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Combustion and Flow Research Laboratory

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.
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Claudia Fajardo-Hansford

Research Interests
  • Turbulence and combustion
  • Non-intrusive diagnostics
  • Energy conversion systems
  • Engineering education

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

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The CFRL is equipped with a single-cylinder optical research engine, a high-repetition rate, dual-cavity Nd:YLF laser, as well as high-speed digital cameras to resolve unsteady, rapidly changing flows. Software for equipment synchronization and data processing are also available. 

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  • Excellence in Discovery (2010-2015), awarded by WMU OVPR.
  • Silver Combustion Medal Recipient, awarded by the Combustion Institute (2009).
  • Best Paper Award (co-author Volker Sick). Engine Colloquium of the 31st International Symposium on Combustion (2006).
Collaborators and Sponsors

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.