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Introduction and contact info:

Name: Roseline Ngozi Ezekwesili 

Work address:  Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin


PhD project:

Title: Deflagration-Auto ignition-Detonation transition

The aim of this project is to 

  • Understand the mechanisms of deflagration/ end-gas auto-ignition/ detonation transitions in the context of CVC and RDC
  • Understand the effect that the specific fuel chemistry has on the deflagration-auto ignition-detonation transition 
  • Formulate strategies for suppressing detonation in CVC and promoting detonations in RDC 

During the course of the project, I will be 

  • Developing regime diagrams based on 1D modeling 
  • Experimentally investigating the deflagration-auto ignition detonation transition
  • Using the experimental results to adapt the 1D model 

Supervisor:  Prof. Myles Bohon and Prof. Marc Bellenoue

Mentor: Prof. Camille Strozzi

Planned secondments: ENSMA (Poitiers, France) Months 9 -18


  • I graduated with a Master's Degree in Mechanical engineering in 2017. 
  • I completed my Master's Thesis  in supply-chain management in the private jet industry 
  • I worked for 3 + years as an analyst in London. . During my Job, I ran training courses in basic programming 
  • Due to an interest in sustainability technology, I decided to pursue my PHD

Personal interests: 

Sustainability, languages, sport (dancing, basketball, yoga ), cooking and baking 

Research highlights:



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), Prof. Marc Bellenoue, Prof. Thierry Poinsot, Dr. Stéphan Zurbach
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
ESR8 - Thomas 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), Supervisors: Prof. Daniela Misul & 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