School of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Dr Kae Ken Foo is a Research Associate in the School of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Adelaide. He completed his Ph.D. in 2019 and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace) with first-class honours in 2014. His Ph.D. research studied the soot evolution in reacting flows that were coupled with acoustic fields. The unique configuration allowed the soot evolution to be examined in a well-controlled time-resolved manner. The study involved multiple laser-based diagnostic techniques, such as Two-Line Atomic Fluorescence thermometry (TLAF), Time-Resolved Laser-Induced Incandescence (TiRe-LII) for soot characterisation, Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF), and Particle Imaging velocimetry (PIV).
Soon after completing his Ph.D., Dr Foo was recruited by the University of Lille (l'Université de Lille) as a Research Associate in 2019 and 2020. During his time in France, Dr Foo has deepened his understanding of spectroscopy via mastering techniques like multi-line NO-LIF and Two-photon Absorption Laser-Induced Fluorescence (TALIF).
After spending a year and a half in France, Dr Foo has again joined the combustion group at The University of Adelaide. His research is now focused on the combustion of alternative fuels, such as hydrogen and ammonia.
Evolution of soot particles in flames
Laser diagnostic techniques
- Two-line Atomic Fluorescence thermometry using indium and gallium
- Time-resolved Laser-Induced Incandescence (TiRe-LII) for soot sizing and quantifying soot volume fraction
- Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF)
- Two-photon Absorption Laser-Induced Fluorescence
- Multi-line Laser-Induced Fluorescence of nitric oxide (NO)
- Particle Imaging Velocimetry
Image and signal processing
Thermo NO-LIF is a MATLAB-based software developed to simulate NO-LIF spectra, especially for the purpose of determine temperature by comparing the experimental spectra to the simulated ones.
The software requires MATLAB Runtime R2017a (v9.2 or above) to be used.
Downloading and using Thermo-NOLIF is free. If you use this tool, please cite:
K.K Foo, N. Lamoureux, A. Cessou, C. Lacour, P. Desgroux, "The accuracy and precision of multi-line NO-LIF thermometry in a wide range of pressures and temperatures", J.Quant. Spectro. Radiat. Trans, vol 255 107257 (2020)
Date Position Institution name 2020 Postdoctoral researcher The University of Adelaide 2019 - 2020 Postdoctoral researcher L' Université de Lille
Language Competency Chinese (Cantonese) Can read, write, speak and understand spoken Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review French Can read Malay Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2014 - 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia Phd 2010 - 2013 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Year Citation 2021 Tran, L. -S., Carstensen, H. -H., Foo, K. K., Lamoureux, N., Gosselin, S., Gasnot, L., . . . Desgroux, P. (2021). Experimental and modeling study of the high-temperature combustion chemistry of tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 38(1), 631-640.
2021 Lamoureux, N., Foo, K. K., & Desgroux, P. (2021). Quantitative measurement of atomic hydrogen in low-pressure methane flames using two-photon LIF calibrated by krypton. Combustion and Flame, 224, 248-259.
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2020 Foo, K. K., Lamoureux, N., Cessou, A., Lacour, C., & Desgroux, P. (2020). The accuracy and precision of multi-line NO-LIF thermometry in a wide range of pressures and temperatures. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 255, 107257.
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2019 Foo, K., Evans, M., Sun, Z., Medwell, P., Alwahabi, Z., Nathan, G., & Dally, B. (2019). Calculated concentration distributions and time histories of key species in an acoustically forced laminar flame. Combustion and Flame, 204, 189-203.
2018 Foo, K., Sun, Z., Medwell, P., Alwahabi, Z., Nathan, G., & Dally, B. (2018). Influence of nozzle diameter on soot evolution in acoustically forced laminar non-premixed flames. Combustion and Flame, 194, 376-386.
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2018 Foo, K. K., Sun, Z., Medwell, P. R., Alwahabi, Z. T., Nathan, G. J., & Dally, B. B. (2018). Soot evolution and flame response to acoustic forcing of laminar non-premixed jet flames at varying amplitudes. Combustion and Flame, 198, 249-259.
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2017 Jocher, A., Foo, K. K., Sun, Z., Dally, B., Pitsch, H., Alwahabi, Z., & Nathan, G. (2017). Impact of acoustic forcing on soot evolution and temperature in ethylene-air flames. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 36(1), 781-788.
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2017 Foo, K., Sun, Z., Medwell, P., Alwahabi, Z., Dally, B., & Nathan, G. (2017). Experimental investigation of acoustic forcing on temperature, soot volume fraction and primary particle diameter in non-premixed laminar flames. Combustion and Flame, 181, 270-282.
DOI Scopus19 WoS16
Year Citation 2019 Foo, K., Evans, M., Medwell, P., Nathan, G., & Dally, B. (2019). Computational study of enhanced soot production in a time-varying laminar non-premixed flame. In 12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2019. 2017 Foo, K., Sun, Z., Medwell, P., Alwahabi, Z., Nathan, G., & Dally, B. (2017). Characteristics of an acoustically forced non-premixed jet flame. In 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2017 Vol. 2017-December. online: The Combustion Institute.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Co-Supervisor Adaptation of Renewable Fuel to High Temperature Industrial Processes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yilong Yin
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