Tarek Echekki


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Dr. Echekki’s goal is to play an important role in the development of the next generation of combustion models. The next generation of combustion models will enable engineers to consider more daring designs in terms of the types of fuels, the range of operating conditions, the materials used, and flame stability.

At the graduate level, Dr.Echekki teaches Fluid Dynamics of Combustion I (MAE 504). This is a lecture-style course in which students, during a portion of the semester, work on projects. He also teaches Principles of Fluid Dynamics (MAE 550). This is a fundamental course with the added feature that the students in his class perform flow visualization experiments. He also teaches Turbulence (MAE 776). In his presentation of the material, there is a strong emphasis on empirically-based modeling of turbulent phenomena.

At the undergraduate level, he teaches Engineering Thermodynamics I and II (MAE 301 and MAE 302) and fluid Mechanics I (MAE 308). All of these classes are foundational. Drawing on personal experiences, he discusses new applications in combustion in the second thermodynamics course to give the students a greater appreciation of the challenges in the field and to encourage further reading.

Combustion plays an important role in the solution of many of the engineering problems that we face today. Graduate students who work with Dr. Echekki are also drawn to this area because of its breadth. The reliance of combustion on thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics means that it�s never boring and provides a foundation from which the student can later branch out.

Outside of work, Dr. Echekki spends time with his family and friends.


Ph.D. 1993

Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University

M.S. 1987

Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University

B.S. 1985

Mechanical Engineering

Washington University, St. Louis

Research Description

Dr. Echekki is currently developing multi-scale models for turbulent combustion and improving methods for direct numerical simulation of turbulent combustion. Dr. Echekki is interested in modeling and simulation of turbulent reacting flows, low-dimensional turbulent combustion models: linear-Eddy Model (LEM) and one-dimensional turbulence (ODT), direct numerical simulations, large-eddy simulations, micro-scale combustion. In MAE he works with Dr. Edwards, Dr. Lyons, and Dr. Roberts.


Thermal radiation modeling using the LES-ODT framework for turbulent combustion flows
Ben Rejeb, S., & Echekki, T. (2017), International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 104, 1300-1316.
Asymptotic analysis of steady two-reactant premixed flames using a step-function reaction rate model
Echekki, T. (2016), Combustion and Flame, 172, 280-288.
Autoignition of n-heptane in a turbulent co-flowing jet
Echekki, T., & Ahmed, S. E. (2015), Combustion and Flame, 162(10), 3829-3846.
Principal component transport in turbulent combustion: A posteriori analysis
Echekki, T., & Mirgolbabaei, H. (2015), Combustion and Flame, 162(5), 1919-1933.
The reconstruction of thermo-chemical scalars in combustion from a reduced set of their principal components
Mirgolbabaei, H., & Echekki, T. (2015), Combustion and Flame, 162(5), 1650-1652.
A nonlinear principal component analysis approach for turbulent combustion composition space
Mirgolbabaei, H., Echekki, T., & Smaoui, N. (2014), International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39(9), 4622-4633.
Nonlinear reduction of combustion composition space with kernel principal component analysis
Mirgolbabaei, H., & Echekki, T. (2014), Combustion and Flame, 161(1), 118-126.
A novel Kalman filter based approach for multiscale reacting flow simulations
Srivastava, S., & Echekki, T. (2013), Computers & Fluids, 81, 1-9.
A novel principal component analysis-based acceleration scheme for LES-ODT: An a priori study
Mirgolbabaei, H., & Echekki, T. (2013), Combustion and Flame, 160(5), 898-908.
One-dimensional turbulence simulations of hydrogen-fueled HCCI combustion
Gowda, B. D., & Echekki, T. (2012), International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37(9), 7912-7924.

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Modelling Combustion Noise Spectrum for Lean-Burn Engines
University Global Partnership Network (UGPN)(8/01/14 - 7/31/15)
Multiphysics Simulation of Injection and Combustion of Supercritical Fuels
US Air Force - Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)(3/01/13 - 12/31/16)
Multiscale Turbulent Reacting Flows and Data-Based Modeling
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/12 - 7/31/16)
Computational Methods For Multiscale Turbulent Reacting Flows
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/09 - 8/31/13)
A Multiscale Approach For Turbulence, Chemistry and Radiative Heat Transport Modeling in Combustion
US Air Force - Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)(6/01/09 - 11/30/11)
Computational and Experimental Studies Turbulent PPremixed Flame Kernels
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/08 - 8/31/13)
An Approach for the Direct Simulation of Subgrid Scale Physics in Fire Simulations
NCSU NC Space Grant Consortium(7/01/07 - 6/30/09)
Acquisition of a Workstation for Serial Computation of Turbulent Reacting Flows
US Air Force (USAF)(11/30/-1 - 6/14/06)