In Defense of Internal Combustion | Kelly Senecal | TEDxMadison

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Internal combustion engines have enormous room for improvement. With greater research, internal combustion engines run cleaner and with greater efficiency.

Kelly Senecal is one of the original developers of the CONVERGE computational fluid dynamics software package. He is a consultant to the automotive industry and works closely with engineers on problems related to combustion modeling and other fluid flow phenomena. He is experienced at managing large consulting and software development projects for the private sector. Dr. Senecal received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He has written a number of research papers in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) of reactive flows. He has received international recognition for his pioneering work on the use of CFD in the engine design process, including articles in The New York Times and England's The Sunday Times. He is also the author of the widely used LISA (Linearized Instability Sheet Atomization) spray breakup model.

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