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Experimental and Computational Characterization of Combustion Phenomena
Final rept. 1 Oct 1996-1 May 2006
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH TURBINE ENGINE DIV
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Propulsion systems represent a substantial fraction of the cost, weight, and complexity of Air Force aircraft, spacecraft, and other weapon-system platforms. The vast majority of these propulsion systems are powered through combustion of fuel therefore, the detailed study of combustion has emerged as a highly relevant and important field of endeavor. Much of the work performed by todays combustion scientists and engineers is devoted to the tasks of improving propulsion-system performance while simultaneously reducing pollutant emissions. Increasing the affordability, maintainability, and reliability of these critical propulsion systems is a major driver of activity as well. This research effort is designed to forward the scientific investigation of combustion phenomena through an integrated program of fundamental combustion studies, both experimental and computational, supported by parallel efforts to develop, demonstrate, and apply advanced techniques in laser-basedoptical diagnostics and modeling and simulation.
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