A key element in our research is the development and testing of sensors and diagnostic techniques for applications relating to fire, combustion systems, and other flow situations.
Techniques employed include thermocouples, heat flux gauges, point and planar laser-induced fluorescence, GC/MS/FTIR and electrochemical gas analysis, Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV), Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), IR thermometry, probe-based velocity measurements, and soot emission/attenuation methods. Collaborative projects have been undertaken with researchers at NRC, UTIAS and Sandia National Laboratories on the application of conventional and laser-based techniques as combustion and fire diagnostic methods.