The Combustion Institute
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Vol. 4, No. 4 - October 2019
Update from the Executive Administrator

Preparing for Adelaide


The submission deadline, 23:59 (PST) 7 November, is approaching and CI staff members are watching the Inbox for questions on activating EM accounts and submission guidelines. Late submissions will not be accepted, and you are encouraged to login and start the process now. If there is a last minute problem with the Elsevier website, please send and email to immediately. We will be able to work with technical support and verify timestamps with the submission to see if the submission should be entered.

The Australia and New Zealand Section is anxious to welcome everyone in Adelaide from 12-17July. Bassam Dally and Assaad Masri have worked on the many small details to make sure the symposium is a success. Remember, it is winter in Adelaide in July. Bring a jacket and an umbrella in case we have a few cloudy or misty days!

I will be thinking of everyone as the submission and selection process continues into 2020. But the end of 2019 will also mark my retirement as Executive Administrator. I have listened to my family and doctors and decided taking care of myself, so I can enjoy years of retirement, is my best option. I value the many friendships that have been made over the years and will be thinking of you in July. I will miss our interactions and looking for solutions and compromises to unusual circumstances.

My best wishes and thoughts to all of you as CI continues to grow and change in the years to come.

-Barb Waronek, Executive Administrator

CI Announcements and Events

Call for Nominations: Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award
The Call for Nominations has been released for the fifth annual Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award. Sponsored by The Combustion Institute and Elsevier, the award recognizes up to two early career researchers who have made a significant contribution to advance their field of research within four to ten years of completing their doctoral degree or equivalent. Nominations must be received by 23:59 EST on 15 November 2019. 

President's Appreciation Certificate

Uwe Riedel of Deutscheds Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Germany, received the President’s Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding service as Chair of the Site Committee of The Combustion Institute and his valuable assistance in the organization of the International Symposia on Combustion. As chair of the Site Committee, Uwe organized formal budget templates that aided the bidding and selection process. He also contributed to the creation of the new submission guidelines and rotation policy. In addition to his many years on the Site Committee, Uwe has served as a Reviewer and Session Chair for several Symposia, and was a member of the New Initiative Meetings and Program Advisory Committees. We are grateful to Uwe for his continuous dedicated support, and his outstanding service.

ESSCI Seeks Nominations for Executive Board 
The nominating committee of the Eastern States Section of The Combustion Institute (ESSCI) is soliciting nominations for candidates to serve on the ESSCI Executive Committee. Please send nomination or self-nominations including name, affiliation, and brief biography to one of the members of the nominating committee by email ( or
Nominations will be accepted until 17 January 2020. Electronic elections will be held thereafter. More information on the nomination process will follow as it is available. 

Combustion Institute Members Win Awards 
Dr. Wesley Boyette, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the CCRC at Kaust, received "The ASPACC Young Investigator Award" at the 12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion held in Fukuoka, Japan. Boyette is working with Dr. Assad Masri of the University of Sydney and has studied under the guidance of Prof. William Roberts while at Kaust. To learn more about Boyette's research and achievements, click here


Mr. Rafig Babayev received The Best Paper Award at the 2019 JSAE/SAE Powertrains, Fuels & Lubricants International Meeting in Kyoto, Japan. Babayev is a Ph.D. candidate at CRCC at Kaust, working on improving internal combustion engine efficiency and emissions by employing advanced combustion concepts and developing a novel split-cycle engine. Read more about his work here.

First Iran Combustion School 

The first Iran Combustion School was held 24-27 August 2019 at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. Approximately 100 participants attended the four day event. During the first three days, the program consisted of four short courses and nine short talks by invited speakers. Five combustion workshops were held on the final day. In addition, about twenty entries were featured in the poster session.  



Call for Nominations to be released

In the coming months, the Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors as well as Gold Medal Awards will be released. Please watch for these announcements and start thinking of qualified candidates. Members are encouraged to nominate deserving colleagues. Details on the nomination and submission process will be provided in the published Call for Nominations. 

Call for Photos and Videos to Share on Instagram

Follow CI on Instagram and have your images featured on the CI account! Submissions are welcome at The photo to the left is a Laser PLIF image of a Spray obtained with a rocket injector with ethanol doped with acetone. Photo credit to Claus Wehmann, a doctoral thesis student at Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, Brazil, who is advised by Prof. A.P.Pimenta. Collaboration: Gilberto Barreta, Esther Sbambato and Leila Ribeiro. Photo provided by Maria-Luiza Sperb Indrusiak, Section Chair of Brazil. 
Online Course – Fundamentals of Turbulent Combustion

CERFACS is pleased to announce the second edition of their Internet course “Fundamentals of Turbulent Combustion.” The course will start on 4 November and end on 20 December 2019. This online course covers the theory and the tools used to simulate turbulent combustion. It is based on the textbook Theoretical and Numerical Combustion by Thierry Poinsot and Denis Veynante.


First Asia-Pacific Combustion Institute Summer School (APCISS-1)

The 1st Asia-Pacific Combustion Institute Summer School – Fundamental Combustion Problems in Fires aims to introduce attendees to fundamental combustion problems applied to outdoor and structural fires. The workshops will be held at Univerisdad Técnica Federico Santa Maria in Valparaíso, Chile from 10-15 November 2019.


The 57th Symposium (Japanese) on Combustion
The sessions of this symposium will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of the latest research works over a wide area of combustion science and technology.
The event will take place 20-22 November 2019 at the Sapporo Convention Center.

Australian Combustion Symposium 2019

The 2019 Australian Combustion Symposium will be held 4-6 December 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. The biennial meeting is Australia's preeminent conference in the field of combustion. The 2019 Australian Combustion Symposium will immediately follow the 9th Australian Conference on Laser Diagnostics which will be held 2-4 December at the same venue. The Australian Conference on Laser Diagnostics covers the application of lasers and optical diagnostic techniques for metrology, including minerals processing, biomedical application, fluid mechanics and combustion.


2020 Online Course - Fundamentals of Turbulent Combustion 
CERFACS has announced a 2020 session of their internet course "Fundamentals of Thermo-Acoustic Instabilities." The course will start on 4 May and end on 29 May 2020. Coupling between acoustic waves and flames has become a central issue in the development of many modern combustion systems, and this course presents the theoretical background needed to tackle such problems. 

International Symposium on Combustion

PROCI Submission open through 7 November 2019
Manuscripts must be entered through Elsevier Editorial Manager. If you have any problems accessing your account or submitting your manuscript, please contact for assistance. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

Industry Speakers Announced

During the 38th Symposium, a number of industry leaders will deliver plenary talks promoting awareness of industry trends and basic and applied research needs. Each of these speakers brings a unique perspective, while illuminating the cross-section of industry and combustion science. For a complete list of speakers and their scientific topics, click here. A speaker schedule and full presentation titles will be announced in the coming months. 

View of the Adelaide Convention Centre from the River Torrens

This photo of the venue for CI's 38th International Symposium on Combustion was taken by Fei Qi, Program Co-Chair, during The Combustion Institute's site visit in July 2019 in preparation for next year's event. 

Advancements in Combustion

IJER editorial: The future of the internal combustion engine
37 globally prominent scientists representing the International Journal of Engine Research (IJER), a high impact SAGE engineering publication, have published an editorial which addresses the future of the Internal Combustion Engine. The article provides an impartial assessment of the state of power generation in the world today, and provides analyses of productive directions for the future. The editorial addresses an important issue in today’s politically charged discussions of global warming and climate-change alarm. Click here to learn more. 

2019 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Laminar Flames Combustion Colloquium
Congratulations to Zhenghong Zhou, Siena S. Applebaum, and Paul D. Ronney. Their authoritative paper, Effect of stoichiometric mixture fraction on nonpremixed H2–O2–N2 edge-flames, has significantly advanced the knowledge of edge-flames in fuels with very high diffusivity, specifically hydrogen.  Edge-flames form the boundary between burning and non-burning regions of a flame sheet, and characterizing their properties is critical to understanding the behavior of flames in highly turbulent flows such as those occurring in both piston/cylinder and gas turbine (jet) engines. Read more about their study here

2019 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Internal Combustion Engines Colloquium
Congratulations to C. Paul, D.C. Haworth, and M.F. Modest for their winning paper, A simplified CFD model for spectral radiative heat transfer in high-pressure hydrogen–air combustion systems. Their study significantly improved the  ability to accurately calculate radiative reabsorption at a fraction of the computational costs normally required. Using a simplified stepwise-gray model for spectral radiative heat transfer in engines, they provide a less computationally intensive model that captures the essential redistribution of in-cylinder energy and radiative heat loss and that can be used in routine engineering CFD for engine development and design. Learn more about their research here

2019 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Stationary Combustion Systems and Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Colloquium
Congratulations to Mingze Su, Jie Cao, Xin Tian, Yongliang Zhang, and Haibo Zhao. The authoritative paper, Mechanism and kinetics of Cu2O oxidation in chemical looping with oxygen uncoupling, has advanced research and understanding in the area of chemical looping combustion (CLC). Chemical looping combustion is one of the most promising fossil fuel utilization technologies for addressing the global warming issues via capturing greenhouse gas, CO2. The increased understanding of the reactions in this process are essential for new reactor design and scaling-up of CLC technology for industrial applications. Read more about their work here

Jet ignition technology could boost efficiency and lower emissions of combustion engines

Here are sequences of images showing the jet (produced from pre-chamber on the top) penetrating into the main chamber and igniting the main-chamber mixture. (Image provided)
Researchers at Purdue University, including CI member, Li Qiao are working with jet ignition technology to develop pre-chamber technology for automobiles that could replace conventional spark plugs. Qiao and her team are collaboration with industry on design and optimization of passive and active pre-chambers for gasoline engines. Read more here.

Artificial Intelligence used to improve coal-burning power plants 
Purdue's mechanical engineering faculty and students are using artificial intelligence to help coal-dependent areas make the eventual transition to renewable energies. Coal-burning plants have been routinely operating at partial load capacity, thereby losing efficiency, increasing per unit operating cost, and increasing the emission of carbon dioxide per unit. The eventual goal is to develop resources and tools that will allow utilities to determine the costs of operating large coal boilers at reduced capacity and potentially change to renewable energy sources. Learn more here.

Cleaning combustion with hydrogen

UBC Okanagan researchers are looking into the benefits of injecting hydrogen into natural gas distribution networks in the search for cleaner and more efficient energy. The goal of the research, according to CI member, Sina Kheirkhah, is to see how hydrogen can improve combustion of natural gas, making it cleaner and more efficient. The research which is targeted to combustion scientists and engineers, also examines if hydrogen-enriched natural gas will improve energy generation from turbine engines. Read more here.
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