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The Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-Coupled Combustion (XPACC) will be working to develop a new mode of managing combustion and aims to make breakthroughs in this emerging field at the basic science level.

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It will be funded for five years by a $16 million grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Energy. The center, one of three Multidisciplinary Simulation Centers funded through NNSA’s Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II, comprises of researchers from Illinois and the Ohio State University.

The Center is part of the Coordinated Science Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research laboratory, the Parallel Computing Institute and is a joint initiative between the Lab and Illinois’ Computational Science & Engineering program.

The Illinois researchers hail from aerospace engineering, chemistry, computational science and engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical science and engineering. The Ohio State investigators are experts in plasma-assisted combustion, kinetics and experimental diagnostic techniques.