Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.

Research & Development, Analytical Services and Consulting in Advanced Sensors, Materials and Fuels


The Combustion Monitoring & Control (CM&C) group at AFR performs R&D to result in new instrumentation and measurement methodologies to benefit gas turbine engine industry and other combustion dependent industries. TurboSense is a business unit whose goal is to expand manufacturing and commercialization of CM&C technologies. Our products are designed to provide for optimum operating efficiency, environmental compliance, and safety to the gas turbine engine industry for both electricity generation and propulsion, and energy-intensive process industries such as pulp and paper, chemicals, and petroleum refining. In addition, the products expedite test programs that will bring advanced engines and other combustion devices to production. CM&C/TurboSense is a business unit Advanced Fuel Research, Inc. (AFR).

The Mission of this group is to be a dominant supplier of advanced health, performance, and emissions monitoring tools to combustion dependent industries.

Technology Focus Areas Include: 

  • High temperature spectral emittance measurements on turbine materials, thermal barrier coatings and other materials: a laboratory measurement service.
  • On-engine temperature measurements of thermal barrier coated turbine blades and vanes.
  • Extractive combustion exhaust gas analysis.
  • In-situ combustion exhaust gas analysis.
  • Detection of combustion instabilities in turbine engines and afterburners (rumble, screech, humming).
  • High Temperature Spectral Emissometer for radiative properties measurements (spectral emittance/reflectance/transmittance) as a function of temperature. Measurements are performed in the AFR laboratory with this unique device which was developed under sponsorship of the U.S. Air Force SBIR program.

R&D 100 Award Winner 2012, 2008, 2001, 1996, and 1995

TurboSense Research & Management Team:

Mr. James Markham - CEO & Group Manager - M.A. Chemistry, Wesleyan University

Dr. James Scire - Consultant - Ph.D. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (Combustion), Princeton University

Mr. Joseph Cosgrove - Senior Engineer - B.S. Chemistry/Forensics, University of New Haven

Andrew Carlson - Senior Engineer - B.S.  Engineering Physics, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Ms. Karin Dutton - Manager of Contracts and Proposals