Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of

  • Advanced fuels for Internal Combustion Engines
  • Study of HCCI and PPC combustion modes
  • Optical diagnostic techniques in research engines
  • Combustion propagation regimes
  • Study of diesel sprays at high temperature and pressure conditions
  • Study and development of new combustion concepts


Selected Publications

  • Interpretation of auto-ignition delays from RCM in the presence of temperature heterogeneities: Impact on combustio...
    M. Ben-Houidi, J. Sotton and M. Bellenoue
    Fuel 186, 476-495, (2016)
  • Application of high-speed PIV and toluene PLIF techniques to study aerodynamics and thermal stratification inside a...
    M. Ben-Houidi, J. Sotton, A. Claverie, C. Strozzi and M. Bellenoue
    18th International Symposium on the Application of Laser and Imaging Techniques ..., (2016)
  • Auto Ignition of Diesel Surrogate Fuels Under HCCI Conditions in a RCM: Impact of Cetane Number on Ignition Delay a...
    M. Ben-Houidi, J. Sotton, P. Gastaldi, R. Faucon, M. Bellenoue
    Proceedings of the 6th European Combustion Meeting (ECM 2013), 25th-28th June 20..., (2013)
  • Exhaust line for internal combustion engines test bench, and also for automobile vehicle
    M. Ben-Houidi, R. Dauphin, C. Pera
    patent FR2959566 A1, (2010)

Education Profile

  • 2014: Ph.D.; Energy, thermal and combustion sciences, ISAE-ENSMA, Poitiers, France
  • 2009: M.Sc.; Fluid Mechanics and combustion, Pierre & Marie Curie University UPMC, Paris, France
  • 2008: Engineering degree; Industrial management, Tunis National School of Engineers ENIT, Tunisia


Professional Profile

  • ​2017 to present: Post doctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014 to 2017: Post doctoral / research engineer, Pprime Institute, ISAE-ENSMA, Poitiers, France
  • 2014: Temporary teaching and research assistant, ISAE-ENSMA, Poitiers, France
  • 2010 to 2013: R&D engineer, Renault-Nissan group: power-train division, Lardy (IDF Paris), France
  • 2009: Research engineer (intern), IFP Energies Nouvelles, Rueil-Malmaison, France

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)