Welcome to the Turbulent Combustion Modeling Lab

Turbulent Combustion Modeling LabThe Turbulent Combustion Modeling Lab research activities focus on the multi-engineering facets of turbulent combustion modeling found in many industrial applications ranging from aero and automotive engines to furnaces to fire safety.

We are interested in developing high fidelity multiscale turbulent fluid flow-combustion simulation tools as well as tackling shorter-term challenging industrial problems.

Lifted Flame - Turbulent Combustion Modeling Lab Example of Research

Figure 1. The lift-off height observed using the tracker of OH mass fraction value of 0.0005 superimposed on the stoichiometric iso-surface of the third flame (Re = 19500)

Our approach is based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) including Reynold Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) methods and Large Eddy Simulation (LES). We have been developing and implementing new mathematical models for problems related to turbulent mixing, ignition, extinction, flame stabilization, fuel spray, and atmospheric emissions.

The lab is run by renowned researcher, Cecile Devaud, an award-winning, patent-holding professor, associate chair and turbulent combustion expert who is also a member of University of Waterloo Engineering’s Fire Research Group and the University of Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy.

We work closely with our industry and university partners in Canada and globally providing the most suitable solutions and advancing fundamental research in the field of turbulent combustion modeling. If you are interested in sponsoring research please contact us directly.

  1. Oct. 25, 2022Simulations of partially premixed turbulent ethanol spray flames using doubly conditional source term estimation (DCSE)

    Singly Conditional Source-term Estimation (CSE) is extended to Doubly Conditional Source-term Estimation (DCSE) to simulate three turbulent ethanol spray flames (EtF1, EtF3 and EtF4) for the first time. Reynolds-Averaged Navier Stokes equations are solved with a two-way coupling Eulerian-Lagrangian method to account for the gas-spray interactions.

  2. Oct. 25, 2022Investigation of conditional source-term estimation coupled with a semi-empirical model for soot predictions in two turbulent flames

    The modelling of soot formation is investigated for two turbulent flames, at atmospheric and 3 atm pressure conditions.

  3. July 12, 2020A priori evaluation of the Double-conditioned Conditional Source-term Estimation model for high-pressure heptane turbulent combustion using DNS data obtained with one-step chemistry
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    W. Kendal BusheCecile DevaudJosette R. Bellan

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Meet our people

Ahmed Hussien

Ahmed Hussien

Ahmed Hussien, PhD candidate, researcher, Turbulent Combustion Modeling Lab


Ahmed Hussien is a PhD candidate and researcher for the Turbulent Combustion Modeling Lab.


Ahmed Hussien

PhD candidate

Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department

University of Waterloo

ERC Building

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