Conference on Combustion & Flame Instabilities in Confined Geometries 

Manchester,  17-18 July 2024                           

Organisers: Joel Daou & Prabakaran Rajamanickam

Combustion and flame instabilities in confined geometries is an active area of research which contributes to expanding our fundamental knowledge of combustion phenomena and to addressing several practical issues concerned with net-zero emissions and   power generation in micro-combustion devices.  This two-day international conference intends to bring together experts in the field of combustion to share their research findings and ideas, through presentations based on their theoretical, numerical and experimental  investigations. The conference also aims to serve as a forum for the exchange and stimulation of creative ideas, and for the initiation of new research and collaborations in the field.  


All presentations will take place in Frank Adams Room 1 in the Alan Turing Building of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Manchester. The building is 20 minutes walk from the city centre and 15 minutes walk from Piccadilly or Oxford Road train stations; see how to get here.


Day 1 (17th July)

09:00 – 09:15: Registration 
09:15 – 09:25: Opening Remarks and welcome
09:30 – 10:00: Paul Ronney, University of Southern California, USA, (Flame propagation in narrow channels: What Darrieus and Landau didn't tell you?)
10:00 – 10:30: Daniel Fernandez Galisteo, CIEMAT, Spain, (Numerical study of confinement effects on premixed-gas flame propagation)
10:30 – 10:50: Benny Cohen, University of Southern California, USA, (Physics-Informed Neural Networks in quasi-2D combustion)
10:50 – 11:15: Coffee break 

11:15 – 11:45: Hong Im, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, (Characteristics of laminar and turbulent flame-wall interaction)
11:45 – 12:15: Bruno Denet, Aix-Marseille University, France, (Gravity effects on flames propagating in Hele-Shaw cells)
12:15 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30 – 14:00: Joel Daou, University of Manchester, UK, (The coupling between Saffman-Taylor and Darrieus-Landau instabilities and the effect of Taylor dispersion on premixed flames)
14:00 – 14:30: Christophe Almarcha, Aix-Marseille University, France, (Experimental flame propagation in Hele-Shaw configuration)
14:30 – 15:00: Zheng Chen, Peking University, China, (Propagation of ultra-lean hydrogen/air flame in a Hele-Shaw cell: a computational study)
15:00 – 15:20: Coffee break
15:20 – 15:50: Carmen Jimιnez, CIEMAT, Spain, (Flame stabilization by a highly conductive cylinder: multiple steady-state solutions and dynamics)
15:50 – 16:20: Raphael Assier, University of Manchester, UK, (A combustion instability model accounting for dynamic flame-flow-acoustic interactions)

Day 2 (18th July)

09:00 – 09:30: Paul Clavin, Aix-Marseille University, France,  (Intrinsic mechanism of deflagration-to-detonation transition for laminar flame in tubes)
09:30 – 10:00: Daniel Martνnez Ruiz, Technical University of Madrid, Spain, (Transient dynamics of lean hydrogen premixed flames in narrow channels)
10:00 – 10:30: Jorge Yanez, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, (2D self-drifting flame-balls)
10:30 – 10:50: Coffee break
10:50 – 11:10: Kaoru Maruta, Tohoku University, Japan, (On premixed combustion regimes: Experiments and novel fundamental analyses)
11:10 – 11:30: Akira Tsunoda, Tohoku University, Japan, (Explosive transition of deflagration in counterflow field)
11:30 – 11:50:
Youhi Morii, Tohoku University, Japan, (Explosive transition of deflagration, Novel theory on ignition and deflagration: New insights from knocking study)
11:50 – 12:20
: Vadim Kurdyumov/Carmen Jimιnez, CIEMAT, Spain, (Edge-flames in circular channels: multiplicity of steady-state axisymmetric solutions)
12:20 – 13:30: Lunch
13:30 – 13:50: Jack King, University of Manchester, UK, (High-order mesh-free methods for combustion problems)
13:50 – 14:20: Prabakaran Rajamanickam, University of Manchester, UK, (Dynamics of premixed and diffusion flames aligned parallel to a shear flow in narrow channels)
14:20 – 14:45: Kaname Matsue, Kyushu University, Japan, (On studies of flame dynamics based on bifurcation theory)
14:45 – 15:00: Coffee break

15:00 – 15:20:
Faisal Al-Malki, Taif University, Saudi Arabia, (Triple-flame propagation against a Poiseuille flow in a channel with porous walls)
15:20 – 15:40: Aiden Kelly, University of Manchester, UK, (Propagation and 3D instabilities of premixed flames in a narrow-channel flow)
15:40: Discussion and closing remarks


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Conference Hotel

The recommended and most convenient hotel for the conference is the  HYATT REGENCY MANCHESTER which is  located about 500m (8 min walk) from the conference venue.  

Conference Dinner

There will be a conference dinner held  at 7pm on Wednesday 17th July  for the conference speakers at this restaurant. For other registered participants (non speakers), please contact us if you are interested in joining the dinner.

Lunch Options

Click here for a few options for a quick lunch close to the conference venue.


The conference is open to all interested individuals free of charge. To attend please fill this short registration form.


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