Dr Iain Burns receiving the prize on behalf of all authors from Prof William Jones, chairman of the British Section of the Combustion Institute
The Sugden Prize 2013 for the best paper published by a member of the British Section of The Combustion Institute has been awarded to Dr Robin Chrystie, Dr Iain Burns and Prof Clemens Kaminski, for their article entitled "Temperature response of an acoustically-forced turbulent lean premixed flame: A quantitative experimental determination", published in the Journal Combustion Science and Technology 185, pp 180-199, 2013. The paper presents precision laser measurements and simulations of temperature fluctuations in acoustically forced flames to study the interaction of turbulent flow with flame chemistry. The suppression of thermoacoustic oscillations is vital in the safe implementation lean emission combustion concepts, e.g. for aeroengines or power generation.
Dr Chrystie is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, and Dr Iain Burns is a lecturer at the University of Strathclyde. Both performed their PhD work in the Laser Analytics Group and were members of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.
The Sugden Prize is an annual award for contributions to combustion research. The prize is awarded by the British Section of The Combustion Institute for the published paper with at least one British Section member as author, which makes the most significant contribution to combustion research. The prize is named after Sir Morris Sugden.
The prize was awarded at this year's AGM of the British Section of the Combustion Institute in London.