The 2015 US National Combustion Meeting

Technical Program

  • Here is a hypertext version of the Final Program - it has links to paper PDFs (password required) but does not have the list of posters.
  • Here is the official Final Program with list of posters.


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*The University of Cincinnati Combustion & Fire Research Laboratory features an array of test facilities tailored to the research and development of aerospace, marine, and power generation related combustion phenomena. Their test cells feature air pressure capabilities from high vacuum (-11 psig) to high pressure (+200 psig) with air mass flows up to 2.5 lb/s. Fuel capabilities include pressure limits of 3,000 psig for Jet-A and kerosene types. Types of testing performed include high pressure combustion analysis, high altitude relight ignition studies, fuel spray droplet sizing, 2-D and 3-D aerodynamics measurement, and FAA certification fire testing. Tour transportation will be by bus, so registration is required.

Panel on “A Voyage through Combustion”

Pavillion Ballroom , Tuesday 15:20 – 16:40

This panel is intended to celebrate, scrutinize, and envision a future for our field that remains bright and fulfilling to meet the societal needs. The panel members represent academia, industry, and government. The discussion will be moderated, and we request you to submit questions in advance to stimulate the discussion. Students are especially encouraged. Please visit the registration area.
Panelists: Paul Miles, Derek Dunn-Rankin, Joseph Zelina, Jacqueline O'Connor, and William Northrop
Moderators: Ajay K Agrawal and Paul Ronney

Participant short biographies:

  • Paul Miles is the Manager of Engine Combustion Research at Sandia National Laboratories, is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Energy Sciences of Lund University in Sweden, and has a Guest Professor Appointment at the School of Advanced Optical Technologies at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. He has actively researched flow, mixing, and combustion processes in reciprocating engines since 1992, and led the light-duty diesel engine research program at Sandia as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff until 2014. Dr. Miles is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and is a past recipient of the SAE Horning, Myers, and McFarland awards. He is a past co-chair of the SAE Powertrain, Fuels and Lubricants activities and serves on the advisory committees of several international conferences.
  • Derek Dunn-Rankin - summary.
  • Joseph Zelina - summary.
  • Jacqueline O' Connor - summary.
  • Will Northrop - summary.
  • Ajay K. Agrawal (moderator) is Robert F. Barfield Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at The University of Alabama (UA). After receiving PhD from University of Miami in 1988, Prof. Agrawal worked at Michigan Tech University, Clemson University, and University of Oklahoma before joining UA in 2005. His research focuses on low-emission combustion systems for power generation and propulsion, biofuels and alternative fuels, control of combustion noise and thermo-acoustic instability, and meso-scale combustion. In 1990’s professor Agrawal pioneered Rainbow Schlieren Deflectometry an optical diagnostics technique for scalar measurements in reacting and non-reacting flows. He has authored over 200 referred and conference publications. Professor Agrawal is Chair of US Central States Section of the Combustion Institute, Vice-Chair of ASME IGTI Committee on Coal, Biomass, and Alternative Fuels, Fellow of ASME, Associate Fellow of AIAA, and Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power.
  • Paul Ronney (moderator) is a Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at USC. Prof. Ronney received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Berkeley, an MS in Aeronautics from Caltech, and a Sc.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. He held postdoctoral appointments at the NASA Lewis Research Center and the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory and a position as Assistant Professor at Princeton University before assuming his current position at USC. He was also a Payload Specialist Astronaut (Alternate) for Space Shuttle Missions STS-83 and STS-94 in 1997. Professor Ronney research areas include micro-scale combustion, bioengineering, flame ignition by transient plasma discharges, turbulent combustion, internal combustion engines, microgravity combustion and fire spread. He has had experiments flown on three Space Shuttle missions. In recognition of his achievements he is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award.

Instructions for Presenters

  • It is required that your presentation be uploaded before the session begins. Please arrive early and see the student assistant who will be in the room to assist with the loading of presentations.
  • If you are using your personal computer, please have all cables ready to be connected. This will allow a smooth transition between each presentation.
  • Please check all slides of your presentation before the session on the computer which will be used and make sure they are projected correctly on the screen.
  • Please check in with your session chairs. They look forward to meeting you before they need to introduce your presentation.
  • At the start of each session we ask that all cell phones be turned off during the sessions out of respect to the presenters. If you must take a call, please exit the room quietly and not during your presentation.