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Reference Number EP/P020593/1
Title A Small Research Facility for Multi-phase Flows at High Pressure and Temperature
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Transport) 10%;
FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(Oil and Gas, Oil and gas combustion) 20%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor M A Linne
No email address given
Sch of Engineering and Electronics
University of Edinburgh
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2017
End Date 31 January 2019
Duration 22 months
Total Grant Value £1,414,903
Industrial Sectors Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region Scotland
Programme NC : Engineering, NC : Infrastructure
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor M A Linne , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Dr B Peterson , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Dr L (Lesley ) Yellowlees , College of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Sandia National Laboratories, USA (0.000%)
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Abstract The University of Edinburgh is purchasing a steady flow, high pressure (P < 120 bar) and temperature (T < 1000 K) optically accessible jet and spray research chamber. This chamber is unique within the UK. In addition, the university is also buying a single-cylinder optically accessible research engine. The chamber can be used to study sprays of all kinds; how they develop and react. The engine can be used to study transient fuel sprays as they interact with realistic in-cylinder flows. With this grant, the University of Edinburgh will acquire highly advanced laser diagnostics for multi-parameter measurements in the new chamber and engine, and in other related experimental devices, as a means to leverage the university's substantial equipment investment ( 1.4 million) into a UK-wide Small Research Facility (SRF).The measurements to be acquired by this SRF include: a) A femtosecond laser system and ancillary devices (e.g. a second harmonic bandwidth compression system (SHBC), frequency resolved optical gating (FROG) to characterize the pulses etc.). The system will be used for hybrid picosecond/femtosecond rotational CARS (coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy), for line-image temperature and species (e.g. O2, N2, H2 etc.) in the jet/spray equipment, and ballistic imaging for investigation of primary breakup in highly atomizing sprays. b) High-speed (HS) 2-pulse, 532 nm wavelength laser and HS imaging systems for HS stereoscopic PIV, SLIPI imaging, and LII for particulate. A HS 1-pulse, 355/266 nm wavelength laser and HS intensifier system for HS PLIF, phosphors, and LITA. c) A phase Doppler instrument for droplet/particle size distribution and velocity in reactive jets and sprays. The combined equipment and diagnostics will enable new studies on: a) Fuel sprays (including alternative fuels), and b) Supercritical materials synthesis (biofuels, pharmaceuticals, nano-catalysts, polymers etc.).Our research goals are multi-faceted. The research will enable more efficient combustion engines, reducing their impact on the climate. It will also make it possible to understand and then improve supercritical processing for materials synthesis, helping bring such products to market more effectively. In so doing we will address critical needs for both established industries and for key emerging industries across the UK.
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