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Research project: High-Hydrogen Content Alternative Fuel Burning

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A tremendously important new climate change mitigation technology is clean combustion, which can significantly reduce carbon dioxide emission while continuing to use fossil fuels, such as coal, shale gas, for power generation. In moving towards high efficiency power generation systems with reduced emissions, the use of high-hydrogen content fuels becomes increasingly attractive. Therefore, developing a basic understanding of high-hydrogen content fuel burning has relevance to many situations such as cleaner electric power generation with reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Project Overview

Understanding the fundamental combustion properties of clean fuels such as hydrogen-enriched alternative fuels is a critical aspect for developing clean and alternative fuel based next generation combustion devices. This research aims to develop realistic and predictive physicochemical models for high-hydrogen content alternative fuel burning and mappings between the combustion and emission characteristics and the fuel compositions for clean energy. Based on high-fidelity computational experiments such as direct numerical simulations (DNS) and large eddy simulations (LES), we investigate complex physicochemical processes of high-hydrogen content alternative fuel burning, highlighting the effects of variable composition.

Direct Numerical Simulation of Hydrogen-rich to Hydrogen-lean Syngas Burning
Direct Numerical Simulation
Direct Numerical Simulation of Hydrogen-rich to Hydrogen-lean Syngas Burning
Direct Numerical Simulation
Large Eddy Simulation of Hydrogen-rich to Hydrogen-lean Syngas Burning
Large Eddy Simulation

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