Conference Program

A book of abstract and detailed presentations schedule will be made available shortly before the conference on this website.

Conference Schedule

Monday, 23-10-2023NVV Members Meeting17:00 – 19:00
Dinner19:30 onwards
join Domenico Lahaye in rebuilding the NVV website20:30
Tuesday, 24-11-2023Welcome08:45 – 09:00
Keynote: Anh Khoa Doan09:00 – 09:40
Keynote: Christine Rousselle09:40 – 10:20
Break10:20 – 10:40
Industrial Combustion Problems 110:40 – 11:40
Poster Session11:40 – 13:00
Lunch13:00 – 13:45
Parallel Sessions14:00 – 16:20
Plenary: results and recommendations16:30 – 17:00

For a detailed programme please refer to the Book of Abstracts and Final Announcement:

Invited Speakers

The general theme of the symposium is Impact of research on industrial combustion. On October 24th the plenary sessions provide the basis for gaining insight in the theme. We start by two keynote lectures on clearly illustrating the theme. After lunch industrial scientist their view on the research related problems the industry is facing and this is elaborated further in a workshop session.

  1. MILD Combustion: overview of current research and challenges
    Moderate or Intense Low-oxygen Dilution (MILD) combustion (also called flameless combustion) has been a topic of research for the last few decades thanks to its potential in reducing pollutant emissions such as NOx. Such combustion regime is achieved by a combination of preheated reactants and low O 2 concentrations and is then generally characterized by lower peak temperatures and distributed reaction zones, thereby decreasing temperature gradients, acoustic oscillations, and NOx emissions. Despite the more than 25 years since the first description of this combustion regime, several aspects of MILD combustion remain to be fully understood preventing the wider application of such combustion regime to, for example, gas turbines.
    In this talk, the fundamental aspects of MILD combustion will be first introduced. Then an overview of recent research will be presented focusing on: (i) works that attempted to provide a rigorous definition of what constitutes the MILD combustion regime, (ii) experimental configurations which achieved MILD combustion conditions and (iii) efforts in the development of accurate numerical model for the simulation of MILD combustion.

    By Dr. Anh Khoa Doan, Assistant Professor in AI for Fluid Mechanics at the Faculty ofAerospace Engineering of Delft University of Technology.

    Dr. Anh Khoa Doan is an Assistant Professor in AI for Fluid Mechanics at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of Delft University of Technology. He obtained a dual MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Institut National de l’Air et de l’Espace ISAE-SUPAERO and a MRes from the Université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier in 2014. He obtained a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2018 with his research covering the Direct Numerical Simulation of MILD combustion and more generally the simulation and modelling of turbulent reacting flows. Thereafter, he joined the Technical University of Munich as a TUM-Institute for Advanced Study postdoctoral fellow where he pursued research on developing physics-informed machine learning techniques for the detection of thermoacoustic instabilities and the forecasting of chaotic systems. In 2021, he joined TU Delft where he is the co-director of the AIFluids lab. His current research focuses on the development of data-driven techniques for (reacting) flow surrogate modelling, forecasting and control. He is also a member of the Combustion Institute and the American Physical Society.
  2. Ammonia, the other hydrogen for clean thermal applications
    The objective to reach neutral carbon footprint in 2050 accelerates the energy transition. Industries and scientists collaborate for developing zero CO2 emission solutions for all energy sectors: power, transport and industry. Hydrogen and hydrogen derived fuels, ‘e-fuels’ will play an important role. Ammonia, one of the simplest electro fuels, is a promising candidate as energy and hydrogen carrier, but it can also be used directly as a zero-carbon fuel, pure or mixed with hydrogen or biofuels. However, the combustion properties of ammonia are far from those of conventional fuels and are not well known. During this talk, the state of art of ammonia combustion will be presented with focus on the remaining challenges. Both fundamental aspects and application issues will be addressed.

    By Christine Rousselle, University of Orléans

    Christine Rousselle is professor at the University of Orléans (Laboratoire PRISME). She obtained a PhD in Energy Engineering in 1993, was a Postdoc Researcher at CRE ENEL (Pisa Italy) in 1994 and has been associate professor in Orléans from 1994 to 2006 and full professor since Sept. 2006. Since 2020 she is head of the international office and development for engineering school (Polytech Orléans). She has held positions at the International Energy Agency (IEA) as representative of France and as chair/co-chair of the IEA Clean and Efficient Combustion Technical collaborative program and is a member of the Scientific Council of IFP-EN. She is a Fellow of the Combustion Institute. Her main research fields are: fundamental combustion to applications, new combustion modes (lean burn, LTC, RCCI,…), low and zero carbon-fields (ammonia, alcohol, optical diagnostics, engines.

Conference Topics

Presentations generally related to combustion will take place, including topics related to:

  • Modelling
  • Experimental work
  • Industrial and domestic applications Power to gas/power to fuel
  • Fuel utilization
  • Bio-fuels
  • Flue gas cleaning
  • Carbon capture
  • Boilers
  • Heaters
  • Engines
  • Gas turbines