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GENFUEL – ADDRESSING FUNDAMENTAL CHALLENGES IN THE DESIGN OF NEW GENERATION FUELS, Marie-Curie Action Project, Industry-Academia Partnership Pathways, 7FP, 2014-2018

Genfuel Project encompasses the design of road transport fuels, mid-level ethanol blends, safe handling of fuels, deflagration, water foot printing, chemical kinetics, pre-ignition, knock, life cycle analysis.

Work package 6

PhD. Wojciech Rudy as a Marie-Curie Fellow has been working on the WP6 under supervision of Prof. Andrzej Teodorczyk (Warsaw University of Technology), Prof. Vladimir Molkov (Ulster University), Prof. Dmitriy Makarov (Ulster University) and Ph.D. Andrzej Pekalski (Shell UK).The objective of WP6 ‘Safe handling of sustainable fuels’ is to gain a better insight into the complex phenomena of deflagration to detonation transition (DDT) for sustainable fuels by studying the mixtures of hydrocarbon air in a realistic large scale situation. The transition towards greater use of sustainable fuels has the potential for introducing new explosion hazards that need to be mitigated. This package seeks to better understand these risk, develop tools for modelling then and hence enable mitigation strategies to be put in place.

GENFUEL secondment scheme:

  • 2 years secondment (01.07.2015 – 30.06.2017), working at Shell (Manchester) on the WP6
  • 3rd year (01.07.2017-30.06.2018) - reintegration year, working at the home university on WP6

GENFUEL Workshop:

  • Warsaw University of Technology 30/09/2015-01/10/2015
  • Mid-term review meeting – Brussels 28/01/2016 – 29/01/2016
  • London 04/10/2016 - 05/10/2016
  • Dublin 20/05/2017 - 21/05/2017

Dissemination of the results:


  • XXIII International Symposium on Combustion Processes, Rynia, Poland, 3-6.9.2017:
    • Rudy W., Pekalski A, Makarov D., Teodorczyk A., Molkov V. ‘Modelling and Simulations  of gaseous deflagrations in closed vessels’


  • 26th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems, 30.07.2017-4.08.2017, Boston, USA:
    • Jach A., Rudy W., Pekalski A., Teodorczyk A., ‘Validation of detailked chemical kinetics mechanisms for combustion of C2-C5 alkenes’
    • Rudy W., Jach A., Pekalski A., Teodorczyk A., ‘Chemical re action mechanisms validation based on ignitron delay time of C1-C5 hydrocarbons’

Papers (submitted to Elsevier journals, under reviewing process):

  • Rudy W., Pekalski A., Makarov D., Teodorczyk A., Molkov V., ‘Prediction of deflagrative explosions in variety of closed vessels‘
  • Rudy W., Jach A., Pekalski A., Teodorczyk A., ‘Chemical reaction mechanisms validation based on ignition delay time of C1-C5 hydrocarbons’
  • Jach A., Rudy W., Pekalski A., Teodorczyk A., ‘Validation of detailed reaction mechanisms for reproduction of self-ignition delay times of C2–C6 alkenes and acetylene’

Post-project plans:

  • New links established with Ulster University and Shell UK: 2 new MC projects proposals submitted to EC.
  • Knowledge gaps determined for DDT process: 2 new scientific project proposals submitted to National Centre of Science (Polish).
  • Gaseous Detonation Laboratory development at Institute of Heat Engineering (Warsaw University of Technology) based on the knowledge gaps determined – future scientific carrier development of the MC fellow.




GENFUEL Mid-term review meeting – Brussels 2016