The Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute (http://essci.engr.uconn.edu/) has chosen Penn State as the host for the 2018 Eastern States Meeting of the Combustion Institute, which will be held at the Penn State Days Inn on March 4-7, 2018. The meeting will feature three tracks of technical presentations, a range of plenary speakers, a banquet at the Nittany Lion Inn, and lab tours. Stay tuned for more details!
The MNE Seminar Series (http://mne.psu.edu/) featured two speakers in combustion, Dr. David Blunck from Oregon State University and Dr. Waruna Kulatilaka from Texas A&M, in the Fall 2016 semester. Dr. Blunck’s seminar, “Infrared thermography: A non-intrusive diagnostic tool for providing new insights into reacting and non-reacting flows,” highlighted exciting new work in imaging of spark ignition for jet engines, as well as many new advances in infrared diagnostic techniques. Dr. Kulatilaka’s seminar, “Ultrashort-Pulse Laser Diagnostics for Combustion and Propulsion Studies,” described advances on the cutting edge of laser diagnostics and spectroscopic measurements in combustion. Both speakers toured the CCPP laboratories, interacting with faculty and students during their visit.
CCPP students and faculty Dr. Dan Haworth and Dr. Jacqueline O’Connor were featured in the PSU news at the conclusion of the Volvo SuperTruck program, which revealed the Volvo SuperTruck in Washington DC on September 13, 2016. For more info, see the press release: http://news.psu.edu/story/427144/2016/09/21/research/volvo-partnership-pays-supertruck-collaborative-effort
The CCPP Summer Seminar Series concluded in August 2016, wrapping up a summer of bi-weekly seminars to showcase recent results from CCPP students and faculty. Faculty members Dr. Yuan Xuan and Dr. Adri van Duin highlighted their work in combustion simulation with emphases on soot chemistry and molecular dynamics modeling. Two students, Meghan Borz and Nick Houghton, presented their Masters Degree work as part of their degree completion. A number of students presented work in progress, including Paulo Paes, Lalit Patidar, Anand Makwana, Abhishek Jain, Chandan Paul, Ankit Tyagi, and Kaiquiang Zhang. Topics included turbulent flame modeling, ab initio kinetics calculations, soot chemistry, simulation of diesel sprays, interacting flame dynamics, among others.
Several graduate students from the Penn State Center for Combustion, Power and Propulsion attended the 2017 Combustion Summer School at Princeton University from June 19-24, 2016. This prestigious program invites students from across the world to attend lectures on a range of combustion topics from leading experts in the field; information on this year’s school can be found here: https://www.princeton.edu/cefrc/combustion-summer-school/. Students from Penn State attended lectures on Combustion Physics (by Prof. Law of Princeton), Chemical Kinetic Modeling (by Prof. Curran of NU Ireland-Galway), Combustion Dynamics (by Prof. Candel of Ecole Central – Paris), and more.