Michael Mueller, Assistant Professor
Ph. D., (Mechanical Engineering) Stanford University (2012)
Prof. Mueller's research focuses on high-fidelity computational modeling of turbulent reacting flows. Capabilites range from full-fidelity Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of canonical problems to understand the fundamental interactions between turbulence and chemistry to high-fidelity Large Eddy Simulation (LES) applied to practical engineering systems such as gas turbine combustors and reciprocating engines. One of the principal objectives of his research is the development of models for engineering calculations from the fundamental understanding gleaned from the first-principles calculations. Current topics of interest include pollutant emissions (soot, NOx), liquid sprays, thermal radiation, and thermo-acoustic instabilites.
As a tool to study and model physical and chemical phenomena, his research also includes areas of computational science and applied mathematics. Current interests in this area include the development of numerical methods appropriate for turbulent reacting flows on both structured and unstructed computational grids, the associated parallel algorithms for high-performance computing, and the development of algorithms for Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) in turbulent reacting flows.
Principal Research Efforts include:
- Direct Numerical Simulation and Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent combustion
- Pollutant emissions in turbulent reacting flows
- Thermo-acoustic instabilities
- Uncertainty quantification for turbulent reacting flows
- Numerical methods and parallel algorithms for turbulent reacting flows
- Attili, A., Bisetti, F., Mueller, M.E., Pitsch, H., Formation, growth, and transport of soot in a three-dimensional turbulent non-premixed jet flame, Combustion and Flame 161 (2014) 1849—1865
- Mueller, M.E., Raman, V., Effects of turbulent combustion modeling errors on soot evolution in turbulent nonpremixed jet flames, Combustion and Flame 161 (2014) 1842—1848
- Xuan, Y., Blanquart, G., Mueller, M.E., Modeling curvature effects in diffusion flames using a laminar flamelet model, Combustion and Flame 161 (2014) 1294—1309
- Mueller, M.E., Chan, Q.N., Qamar, N.H., Dally, B.B., Pitsch, H., Alwahabi, Z.T., Nathan, G.J., Experimental and computational study of soot evolution in a turbulent nonpremixed bluff body ethylene flame, Combustion and Flame 160 (2013) 1298—1309
- Mueller, M.E., Iaccarino, G., Pitsch, H., Chemical kinetic uncertainty quantification for Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent nonpremixed combustion, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 34 (2013) 1299—1306