Rocket Technology and Enabling Well-Stirred Combustion


Rocket Technology and Enabling Well-Stirred Combustion



Erin E Peiffer



Nearly 3 billion people in the world use biomass stoves for cooking and heating their homes. Due to incomplete combustion, toxic byproducts such as soot, nitrous oxides and carbon monoxide (CO) gasses form. These toxic substances contribute to pollution and can lead to serious health issues over time if inhaled leading to approximately 4 million premature deaths each year. The formation of these toxic substances can be mitigated, in large part, by optimizing the combustion process. This optimization can be achieved, in part, through the introduction of increased turbulence intensity allowing for the so-called “well-stirred combustion regime”. Here we will be exploring the health, environmental, and social effects of biomass combustion in the developing world, the benefits of rocket technology for cooking and agricultural purposes, and the potential implementation of well-stirred combustion regimes to further improve upon this technology.

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Project Designation

Honors Thesis - Graduate

Primary Advisor

Joshua Heyne

Primary Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


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Rocket Technology and Enabling Well-Stirred Combustion