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Luc Bauwens

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Luc Bauwens

Position: 

Professor

Phone: 
(403) 220-5792
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Address: 

ME 513

Biography: 

Awards

  • 2013 Elected President, the Institute for Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems, Seattle, WA http://www.icders.org/
  • 2013 Invited participant, panel discussion on deflagration to detonation transition, 24th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of explosions and reactive Systems, Taipei, Taiwan. 
  • 2012 Plenary presentation, XVth International Stirling Engine Conference and Exhibition, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • 2010 Visiting researcher, LIMSI, CNRS, Orsay, FranceEditor, Special Issue for ICDERS 2011, Shock Waves, Springer Verlag.
  • 2011 Member, Fonds Nature et Technologies, Quebec mechanical Engineering grant Selection Committee 737B, Chair, 2012.
  • 2010 Member, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Selection Committee 193 (2010-2013).
  • 2009 Member, Founding Executive Board, The International Association for Hydrogen Safety, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2007 Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • 2007 Visiting Professor, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, May-June.
  • 2005 Associate Editor, Shock Waves, Springer Verlag (2005-date).
  • 2002 Invited presentation, 39th Aerospace Sciences Meeting, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reno, NV.
  • 2002 Associate Editor, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 29, Pittsburgh.
  • 2002 Visiting Professor, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris.
  • 2001 Keynote lecture, 10th International Stirling Engine Conference, Osnabrueck, Germany.
  • 2000 Visiting Research Professor, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (January-July).
  • 1999 Associate Research Director, CNRS, Poitiers, France (fall).
  • 1999 Research Excellence Award, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
  • 1997 Invited lecture, 50th Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, American Physical Society, San Francisco, CA.

Other project activities

  • 2013 President,  Institute for Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems, Seattle, WA (2013-2015).
  • 2007 - Board of Directors, Institute for Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems, Seattle, WA (2007- 2017).
  • 2004-2007 Member, Mechanical Engineering Grant Selection Committee (2004-2006: Committee 13, 2006- 2007: Committee 1054), Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
  • 2005 Program co-chair, 20th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems, Montreal, Quebec.
  • 2005 Member, Canadian Space Agency Scientific Review Subcommittee for Space Physical Sciences.
  • 2002 Colloquium Co-chair, Detonations and Explosions, 29th International Symposium on Combustion, Sapporo, Japan.
  • 2001 Member, International Stirling Engine council (2001-date).
  • 1998 President, CFD Society of Canada (1998-2000).
  • 1997 President, Super*Can, the Canadian Association for High Performance Computing (1997-1998).
  • 1997 Member, Propellants and Combustion Technical Committee, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1997-date).

Consulting interests

Hydrogen safety; detonation waves; CFD; acoustics and oscillating flows; pulsating flows with heat transfer or combustion

Teaching: 

Graduate students

Current: Michael Levy (Msc), Christine Yang (Msc), Marcel Alves (PhD), Lin Ma (co-supervised)
PhD: Daniel Williams, Rita Liang, Liang Fang, Omar Hireche (co-supervised), Josue Melguizo-Gavilanes
MSc: Daniel Williams, Chris Schuh, Pavel Mayzus, Laurie Bedard-Tremblay, Nika Rezaeyan, Mingjun Tian, Monica Megumi Lopez-Aoyagi

Research Activities: 

Thermo-Fluids, Energy Systems & Environment

Dr. Bauwens' research interests include:

Hydrogen Safety. We are a member of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety HySafe, and also of the H2Can network of excellence, both of which focus on the safety of hydrogen as an automotive energy carrier. Tthe International Association HySafe came out of the European network, funded under the Sixth Framework Programme, coordinated by FZK (Research Center Karlsruhe, now KIT Nord). Members included the French Nuclear Energy Commission (CEA), Det Norsk Veritas, Air Liquide, Volvo, BMW, HSL, and a number of universities, research centers and corporations.

We focus in particular on the risks associated with detonation waves. Our focus is on the relationship betweenchain-branching chemistry and the structure of detonation waves, ignition and detonative ignition, and deflagration-to-detonation transition. We perform numerical simulation and mathematical analysis, applied to specific situations of interest in that context.

We also have an interest in thermoacoustics, pulse tube refrigeration and Stirling engines, and in high performance computing and networking.

Publications: 

Melguizo-Gavilanes, J. and Bauwens, L., Shock initiated ignition for hydrogen mixtures of different concentrations, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, available on-line May 13, 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.03.018.

Melguizo-Gavilanes, J. and Bauwens, L., Shock tube experiments: a comparison between spatially resolved results from numerical simulation and constant volume induction times. Shock Waves, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 221-231, 2013.

Fachini, F.F. and Bauwens, L., Oscillatory Flame Propagation: Coupling with the Acoustic Field, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol 34, pp. 2043-2048, 2013.

Meguizo-Gavilanes, J., Rezaeyan, N., Tian, M. and Bauwens, L., Shock-Induced Ignition with Single Step Arrhenius Kinetics, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2010.04.138, Vol. 36, pp. 2374-2380, 2011.

Hireche, O., Weisman, C., Baltean Carles, D., Le Quéré, P. and Bauwens, L., Low Mach number analysis of idealized thermoacoustic engines with numerical solution, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 128, No. 6, pp. 3438-3448, 2010.

Meguizo-Gavilanes, J., Rezaeyan, N., Lopez-Aoyagi, M. and Bauwens, L., Simulation of Shock-Initiated Ignition, Shock Waves, doi:10.1007/s00193-010-0255-1, Vol. 20, No. 6, pp. 467-478, 2010.

Hireche, O., Weisman, C., Baltean Carles, D., Le Quéré, P., Francois, M.X. and Bauwens, L., Numerical Model of a Thermoacoustic Engine, Comptes rendus Mecanique,doi:10.1016/j.crme.2009.12.006, Vol. 338, pp. 18-23, 2010.

Bauwens, L., Bauwens, C.R.L. and Wierzba, I., Oscillating flames: multiple-scale analysis, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A, doi:10.1098/rspa.2008.0388, Vol. 465, No. 2107, pp. 2089-2110, 2009.

Bédard-Tremblay, L., Fang, L., Melguizo-Gavilanes, J., Bauwens, L., Finstad, P.H.E., Cheng, Z. and Tchouvelev, A.V., Simulation of Detonation after an Accidental Hydrogen Release in Enclosed Environments, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2009.01.097, Vol. 34, No. 14, pp. 5894-5901, 2009.

Bédard-Tremblay, L., Melguizo-Gavilanes, J. and Bauwens, L., Detonation Structure under Chain-Branching Kinetics with Small Initiation Rate, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, doi:10.1016/j.proci.2008.05.049, Vol. 32, pp. 2339-2347, 2009.

Bédard-Tremblay, L., Fang, L., Bauwens, L., Cheng, Z. and Tchouvelev, A.V., Numerical Simulation of Hydrogen Detonation for Damage Assessment in Realistic Accident Scenarios, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, available online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jlp.2007.06.011, 2007.

Liang, Z., Bédard-Tremblay, L. and Bauwens, L., Structure of Planar Detonation Waves under Chain Branching Kinetics for Large Activation Energy and Small Initiation Rate, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, available online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jlp.2007.03.005, 2007.

Bauwens, C.R.L., Bauwens, L. and Wierzba, I., Accelerating Flames in Tubes - An Analysis, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 31, pp. 2381-2388, 2007.

Liang, Z. and Bauwens, L., Detonation Structure under Chain Branching Kinetics, Shock Waves, Vol. 15, No. 3-4, pp. 247-257, 2006.

Liang, Z. and Bauwens, L., Cell Structure and Stability of Detonations with a Pressure Dependent Chain-Branching Reaction Rate Model, Combustion Theory and Modelling, Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 93-112, 2005.

Liang, Z, Khastoo, B. and Bauwens, L., Effect of Reaction Order on Stability of Planar Detonation Waves, International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 131-142, 2005.

Liang, Z and Bauwens, L., Detonation Structure with Pressure Dependent Chain-Branching Kinetics, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 30, pp. 1879-1887, 2005.

Bauwens, L. and Liang, Z., Shock Formation Ahead of Hot Spots, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 29, pp. 2795-2802, 2002.

Mayzus, P, Fang, L., Deng, X., Fauvel, O.R. and Bauwens, L., Pressure Gradients in the Regenerator and Overall Pulse-Tube Refrigerator Performance, AIAA Journal, Vol. 40, No. 9, pp. 1897-1906, 2002.

Bauwens, L., Ignition between a Shock and a Contact Surface - Influence of the Downstream Temperature, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 28, pp. 653-661, 2000.

Bauwens, L., Williams, D. N. and Nikolic, M., Failure and Reignition of One-Dimensional Detonations - The High Activation Energy Limit, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 27, pp. 2319-2326, 1998.

Bauwens, L., Thermoacoustics: Transient regimes and singular temperature profiles, Physics of Fluids, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 807-818, 1998.

Williams, D. N., Luc Bauwens and Elaine S. Oran, Detailed Structure and Propagation of Three-Dimensional Detonations, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, V. 26, pp. 2991-2998, 1997.

Bauwens, L., Oscillating flow of a heat-conducting fluid in a narrow tube, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 324, pp. 135-161, October 10, 1996.

Williams, D.N., L. Bauwens and E. S. Oran, A Numerical Study of the Mechanisms of Self-Reignition in Low-Overdrive Detonations, Shock Waves, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 93-110, 1996.

 

Certifications: 

Engineer, ECAM, Brussels, 1970
M.A.Sc., British Columbia, 1986
Ph.D., California, Berkeley, 1989