“Some Aspects of Combustion Science Relevant to the Modern Energy Landscape”
The next presentation in the Texas A&M Energy Institute Lecture Series, featuring Professor Epaminondas Mastorakos, Hopkinson/ICI Professor of Applied Thermodynamics in the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge, will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Rudder Tower 501. The topic will be “Some Aspects of Combustion Science Relevant to the Modern Energy Landscape.”
Combustion of fossil fuels currently provides about 85% of the world’s energy needs. The push towards decarbonization and the ever-tightening air quality regulations provide important challenges for combustion science and technology.
In this seminar, some recent developments in combustion theory and technology will be discussed in view of future scenarios related to a more extensive use of hydrogen, biofuels, and natural gas in land, marine, and aviation transport. The seminar is aimed at a general engineering audience, but some research-level comments will also be given.
Professor Epaminondas Mastorakos is the Hopkinson/ICI Professor of Applied Thermodynamics in the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge. He has experience in experiments, computational fluid dynamics, and combustion, especially in the fields of chemical mechanism reduction, turbulent reacting flow experimentation and modeling, ignition and extinction of flames, spray flames, gas turbine and diesel engine combustion, and combustion in porous media. He has also worked on atmospheric chemistry and dispersion of pollutants.
Mastorakos has over 120 archival publications, more than 100 conference papers, and is a co-author of a textbook on turbulent reacting flows and co-editor of a research collection; his current h-index stands at 29. He is an Associate Editor of “Combustion and Flame,” sits on the editorial boards of various major combustion journals, and holds patents on syngas production, radiant burners, and low-emission gas turbine combustors. He has served as a consultant for various industries in the engines and energy area and is currently Research Coordinator for Combustion in the Rolls-Royce / Cambridge University Gas Turbine Partnership. He is also the Course Director of the MPhil in Energy Technologies in the Engineering Department.