1. Bottom-up approach to kinetic modeling of larger hydrocarbons
AbstractA bottom-up approach to compact model development has been put forth in one of our recent works to successfully develop a 23 species model for dimethylether. How can this be extended to higher hydrocarbons? A major challenge in adopting this methodology for higher hydrocarbons is the development of the fuel specific sub-mechanism. To begin with, the student will use the approach to develop the kinetics of a small molecule and thereafter investigate how to extend the approach.
Pre-requisitePenchant for writing stand-alone codes, ability to learn new ideas, and interest in combustion. The applicant must be GATE qualified, and must be selected by the MS admission process at IIT Madras.
2. Experiments in Botha and Spalding burner
AbstractTo measure burning speeds of adiabatic freely propagating flames, Botha and Spalding burner (1956) was used. This project aims to find if the experimental technique can be improved and can thus enable accurate measurements without cumbersome heating arrangements presently used in the combustion community. Some preliminary results have been obtained in a M. Tech project centered on this topic. This work will involve experimental as well as computational components, and will be jointly advised by Dr. Varunkumar at IITM.
Pre-requisitePrior hands on experimental experience is a plus point. Ability to learn new ideas and interest in combustion is a must. The applicant must be GATE qualified, and must be selected by the MS admission process at IIT Madras.