Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research

Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research

Computer Modeling of the Princeton Micro-Combustion Experiment to Understand Extinction and Re-ignition Patterns


Casey Peters


Joanna Bieri, Associate Professor of Math, University of Redlands

My research concerns the modeling of very small flames in
narrow channels known as micro-combustion. Micro-combustion has many applications as a source of both energy and heat. The work is based on a specific experiment that was done at Princeton University in which flame streets were observed while burning methane with air. Flame streets involve the extinction
and re-ignition patterns of small flames in a micro-combustor. The
mechanisms behind this observed behavior are not well understood and
this work seeks to better understand these flames. Thus far, I have
calculated the conditions that are needed to have the dimensionless
computer model match the conditions in the experiment as closely as
possible. I am currently working on adjusting the more uncertain
values such as mixture strength, Damkohler number and wall temperature
to match the experiment.

Presented by:

Casey Peters


Saturday, November 17, 2012




Broome Library

Presentation Type:

Poster Presentation