FORMAN A. WILLIAMS
FORMAN A. WILLIAMS
PhD in Engineering Science
Professor of Engineering Physics and Combustion and Director, Center for Energy and Combustion Research
Professor Williams received his BSE from Princeton
University in 1955
and his PhD from California Institute of Technology in 1958. He then
taught at Harvard University until 1964, at which time he joined the
UCSD faculty. In January 1981, Professor Williams accepted the
H. Goddard Chair in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering at Princeton University, where he remained until 1988,
when he returned to UCSD to assume his present position. His field
specialization is combustion, and he is author of Combustion Theory
(Addison, Wesley, 2nd ed., 1985) and co-author of Fundamental
of Combustion (Oxford, 1993). He is a deputy editor of Combustion
Flame and a member of the editorial advisory boards of Combustion
Science and Technology, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science
Flame theory, combustion in turbulent flows, asymptotic methods in
combustion, fire research, reactions in boundary layers, other areas
of combustion and fluid dynamics.
Current Research Topics
- Prediction of NOx Emissions from Large Diesels.
- Theory of Flames with Real Chemistry.
- High-Pressure Combustion of Binary Fuel Sprays.
- Droplet Burning Experiments in the Space Shuttle.
- Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Fuel Droplets and
Flames Subject to Straining Flows.
- Stretched Diffusion Flames in von Karman Swirling Flows.
- Compressible Turbulent Reactive Flows.
- Catalytic Combustion Fundamentals.
- Fundamentals of Acoustic Instability in Liquid-Propellant
LINAN, A. & WILLIAMS, F. A. 1993 Fundamental Aspects of Combustion.
Oxford University Press, New York.
MARGOLIS, S. B. & WILLIAMS, F. A. 1996 Effect of gas-phase thermal
expansion on stability of deflagrations in porous energetic
materials. International Journal of Multiphase Flow 22, 69-91.
WILLIAMS, F. A. 1996 "Combustion Processes Under Microgravity
Conditions", Materials and Fluids Under Low Gravity, (L. Ratke, H.
Walter and B. Feuerbacher, editors). Springier-Verlag, Berlin,
LI, S. C. & WILLIAMS, F. A. 1996 Nitramine deflagration: Reduced
chemical mechanism for primary flame facilitating simplified
asymptotic analysis. Journal of Propulsion and Power 12, 302-309.
ZHANG, B. L. CARD, J. M., WILLIAMS, F. A. 1996 Application of
rate-ratio asymptotics to the prediction of extinction for methanol
droplet combustion. Combustion and Flame 105, 267-290.