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von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center

von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center: A gateway to fuels and combustion education, research, and technology transfer.

In 2003, the University of Dayton dedicated the von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center within the School of Engineering. The Center named for Hans von Ohain, co-inventor of the jet engine, has been designated by the state of Ohio as a Center of Excellence in Advanced Energy. It is committed to engineering education, scholarly research and knowledge dissemination in the areas of fuels and combustion science and technologies. 

Vision

To be recognized as a national and international resource for quality education, state-of-the-art research and efficient technology transfer in the areas of fuels and combustion.

Mission

The von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center will develop multidisciplinary educational courses in fuels and combustion, conduct sponsored research and facilitate technology transfer. It will provide a valuable resource for local, state, and national needs and fulfill the University's mission of teaching, research, technology transfer, and public service.

Hans von Ohain ImageHans von Ohain 
  • Co-inventor of the jet engine
  • Chief scientist, Aerospace Research Laboratories and Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, retired 1979
  • Former University of Dayton professor of mechanical engineering

The von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center is engaged in performing graduate engineering education, research and development, and technology transfer on an international level.

Further, the Center continues to build upon these strengths and leverage our international reputation to expand into new related areas of interest to government, industry, and the community at large.

Finally, the Center complements the mission of the National Aerospace Fuels Research Complex and Combustion Branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory and Combustion Center of Excellence of GE Aircraft Engines. Working in concert with such organizations will foster education, research and development, and technology transfer including patents, licensing, and invention spin-offs.

von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center

Join the quest, join the fuels and combustion team.

Cooperative work with the AFRL's National Aerospace Fuels Research Complex and Combustion Branch as well as the emerging DoD, DoE, NASA, industry advanced turbine engine initiative is leading to the development of new engineering courses in fuels, combustion and propulsion systems. Various forms of student financial aid are available.

Multidisciplinary
  • Mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Chemical and materials engineering
  • Electro-optics program
  • Chemistry, physics and mathematics
Partial course listing
Fuels
  • Aerospace fuels science
  • Introduction to combustion and fuels
Combustion
  • Introduction to combustion and fuels
  • Combustion theory
Related topics
  • Advanced propulsion systems
  • Convective heat and mass transfer
  • Turbulence
Continuing education
  • Fuel properties and test methods
  • Fuel handling and field analysis
  • Gas turbine combustion
  • Emissions reduction
Student internships
  • AFRL and industry programs
  • International student exchange
Distinctive graduates
  • Facilities for student projects (AFRL)
  • Co-op opportunities with industry (GE-AE)
Scholar/Adjunct exchange
  • Government labs (AFRL and NASA)
  • Industry (GE-AE, Boeing, BP/Shell)
  • DAGSI collaboration
  • International collaboration (Cranfield University, RollsRoyce., U.K.)
von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center

Energy and the environment: Research and development in fuels and combustion.

Competencies in fuels and combustion
  • Chemistry of antioxidants, additives, and deposit formation, fuel thermal stability modeling and testing, fuel system simulation, fuel-material interactions
  • Combustion kinetics, turbulent combustion, reactor designs, gaseous and particulate emissions, combustor and turbine cooling
Emerging competencies
  • Intelligent fuels, computational fuels chemistry, modeling and simulation of aircraft fuel system, integrated thermal management
  • Fuel cells and membrane development
  • Particulate emissions, ultra-low emissions combustion, combustion instability
  • Fuel properties and test methods, fuel handling and field analysis
  • Gas turbine combustion
  • Emissions reduction
Research sponsorships
  • AFOSR and AFRL/UDRI cooperative research and development agreement
  • DoE, NASA-GRC, and FAA
  • State of Ohio (Propulsion 21 and DAGSI)
  • Other diverse funding sources: basic research, exploratory development and advanced development funds
von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center

Patents, test techniques, commercialization, knowledge dissemination at the von Hain Fuels and Combustion Center.

Spin-offs, patents and technology commercialization
  • Convert research to high-tech products
Consulting for industry and government
  • One-stop solution provider in fuels and combustion problems
  • Internet-based service for Center collaborators
Knowledge dissemination
  • Organize panels, workshops, invited lectures and conferences
  • Invite research scholars to Miami Valley
Patents available
  • Stabilizing additive for the prevention of oxidation and peroxide formation, No.6,475,252B1
  • Method for measuring peroxide concentration in hydrocarbon fuels, No. 5,480,808
  • Peroxide decomposers and radical chain inhibitors used as diesel fuel stabilizer additive package, 09/398,119
Test techniques available
  • Quartz crystal microbalance
  • Cold flow jet fuel additives screening
  • Low temperature jet fuel viscometry
  • Extended duration jet fuel test
  • Coherent anti-stokes Raman spectroscopy
  • Laser induced fluorescence
  • Laser sheet flow visualization
  • Rotational Raman spectroscopy
von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center

Distinguished lectures and symposia in the fuels and combustion arenas.

Our mission and charter encompass the promotion and dissemination of knowledge in fuels, combustion and related areas. We will organize symposia, workshops, conferences and scholarly lectures covering the above subject areas. To the extent possible, we will make available for wider public distribution, the proceedings of these symposia, workshops and conferences.

Distinguished Lecture Series
Symposia
  • Impact of the jet engine on aviation, Brian H. Rowe, chairman emeritus, GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Welcome and introduction — Dilip Ballal
    • Beginning of the jet age in the U.K. — Phil C. Ruffles, Rolls Royce Inc.
    • Witness to jet history: A personal look — Martin C. Hemsworth, GE Aircraft Engines
    • Jet engine in the U.S. military — Doug Stukenborg, U.S. Air Force
    • Impact of the jet engine upon aviation — David E. Crow, Pratt and Whitney 
    • Impact of the jet engine on civil aviation — Joseph F. Sutter, Boeing
von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center

Connect with the von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center.

University of Dayton
von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0113

Phone: 937-229-4001

Email: vofcc@udri.udayton