Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

State-of-the-art Experiments to Investigate Combustion of Bio Fuels

Subith S. Vasu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER)

The first part of this talk will describe using shock tube and laser absorption methods to investigate the oxidation of various hydrocarbon fuels (both fossil and bio based) that are relevant to advanced combustion and propulsion systems under practical conditions. The strategy of using shock tubes provide an ideal device for acquiring ignition delay times and species concentration time-histories, while laser-based diagnostic studies are non-intrusive, provide in-situ measurements (e.g., concentration of individual species including trace species, and temperature), and have fast-time response (micro-second).

The second part of the talk will present state-of-the-art experimental tools – photoionization mass spectrometry using tunable vacuum-ultraviolet synchrotron radiation – to the combustion of next-generation biofuels that may be efficiently produced from biomass by endophytic fungi. 


Physical Sciences Building: 160