Tiegang Fang

Associate Professor

  • 919-515-5230
  • Engineering Building III (EB3) 3246

Dr. Fang’s long-term goal is to improve the environment and reduce our energy needs by the advancement of clean combustion. He is interested in combustion, internal combustion engines, exhaust emissions and air pollution control, alternative fuels, renewable energy, spray and atomization, laser diagnostics for reacting flows, energy conversion systems, heat and mass transfer, and fluid mechanics.

Dr. Fang, who arrived at NC State in 2007, is developing a new graduate class in Advanced Engine Combustion (MAE 589). At the undergraduate level, Dr. Fang teaches Fluid Mechanics I (MAE 308) and Internal Combustion Engines (MAE 408). In his undergraduate classes Dr. Fang is known to bring to class a lot of videos that help students see flow and combustion behavior in action.

Dr. Fang’s research is interesting to students because it addresses important societal needs, the work is hands-on, and because the students design their own experimental apparatuses. The students particularly enjoy the high-speed cameras and the laser diagnostic methods that enable them to see inside the engine and observe the behavior of the combusting flame, suggesting how the combustion processes can be made cleaner.

Dr. Fang looks for students who are hard-working and creative. In return, Dr. Fang is an advisor who sets clear goals, works closely with his students in the lab and provides them with regular feedback.


Ph.D. 2007

Mechanical Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S. 2001

Mechanical Engineering

Rutgers University

B.S. 1997

Automotive Engineering

Tsinghua University

Research Description

Dr. Fang is presently 1) studying spray atomization and combustion of reusable fuels (biodiesel, butanol), 2) performing fundamental work in understanding liquid break-up in two-phase flows, and 3) is developing new intelligent fuel injection technology for clean engine combustion. Many of his advancements result from his unique strategies for the visualization of the combustion process. Within MAE, he collaborates with Dr. Buckner, Dr. Edwards, Dr. Ngaile, Dr. Roberts, and Dr. Zhu.


Characteristics of spray from a GDI fuel injector for naphtha and surrogate fuels
Wang, L., Badra, J. A., Roberts, W. L., & Fang, T. (2017), Fuel , 190, 113-128.
Spray combustion of biomass-based renewable diesel fuel using multiple injection strategy in a constant volume combustion chamber
Jing, W., Wu, Z. Y., Roberts, W. L., & Fang, T. G. (2016), Fuel , 181, 718-728.
Narrow band flame emission from dieseline and diesel spray combustion in a constant volume combustion chamber
Wu, Z. Y., Jing, W., Zhang, W. B., Roberts, W. L., & Fang, T. G. (2016), Fuel , 185, 829-846.
Carboxymethylated lignins with low surface tension toward low viscosity and highly stable emulsions of crude bitumen and refined oils
Li, S., Ogunkoya, D., Fang, T. G., Willoughby, J., & Rojas, O. J. (2016), Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 482, 27-38.
Wicking enhancement in three-dimensional hierarchical nanostructures
Wang, Z. T., Zhao, J. J., Bagal, A., Dandley, E. C., Oldham, C. J., Fang, T. G., Parsons, G. N., & Chang, C. H. (2016), Langmuir, 32(32), 8029-8033.
Soot particle size measurements in ethylene diffusion flames at elevated pressures
Steinmetz, S. A., Fang, T. G., & Roberts, W. L. (2016), Combustion and Flame, 169, 85-93.
Performance and emission testing of a bi-fuel outboard spark-ignition engine
Bohon, S., & Fang, T. G. (2016), International Journal of Engine Research, 17(5), 576-592.
Steady viscous flow between two porous disks with stretching motion
Fang, T. G., & He, X. (2016), Journal of Fluids Engineering-Transactions of the ASME, 138(1).
A note on the paper 'Analytical approach to heat andmass transfer in MHD free convection from amoving permeable vertical surface' by A. Asgharian, DD Ganji, S. Soleimani, S. Asgharian, N. Sedaghatyzade and B. Mohammadi, Mathematical Methods in the Applied S
Pantokratoras, A., & Fang, T. G. (2015), Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences, 38(17), 3706-3710.
Measurements of soot temperature and KL factor for spray combustion of biomass derived renewable fuels
Jing, W., Wu, Z. Y., Zhang, W. B., & Fang, T. G. (2015), Energy (Oxford, England), 91, 758-771.

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Spray Characterization for a Gasoline Direct Injection Fuel Injector
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)(2/16/16 - 8/15/16)
Use of North Carolina Biomass Resources for Production of Fuels and Materials
NC Biotechnology Center(1/01/16 - 6/30/17)
Evaluation of Locomotive Emissions Reduction Strategies
NC Department of Transportation(8/16/15 - 8/15/17)
Laser Ultrasound Patch Using Carbon Nanofiber Composites
NCSU Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program(7/01/15 - 6/30/16)
Experimental Validation of Variable Geometry Spray Fuel Injection Technology
Chancellor's Innovation Fund (CIF)(7/01/14 - 12/30/15)
Reactive Supersonic Diesel Jets Under Extreme High Injection Pressure
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/01/14 - 1/31/16)
Spray Combustion in a Constant Volume Combustion Chamber (CVCC)
Saudi Aramco(1/15/13 - 1/14/17)
Testing of a Spark-Ignition Outboard Engine Burning Natural Gas
Blue Gas Marine, Inc.(8/16/12 - 8/15/13)
Nozzle design and fluid dynamics for algal cell disruption and lipid extraction
NCSU Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program(7/01/12 - 6/30/13)
Clean Biodiesel Combustion in an Optically Accessible Direct Injection Diesel Engine
NCSU Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund(7/01/11 - 6/30/12)