von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center Receives Wright Center of Innovation Grant

    The University of Dayton's von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center in the School of Engineering received $1.1M from a state of Ohio Wright Center of Innovation (WCI) grant. The funding will be used to pay for specialized fuels and combustion analysis and testing equipment at the Center, where researchers are developing better, cheaper jet fuels and advanced combustors for military and commercial aircraft. The Center will use the new specialized equipment to study coke deposition and carbon and particulate emissions in new-generation fuels, according to Dilip Ballal, director of the Center and division head of the University of Dayton Research Institute's energy and environmental engineering.

    “This equipment grant will enhance the research we’re pursuing with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio and benefit GE Aircraft Engines,” said Ballal, noting that the von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center is a partner in the new “Ohio Center for Advanced Propulsion and Power (OCAPP)” at Ohio State University. The research conducted in OCAPP will span the critical technologies such as: engine aerodynamics, fuels and combustion, heat transfer and cooling, aero-acoustics, advanced materials, and intelligent engines. The creation of a highly visible research activity, such as OCAPP, will help attract top engineering students in the field of fuels and combustion to the von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center. The state of Ohio will benefit from its investment in the form of highly qualified, educated work force and spin-off to other industries and products that employ advanced fuels and combustion technologies.

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