Dissipation Elements at the Flame Surface in Methane Diffusion Flame (B. Hentschel and D. Denker)

Flame in Slotburner (S. Kruse)

Particle Charged Flow (E. Varea)

DNS of a scaled-up Diesel injector

Dissipation Element Analysis of Methane Diffusion Flame (D. Denker)

DNS of a scaled-up Diesel injector (M. Bode)

Quartz nozzle sampling in a methane counterflow flame (M. Baroncelli)

Oxyfuel coal combustion in a hot gas stream (D. Felsmann)

Turbulent/non-turbulent interface in high Reynolds number Jet (D. Denker and B. Hentschel)

Liming Cai, Dr.-Ing.

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  • Theoretische Untersuchung chemischer Kinetik
  • Entwicklung, Reduktion und Optimierung von Reaktionsmechanismen
  • Uncertainty Quantification (UQ)


  • Cai, L., Minwegen, H., Beeckmann, J., Burke, U., Tripathi, R., Ramalingam, A., Kröger, L.C., Sudholt, A., Leonhard, K., Klankermayer, J., Heufer, K.A. & Pitsch, H., Experimental and numerical study of a novel biofuel: 2-Butyltetrahydrofuran. Combustion and Flame, 178(1), pp.257–267. 2017.
  • Farazi, S., Sadr, M., Kang, S., Schiemann, M., Vorobiev, N., Scherer, V. & Pitsch, H., Resolved simulations of single char particle combustion in a laminar flow field. FUEL, 201, pp.15-28. 2017.
  • Cai, L., Kruse, S., Felsmann, D., Thies, C., Yalamanchi, K.K. & Pitsch, H., Experimental Design for Discrimination of Chemical Kinetic Models for Oxy-Methane Combustion. Energy & Fuels, 31(5), pp.5533-5542. 2017.
  • Cai, L., Pitsch, H., Mohamed, S.Y., Raman, V., Bugler, J., Curran, H. & Sarathy, S.M., Optimized reaction mechanism rate rules for ignition of normal alkanes. Combustion and Flame, 173, pp.468–482. 2016.
  • Davidovic, M., Bode, M., Falkenstein, T., Cai, L. & Pitsch, H., LES of n-dodecane spray combustion and pollutant formation using a Multiple Representative Interactive Flamelet model. In LES for Internal Combustion Engine Flows LES4ICE, November 30th-December 1st, France. 2016.
  • Cai, L., Baroncelli, M., Kruse, S., Felsmann, D., Thies, C. & Pitsch, H., Extinction Characteristics of Methane Counterflow Flames under Oxy-Fuel and Air Conditions. In Proceedings of the China National Symposium on Combustion. 2016.
  • Kerschgens, B., Cai, L., Pitsch, H., Heuser, B. & Pischinger, S., Di-n-buthylether, n-octanol, and n-octane as fuel candidates for diesel engine combustion. Combustion and Flame, 163, pp.66-78. 2016.
  • Mohamed, S.Y., Cai, L., Khaled, F., Banyon, C., Wang, Z., Rashidi, M.J.A., Pitsch, H., Curran, H.J., Farooq, A. & Sarathy, S.M., Modeling Ignition of a Heptane Isomer: Improved Thermodynamics, Reaction Pathways, Kinetics, and Rate Rule Optimizations for 2-Methylhexane. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 120(14), pp.2201-2217. 2016.
  • Kerschgens, B., Cai, L., Pitsch, H., Janssen, A., Jakob, M. & Pischinger, S., Surrogate fuels for the simulation of diesel engine combustion of novel biofuels. International Journal of Engine Research, 16(4), pp.531-546. 2015.
  • Beeckmann, J., Hesse, R., Cai, L., Pitsch, H., Heufer, A. & Yang, Y., 2-Butanone Laminar Burning Velocities - Experimental and Kinetic Modelling Study. In SAE Technical Paper Series. p. 10. 2015.
  • Beeckmann, J., Cai, L., Berens, A., Peters, N. & Pitsch, H., An analytical approximation for low- and high-temperature autoignition for dimethyl ether–air mixtures. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 35(1), pp.275-281. 2015.
  • Beeckmann, J., Cai, L., Schaback, D., Hesse, R. & Pitsch, H., Reduced Chemical Mechanism for the Calculation of Ethanol / Air Flame Speeds. In SAE Technical Paper Series. p. 6. 2015.
  • Mayer, D., Moshammer, K., Cai, L., Pitsch, H. & Kohse-Höinghaus, K., A numerical study of highly-diluted, burner-stabilised dimethyl ether flames. Combustion Theory and Modelling, 19(2), pp.238-259. 2015.
  • Cai, L. & Pitsch, H., Optimized chemical mechanism for combustion of gasoline surrogate fuels. Combustion and Flame, 162(5), pp.1623 - 1637. 2015.
  • Cai, L., Uygun, Y., Togbé, C., Pitsch, H., Olivier, H., Dagaut, P. & Sarathy, S.M., An experimental and modeling study of n-octanol combustion. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 35(1), pp.419-427. 2015.
  • Sudholt, A., Cai, L., Heyne, J., Haas, F.M., Pitsch, H. & Dryer, F.L., Ignition characteristics of a bio-derived class of saturated and unsaturated furans for engine applications. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 35(3), pp.2957-2965. 2015.
  • Cai, L., Sudholt, A., Lee, D.J., Egolfopoulos, F., Pitsch, H.G., Westbrook, C.K. & Sarathy, S.M., Chemical kinetic study of a novel lignocellulosic biofuel: Di-n-butyl ether oxidation in a laminar flow reactor and flames. Combustion and Flame, 161(3), pp.798–809. 2014.
  • Herrmann, F., Jochim, B., Oßwald, P., Cai, L., Pitsch, H. & Kohse-Höinghaus, K., Experimental and numerical low-temperature oxidation study of ethanol and dimethyl ether. Combustion and Flame, 161(2), pp.384-397. 2014.
  • Beeckmann, J., Cai, L. & Pitsch, H., Experimental investigation of the laminar burning velocities of methanol, ethanol, n-propanol, and n-butanol at high pressure. Fuel, 117, Part A, pp.340-350. 2014.
  • Cai, L. & Pitsch, H., Mechanism optimization based on reaction rate rules. Combustion and Flame, 161(2), pp.405-415. 2014.
  • Beeckmann, J., Cai, L. & Pitsch, H., Reduced Chemical Mechanism for the Calculation of Ethanol/Air Flame Speeds. Proceedings of the 9th International Colloquium Fuels - Conventional and Future Energy for Automobiles, January 15th-17th, Stuttgart, Germany. 2013.
  • Vranckx, S., Beeckmann, J., Kopp, W.A., Lee, C., Cai, L., Chakravarty, H.K., Olivier, H., Leonhard, K., Pitsch, H. & Fernandes, R.X., An experimental and kinetic modelling study of n-butyl formate combustion. Combustion and Flame, 160(12), pp.2680-2692. 2013.
  • Cai, L., Beeckmann, J. & Pitsch, H., A Consistent Chemical Mechanism for DME Oxidation. In Proceedings of the European Combustion Meeting, June 25th-28th, Lund, Sweden. 2013.
  • Cai, L., Beeckmann, J., Pitsch, H. & Raman, V., Iterative Mechanism Optimization Using Model-based Experimental Design. 34th International Symposium on Combustion, July 29th-August 3rd, Warsaw, Poland. 2012.
  • Beeckmann, J., Cai, L., Roehl, O., Pitsch, H. & Peters, N., A Reduced Kinetic Reaction Mechanism for the Autoignition of Dimethyl Ether. SAE Technical Paper Series, 2010-01-2108. 2010.
  • Beeckmann, J., Cai, L., Roehl, O., Pitsch, H. & Peters, N., A Reduced Kinetic Reaction Mechanism for the Autoignition of Dimethyl Ether. In 33rd International Symposium of Combustion, August 2nd, Bejing, China. 2010.
  • Kerschgens, B., Gauding, M., Felsch, C., Peters, N. & Hasse, C., A consistent flamelet model to describe the interaction of combustion chemistry and mixing in the controlled auto ignition regime. SAE Technical Paper Series, 2010-01-0181. 2010.

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