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Ray Grout

Manager - High Performance Algorithms and Complex Fluids

Ray.Grout@nrel.gov | 303-384-6447

Dr. Grout's current research interests as part of the Computational Science Center include algorithmic advances to facilitate integrating partial differential equations (PDEs) numerically on future architectures and development of future computation fluid dynamics (CFD) capabilities with particular emphasis on reacting flows. Dr. Grout has expertise in development of turbulent combustion submodels and has a wealth of experience developing several combustion codes at different institutions. His recent work has focused on the development of DNS (direct numerical simulation) databases for jets in cross flow from peta-scale, high-fidelity simulations in collaboration with the gas turbine industry. A key outcome of this work has been insight into the importance of low-velocity recirculation zones and stratified combustion in the stabilization of flames above a jet in cross flow. Earlier work involved using DNS to probe fundamental understanding of stratified combustion, to investigate appropriate flame markers (progress variables, tracers), and to propose new models for the combined effects of flame propagation and mixing. Dr. Grout also has experience deploying models for gaseous auto-ignition using commercial CFD codes.

Education

Postdoctoral appointment with the reacting flow research group at Sandia National Labs in Livermore, California

Ph.D., engineering, University of Cambridge, England

M.S., mechanical engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

B.S., mechanical engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada