Research Associate in High Fidelity Simulation of Turbulent Combustion
Academic Division: Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery
Research group: Energy
Dr Langella's research interests are in the broad areas of thermo-fluid science and computational modelling. Specifically, the current focus is on turbulent reacting flows, fundamental physics of lean premixed combustion and its application to practical use (industrial & aero gas turbines). He does analyses to identify ways to improve efficiency and reduce emissions in such practical devices using various modelling strategies for high-fidelity numerical simulations. He also works on thermo-acoustic instabilities, the coupling between rate of heat release and pressure fluctuations, in practical energy producing devices with the aim of reducing these instabilities and thereby the sound emission to improve the overall performance of gas turbine engines. Additional interests include the general area of computational fluid dynamics applied to a variety of problems ranging from supersonic flows, renewable energies such as wind turbines, thermal cooling problems (e.g. reactor cooling in nuclear power plants) and biological flows such as dynamics of blood flow and possible related applications.