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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: Constant volume combustion and its reduced order model - ENSMA (FR), Supervisor: Prof. M. Bellenoue
ESR2: Numerical analysis of the interaction between a Rotating Detonation Combustor and an axial turbine - SAFRAN Tech (FR), Supervisors: Prof. Marc Bellenoue (ENSMA), Prof. Thierry Poinsot (CERFACS), Dr. Daniel Mejia (SAFRAN Tech)
ESR3: Simulation of CVC combustor - CERFACS (FR), Supervisors: Prof. T. Poinsot)
ESR4: Experimental characterization of ignition events in CVC like conditions - ENSMA (FR), Supervisor: Prof. J. Sotton
ESR5: Control and impact of RDC wave direction - TUB (DE), Supervisors: Prof. M. Bohon and Prof. C. O. Paschereit
ESR6: LES of flow and combustion in a rotating detonation engine coupled to a turbine - CERFACS (FR), Supervisor: Prof. T. Poinsot
ESR7: Experimental investigation of rotating detonation combustors including ignition processes and turbine-integration effects - TUB (DE), Supervisors: Prof. M. Bohon and Prof. C. O. Paschereit
ESR8: Computational aeroacoustics of the exhaust flow for noise assessment and control - KTH (SE), Supervisor: Prof. M. Mihaescu
ESR9: Deflagration-Autoignition-Detonation transition - TUB (DE), Supervisor: Prof. N. Djordjevic
ESR10: Numerical modelling and optimization of cooling solutions for PGC concepts - UNIFI (IT), Supervisor: Prof. A. Andreini
ESR11: Experimental study of cooling solutions for PGC concepts - UNIFI (IT), Supervisor: Prof. B. Facchin
ESR12: Unsteady numerical simulation of the interaction between pressure-gain combustors and high-pressure turbine stages - POLITO (IT), Supervisors: Prof. D. A. Misul and Dr. S. Salvadori
ESR13: PGC power plant analysis and cycle thermo-economic optimization - UNIGE (IT), Supervisor: Prof. A. Sorce
ESR14: PGC propulsion application with part load and dynamic analysis - UNIGE (IT), Supervisor: Prof. A. Traverso)
ESR15: Full gas dynamic and exergetic analysis of PGC cycles with rotating detonations - TUB (DE), Supervisor: Prof. P. Stathopoulos