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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. Neda Djordjevic

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: 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