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Introduction and contact info:

Name: Provence Barnouin

Work address: Technische Universität Berlin


PhD project:

Title: Control and impact of RDC wave direction

Ms. Barnouin is investigating the physics of detonation waves in rotating detonation engines (RDEs). RDEs have the potential to yield higher efficiencies and thrust to weight ratios with fewer parts than current engines. 

Before RDEs can be implemented in aircrafts and rockets, significant challenges must be overcome such as stabilizing the combustion modes during operation. To address this challenge, Ms. Barnouin is experimentally investigating the factors that control the operational modes of RDEs. She is performing tunable laser diode absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) in different RDE geometries to gain insight on wave dynamics. This research will contribute to an increased understanding of mode stabilization and mode transition mechanisms for future implementation in propulsive and power generating systems. 

Supervisors: Prof. Myles Bohon and Prof. Christian O. Paschereit

Mentor: Prof. Ephraim Gutmark

Planned secondments: University of Cincinnati, 6 months


2021 Amelia Earhart International Fellow

Master of Research in Future Power and Propulsion, University of Cambridge, UK. 2019- 2020

Double B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Russian, Columbia University, USA. 2015-2019

Undergraduate Science Research Fellow, Columbia University, 2015-2019

Personal interests: 

Outside of her studies, Ms. Barnouin is a university ice hockey and soccer goalkeeper. She participates in many mentoring initiatives to inspire girls, especially from low-income backgrounds, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


ESR1 – Choomanee Runnoo: Experimental investigation of Constant Volume Combustion and its reduced order model – ENSMA (FR), Supervisors: Prof. Marc Bellenoue and Bastien Boust
ESR2 Gregory Uhl: Numerical analysis of the interaction between a Rotating Detonation Combustor and an axial turbine – SAFRAN Tech (FR), Dr. Said Taileb, Prof. Marc Bellenoue, Prof. Thierry Poinsot,
ESR3 Nicola Detomaso: Simulation of CVC combustor – CERFACS (FR), Supervisors: Prof. Thierry Poinsot, , Dr. Davide Laera, Dr. Florent Duchaine
ESR4 Maria Clara de Jesus Vieira: Experimental characterization of ignition events in CVC like conditions – ENSMA (FR), Supervisors: Prof. Julien Sotton, Prof. Marc Bellenoue and Prof. Camille Strozzi
ESR5 Provence Barnouin: Control and impact of RDC wave direction – TUB (DE), Supervisors: Prof. Myles Bohon and Prof. Christian O. Paschereit
ESR6 – Patrick Strempfl: LES of flow and combustion in a rotating detonation engine coupled to a turbine – CERFACS (FR), Supervisor: Prof. Thierry Poinsot
ESR7 – Hongyi Wei: Experimental investigation of rotating detonation combustors including ignition processes and turbine-integration effects – TUB (DE), Supervisors: Prof. Myles Bohon and Prof. Christian O. Paschereit
ESR8Thomas Golliard: Computational aeroacoustics of the exhaust flow for noise assessment and control – KTH (SE), Supervisors: Prof. Mihai Mihaescu, Prof. Anders Dahlkild
ESR9 – Roseline Ngozi Ezekwesili: Deflagration-Autoignition-Detonation transition – TUB (DE), Supervisor: Prof. Myles Bohon and Prof. Marc Bellenoue
ESR10 – Shreyas Ramanagar Sridhara: Numerical modelling and optimization of cooling solutions for PGC concepts – UNIFI (IT), Supervisors: Prof. Antonio Andreini
ESR11- Umberto Sandri: Experimental study of cooling solutions for PGC concepts – UNIFI (IT), Supervisor: Prof. Bruno Facchini, Prof. Antonio Andreini, Dr. Alessio Picchi
ESR12 – Panagiotis Gallis: Unsteady numerical simulation of the interaction between pressure-gain combustors and high-pressure turbine stages – POLITO (IT), Supervisor: Dr. Simone Salvadori
ESR13 – Abhishek Dubey: power plant analysis and cycle thermo-economic optimization – UNIGE (IT), Supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Sorce
ESR14 – Sreenath Purushothaman: propulsion application with part load and dynamic analysis – UNIGE (IT), Supervisors: Prof. Alessandro Sorce, Prof. Alberto Traverso
ESR15 – Gokkul Raj Varatharajulu Purgunan: Full gas dynamic and exergetic analysis of PGC cycles with rotating detonations – TUB (DE), Supervisor: Prof. Panagiotis Stathopoulos