The PERL is focused on investigating multi-phase turbulent reacting flows, clean combustion strategies, and alternative fuels for the next generation advanced propulsion and combustion energy technologies. The lab’s research objective is concentrated on advancing the scientific research through fundamental physics understanding of turbulent reacting flows, combustion dynamics, pressure gain combustion, supersonic compressible flows, fluid mechanics, flow control, flame-fluidics interactions, vortex dynamics, and hydrodynamic instabilities.
The lab is specialized in experimental investigations, physics-based models, and development of unit problems that couples fundamental lab research to national technological problems. The PERL is equipped with state-of-the-art advanced high-speed laser diagnostics and experimental tools for studying turbulent flow mixing and reactions. Computational methods (CFD) are developed and utilized in coordination with experimental research.