Associate Professor Nicholas Worth runs the Turbulent Combustion Laboratory at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, which is part funded by the ECCSEL project. In the facility different experimental setups are used to study fundamental combustion problems such as reducing the production of harmful pollutants including nitrogen oxides, the use of carbon free fuels, and combustion instabilities.
The laboratory is a research facility dedicated to improving our fundamental understanding of fluid mechanics and combustion phenomena. The laboratory features a number of novel combustion rigs and an advanced suite of measurement diagnostics, which are used to conduct a variety of research projects. Prof. Worth, along with Profs Dawson and Moeck at NTNU direct the laboratory and work with a team of postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students in the Thermo Fluids Research Group.
"Being part of ECCSEL ERIC has enabled us to update our laboratory facilities, and build up a state-of-the-art research facility for combustion science and fluid mechanics. Working at the forefront of experimental fluid mechanics requires a serious amount of investment. Top of the range measurement systems allow us to probe the mechanics of different combustion phenomena in unprecedented detail, which leads to a better understanding of the physics involved, and eventually to the development of cleaner and more efficient systems. Our research contributes to a better understanding of combustion processes necessary to move towards carbon-free fuels", says Prof. Worth.
The facility will eventually help Norway to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and move towards carbon-free fuels for both transport and energy generation.
Video of Prof. Worth’s research is presented below:
Credit: Norwegian Sci-Tech News
Worth's research could help make for cleaner airplanes and other vehicles powered by gas turbine engines:
"We work on combustion problems which are relevant for gas turbine combustors. These systems are found in many power generation applications (gas fired power plants), and under the wings of almost all commercial aircraft. We investigate fundamental problems which occur in these systems, and at present have a focus on low emission and zero carbon fuels. This work will help manufacturers design cleaner engines in future, helping to reduce harmful emissions, and contributing to the green shift.
Photo credit: NTNU/Thomas Indlekafer