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The Reacting Flow Dynamics Laboratory focuses on issues of reacting flows for energy and propulsion applications. High-speed laser diagnostics and other state-of-the-art experimental techniques are used in research areas such as combustion, hydrodynamic instability and thermoacoustics.

With a particular focus on engine combustion and flow fields, the goal of this lab’s work is to understand fundamental issues that have been distilled from real-world technologies. Study of these “unit problems” helps to bridge the gap between real-world technological issues and university-level, fundamental research.

The RFDL has a position for a graduate student CURRENTLY OPEN in the area of combustion instability. Position is available for current graduate students at Penn State, and RA funding is available starting in Spring 2018. Please contact Dr. O’Connor for more information.