Technical Program

As provided in previous years at CICS meetings, we have been able to line up three very interesting Invited Lecturers that will discuss issues of great interest to the whole combustion community. These great lectures will be as follows:

Invited Lecturers:

Marc-Antoine Cantin
Stove Builders International
Title: Challenges facing the wood burning appliances industry in the coming years

Emissions limits imposed by the US EPA with regards to fine particles resulting from wood combustion in residential heating appliances are going to change drastically over the next 5 years. Although those changes represent a serious threat for numerous stove and fireplace manufacturers in North America, they can also prove a real opportunity for others who will find a way to design appliances that are significantly cleaner, affordable, and user-friendly for the average homeowner. This presentation will paint a picture of the new emission standards that are likely to emerge as well as the opportunities that they can represent for those involved in R&D projects related to wood combustion.

Kevin Gross
US Air Force Institute of Technology
Title: Imaging Fourier-Transform Spectrometry for Combustion Diagnostics

Currently, there exists no single tool to simultaneously estimate the 3D scalar fields of temperature and multiple species mole fractions while also determining their corresponding fluctuation statistics. Imaging Fourier-transform spectrometry (IFTS) is put forth as new tool for turbulent combustion diagnostics, and could potentially fill this void. IFTS is capable of imaging a flame across a wide bandpass (e.g., 1.5-5.5 µm) with good spectral (e.g., 0.25cm-1) and moderate spatial (e.g., 320 x 256 pixels) resolutions. The wide bandpass permits tracking various chemical species (e.g., H2O, CO2, CO, CH4, OH, NOx , etc.) and the high spectral resolution enables simultaneous determination of both temperature and species mole fractions. Modern IFTS feature kHz-rate infrared cameras and encode spectral information (via action of the Michelson interferometer) as small intensity variations within a high-speed video of the flame. In combustion, turbulence can produce intensity variations far exceeding those produced by the Michelson, naïvely suggesting limited utility of IFTS for diagnostics. However, this paper lays out a framework for extracting both the spectral and turbulence information encoded in an ensemble of IFTS measurements. This will be made concrete using recent measurements of both laminar and turbulent jet flames by a Telops mid-IR (fast) Hyper-Cam IFTS.

Robert Stowe
Weapons Systems, Defence Scientist
Defence Research & Development Canada - Valcartier
Title: Propulsion Research at DRDC Valcartier

For over 60 years, chemical propulsion has been an important focus of research at the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) center at Valcartier, particularly solid rockets and guns which continues to this day. Beginning 20 years ago, exploratory work into airbreathing systems, including pulse detonation engines, ducted rockets, and scramjets, has also taken place. This presentation will cover a brief history of propulsion research at DRDC, a description of test facilities, and an overview of past and current propulsion technology projects carried out in close collaboration with industry, academia, and other government agencies.

Program available now: Here