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BERG: Belmont Energy Research Group

Belmont Energy Research Group

Conversion Research at
the University of Wyoming

Erica Belmont, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
University of Wyoming Department of Mechanical Engineering


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Research projects & more


Combustion research

Combustion research includes detailed measurements of high temperature (hot) and low temperature (cool) flames at sub- to above-atmospheric pressures, and fuel reforming in heat recirculating (superadiabatic) reactors. Goals of the research include elucidation of flame chemistry for clean and efficient advanced combustion, and development of robust small-scale combustion reactors.

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Solid fuel conversion

Solid fuel research

Fuel conversion research includes pyrolysis, gasification, and supercritical extraction of high value chemical species from solid fuels, including biomass and coal. Co-processing of these fuels is studied for synergistic effects, as well as the potential to supplement fossil fuel usage with renewable biomass. Goals of this research include reduction of emissions from power production and alternative uses for solid fuel resources.

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Learn more about the Mechanical & Energy Systems Engineering Department

Mechanical engineering is the broadest of all engineering disciplines, dealing with solid mechanics, fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, heat transfer, energy conversion, vibration, design, manufacturing, controls, materials science and electromechanical systems. Mechanical engineers are employed in almost every industry. If a design has moving parts or if energy is converted, a mechanical engineer was involved. Learn more or download our brochure.

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