Provence Barnouin, research associate at the Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Technical Acoustics at TU Berlin, has been awarded an Amelia Earhart Fellowship. The fellowship, worth 10,000 US dollars, is awarded annually to up to 35 women working on doctorates in the area of aeronautics and astronautics and is sponsored by Zonta International, a worldwide association of professional women in positions of responsibility committed to improving the lives of women in the legal, political, economic and professional spheres.
Provence Barnouin’s dissertation deals with combustion in rotating detonation engines (RDEs) and is supervised by Professor Dr. C.O. Paschereit and visiting professor Dr. Myles Bohon at TU Berlin’s Chair of Fluid Dynamics. RDEs have the potential to achieve higher efficiencies and a better thrust-to-weight ratio while using fewer components compared with current engines. However, significant challenges must be overcome, such as stabilizing combustion modes during operation, before they can be used in aircraft and missiles. To achieve this, Provence Barnouin conducts various tests using a special RDE testing facility.