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Razi Nalim, IUPUI Translational Scholar

Featured Scholar : Razi Nalim, PE, PhD

Associate Professor & Associate Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Super Efficient Jet Engine and Gas Turbine Combustion

The scarcity and environmental costs of burning fossil fuel for transportation and other energy needs is a growing concern. Disruptive technology changes are needed to reduce fuel consumption in aircraft and peak power generation, and cut greenhouse gas emissions sharply. The gas turbine has been an enormously successful power plant for aircraft and marine propulsion, and electric power generation, due to its light weight, smooth and reliable operation, low emissions, and varied applications. Nevertheless, it is not very efficient in converting fuel energy to useful work due to fundamental thermodynamic limitations. Dr. Nalim has investigated alternative thermodynamic cycles and pulsed combustion systems for propulsion and gas turbine applications resulting in the development of a key new component called a wave rotor combustor.

Laboratory experiments and computer simulations are underway to verify the wave rotor combustor’s application and usefulness in industry. This translational research involves the collaboration of experts from IUPUI and industry in various disciplines. Dr. Nalim’s work on super-efficient gas turbine combustion can reduce energy and transportation costs while having a positive impact on climate change.

Professor Nalim’s development of a super efficient combustor is another example of how IUPUI's faculty members are TRANSLATING their RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE and making life better in our community and the world.

Selected Publications in IUPUI ScholarWorks

With over fifteen research papers contributed to IUPUI's free, open access repository, Dr. Nalim has made translational research knowledge about efficient engine and turbine combustion available to researchers, students and readers around the world.

A. Karimi, M. Rajagopal, and R. Nalim, "Traversing Hot-Jet Ignition in a Constant-Volume Combustor," Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, vol. 136, 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/4019.

V. Kilchyk, R. Nalim, and C. Merkle, "Scaling Interface Length Increase Rates in Richtmyer–Meshkov Instabilities," Journal of Fluids Engineering, vol. 135, 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/4020.

H. Li, M. R. Nalim, and C. L. Merkle, "Transient Thermal Response of Turbulent Compressible Boundary Layers," Journal of Heat Transfer, vol. 133, 2011. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/4045.

M. R. Nalim, H. Li, and P. Akbari, "Air-Standard Aerothermodynamic Analysis of Gas Turbine Engines With Wave Rotor Combustion," Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, vol. 131, p. 054506, 2009. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/4044.

P. Akbari and R. Nalim, "Review of Recent Developments in Wave Rotor Combustion Technology," Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 25, pp. 833-844, 2009. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/4046.

H. Li and M. R. Nalim, "Thermal-Boundary-Layer Response to Convected Far-Field Fluid Temperature Changes," Journal of Heat Transfer, vol. 130, 2008. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/4043.

P. Akbari, R. Nalim, E. S. Donovan, and P. H. Snyder, "Leakage Assessment of Pressure-Exchange Wave Rotors," Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 24, pp. 732-740, 2008. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/4071.

P. Akbari, N. Mueller, and R. Nalim, "A Review of Wave Rotor Technology and Its Applications," Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, vol. 128, pp. 717-735, 2006. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/4042.

P. Akbari, R. Nalim, and N. Müller, "Performance Enhancement of Microturbine Engines Topped With Wave Rotors," Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, vol. 128, pp. 190-202, 2004. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/4041.

K. Pekkan and M. R. Nalim, "Two-Dimensional Flow and NOx Emissions in Deflagrative Internal Combustion Wave Rotor Configurations," Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, vol. 125, pp. 720-733, 2003. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/4040.

Find more free, translational articles by Razi Nalim in IUPUI ScholarWorks.