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Combustion and Diagnostics Laboratory (CDL)

Combustion and Diagnostics Laboratory (CDL)

The CDL at the Technion Aerospace conducts pioneering research in combustion processes and develops advanced diagnostic techniques in propulsion.


The Combustion and Diagnostics Laboratory (CDL), located within the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, is dedicated to employing cutting-edge diagnostic techniques and innovative methodologies in the study of combustion processes. Our goal is to address the current challenges of zero-carbon fuel implementation, high-speed propulsion, and pollutant formation in combustion devices. Through our scientific exploration, we strive to overcome these limitations and drive advancements in the field of combustion engineering. The research activities of the laboratory are supervised by Assoc. Prof. Joseph Lefkowitz

Our main research fields cover the topics of:

Combustion Science: Ignition, plasma-assisted combustion, zero-carbon fuels utilization (H2, NH3) and plasma chemistry

Applied research: Supersonic propulsion, hybrid rockets and micro gas turbines

Diagnostics: Infrared imaging and radiometry (hyperspectral and high-speed), tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS), optical emission spectroscopy (OES), planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF), particle image velocimetry (PIV) and high-speed imaging

Our lab is equipped with a diverse range of state-of-the-art facilities and advanced equipment, including high-speed imaging systems, laser diagnostics, and specialized combustion labs. These facilities enable us to conduct detailed experiments, analyze combustion processes, and develop innovative diagnostic techniques. With our world-class infrastructure, we are committed to providing a conducive environment for groundbreaking research and driving advancements in the field of aerospace combustion.

Our Research Topics

As a leading laboratory within the prestigious Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, we are committed to advancing the frontiers of aerospace science and engineering. Our multidisciplinary approach combines theoretical analysis, numerical simulations, and experimental validation to tackle complex challenges in aerospace design, analysis, and optimization.

  1. Ignition in High-Speed Flows
  2. Plasma Enhancement of Renewable Fuels
  3. Hypergolic Ignition in Hybrid Rockets
  4. Porous Media Combustion of Ammonia
  5. Enhanced Ignition in Scramjet Combustors
  6. Infrared Imaging in Scramjet Combustor
  7. Hyperspectral Infrared Imaging of Combustion Gases
  8. Flow Characterization by Laser Absorption Spectroscopy
  9. High-enthalpy flow characterization by optical emission spectroscopy and planar laser-induced fluorescence


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