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The objectives of the experimental group are threefold: (1) acquiring kinetic insights into important high-temperature processes; (2) providing high-quality data for model validation; and, (3) addressing industrial applications, such as development and testing of oxy-combustion systems. Work is focused on high-temperature processes, specifically controlled and uncontrolled fires and the combustion and gasification of fossil fuels: waste, black liquor, biomass, and other opportunity fuels. Much of the research on combustion and gasification concerns the formation and control of pollutants, including SOx, NOx, fine particles, black carbon, and air toxics. The group applies state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and analytical methods to the study of high-temperature processes, which are critical to the achieving the group's objectives.

minus buttonAdvanced power generation technologies

minus buttonBiomass combustion and opportunity fuels

  • Biomass co-firing
  • Black liquor gasification
  • Waste products as fuel

minus buttonCarbon management technologies

minus buttonFires and explosions

minus buttonIndustrial flares

minus buttonIndustrial heaters

minus buttonIn-situ thermal processing of coal, oil shale, and oil sands

minus buttonManaging Environmental Impacts of Energy Development

minus buttonModel and software development

minus buttonVerification, validation, and uncertainty quantification

  • Flame ignition and stability
  • Heat flux in open pool fires
  • Turbulent buoyant helium plume
  • Laminar buoyant helium plume
  • Predictivity for CO2 Capture Deployment