Energy Research Consultants
Energy Research Consultants (ERC) was founded in 1990 in order to fulfill a growing need for application of state-of-the-art experimental and numerical modeling tools to problems associated with energy generation and use. In particular, ERC maintains an expertise in the characterization of reacting flows, including gas and spray-fired gas turbine combustors as well as liquid and gas fueled burners and combustion systems.
The expertise ranges from the basic science of combustion, turbulent transport, and diagnostics to practical configurations in the area of gaseous fuel injection, liquid-fuel atomization, swirl, pollutant formation and control, and fuel/air mixing.
Problems which require fast and confidential answers via advanced research tools which are not otherwise readily available are addressed through experienced personnel and a fully equipped research laboratory. In addition, on site work can be accommodated. Both experimental and numerical studies are conducted for clients that are addressing mission oriented, timeline dependent projects.
- Five test stands each providing three degrees of freedom for full flow field mapping.
- Data acquisition systems for monitoring processes of interest (e.g., gas flows, temperatures, pressures).
- Two-componentlaser anemometry for measurement of gas velocities (forward and back scatter capability).
- Two-component phase Doppler interferometry for characterization of two-phase flows.
- Full exhaust, continuous emissions monitoring capability.
- Flow visualization.
- Reacting and non-reacting flows.
- Liquid and gas-fired flows.
- Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence
- Laser scattering
- Laser diffraction based particle sizing
- Planar spray sizing
- Optical patternation
- Absorption spectroscopy
- CW and pulsed lasers
- Scientific grade, UV sensitive, intensified cameras
- Specification and use of a wide array of diagnostics including non-intrusive, laser or optical based techniques.
- Limitations and capabilities of diagnostics.
- Statistical design of experiments.
- Guidance in the interpretation of results, including application of statistical methods, and alternatives for the interpretation and presentation of data.
- Guidance in developing protocols required for investigation and understanding of fuel injection, and fuel/air and turbulent mixing.
- Development and fabrication of testing modules and/or accessories required for conventional or advanced diagnostics.
- Application of comprehensive numerical simulation tools for various flow fields including
- Graphical presentation of results