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Current advances in numerical combustion continue to have a great impact on combustion and energy science. These advances allow researchers to address engineering problems with increasing complexity in a wide range of applications such as propulsion and transportation, power generation, environment, waste disposal, safety (fires, explosions), or material synthesis. These advances also enable the development of mitigation strategies for climate change, especially for power generation and transportation. New e-fuels and hydrogen rich fuels provide low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels, significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but their effective utilization requires fundamental understanding and models of their combustion behavior at practical conditions.
At the forthcoming Eighteenth International Conference on Numerical Combustion, ongoing research and current advances in the field of numerical combustion will be presented. These include the integration of theory, modeling and numerical implementation to perform high-fidelity simulations of fundamental combustion physics and technological applications. The goal of the conference is to be a premier venue for researchers and industry practitioners to share new ideas, research results, and development experiences in these fields.
The Eighteenth International Conference on Numerical Combustion will be held at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla, California from 8 May to 11 May 2022. The conference will consist of sessions for oral presentations and a plenary lecture will open each morning session. It is followed by three blocks of parallel sessions of contributed presentations consistent with the conference topics as well as mini-symposia, which are topical sessions on a well-focused subject.
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We are honored to announce the Plenary Lecturers for the 18th International Conference on Numerical Combustion.
The Monday, 9 May Plenary Lecture is titled Artificial Intelligence for modeling prediction and control of fluid flows and will be given by Professor Petros Koumoutsakos.
Petros Koumoutsakos is the Herbert S. Winokur, Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Faculty Director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) and Department Chair of Applied Mathematics at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). He studied Naval Architecture (Diploma-NTU of Athens, M.Eng.-U. of Michigan), Aeronautics and Applied Mathematics (PhD-Caltech) and has served as the Chair of Computational Science at ETH Zurich (1997-2020). Petros is elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Physical Society (APS), the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He is recipient of the Advanced Investigator Award by the European Research Council and the ACM Gordon Bell prize in Supercomputing. He is elected International Member to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). His research interests are on the fundamentals and applications of computing and artificial intelligence to understand, predict and optimize fluid flows in engineering, nanotechnology, and medicine.
The Tuesday, 10 May Plenary Lecture is titled A path to low-emission, on-demand, large-scale power generation and propulsion: Progress and challenges in carbon-free firing of gas turbines and the role of combustion research and will be given by Dr. Andrea Gruber.
Andrea Gruber holds a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU (2006), he is Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Energy Research and Adjunct Professor at NTNU. His research interests are in the development and application of massively parallel direct numerical simulations (DNS), a first-principle, high-fidelity numerical modelling approach, to achieve detailed insight and obtain accurate predictions of turbulent reactive flows. Dr. Gruber has performed DNS on some of the research challenges related to combustion of highly-reactive and non-standard fuels in gas turbines (hydrogen in particular). Pursuing industrial relevance within the framework of numerous national and international research initiatives (BIGH2, NCCS, DiHI-Tech, ENCAP, DECARBit) and in close partnership with the gas turbine industry (ALSTOM, Ansaldo Energia, Siemens Energy), he has contributed to the fundamental understanding of key turbulence-chemistry interaction processes that play a major role in the achievement of clean and efficient power generation: design and optimization of fuel injection systems, flashback prediction and control, static and dynamic flame stabilization in conventional and staged combustion systems.
Program Co-Chairs: Mitchell Smooke and Jacqueline Chen
- Combustion dynamics and instabilities
- Detonations, explosions, and supersonic combustion
- Droplets, spray, and heterogeneous combustion
- Emissions and pollutants
- Gas turbines, piston engines, and stationary combustion systems
- High-performance computing
- Ignition and quenching
- Kinetics, mechanism reduction, and optimization
- Laminar and turbulent flames
- Machine learning, AI and data science
- Material synthesis
- Numerical methods
- Real gas effects and supercritical combustion
- Software engineering and code coupling
- Uncertainty quantification