Engineering mathematics for a greener future

Posted on 09 March 2015

Professor Maria Heckl, Professor of Engineering Mathematics at Keele University, will examine ‘engineering mathematics for a greener future’ in the latest lecture in Keele's programme of Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2014-15, on Monday, 16 March, in the Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's Building, on the University campus.

She says the development of clean combustion systems with reduced pollution of the environment is being hampered by thermoacoustic instabilities. These are violent oscillations in gas turbine engines, domestic heating systems, and several other systems that involve a flame in a cavity.

Her lecture will give an overview of the key physical mechanisms involved in thermo-acoustic instabilities. It will demonstrate a thermoacoustic instability with a toy model, and subsequently discuss practical combustion systems.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett.

This lecture is free and open to all.