The Fluid Mechanics Group (GMF), is formed by a multidisciplinary team of 19 researches made up of aeronautical engineers, chemical Engineers, industrial engineers and physicists. The GMF, as expert in the use of analytical, numerical and experimental techniques, offers solutions for solving challenging thermofluidynamical problems of interest for both the industrial and academic worlds.
The GMF offers a portfolio of technical, consultation and training services capable of solving the most challenging problems in the industrial sector with innovative solutions.
Among these services, it is worth highlighting the experimental characterization of industrial chemical (combustion) and electrochemical (fuel cells) transformation processes and the numerical computations of real-world phenomena, such as droplet combustion, liquid atomization or mathematical modeling of hydrogen / ammonia/ bio-fuel combustion.
Such activity has been extended to both the industrial and academic worlds, as proved by our collaborations with engineering firms and by the GMF publications in the best scientific journals (Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physical Review Letters, Physics of Fluids, Combustion and Flame, Journal of Power Sources…). As an example, we mention here the fuel-jet, droplet characterization performed for the company REPSOL SL or the fire propagation studies carried out for ENDESA Distribución Eléctrica SL.
The Combustion and Fluid Mechanics group (CFM) was established at the school of Aeronautical Engineering of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) thanks to the original contribution of scientists as Gregorio Millán and Amable Liñán.
Nowadays, the group is formed by six researchers with experience on compressible, multiphase and reactive flows, and a number of contributions to international conferences and scientific journals. A fundamental approach is explored through different methodologies and later applied to technological problems related to flow dynamics, heat transfer, chemical reactions and multiphase interactions.
The capabilities of the group cover first-order theoretical analyses, production of experimental prototypes, experimental measurements through specialized laboratory equipment, and numerical simulations on computational servers.
Our activity ranges from the academic field to the industrial business, which can be traced by our scientific works published in high-standard scientific journals (Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physical Review Letters, Combustion and Flame, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journal…) and our collaborations with companies in the aerospace sector.
The Physics of Fluids Laboratory (LFF) is a research group of the Spanish Distance Learning University (UNED), ascribed to the Science Faculty on 2007. At present, the team consists of five physicists and two industrial engineers with a recognized history devoted mainly to the theoretical and experimental study of reactive and two-phase flows. The topics of interest are grouped around the following lines:
– Fuel cells: Development and fabrication of membrane-electrode assemblies for low and high temperature PEM fuel cells.
– Combustion: Dynamics of premixed flame fronts and pressure combustion in an experimental facility up to 15 bars.
– Aerosols: Dynamics and transport of aerosol particles conveyed by non-isothermal flows.
Our experimental, analytical and computational resources are jointly used to address problems on these issues, often in collaboration with internationally renowned groups from Denmark, Germany, France, Greece and USA, among others. Results of these researches have materialized in the international publication of two patents (WO 2013/144390 A1, WO 2016/030565 A1, both licensed) and have been published in the most prestigious journals in this field like: Journal of Power Sources, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Applied Energy, Electrochemistry Communications, Journal of Aerosol Science, Aerospace Science and Technology, Combustion and Flame, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science or KONA Powder and Particle Journal.
The Fluid Mechanics and Combustion Modeling Group belongs to the Energy Department of the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), a national research centre. Our group was created in 2004 and today is formed by six researchers. Our main interest is in the theoretical and numerical analysis and modeling of scientific, technological and industrial problems, focusing particularly in fundamental studies of heat and mass transport processes and chemical reactions.
We use analytical techniques and asymptotic methods to formulate simplified models of a problem, so that the relevant physical phenomena can be put into focus. We also use high performance numerical simulations on parallel machines to solve the modeled equations. Our main subjects span studies on the structure and stability of laminar flames; aspects of chemical kinetics, including combustion kinetics reduction and validation; the modeling of clean energy production processes, such as gas reforming for hydrogen production, micro combustion or energetic solid materials combustion; turbulent flows, including the modeling and simulation of turbulent combustion; fluid-solid interactions, including solid particle transport and sedimentation in turbulent flows; forced convection and natural convection and supercritical fluids.
All members of our team have a broad international experience, with research visits to international institutions and collaborations with prestigious researchers in the United States, Russia, France and the Netherlands. The results of our research are internationally recognized and have been published in the best scientific journals in our field (Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, Combustion and Flame, Combustion Theory and Modelling, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Combustion Science and Technology or Proceedings of the Combustion Institute).