The Computational Reactive Flow & Energy Lab (CRFEL) is a laboratory at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. It is directed by Prof. Suo Yang, who leads and guides his group to conduct research on a broad range of topics in the domain of laminar and turbulent reactive/multiphase flows (See Research for more info):
- High-pressure transcritical/supercritical multiphase flows;
- High-speed turbulent reactive flows;
- Plasma assisted combustion and fuel reforming;
- Statistical modeling of particles in combustion emission (primarily soot) and nanomaterial synthesis (e.g., TiO2);
- Surrogate modeling of reactive/multiphase flows for the control and design of propulsion & power systems.
Our research interests broadly encompass the first-principles based modeling and simulation of laminar and turbulent reactive/multiphase flows, including: combustion, plasma physics, particulate and gas-liquid flows, and their multi-scale interactions. Our goal is to develop and utilize high-fidelity, computationally efficient predictive tools in order to:
- Gain fundamental understanding of the physicochemical processes in laminar and turbulent reactive/multiphase flows.
- Design and control advanced propulsion and power-generation systems (reciprocating engines, gas turbines, scramjets, rocket engines, etc.) for energy sustainability: a real rocket science!