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Mayadah AlHashem wins National level first place at the 'IET Present Around The World (PATW) Competition'

Jun 01, 2017

​Mayadah Al Hashem, a Ph.D. Student from the Clean Combustion Research Center, KAUST has won the first place in the national level of the IET Present Around The World (PATW) Competition.
Her presentation titled "Revolutionizing Black and White Printing", explained her patented concept of inducing a pyrolysis reaction to carbonize the surface of the paper. The process exposes the paper to radiative heat from a laser that discolors the surface to a darker shade. She provided the proof-of-concept by showing them images of the samples and explaining the variables she studied in the process.

CCRC hosts the 7th Annual SASCI Meeting

May 21, 2017

The Clean Combustion Research Center was honored to host the 7th Annual Meeting of the Saudi Arabian Section of Combustion Institute​​. More than 150 combustion researchers from all over Saudi Arabia and the surrounding regions came in to KAUST to discuss all matters related to combustion science.
In its short history, the Saudi Arabian Section has grown in both size and stature. The Section currently has more than 134 registered members. The Annual Meetings have been attracting an increasing number of national researchers each year with better involvement from KAUST, Saudi Aramco, KFUPM, KACST, KAPSARC, KAU, Royal Commission of Yanbu Research Center, Taif University, Taibah University, Jubail University College and Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad University.

CCRC Collaborations : Prof. Jonas Moeck, Technical University of Berlin

Apr 09, 2017

The Clean Combustion Research Center was honored to have Prof. Jonas Moeck working in our labs, in collaboration with Prof. Deanna Lacoste and her team of researchers on thermo-acoustic instabilities and flame dynamics this month.
Jonas Moeck is an Assistant Professor of combustion dynamics at the Technical University of Berlin. He received his engineering degree and PhD also from the Technical University Berlin and had a postdoc position at Ecole Centrale, Paris. His research focuses on flame dynamics, active control of combustion instabilities, and low-order modeling and stability analysis.

FUELCOM Project Review at Saudi Aramco's Fuel Technology, Research and Development Division in Dahran

Mar 15, 2017

Representatives from the Clean Combustion Research Center visited Saudi Aramco's Fuel Technology, Research and Development Division (FTR &DD) to review the progress of their collaborative project 'FUELCOM' on 15 and 16 March, 2017.
19 representatives from CCRC including faculty, research scientists, postdocs, and master's students arrived at Dhahran to review the progress of FUELCOM I and II for the period between August 2016 to February 2017.

The promise of greener power generation

Dec 04, 2016

The characterization of compounds produced in combustion could lead to cleaner, more efficient power stations.
Modeling the combustion of fossil fuels by KAUST researchers has helped to characterize some of the components of methane, laying the foundations for greener power generation.
In energy production, incomplete combustion of fossil fuels like natural gas causes the release of air pollutants such as soot, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, which are harmful to our health and the environment. Applying an external electrical field to control the combustion process is known to reduce the formation of these pollutants, but the mechanism for this is not fully understood.

The race for more efficient engines

Nov 27, 2016

New technique lays the foundation for greener transport fuels and next generation engines.
Reducing the greenhouse gases (GHG) released from the production and burning of fuels like diesel and gasoline — significant contributors to climate change — is a huge challenge facing the transportation industry.
Aamir Farooq and colleagues from KAUST’s Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC), working with the Fuel Technology Team at Saudi Aramco, used an innovative technique for testing the properties of light naphtha, a fully blended, low-octane, highly paraffinic fuel. Farooq explains that this technique could open the potential for more advanced engines to run on fuels that release fewer GHG emissions.

Dr. Deanna Lacoste appointed as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Nov 01, 2016

The Clean Combustion Research Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Deanna Lacoste has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, effective from November 1, 2016.
Dr. Lacoste has been an important member of the CCRC since 2014 when she joined as a Research Scientist. During this period, her research work was mainly on plasma-assisted combustion, optical diagnostics, and control of thermoacoustic instabilities.
Prof. Lacoste will now focus her studies on plasma-assisted detonation, control of thermoacoustic instabilities at high pressure, and control of flame extinction and ignition by surfaces.

Welcome Prof. Gaetano Magnotti

Oct 28, 2016

The Clean Combustion Research Center is very pleased to announce the appointment of yet another exemplary faculty - Prof. Gaetano Magnotti.
He joined the Mechanical Engineering program as an Assistant Professor on the 28th of October. Prof. Magnotti’s primary research interests are in developing and applying advanced laser diagnostics and imaging to turbulent and supersonic combustion. He is the principal investigator of the Advanced Diagnostics laboratory and he is affiliated with the Clean Combustion Research Center.
Professor Magnotti’s group focuses on the development of quantitative, advanced laser diagnostics for high pressure combustion and on their application to the investigation of fundamental combustion phenomena relevant to the design of next-generation, cleaner, and more efficient gas turbines and IC engines.

PhD Student Nour Atef wins First Place at the Poster Competion of 24th International Symposium on Gas Kinetics and Related Phenomena

Jul 28, 2016

​CCRC PhD Student, Nour Atef won the first place at the poster competition held as part of the 24th International Symposium on Gas Kinetics and Related Phenomena held at the University of York between 17 to 21July. Her poster which was selected from more than a 100 entries presented her work on understanding gasoline fuel combustion using a combination of experiments and computational simulations.
She is currently a PhD student in the Chemical and Biological and Engineering Program under Prof. Mani Sarathy's Combustion and Pyrolysis Chemistry Group.

Electric fields tame the flame

Jul 10, 2016

A clearer understanding of how flame is affected by electric fields paves the way for advanced electrically assisted combustion technology.
Flame is a complex and dynamic phenomenon involving a constant flow of negatively and positively charged ions and electrons. For decades, researchers have attempted to exploit this charged property to control and stabilize flame, theoretically leading to lower emissions and more complete energy utilization.
Applying an electric field that interacts with the charged particles is the most obvious means of achieving this type of flame control, but this approach has met with mixed success.

Timing is everything

Apr 17, 2016

A better understanding of fuel ignition processes in internal combustion engines could help break new barriers in fuel efficiency and emission reductions.
A third oxidation mechanism has been added to the model of hydrocarbon auto-ignition to fill a longstanding gap in what we know about ignition delay in internal combustion engines. The new model of auto-ignition developed at KAUST is expected to help engine designers to refine engine timing to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
The combustion of hydrocarbon fuels in a spark-ignition engine does not happen instantaneously. The fuel burns over the course of milliseconds, involving various oxygen-consuming reactions triggered by heat, pressure and the spark source.

Less is more when it comes to soot

Mar 27, 2016

A complex computational model provides a more accurate description of soot formation.
​A computational framework that accurately predicts the formation of particulates and soot when burning hydrocarbon fuels has been developed by researchers at KAUST and an international research team. The model takes into account the crucial contributions of larger hydrocarbon molecules.
“These have often been neglected in previous studies,” said Hong Im from the KAUST Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC). He noted that consideration of these molecules is essential for accurate prediction of soot levels.

Shaping rate rules to fuel the future

Feb 28, 2016

Precise rate constants could provide high-fidelity combustion models for cleaner and more efficient fuels.​
The performance of future engines could soon be predicted with greater accuracy thanks to research by KAUST scientists to find high-efficiency and low-emission solutions in the fight against climate change.
Engine design and optimization depend on combustion chemistry models consisting of multiple elementary reactions. In particular, reactions between hydrocarbons and hydroxyl (OH) radicals play a central role in the breakup of fuel components during combustion.

Know your blends

Dec 06, 2015

Experimental and numerical studies reveal the combustion properties of blended fuels at elevated pressures.

Burning a better biofuel

Nov 08, 2015

Chemical reaction modeling and combustion experiments reveal how 2-methylbutanol would behave in advanced engines.