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Combustion and Energy


Expertise of research area
auto-ignition; burning velocities; detonation; explosions; flaring; hydrogen; Knock; pollution; turbulence

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Fundamentals of laminar and turbulent combustion that also might also culminate in detonation. This relates to knocking in engines, fire and explosion hazards, conversion from methane to hydrogen gas burning, venting of nuclear reactors, combustion in gas turbines, and furnaces.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>Leeds is renowned for its fan-stirred explosion vessel for the measurement of turbulent burning rates, the quenching of turbulent flames, and determination of critical sizes of flame kernels. In recent years the Leeds Detonation Peninsula has provided a &ldquo;short cut&rdquo;, avoiding complex modelling, in the assessment of knocking possibilities in internal combustion engines. International work on jet flames, involving Mexico, Barcelona, and use of the large wind tunnel at Hefei, China. This has led to improved understanding of non-premixed combustion, venting and flaring in crosswinds. This has also led to improved understanding of flame instabilities, and their relevance in large scale atmospheric explosions.</p> <p>We have opportunities for prospective postgraduate researchers and welcome enquiries from candidates interested in <a href="">our research areas</a>.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Research degrees within the School of Mechanical Engineering</a></li> <li><a href="">Institute of Thermofluids</a></li> <li><a href="">School of Mechanical Engineering, Research and Innovation</a></li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact&nbsp;<a href="">Professor Derek Bradley</a>.</p> <p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:</p> <p>e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 34 35057</p>

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