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Yuan Xuan

Assistant Professor


  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

106 Research Building East


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Research Areas:

Energy Systems, Thermal/Fluid Sciences

Interest Areas:

Computational fluid dynamics, turbulent combustion, soot formation, numerical methods, uncertainty quantification.




  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, 2010
  • MS, Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2011
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, 2011
  • Ph D, Aeronautical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2014


Journal Article

  • Chowdhary Ashraf, Abhishek Jain, Yuan Xuan and Adrianus C van Duin, 2017, "ReaxFF Based Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Ignition Front Propagation in Hydrocarbon/Oxygen Mixtures under High Temperature and Pressure Conditions", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
  • Yuan Xuan and Guillaume Blanquart, 2016, "Two-dimensional flow effects on soot formation in laminar premixed flames", Combustion and Flame, 166, pp. 113-124
  • Nicholas Burali, Simon Lapointe, Brock Bobbit, Guillaume Blanquart and Yuan Xuan, 2016, "Assessment of the constant non-unity Lewis number assumption in chemically-reacting flows", Combustion Theory and Modeling, pp. 1-26
  • Bruno Savard, Yuan Xuan, Brock Bobbit and Guillaume Blanquart, 2015, "A computationally-efficient, semi-implicit, iterative method for the time-integration of reacting flows with stiff chemistry", Journal of Computational Physics, 295, pp. 740-769
  • Yuan Xuan and Guillaume Blanquart, 2015, "Effects of aromatic chemistry-turbulence interactions on soot formation in a turbulent non-premixed flame", Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 35, pp. 1911-1919
  • Sidhartha Verma, Yuan Xuan and Guillaume Blanquart, 2014, "An improved bounded semi-Lagrangian scheme for the turbulent transport of passive scalars", Journal of Computational Physics, 272, pp. 1-22
  • Yuan Xuan and Guillaume Blanquart, 2014, "A flamelet-based a priori analysis on the chemistry tabulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in non-premixed flames", Combustion and Flame, 161, pp. 1516-1525
  • Yuan Xuan, Guillaume Blanquart and Michael Edward Mueller, 2014, "Modeling curvature effects in diffusion flames using a laminar flamelet model", Combustion and Flame, 161, pp. 1294-1309
  • Yuan Xuan and G. Blanquart, 2013, "Numerical Modeling of Sooting Tendencies in a Laminar Co-Flow Diffusion Flame", Combustion and Flame, 160, pp. 1657-1666

Research Projects

  • September 2016 - March 2020, "Interscale Turbulence-Chemistry Dynamics with Reduced Basis Representations for Application to LES Modeling," (Sponsor: AFOSR).
  • March 2017 - February 2020, "The Development of Yield-Based Sooting Tendency Measurements and Modeling to Enable Advanced Combustion Fuels," (Sponsor: DOE).
  • April 2016 - June 2017, "Accurate Prediction of Soot Emissions and Morphology in Turbulent, Fuel-Flexible Combustors," (Sponsor: PSIEE).

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