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Five-year Air Force grant to enable turbulent combustion research in aerospace applications

PITTSBURGH  (April 18, 2012) ... A research team at the University of Pittsburgh is developing quantum-computing algorithms to better model turbulent combustion in aerospace applications. 

A five-year U.S. Air Force grant was awarded this month to principal investigator  Peyman Givi , the James T. MacLeod Professor in the Swanson School of Engineering, who is working with faculty members from Pitt's Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and Center for Simulation and Modeling. Givi's primary appointment is in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and his secondary appointment is in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. 

"Most people think of turbulence as unsettling or chaotic because of their experiences on planes," said Givi. "But when it comes to engines, the hope is to make it as turbulent as possible. It's like putting cream in your coffee. The more you mix it, the better it'll taste or perform."

Read more in  The Pitt Chronicle