|Combustion and Flow Research
Welcome to the Combustion and Flow Research Laboratory (CFRL), located in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) at Western Michigan University. The laboratory is the center for flow and combustion studies with particular emphasis on energy conversion systems. Research projects at the CFRL generally take advantage of advanced laser diagnostics techniques to conduct non-intrusive measurements in the harsh environment typical of combustion devices.
James MacDonald - Ph.D. student, turbulence characterization in IC engines
Ali Merat - MS student, diagnostic development for turbulent flows
Latif Ibraheem - Ph.D. student, heat transfer model development
Muataz Abo Tabik - MS student, thermodynamic analysis of a methane-fueled IC engine
The CFRL actively collaborates with the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. Part of the research is conducted in the Automotive Systems Lab. We thank our current and past sponsors: NSF, DOE, TARDEC, DENSO, Toyota, Mann-Hummel and CAViDS industry partners.Previous Contributors
Patrick Kreun (M.S.E. Mechanical) - Diesel engine cold-start model development
Mike Nienhuis (M.S.E. Mechanical) - Gasoline direct injection engine study
Ryan Clark (M.S.E. Mechanical) - Condition-based maintenance (CBM) of diesel engines
Curtis Krallman (M.S.E. Mechanical) - Proper orthogonal decomposition for IC engine turbulence characterization
Luis Silva (UG. Mechanical) - Manifold test bench development
Matthew Roobol (UG. Mechanical) - Engine instrumentation for CBM studies
Jeremiah McClinctock (UG. Mechanical) - Instrumentation and benchmarking of a 2008 Suzuki RM-Z450 engine.