The group has access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities for research, development and testing of combustion and spray technologies for energy generation and propulsion devices; fire safety research; and certification tests on aircraft components. In addition, general purpose facilities are available through the College of Engineering at UC.

Combustion Research Laboratory

High-pressure combustion facilities

  • A pressure vessel with 16.8” inner diameter with 6 optical windows
  • Up to 200 psia at 500 oF
  • Air cooled chamber wall and windows
  • Water-spray cooled combustion exhausts
Cumbustion Research Lab

Air supplies

  • 2 lb/sec and 0.75 lb/sec air compressors
  • 12, 36, 74 and 192 KW air heater up to 1400oF

Fuel supplies

  • Liquid fuel up to 3,000 lb/hr
  • Fuel heater (6 kW and 45 kW) up to 450oF
  • Compressed natural gas up to 2700 psia

State-of-the-art Diagnostic Capabilities

  • Combustion radical concentration (Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence)
  • Spray distribution (Two-component Phase Doppler Particle Analyzer, Diffraction-based droplet size analyzer, Optical spray patternator)
  • Soot fraction (Laser Induced Incandescence)
  • Temperature and major species measurement (Raman Scattering, Infrared Absorption, Multi-wavelength Pyrometry)
  • Velocity (3-D Particle Image Velocimetry, LDV)
  • Exhaust gas analysis (FT-IR)
  • High-speed (0.5 M frames/sec) imaging (High-speed cameras, Intensified cameras)
  • Time-resolved spectroscopy
  • Element analysis (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy)



High Resolution Pyrometry


High Resolution Infrared Camera



Possible benefits and general sales points


ISO Propane Burner

Provides a stable, non-sooting 2000 F flame with the required heat flux intensity for fire-testing of small-to-medium size powerplant parts.

The ISO burner is a viable substitute for the Park Oil burner which is no longer in production.


Planar Laser Fluorescence

Oil burner initially designed to test fire penetration for acoustic insulation.

The NexGen Burner is used for fire tests on powerplant components. The flame generated by the burner is “sooting,” making it closer to real-life fire situations.