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Thermodynamics and Combustion Laboratory

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science


The Thermodynamics and Combustion Laboratory (TCL) is a research group within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University.

The main thrust of our research is to advance computer-aided engineering of clean and efficient combustion technologies. We do this in a number of ways. Firstly, we carry out fundamental experiments aimed at characterizing the ignition properties of alternative and conventional fuels. We measure characteristic chemical time scales and concentrations of key chemical compunds that occur during combustion. These data sets are used to rigorously constrain combustion chemistry models. Secondly, we develop ways of simplifying the complex chemical kinetic models that result from fundamental combustion research with the aim of making these easier to implement in practical combustion analysis. The third aspects concerns carrying out numerical experiments with the various models to ensure that critical combustion behavior is capture at reasonable computational costs. These models and techniques are useful in the design of advanced combustion systems such as internal combustion engines, gas turbines and process burners.

We are also interested in other areas of applied thermodynamics related to energy transduction. We perform thermodynamic analysis of energy systems, especially biomass-based concepts, new combustion engine concepts and energy cogeneration strategies.

Our short-term research projects are focused on the following problems:

research vision

shock tubeShock tube for combustion chemistry studies

Laser ignitionFacility for laser ignition studies





Contact us

Dr. Ben Akih-Kumgeh
Tel.:+1 315 443 2335
Fax: +1 315
443 9099

Thermodynamics & Combustion Lab
MAE Department, Syracuse University
Mailing: 263 Link Hall; Office: 235 Link Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244