HomePlasma, Combustion and Fluid imaging (PCFi) Laboratory at West Virginia University is directed by Prof. Omid Askari.
At PCFi lab , we combine novel technological innovations, predictive kinetic modeling and advanced laser-based diagnostics to achieve high-efficiency propulsion, clean-energy generation and less-emission transportation. Our research is focused on the fundamental understandings of the reacting and non-reacting flows, ignition, chemical kinetics, flame stabilization and structure, combustion properties and low-temperature plasma under extreme environment such as high-pressure, high-speed and near-lean-flammability-limit conditions. These flow environments require modern non-intrusive tools such as optical diagnostics (e.g., schlieren, chemiluminescence, OES) and laser-based spectroscopy (e.g., PLIF, PIV, TDLAS) to measure properties of interest such as species concentration, temperature and velocity in a highly temporal and spatial resolution. The specific outcomes are incredibly relevant in combustion devices (i.e., burners, gas turbines, rocket and IC engines), air-breathing high-speed vehicle (i.e., ramjet and scramjet), plasma synthesis and processing (e.g., CO2 conversion into value added chemicals), fire safety, alternative fuels development as well as a variety of other applications in energy, defense, and environmental field. The research scope and vision of PCFi lab resonates well with the future research directions of National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Defense (DOD), and Department of Energy (DOE).
At PCFi lab our mission is to make the world a better place to live!