Combustion Characteristics of Liquid Fuel with Nanostructured Additives
The primary aim of the research is to develop fundamental understanding of the effects of adding nanostructured additives into liquid fuel on combustion performance. Potential improvements may include higher energy density, better catalytic effect, higher burning rate, shorter ignition delay, lower emissions and so on. The research will focus on the applications of graphene materials on the liquid fuel to improve the combustion performance. It is expected that the successful application of graphene additives to liquid fuel will usher in a new era of fuel design for the next-generation energy and propulsion systems. The research is expected to have a significant positive impact on the environment and climate as well as energy and propulsion system performance.
Mr. Feng joined Prof. Kai Luo’s research group at June 2016 for his PhD study. He obtained a full scholarship (a combined Overseas Research Scholarship and Graduate Research Scholarship) sponsored by UCL. Currently, his research focuses on the applications of graphene materials on the liquid fuel to improve the combustion performance by Molecular Dynamic Simulations. Cutting-edge simulations will be conducted on the world-class national supercomputer ARCHER. Some experiments will also be carried out in the future and the experimental results will be compared against the results from numerical simulations.
Mr. Feng studied MSc Mechanical Engineering in UCL and achieved a Distinction degree in 2014. He ranked 1st in the cohort and was also nominated for the Dean’s List for his outstanding academic performance during 2013-14 academic year in UCL. Regarding his undergraduate study, he attended a joint programme between Nanjing University of Technology, China (3 years) and Institute of Technology Tallaght, Ireland (1 year), achieving a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (average 90%, top 1 student) and a First Class Honours Degree (GPA 3.92, top 1 student) respectively.