Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The Computational Combustion Laboratory


The Computational Combustion Laboratory (CCL), led by Professor James S. T’ien, is an advanced numerical simulation laboratory for the modeling and analysis of combustion sciences. This facility includes high-end UNIX workstations and Pentium-based Windows NT computers that are all networked through CWRUnet and are capable of solving a variety of CFD and combustion problems.

The CCL has a number of widely-used commercial codes as well as in-house developed specialty codes that are used for modeling fluid flow, heat transfer, thermal radiation and combustion phenomena. Currently, the major research conducted here includes the following topics: Two- and three-dimensional flame spread and extinction over solid fuels, candle flames in microgravity and stagnation-point gaseous and solid diffusion flames with detailed chemistry. Research also involves the application of thermal radiation models (gray gas, sum of gray gas, narrow-band and wide-band models) which are important in microgravity combustion processes.

The research team is comprised of faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students. We work closely with researchers in the CASE Combustion Diagnostic Laboratory, the National Center for Space Exploration and Research and the NASA Glenn Research Center.

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