Joseph Majdalani

Auburn University, USA


Joseph Majdalani presently serves as Professor and Francis Chair of Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA. He previously served as the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Endowed Professor and Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University (2013-2016) as well as the Jack D. Whitfield Professor and H. H. Arnold Chair of Excellence in Advanced Propulsion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA (2003-2013). Dr. Majdalani is known for his work on acoustic instability theory and vortex-driven rocket engine technology encompassing solid, liquid, and hybrid rocket applications. He is presently a Fellow of ASME and Associate Fellow of AIAA. Dr. Majdalani’s research devotes itself to the computational modeling and optimization of solid, liquid, and hybrid rocket engines. His interests span rocket engine design and optimization, rocket internal ballistics, vorticity dynamics, computational mathematics, and singular perturbation theory. His research activities since 1997 have materialized in over 260 publications in first-rate journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings, mostly in the field of rocket propulsion. His work on helical flow modeling has led to the discovery of new Trkalian and Beltramian families of solutions to describe cyclonic motions in self-cooled, multiphase liquid and hybrid rocket engines. These have paved the way to understand and optimize a family of cyclonically driven hybrid and liquid rocket engines. His work on wave propagation has resulted in the development of a generalized-scaling technique in perturbation theory and of a consistently compressible framework for capturing both vorticoacoustic and biglobal stability waves in simulated combustors. These have led to a new framework for modeling combustion instability in rocket systems and of a systematic procedure for modeling high speed flow problems. So far, a total of eighteen dimensionless parameters have been newly identified in the course of his research investigations.

Biography Updated on 16 February 2017

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