The HPCL attempts to simulate fundamental combustion behavior (e.g., autoignition, thermo-acoustic instability) and pollutant formation (NOx and soot) kinetics at pressures relevant to internal combustion engines and gas turbines.
The Center has a very significant investment in both coherent and incoherent laser-based diagnostic techniques for measuring major and minor species, velocity, temperature, droplet size and size distribution, and soot volume fraction.
The chemical kinetic mechanism of a burning fuel relies on a database of experimental values over a range of temperatures and pressures. These data include ignition delay time, fuel reactivity, elementary reaction rates, and species time-history profiles.
This lab is equipped with the state-of the-art engine technology from the AVL Company used to study fundamental engine parameters
Research at the CPC lab endeavors to study the combustion chemistry of gaseous and liquid fuels, through well-defined experiments (0-D, 1-D, etc.) and advanced diagnostics (e.g., mass spectrometry and optical).