We do research in turbulence and combustion.
The LCTP was initially established at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. Given the importance of producing clean efficient energy, one of the main goals of LCTP has been to conduct energy related research, specifically concentrated on turbulent combustion with the objective of increasing fossil fuel efficiency and reducing the pollutants associated with exhaust emissions. Advanced design of combustion systems such as automobile engines, gas turbines, aircraft and spacecraft propulsion systems, and industrial burners fully rely on accurate modeling of turbulent reacting flow inside them. These constitute active research areas at LCTP. The emphasis in this area is to develop more accurate and comprehensive models. With the accessibility of Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and University of Pittsburgh Center for Research Computing, great progress has been made in optimization and parallelization of the computer codes in use. This has enabled LCTP to tackle complex problems which are of great interest in engineering applications.