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CEE Guest Lecture - Dr. Marcio Martins

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Spencer Engineering Building (SEB)
Room: 3102

Title: Smouldering Combustion: Fundamentals and Engineering Applications

Who: Dr. Marcio Martins, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil.

When: Wed June 21, 12:30 – 1:30, SEB 3102

The propagation of a combustion front in reactive porous medium involves strongly coupled thermal, chemical and fluid flow mechanisms.  Finely instrumented experiments, which control the temperature and composition of the reactants and thereby tailor the rate at which fuel and oxygen react, have permitted careful study of combustion fronts. This controlled combustion front can, under certain circumstances, be a smouldering or flaming front. The fundamental difference between them is that smouldering occurs on the surface of the solid rather than in the gas phase. This talk covers some of the recent efforts devoted to revealing smouldering combustion fundamentals.  It also covers some engineering applications that employ smouldering including in-situ and ex-situ oil recovery, waste treatment and its thermal valorization through both experimental and numerical methods.

Note: Dr. Martins is a Western Visiting University Scholar co-hosted by MME and CEE.  He welcomes research collaboration discussions and can be found in SEB 3039a until Aug 18.  His email is

Dr. Marcio Martins is an Associate Professor and Head of Laboratory of Combustion and Combustible Matter and Laboratory for Computational Transport Phenomena at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Federal University of Espirito Santo. His position is shared between the research areas of Fluid Dynamics and Systems and Thermal Processes. Therefore, the main focus of his research is to combine experimental and modelling techniques to solve problems related to Thermochemical and Multi-phase Processes in Thermal Systems. The main areas of activities are: numerical and experimental heterogeneous combustion for energy production, valorization and treatment of solid waste, optimization of processes with reactive transport, and modelling multi-phase flow via CFD.

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