Reacting Flow Laboratory


Our primary research interests are in the area of theoretical and experimental combustion, with emphasis on understanding the fundamental interactions between fluid dynamics and finite-rate chemistry. Some of the current research projects include fuel coking in gas turbine engines and hypersonic engines, exploring new catalysts to mitigate coke formation, understanding soot formation mechanisms at high pressure, fundamentals of flame stabilization mechanisms in high-speed flows using recirculation regions, modeling chemical vapor infiltration process in SiC synthesis.

"Working to increase the efficiency of propulsion systems while reducing their environmental impact."


Driving directions

In Charlottesville:

Turn south onto Alderman Road where it intersects Ivy Road (Route 250 Business) at a set of traffic lights. At the next set of traffic lights turn right (west) onto McCormick Rd. Take the next right onto Edgemont Rd. The Slaughter Recreation Center is on the immediate left. Follow the road up the hill. ARL is the third building on the right after the Recreation Center. Parking is available at the Northern and Southern ends of the ARL building. Note: the University Avenue to Alderman Road section of McCormick Road is closed to through traffic Monday through Fridays during business hours in the semester.

From I-64 and Route 29:

On I-64, take Charlottesville exit 118B for the Route 29/250 bypass. Drive approximately 2 miles north on the bypass. On Route 29/250 bypass, take the off-ramp for Route 250 Business. This is the Ivy Road exit. Follow Ivy Road for approximately 1 mile and turn right onto Alderman Road (the second set of traffic lights). When approaching Charlottesville from the North, take the Route 29/250 bypass south instead of Route 29 Business.