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Abstract

European research workers in the combustion field are of high calibre and adequate in number. Changes may need to be made in educational practices in order to maintain this situation. Total recurrent funding of combustion research in Europe is probably proportionally less than in the USA or Japan, and is unevenly distributed. A modest increase in funding levels would be cost effective. There has been a serious and potentially damaging shortfall in funding of capital facilities and of enabling technology over the last five years. Combustion research in Europe is fragmented and uncoordinated, and to this extent, ineffectual and prone to duplication. Collaboration is limited by a shortage of funds for travel. Although Europeans are active in all key areas of combustion research, the effectiveness of some areas is likely to decline due to the shortage of large capital facilities (mainly large computers), and of enabling technology (mainly advanced optical diagnostics), noted above. There are a number of specific areas where additional resources would be expected to yield medium to longterm industrial advantage. Industrial exploitation of combustion expertise would be enhanced if combustion was taught from the start as a discipline which embraced chemistry, physics, and engineering.

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Authors: DALE B W, THE HARWELL COMBUSTION CENTRE, HARWELL - OXFORDSHIRE (UK);HARTLEY N E W, THE HARWELL COMBUSTION CENTRE, HARWELL - OXFORDSHIRE (UK);HUTCHINSON P THE HARWELL COMBUSTION CENTRE, HARWELL - OXFORDSHIRE (UK), THE HARWELL COMBUSTION CENTRE, HARWELL - OXFORDSHIRE (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10080 EN (1985) MF, 185 P., BFR 300, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 925, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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