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Yuan Xuan

Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

106 Research Building East

yux19@psu.edu

814-865-2165

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Energy Systems, Thermal/Fluid Sciences

Interest Areas:

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

 
 

 

Education

  • 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

Publications

Book, Chapters

  • Chowdhury Ashraf, Sharmin Shabnam, Yuan Xuan and Adrianus C van Duin, , Application of ReaxFF Reactive Molecular Dynamics and Continuum Methods in High Temperature/Pressure Pyrolysis of Fuel Mixtures, Springer

Journal Articles

  • Anand Makwana, Abhishek Jain, Milton Linevsky, Suresh Iyer, Robert J Santoro, Thomas Litzinger, Yuan Xuan and Jacqueline O'Connor, 2018, "Experimental and numerical investigation of effects of premixing on soot processes in iso-octane co-flow flames", Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  • Chowdhary Ashraf, Sharmin Shabnam, Abhishek Jain, Yuan Xuan and Adrianus C van Duin, 2018, "Pyrolysis of fuel mixtures at supercritical conditions: a ReaxFF molecular dynamics study", Fuel, 235, pp. 194-207
  • Abhishek Jain, Dj D Das, Charles S McEnally, Lisa D Pfefferle and Yuan Xuan, 2018, "Experimental and numerical study of variable oxygen index effects on soot yield and distribution in laminar co-flow diffusion flames", Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  • Charles S McEnally, Yuan Xuan, Peter St. John, Dj D Das, Abhishek Jain, Seonah Kim, Thomas A Kwan, Lance K Tan, J Zhu and Lisa D Pfefferle, 2018, "Sooting tendencies of Co-Optima test gasolines and their surrogates", Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  • Paulo Paes and Yuan Xuan, 2018, "Numerical Investigation of Turbulent Kinetic Energy Dynamics in Chemically-Reacting Homogeneous Turbulence", Flow, Turbulence and Combustion
  • 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, 19, pp. 5004-5017
  • 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
  • Abhishek Jain and Yuan Xuan, , "Effects of large aromatic precursors on soot formation in turbulent non-premixed sooting jet flames", Combustion Theory and Modeling

Conference Proceedings

  • Yuan Xuan, Charles S McEnally, Hyunguk Kwon and Lisa D Pfefferle, 2018, "Numerical investigation of pressure dependence of yield sooting tendencies", Proceedings of the Eastern States Section Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Abhishek Jain and Yuan Xuan, 2017, "Influence of large aromatic species on soot formation in turbulent non-premixed jet flames", Proceedings of the 10th US National Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Abhishek Jain and Yuan Xuan, 2017, "Effects of turbulent unsteadiness on aromatic species in a turbulent planar jet flame", Proceedings of the 10th US National Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Paulo Paes, James G Brasseur and Yuan Xuan, 2017, "Global and local response of premixed flames during flame-vortex interactions under distinct configurations", Proceedings of the 10th US National Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Chowdhary Ashraf, Abhishek Jain, Yuan Xuan and Adrianus C van Duin, 2016, "First ever atomistic scale simulation of hydrocarbon ignition front propagation under supercritical conditions - Validation against experiment and continuum model", Proceedings of the Eastern States Section Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Paulo Paes and Yuan Xuan, 2016, "Numerical investigation of kinetic energy dynamics during autoignition of n-heptane/air mixture", Proceedings of the Eastern States Section Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Anandkumar Makwana, Abhishek Jain, Milton Linevsky, Suresh Iyer, Robert J Santoro, Thomas Litzinger, Yuan Xuan and Jacqueline O'Connor, 2016, "Effects of fuel structure on soot precursors in a laminar co-flow flame", Proceedings of the Eastern States Section Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Nicholas Burali, Guillaume Blanquart and Yuan Xuan, 2015, "The validity of the constant non-unity Lewis number assumption in chemically-reacting flows", Proceedings of the 9th US National Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Yuan Xuan and Guillaume Blanquart, 2015, "Multi-dimensional flow effects on soot formation in laminar premixed flames", Proceedings of the 9th US National Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Yuan Xuan, Bruno Savard, Brock Bobbit and Guillaume Blanquart, 2014, "An efficient semi-implicit time-integration scheme for stiff chemical source terms", Proceedings of the Western States Section Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Yuan Xuan and G. Blanquart, 2014, "Direct numerical simulations of a reacting turbulent mixing layer", Proceedings of the Western States Section Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Yuan Xuan and Guillaume Blanquart, 2013, "Large eddy simulation of a piloted turbulent jet flame", Proceedings of the Western States Section Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Yuan Xuan and Guillaume Blanquart, 2013, "A new radiation model for tabulated chemistry based on steady state flamelets", Proceedings of the Western States Section Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Yuan Xuan and Guillaume Blanquart, 2013, "Impact of mixture fraction field curvature on chemical species transport in diffusion flames", Proceedings of the 8th US National Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Yuan Xuan and Guillaume Blanquart, 2013, "A flamelet-based relaxation model for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in turbulent flames", Proceedings of the 8th US National Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Sharmin Shabnam, Chowdhary Ashraf, Abhishek Jain, Yuan Xuan and Adrianus C van Duin, , "Pyrolysis of fuel mixtures at supercritical conditions: a ReaxFF molecular dynamics study", Proceedings of the Eastern States Section Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Charles S McEnally, Brian P Beekley, B P Tana, Peter St. John, Seonah Kim, Abhishek Jain, Hyunguk Kwon, Yuan Xuan, Thomas Kesslerd, John H Mack and Lisa D Pfefferle, , "Sooting tendencies of aromatic hydrocarbons with oxygen-containing side-chains", Proceedings of the Eastern States Section Meeting of the Combustion Institute
  • Paulo K.L. Paes, Yash G Shah, James G Brasseur and Yuan Xuan, , "Removing pollution in the Fourier space representation of non-periodic signals over finite domains", 2019 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
  • Paulo K.L. Paes, James G Brasseur and Yuan Xuan, , "Kinematic relationships between physical and Fourier space in premixed turbulent combustion for application to large-eddy simulation", 2019 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
  • Paulo K.L. Paes, James G Brasseur and Yuan Xuan, , "A novel strategy to identify dynamically dominant inter-scale couplings for application to large-eddy simulation of premixed turbulent combustion", 2019 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting

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).
  • July 2017 - June 2018, "Renewal: Understanding and Modeling of Chemistry-Turbulence Interactions in Turbulent Reacting Flows," (Sponsor: XSEDE-NSF).
  • April 2016 - June 2017, "Accurate Prediction of Soot Emissions and Morphology in Turbulent, Fuel-Flexible Combustors," (Sponsor: PSIEE).
  • July 2016 - June 2017, "Renewal: Chemistry-Turbulence Interactions in Turbulent Reacting Flows," (Sponsor: XSEDE-NSF).
  • July 2015 - June 2016, "Chemistry-Turbulence Interactions in Turbulent Reacting Flows," (Sponsor: XSEDE-NSF).

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