Aerospace Faculty Profile :
Dr. Christopher Cadou
Room 3179D Martin Hall
Research interests include combustion (micro and conventional scales), laser diagnostics (conventional and micro), compact power systems, and fuel cells.
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B.S., Cornell University (Mechanical Engineering)
B.A., Cornell University (History)
M.S., University of California, Los Angeles ( Mechanical Engineering)
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (Mechanical Engineering)
University of Maryland, Associate Professor 8/06 – Present
Conducting interdisciplinary research in combustion, micro-fluidics and small power systems
University of Maryland, Assistant Professor 8/00 – 8/06
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Post Doctoral Associate 7/98 – 7/00
• Worked to develop a 2.5 million RPM centrifugal compressor for a micro-gas turbine engine.
• Worked to develop a high volumetric heat release rate hydrocarbon combustor for a micro-gas turbine engine.
California Institute of Technology, Post Doctoral Fellow 10/96 – 5/98
• Investigated stability of shock wave - boundary layer interaction in SCRAMJet inlet flow.
• Acquired time series of Schlieren images illustrating inlet unstart caused by strong flow perturbation.
• Characterized steady and unsteady behavior using pressure and velocity measurements.
University of California Los Angeles, Graduate Student Researcher 6/89 – 9/96
• Studied use of an acoustically-excited dump combustor as a hazardous waste incinerator.
• Designed and constructed laser diagnostics facility for study of unsteady, reactive, cavity flows.
• Acquired time-resolved images of the hydroxyl radical (OH) concentration and temperature.
in an unsteady, reacting flow field using Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF).
• Conceived and constructed experiment to measure mass transport across a reacting shear layer.
Cornell University, Student Researcher (Prof. F. C. Gouldin) 1/89 – 5/89
• Developed computer program to help determine the composition of a gas mixture from its
infrared absorption spectrum.
Veeraragavan, A., Dellimore, K. J., Cadou, C. P., “2-D Analytical Model of Heat Transfer for Flames in Channels”, Accepted by AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, January, 2009
Dellimore, K. J, Cruz, C., Marshall, A. W., Cadou, C. P., “A Slot-Jet Model for Film Cooling with Effect of Variation in the Mainstream Pressure Gradient”, AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, 23:1, p. 120-128, Jan-March 2009
Heatwole, S., Veeraragavan, A., Buckley, S., and Cadou, C., “In-situ Species and Temperature Measurements in a Micro-combustor”, Journal of Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering,13, p. 1-23, 2009.
A. Veeraragavan and C. Cadou, “Heat transfer in mini/micro channels with combustion: a simple analysis for application in non-intrusive IR diagnostics”, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, 130 (12), p. 124504-1:124504-5, December 2008.
John, S., Wereley, N., and Cadou, C. “Unsteady Fluid Flow in Hybrid Hydraulic Actuators”, Accepted by Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, April 2007
Li, S., Day, J., Park, Y, Cadou, C., Ghodssi, R., “A Fast-Response Microfluidic Gas Concentrating Device for Environmental Sensing,” Sensors and Actuators A, 136, p. 69-79, 2007.
Cadou, C. P., Moulton, N., and Menon, S., “Development of a Dynamometer for Measuring Small Internal Combustion Engine Performance”, Journal of Propulsion and Power, 23:1 p.194-202, 2007.
John, S., Yoo, J., Wereley, N., and Cadou, C., “Application of CFD in the Design and Analysis of a Piezoelectric-Hydraulic Pump”, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol 17, pp. 967-979, November, 2006
Leach, T., Cadou, C. P., and Jackson, G., “Effect of Structural Heat Conduction and Heat Loss on Combustion in Micro-channels”, Combustion Theory and Modeling, Vol 10, No 1, Feb 2006 p. 85-103
Leach, T., Veeraragavan, A., and Cadou, C. P., “Analytical, Numerical, and Experimental Study of Flame Stability in Miniaturized Combustors”, submitted to Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, December 2005.
Cadou, C. P., Moulton, N., and Menon, S., “Performance Measurement System for Small Internal Combustion Engines”, submitted to Journal of Propulsion and Power, September 2005.
John, S., Yoo, J., Wereley, N., and Cadou, C., “Application of CFD in the Design and Analysis of a Piezoelectric-Hydraulic Pump”, accepted by Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, July 2005.
Heatwole, S., Veeraragavan, A., Buckley, S., and Cadou, C., “In-situ Species and Temperature Measurements in a Micro-combustor”, submitted to Journal of Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, June 2005.
Sirohi, J., Cadou, C., Chopra, I., "Frequency Domain Modeling of a Piezo-Hydraulic Hybrid Actuator",Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, vol. 16, No. 6, pp. 481-492, June 2005
Heatwole, S., Cadou, C. P., and Buckley, S. G., “In situ Infrared Diagnostics in a Silicon-Walled Microscale Combustion Reactor: Initial Measurements”, Combustion Science and Technology, 177, 1449-1461, 2005
Leach, T., Cadou, C. P., "The Role of Structural Heat Exchange and Heat Loss in the Design of Efficient Silicon Micro-combustors", 30th International Symposium on Combustion, Chicago, July26- 30, 2004
Cadou, C. P. and Zhang, B., “Performance Modeling of a Piezo-Hydraulic Actuator”, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 135-148, March 2003
C.M. Spadaccini, X. Zhang, C.P. Cadou, N. Miki, and I.A. Waitz, "Preliminary Development of Hydrocarbon-Fueled Catalytic Micro Combustor," Sensors and Actuators, A 103 (1-2), pp. 219-224, 2003
Articles in conference proceedings
Leach, T. T., and Cadou, C. P, “Effect of Fuel Type on Optimum Micro-combustor Design and Performance”, 43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, AIAA-2005-939, Reno NV, January 10-15, 2005.
Veeraragavan, A., Heatwole, S, Cadou, C., and Buckley, S., “Infrared Diagnostic Technique for Microscale Combustors”, 43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, AIAA-2005-938, Reno NV, January 10-15, 2005
Leach, T., and Cadou, C., “A Simple Model to Predict Stability Limits in Micro-combustors”, 4th Joint US Meeting of the Combustion Institute, Philadelphia, PA, March 21-23, 2005. Paper # B35
Dellimore, K., and Cadou, C., “Modeling and Simulation of Fuel-Oxidizer Mixing Lengths in Micro-power Systems”, AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Meeting, AIAA-2005-4142, Tucson, AZ, July 11-13, 2005
Cruz, C., Veeraragavan, A., Marshall, A, and Cadou, C., “Near-Wall Measurements of Gas Temperature in Conventional-Scale and Micro-Scale Rockets”, AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Meeting, AIAA-2005-4125, Tucson, AZ, July 11-13, 2005
Li, S., Day, J. C., Park, J. J., Cadou, C. P., and Ghodssi, R., “A Fast-Response Micro-Fluidic Gas Concentrating Device”, Eurosensors XIX, Barcelona, Spain, September 11-14, 2005. Paper # WA11
John, S., and Cadou, C. P., “Simulations of Dynamic Behavior of Hybrid Actuation Systems Using CFD”, SPIE Smart Structures Conference/Proceedings of SPIE vol. 5764, San Diego CA, March 7-9, 2005. p. 703-714
Cadou, C., Jacobson, S., Youngren, H., Protz, J., Shirley, G., Tan, C., Epstein, A. “Microturbomachinery Fluid Mechanics”, Chapter 3 MIT Microengine Project Annual Technical Report, December 31, 1998.
Cadou, C., Gong, Y., Jacobson, Kahn, K, Phillipon, C., Protz, J. S., Tan, C., Epstein, A. “Microturbomachinery Fluid Mechanics”, Chapter X MIT Microengine Project Annual Technical Report, December 31, 1999.
Marble, F. E., Cadou, C. P. “Mechanisms of Unsteady Flow in SCRAMJet combustors”, Final Report AFOSR contract F49620-96-1-0435, March 31, 1998
Cadou, C. P. “Flame Stabilization in Micro-scale Systems”, 39th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, June 22-25, San Antonio TX
Cadou, C. P., “Miniaturizing Combustion-Based Heat Engines: Challenges and Opportunities”, Invited Departmental Seminar, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, October 21, 2008.
Cadou, C. P., “Reactive Processes in Micro-scale Combustion Systems”, Invited paper, Western States Section of the Combustion Institute, October 20-21, Los Angeles, CA 2003.
Scientific and Professional Membership
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
American Physical Society (APS)
The Combustion Institute
International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
Professional Service (major):
•Reviewer for scholarly publications: Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Combustion and Flame, Combustion Theory and Modeling, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Micro-Electronic Engineering, AIAA Journal of Thermophysics, AICHE Journal, Chemical Engineering Science, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, International Journal of Alternative Propulsion, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
• Reviewer for government funding agencies: National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, US Air Force, American Society of Engineering Education, National Research Council of Canada, Dutch Technology Foundation STW.
• Secretary and Treasurer of AIAA Propellants and Combustion Technical Committee, 2004 – present.
• Conference Organizer:
2001 International Semiconductor Device Research Symposium, Washington DC, 2001.
NASA Thermo-Fluids Analysis Workshop, College Park, MD August 7-11, 2006.
AFOSR Space Propulsion Contractors Meeting, Annapolis MD, September 25-29, 2006.
AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference (Propellants and Combustion Sessions), Denver, CO, August 2009.
University Service (major):
Aerospace Department Review Committee (January – June 2002)
Aerospace Engineering Chair Search Committee (August 2005 – June 2006)
Maryland Energy Research Center foundational committee (May 2005 – August 2006)
Maryland Energy Research Center Search Committee (August 2006 – present)
Mentor for the ‘Inventis’ program for talented undergraduates (August 2004-present)
Mentor for the ‘Esteem’ program for underrepresented groups (August 2003 – present)