von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Laboratory Inaugurated at the University of Dayton
The von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center inaugurated its new Fuels and Combustion Laboratory at the University of Dayton’s Shroyer Park Center on July 19, 2007. The new lab space will facilitate on-campus research in the existing and new areas of fuels and combustion. The space includes 3,500 square feet for fuels and combustion work, about 750 for environmental engineering, and about 750 for bio-environmental work.
Dilip Ballal, director of the von Ohain Center, said the labs were built because the Center has been “inundated with work.” Research volume has increased 33 percent in the past year alone, Ballal said. Since the Center was established February 2003, work has been performed on campus and at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. However, there has been a 2.5-fold increase in sponsored research and the Center has outgrown available space at the Base, he added. Today, the Center’s research volume in fuels and combustion ranks within the top three in the nation.
Bill Borger, director of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsion Directorate, dedicated the lab space with a keynote speech and ribbon cutting. He complimented the Center’s research for its quality, importance, and relevance to today’s energy and environmental issues. He went on to describe the future challenges in propulsion for the Air Force.
The von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center performs research in fuels, combustion, modeling and simulation, environmental engineering, and engineering services. Our customers include the Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA, U.S. Army, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, the state of Ohio and industrial clients such as GE Aviation, Parker, Solar Turbines, AVETeC, ExxonMobile, Lubrizol, BASF, DuPont, and Society of Plastics Industries.
The von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center also develops multidisciplinary educational courses in fuels and combustion and facilitates technology transfer.