The National Energy Technology Laboratory currently has an educational opportunity for a postgraduate researcher to explore state-of-the-art power generation systems through its program in Pressure Gain Combustion (PGC) at its research campus in Morgantown, WV. PGC through detonation technologies such as Rotating Detonation Engine (RDE) offers the potential for significant efficiency gains when used as a replacement for conventional constant pressure combustion in a Gas Turbine Engine or Direct Power Extraction. The postgraduate researcher will assist in the development and testing of multiple lab-scale Rotating Detonation Combustion technologies and state-of-the-art diagnostics. The candidate will have the opportunity to assist with design and modification of experimental components of the RDC test facilities, experimental design and testing, and perform detailed analysis of time dependent measurements (pressure, temperature, ion, thin-film heat flux) as well as digital image processing and advanced laser diagnostics (i.e. Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy). Relevant concepts include shock wave dynamics, high speed fluid dynamics, jet mixing, combustion, heat transfer, mechanical design, data acquisition / instrument control and laser diagnostics. The candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in the preparation and presentation of technical papers and reports both internally and through internationally recognized publications and venues.
The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of NETL contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The appointment is full-time at NETL in Morgantown, WV. This is an educational opportunity offered by NETL and administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Participants in the program are not considered employees of DOE or the program administrator.
The learning objectives and goals for this opportunity include
- Participant will expand their understanding of state-of-the-art, high-speed combustion and flow diagnostics. In particular, quantification of chemiluminescence in relation to chemical reactions and chemi-ionization
- Participant will expand their understanding of quantifying the strength of detonation waves and the extent of detonation versus deflagration.
- Participant will expand their understanding of design requirements for high-pressure, detonation based combustion systems.
- Participant will expand their understanding of how to design and apply state-of-the-art laser diagnostics, such as Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy as a diagnostic for high-pressure detonation based combustion to quantify product gas species and operating conditions.
- Participant will expand their understanding of conducting state-of-the-art research for power generation systems.