The research conducted within the Turbulence and Combustion Research Laboratory (TCRL) is in experimental fluid mechanics and targets the understanding of fundamental and rate-limiting processes governing turbulent, reacting, and multiphase flow systems. Turbulent flows are ubiquitous in nature and underpin a large number of engineering systems within the fields of transportation, power generation, and chemical/industrial processing. Often the flows encountered are comprised of multiple phases (gas/liquid, gas/solid, or liquid/solid) and/or are reacting to form a complicated system that is difficult to predict.

We investigate these processes using advanced laser-based techniques including flow imaging and spectroscopic techniques.  In some cases, our laser diagnostic approaches  are truly unqiue to the TCRL, giving us unprecidented capability of understanding turbulence and combustion dynamics.  Our goal is twofold:  (1) understand and ultimately describe the fundamental physics controlling complex high-Reynolds number turbulent flows and (2) provide high-fidelity data for model assessment and development.

You will find detailed descriptions of the current sponsored research projects being conducted within the TCRL under the 'Research' tab and a listing of our journal papers under the 'Publications' tab. 

For the lastest news within the TCRL, please visit the  'Recent News' tab.

The TCRL is directed by Professor Jeffrey A. Sutton and is located in Scott Laboratory within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  For more information, please fill free to contact us.

Example turbulent mixing sequence in a gas-phase jet

Example high-speed temperature imaging performed within the TCRL