Research and education in the field of combustion
at the University of Oklahoma dates back to 1963, when the Flame Dynamics
Laboratory was established under the direction of Dr. C. M. Sliepcevich, George Lynn Cross Research Professor, and
Robert W. Hughes, Centennial Professor Emeritus of Engineering. Initial
activities of this laboratory were focused on the 'hostile' aspects of
combustion such as fires. When Dr. Sub. Gollahalli, Lesch Centennial Chair
of Mechanical Engineering, joined the university in 1976, the flame
dynamics laboratory was expanded to the present Combustion Research
Laboratory, with research work on the 'beneficial' facets of combustion
such as performance improvement and emission control of flames.
Approximately one hundred students have completed their research projects
and more than three hundred publications have been generated by the
activities of the laboratory. The sponsors of the combustion research at
the University of Oklahoma include both government agencies (Coast Guard, DoD, DoE, DoT, NASA, NSF, Army and OCAST), and industry
(AGA, DOW Chemicals, EPRI and GRI).