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These simulations will be critical for understanding how the blue whirl can be formed and maintained, and whether it can serve as a new way of burning in combustors or engines for clean and efficient combustion.
These aims have recently been funded by the National Science Foundation under award CBET 1839510 and the Army Research Office (grant W911NF1710524).
This work will also serve to educate two graduate students in computational methods and combustion applications. The PI’s PI's students Joseph Chung and Xiao Zhang are both finishing their PhD’s PhD's this year. The proposed simulations are central to their theses.