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Combustion Modeling Lab at UC Berkeley

Combustion Modeling Lab

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of California - Berkeley


246 Hesse Hall

Berkeley, CA, USA 94720-1740


2016 Summer Lab Retreat - Tilden Regional Park, CA


About the CML

The Combustion Modeling Lab (CML) at UC Berkeley undertakes research projects relating to clean energy, advanced energy technologies, and numerical modeling of energy systems. Some of our current research areas include:

We work closely with the Berkeley Combustion Analysis Lab (CAL). Resources available to CML and CAL include:

  • Multiple-core computer clusters for large-scale simulations
  • In-house code for generating reduced and skeletal chemical kinetic mechanisms
  • Cooperative fuel research engine (CFR) with variable compression ratio and exhaust gas recirculation
  • Constant volume combustion chamber for fundamental flame studies
  • Vitiated coflow burner for jet flame studies at elevated pressures
  • Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engine
  • Direct-injected spark-ignited engine

Turbulent Jet FlameSimulation of turbulent jet flame in hot coflow.
At the CML, we work with universities, national labs, and companies from across the country and around the world, including Saudi Arabia and Norway. Our work focuses on advanced simulations of combustion processes that include fluid dynamic, chemical kinetic, and heat transfer components. We utilize commercial software packages as well as custom in-house computational solvers for modeling advanced combustion problems. We closely collaborate with experimental researchers so that experimental data can guide our simulations and our simulations can guide experiments.


SpraySimulation of fuel injection in a direct-injected engine.
Spray 2Simulation of droplet behavior after injection in a direct-injected engine.