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Yu, Kenneth

Associate Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering
3152 Glenn L. Martin Hall
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301-405-1333

Research Interests 

Research and scholarly work on active combustion control and supersonic mixing have made significant impact on developing enabling technologies for propulsion and power systems.

Education 

  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley (Mechanical Engineering)
  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Mechanical Engineering)

Selected Publications 

Journal Articles

  • B. Pang, S. Cipolla, O. Hsu, V. Nenmeni, and K.H. Yu. “Chapter 16: Combustion and Mixing Control Studies for Advanced Propulsion,” Combustion Processes in Propulsion, G.D. Roy, ed., Elsevier Inc., pp. 169-180, (2005)
  • Gupta, A. K. and Linck, M. "Passive Control of Flow and Flame Structure in Spray Combustion," Advances in Combustion and Noise Control, Roy et al., ed., Cranfield University Press, pp.491-511, (2005)
  • Park, S., Pang, B., Yu, K., Annaswamy, A., and Ghoniem, A., “Adaptive PosiCast Controller Performance in a Dump Combustor,” Advances in Combustion and Noise Control, pp. 479-487, (2004)
  • Pang, B., Cipolla, S., and Yu, K., “Effect of Damköhler Number on Vortex-Combustion Interaction,” Combustion and Noise Control, G.D. Roy, ed., Cranfield University Press, ISBN 1-871315-82-4, pp.103-115, (2003)
  • Park, S., Pang, B., Yu, K.H., Annaswamy, A.M., and Ghoniem, A.F. “Performance of an Adaptive PosiCast Controller in a Liquid Fueled Dump Combustor,” Combustion and Noise Control, G.D. Roy, ed., Cranfield University Press, ISBN 1-871315-82-4, pp.248-251, (2003)
  • Yu, K.H., and Wilson, K.J., "Scale-Up Experiments on Liquid-Fueled Active Combustion Control,” Journal of Propulsion & Power, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 53-60 (2002)
  • Yu, K.H., “Active Control of Engine Dynamics: Fundamentals and Fluid Dynamics – Experiments,” Active Control of Engine Dynamics (Le controle actif pour la dynamique des meteurs), NATO/RTO Educational Notes RTO-EN-020, ISBN 92-837-1081-9, pp.1-29, (2002)
  • Yu, K.H., Wilson, K.J., and Schadow, K.C., “Effect of Flame-Holding Cavities on Supersonic Combustion Performance,” Journal of Propulsion & Power, Vol. 17, No. 6, pp. 1287-1295, (2001)

Conference Proceedings

  • Yu, K.H. “Combustion Control and Its Effects on Jet Plume,” NATO Specialists Meeting on Environmental Noise Issues Associated with Gas Turbine Powered Military Vehicles, RTO-MP-AVT-158-2, Montreal, Canada, October (2008)
  • Diao, Q., Ghosh, A., and Yu, K.H. “Acoustic Stability of Model Injector Flames Using H2-CH4 Fuel Mixture” AIAA-2008-5251, 44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Hartford, CT, AIAA-2008-5251, July (2008)
  • Young, G., Sullivan, K., Zachariah, M., Yu, K., “Combustion Characteristics of Boron Nanoparticles,” AIAA 2008-942, 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno, NV, January (2008)
  • Diao, Q., Ghosh, A., and Yu, K.H. "Suppression of GO2/GH2 Combustion Instability Using CH4 Addition,” AIAA-2008-1000, 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno, NV, January (2008)
  • Diao, Q., Ghosh, A., and Yu, K.H. "Suppression of GO2/GH2 Combustion Instability Using CH4 Addition,” AIAA-2008-1000, 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
  • SUBMITTED in 2007
  • Abdelhafez, A., Gupta, A.K., Balar, B., and Yu, K.H., "Evaluation of Oblique and Traverse Fuel Injection in a Supersonic Combustor," 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cincinnatti, OH, AIAA-2007-5026, July (2007)
  • Yu, K.H. et al. "Advanced Combustion Science and Technology," Navy Propulsion Research Strategic Planning Meeting, Chicago, IL, May (2007)
  • Balar, R., Gupta, A.K., Yu, K.H., and Kothari, A.P. "Pylon-Aided Fuel Injection into Supersonic Flow,” 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno, NV, AIAA-2007-834, January (2007)
  • Zang, A., Tempel, T., Yu, K.H., and Buckley, S.G., "Experimental Characterization of Cavity-Augmented Supersonic Mixing," 43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA-2005-1423, January (2005)
  • Roy, G., Yu, K., Whitelaw, J., and Witton, J., ed., "Advances in Combustion and Noise Control", Cranfield University Press, 632 pages, (2005)
  • Ghosh, A., Stamp, G., and Yu, K.H., "A Case Study of Turbulent Compressible Mixing Enhancement Using Rayleigh-Taylor Instability," 30th International Symposium on Combustion, 5F1-10, p.378, July (2004)
  • Ahn, K., Stamp, G., and Yu, K.H., "Vortex-Heat Release Interaction in A Dump Combustor," 30th International Symposium on Combustion, 2F5-14, p.212, July (2004)
  • Zang, A., Tempel, T., Buckley, S.G., and Yu, K.H., "Experimental Characterization of Cavity-Augmented Supersonic Mixing and Combustion," 30th International Symposium on Combustion, 5F1-11, p.379, July (2004)
  • Park, S., Wachsman, A., Annaswamy, A.M., Ghoniem, A. F., Pang, B., and Yu, K.H., "Experimental Study of POD-based Control for Combustion Instability Using a Linear Photodiode Array", 42nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA-2004-0639, January (2004)
  • Wilson, K.J., Fitzpatrick, S.L., Parr, T.P., Jaul, W. K., Hanson-Parr, D., and Yu, K.H., “Supersonic Combustion Heater Development for Hypersonic Materials and Propulsion Testing”, 42nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA-2004-0791, January (2004)
  • Pang, B., Yu, K.H., Park, S., Wachsman, A., Annaswamy, A.M., Ghoniem, A.F., “Characterization and Control of Vortex Dynamics in an Unstable Dump Combustor”, 42nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA-2004-1162, January (2004)
  • Pang, B., Ahn, K., Stamp, G., Gupta, A.K., and Yu, K.H., “Investigation on Two-Phase Reacting Flow Control for Advanced Navy Propulsion: Part 1. Enabling Technology Demonstration,” Proc. 17th ONR Propulsion, Cambridge, MA, pp.13-18, June (2004)
  • Gupta, A.K., Linck, M., and Yu, K. H., "Investigation of Two-Phase Reacting Flow Control for Advanced Navy Propulsion: Part 2. Combustion Control of Flame Signatures for Underwater Propulsion," Proc.17th ONR Propulsion, Cambridge, MA, pp.19-26, June (2004)

Patents

  • Wilson, K.J., Parr, T.P., Yu, K.H., and Jaul, W. “Apparatus and Method of Using Supersonic Combustion Heater for Hypersonic Materials and Propulsion Testing” U.S. Patent No. 6948306, Issue Date: September 27 (2005)
  • Wilson, K.J., Yu, K.H., Parr, T.P., and Schadow, K.C., "Method and device for modulation of a flame" (Apparatus) U.S. Patent No. 6530228, Issue Date: March 11 (2003)
  • Wilson, K.J., Yu, K.H., Parr, T.P., and Schadow, K.C., "Method and device for modulation of a flame" (Method) U.S. Patent No. 6601393 B2, Issue Date: Aug. 5 (2003)
  • Wilson, K.J., Yu, K.H., Parr, T.P., and Schadow, K.C., "Method and device for modulation of a flame" (Sub-harmonic Controller) U.S. Patent No. 6640549, Issue Date: November 4 (2003)
  • Yu, K.H., Wilson, K.J., Parr, T.P., and Schadow, K.C., "Solid fuel regression rate control," U.S. Patent No. 6446427, Issue Date: Sept. 10 (2002)
  • Parr, T.P., Wilson, K.J., Yu, K.H., Schadow, K.C., and Smith, R.A., "Apparatus for actively controlled waste incinerator afterburner," U.S. Patent No.: H0001931, Issue Date: January 2 (2001)
  • Parr, T.P., Schadow, K.C., Wilson, K.J., Smith, R.A., and Yu, K.H., "Indirect modulation method for actively controlled waste incineration afterburner," U.S. Patent No.: H0001890, Issue Date: October 3 (2000)
  • Wilson, K.J., Parr, T.P., Smith, R.A., Yu, K.H., and Schadow, K.C., "Mass-flux actuator with high frequency response," U.S. Patent No. 6065688, Issue Date: May 23 (2000)
  • Yu, K.H., Schadow, K.C., and Smith, R.A., "Enhancement of flow mixing by a frequency tunable cavity" U.S. Patent No. 5520459, Issue Date: May 28 (1996)

Honors and Awards 

  • AIAA Propellants and Combustion Best Paper Award - "Combustion Enhancement of a Premixed Flame by Acoustic Forcing with Emphasis on Role of Large-Scale Structures," by Yu, K., Trouve, A., and Candel, S. (1991)
  • AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference Best Paper in Propellants and Combustion - "Scale-Up Experiments on Liquid-Fueled Active Combustion Control," by Yu, K., Wilson, K., and Schadow, K. (1998)
  • Best Paper at JANNAF APS Meeting - "Integrated Mixing Enhancer-Flameholder Cavities in A Supersonic Combustion Duct," by Yu, K., Wilson, K., and Schadow, K. (1998)
  • AIAA Associate Fellow, (2001)

Professional Memberships 

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Associate Fellow
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Member
  • The Combustion Institute, Member
  • Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS), Member

Professional Services

  • Advances in Combustion and Noise Control, Co-Editor (2003-2005)
  • AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Associate Editor (2001-2004)
  • AIAA Propellants & Combustion Technical Committee, Chair (2002-2004)
  • AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, P&C Conference Organizer (1999)

Institutional Services

  • Space Vehicle Technology Institute, Director (2004-present)
  • Aerospace Honors Program, Director (2002-2004)
  • School of Engineering APT Committee, Member (2003-present)
  • Aerospace Merit Review Committee, Member (2002-2004)

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