers, Czerny-Turner spectrographs, holographic spectrographs, intensified CCD (iCCD) cameras, electron-multiplied CCD (EM-CCD) cameras, and photomultiplier tube (PMT) detectors. Full information about ongoing research in our section (Code 6185, Combustion & Reacting Transport) can be found at the following web address: Also see related opportunities: “Rarified Gas Flow Diagnostics” (64.15.15.B8439) and “Combustion Modeling” (64.15.15.B2779).

Combustion; Laser diagnostics; Optical diagnostics; Spectroscopy; Chemistry; Flames; Fire suppression; Fuels


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$87,198.00 $3,000.00
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