The 7th Australian Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Fluid Mechanics and Combustion is being held at The Woodward Centre at the University of Melbourne. The conference is being run from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th of December, 2015.

In keeping with its 22 year history, this conference is concerned with the development and application of laser and optical diagnostic techniques to fluid mechanics and combustion, both individually and in combination with other techniques. A strong focus of the conference is the participation of research students and ECRs, who are encouraged to attend and present. We invited papers in the following areas:

• Laser diagnostics• Sprays
• Fluid mechanics• Cavity Flows
• Combustion• Biological flows
• Turbulence• Flow interaction
• Microfluidics• Bluff body flows
• Compressible flow• Aerodynamics
• Jets• Spectroscopy

This year we are proud to announce the conference will directly follow the 2015 Australian Combustion Symposium, which will be held in the same venue from 6-9th December. Attendees are encouraged to take up the opportunity to attend both conferences over the week long period as they provide an outstanding opportunity to catch up with colleagues and students, and to hear the latest developments taking place in Australia and internationally.

Important Dates

Submission of Full Papers for Review: 2nd October 2015
Notification to Authors of Acceptance: 30th October 2015
Submission of Conference Ready Paper: 16th November 2015
Conference: Wednesday 9th December to Friday 11th
Registration 12:30-2:00pm Wednesday 9th Dec. 2015
Conference Banquet 6:30-21:30, Thursday 10th Dec. 2015
Conference Close 14:30 Friday 11th 2015
Conference Program


Conference Organising Committee

Prof Damon Honnery (Chair)
Dr Daniel Edgington-Mitchell (Co-Chair)
Dr Robert Gordon
Prof Julio Soria
Mr Joel Weightman (Secretary)

National Scientific Committee

Prof Damon Honnery (Chair)
A/Prof Zeyad Alwahabi
Prof Bassam Dally
A/Prof Tim McIntyre
Prof Assaad Marsi
A/Prof Ramesh Narayanaswamy
Prof Gus Nathan
Prof Julio Soria

Keynote Speakers

Zeyad Alwahabi

Dr Zeyad Alwahabi is an Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics and laser spectroscopy from the University of Sussex, England in 1991. He joined the University of Adelaide as a research associate in 1992. His research aims to better engineering by the great photonics and focuses on the interaction of radiation with matter. He has worked in range of multidisciplinary programs including: reorientation in molecular collisions, second-harmonic generation in ion-implanted wave-guides, molecular energy transfer with multi-photon IR laser excitation, linear and nonlinear laser diagnostics in combustion, plasma and nonreactive multiphase flows. He published over 150 research papers in the area of laser spectroscopy and laser diagnostics. He is an executive member of the Centre of Energy technology and member of the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing.

A/Prof. Zeyad Alwahabi will be presenting on his topic entitled: "Great Photonics to Better Engineering: Enhanced Laser Induced Breakdown spectroscopy for Chemical Detection""

Daniel Duke

Dr. Duke is a postdoctoral appointee at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University in Australia. His current work explores applications for synchrotron radiation to the study of fluid mechanical phenomena such as cavitation and spray breakup, with practical applications in diesel and gasoline direct injection systems. This work forms one component of Argonne’s X-ray Fuel Spray project, managed by Dr. Chris Powell, which is conducted at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne. He is also an active contributor to the Engine Combustion Network, and manages a collaborative high-performance computing program which uses x-ray measurements to improve physical sub-models for cavitating and flash-boiling turbulent flow. Daniel was the 2011 recipient of the inaugural ANSTO Fulbright Scholarship in Nuclear Science and Technology. His work is supported by the US Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program.

Tim McIntyre

Dr McIntyre is an Associate Professor and Head of Physics at the University of Queensland (UQ). He completed his PhD in Physics in 1989 at the Australian National University in Canberra and has since worked in the field of laser diagnostics applied to hypersonic flow. He spent three years at the German Aerospace Research Centre (DLR) in a postdoctoral position developing optical techniques for a major new shock tunnel facility. Since 1995 he has been part of the Centre for Hypersonics and head of the Laser Diagnostics group at UQ. He has developed a range of laser-based and optical imaging techniques to study high temperature high-speed flows. This has included holographic interferometry, laser-induced fluorescence and emission spectroscopy applied to flows simulating supersonic combustion and space vehicle entry into planetary atmospheres.


Download the conference program here:

Program PDF


Download the proceedings here:

Proceedings PDF

Conference Registration

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Registration for the conference has now closed.


All registrations for the 7th ACLDFMC include the following:

• Admission to all technical sessions
• Bound conference proceedings
• Electronic conference proceedings
• Lunch, morning and afternoon tea
• Conference banquet



Woodward Conference Centre

The conference will be held at The Woodward Centre, University of Melbourne, highlighted on the map below:

Melbourne Law School (Building 106), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

The Law Building features seminar rooms with video conferencing, audio-visual facilities, projection and plasma screen technologies, and data and power connections to every seat supplemented by full wireless networking. Conference participants will be able to connect their own personal laptop computers to the University's network and the World Wide Web from anywhere in the building.

How to get there

Getting to Melbourne University

Melbourne University Campus Map

Woodward Conference Centre on the campus map


Below is a list of accommodation options that are within walking distance of the ACLDFMC2015 venue. To make a booking, click on the accommodation name in blue to be taken to their website. The University of Melbourne is less than 1 km north of the Melbourne CBD and the conference venue is an easy walk or short tram ride away.

From the list below, Rydges on Swanston and Travel Inn offer special rates for ACLDFMC2015:
- Click here to see ACLDFMC2015 rates for Rydges on Swanston.
- Quote #311533 in order to receive ACLDFMC2015 rates for Travel Inn.

Nearby hotels

HotelDistance, time to conference venueDirections
Rydges on Swanston0.4 km, 5 mins walking View on map
Travel Inn0.5 km, 6 mins walking View on map
Tune hotel0.5 km, 6 mins walking View on map
ibis Melbourne0.7 km, 8 mins walking View on map
Mercure Melbourne0.7 km, 8 mins walking View on map
Jasper Hotel0.7 km, 8 mins walking View on map
Downtowner on Lygon0.8 km, 10 mins walking View on map

Nearby serviced apartments

Serviced apartments are typically self-contained, value-for-money living spaces suitable for stays of a week or more, available as a studio, or with 1-3 separate bedrooms.

Serviced apartments Distance, time to conference venue Directions
Plum serviced apartments 0.5 km, 6 mins walking View on map
Arrow on Swanston 0.6 km, 8 mins walking View on map
Quest Carlton on Finlay 0.7 km, 8 mins walking View on map
Quest Clocktower on Lygon 1.1 km, 13 mins walking View on map

University of Melbourne Residential Colleges

Most University of Melbourne residential colleges can provide short-term, casual accommodation during University vacation periods (Jun-Jul and Nov-Feb). Typically, accommodation is in a single room with shared facilities, but some colleges also offer 1- or 2-bedroom apartments. In some cases, meals may be provided as part of the accommodation package.

Some colleges facilitate direct booking from their sites below, or you may complete the shared online accommodation form, and colleges with vacancies will contact you directly.

UoM college residence Distance, time to conference venue Directions
St Mary's College 0.9 km, 11 mins walking View on map
Medley Hall 1.0 km, 12 mins walking View on map
Janet Clarke Hall 1.1 km, 13 mins walking View on map
Newman College 1.1 km, 13 mins walking View on map
Trinity College 1.1 km, 13 mins walking View on map
Hilda's College 1.3 km, 15 mins walking View on map
Ormond College 1.4 km, 17 mins walking View on map
Queen's College 1.4 km, 17 mins walking View on map
University College 1.4 km, 17 mins walking View on map
International House 1.8 km, 22 mins walking, 10 mins on tram View on map
Whitley College 1.9 km, 23 mins walking, 10 mins on tram View on map


Prof. Damon Honnery
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Monash University
Clayton, 3168
Email: damon.honnery@monash.edu

Dr. Daniel Edgington-Mitchell
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Monash University
Clayton, 3168
Email: daniel.mitchell@monash.edu

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