Hong G. Im, Ph.D.

Faculty

​​​​​Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest

Computational methods for reacting flows; direct numerical simulation; large eddy simulation; turbulent combustion modeling; internal combustion engines; spray modeling; alternative fuels and utilization; pollutant reduction and control; combustion chemistry; combustion synthesis of materials; combustion at extreme conditions; low grade fuel combustion; plasma and electric field effects on flames, cryogenic carbon capture. 

Selected Publications

  • Babayev, R., Andersson, A, Dalmau, A.S., Im, H.G., Johansson, B., 2021, “Computational Characterization of Hydrogen Direct Injection and Nonpremixed Combustion in a Compression-Ignition Engine,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 46 (35), 18678-18696.
  • Pandal, A., Ningegowda, B.M., Rahantamialisoa, F.N.Z., Zembi, J., Im, H.G., Battistoni, M., 2021, “Development of a Drift-Flux Velocity Closure for a Coupled 𝚺-Y Spray Atomization Model,” International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 103691.
  • Guo, J., Tang, Y., Raman, V., Im, H.G., 2021, “Numerical Investigation of Pressure Effects on Soot Formation in Laminar Coflow,” Fuel, 292, 120176.
  • Goussis, D.A., Im, H.G., Najm, H.N., Paolucci, S., Valorani, V., 2021, “The Origin of CEMA and Its Relation to CSP,” Combustion and Flame, 227, 396-401.
  • Keser, R., Ceschin, A., Battistoni, M., Im, H.G., Jasak, H., 2020, “Implicitly Coupled Phase Fraction Equations for Polydisperse Flows,” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 93 (5), 1627-1644.
  • Lipatnikov, A.N., Sabelnikov, V.A., Hernandez Perez, F.E., Song, W., Im, H.G., 2021, “Prediction of Mean Radical Concentrations in lean Hydrogen-Air Turbulent Flames at Different Karlovitz Numbers Adopting a Newly Extended Flamelet-Based Presumed PDF,” Combustion and Flame, 226, 248-259.
  • Zhang, J., Luong, M.B., Hernandez Perez, F.E., Han, D., Im, H.G., Huang, Z., 2021, “Exergy Loss Characteristics of DME/Air and Ethanol/Air Mixtures with Temperature and Concentration Fluctuations under HCCI/SCCI conditions: A DNS Study,” Combustion and Flame, 226, 334-346.
  • Jin, H., Guo, J., Li, T., Zhou, Z., Im, H.G., Farooq, A., 2021, “Experimental and Numerical Study of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Formation in Ethylene Laminar Co-flow Diffusion Flames,” Fuel, 289, 119931.
  • Kim, Y.J., Lee, B.J., Im, H.G., 2020, “Effects of Differential Diffusion on the Stabilization of Unsteady Lean Premixed Flames Behind a Bluff-body,” Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 106 (4), 1125-1141.
  • Sabelnikov, V.A., Lipatnikov, A.N., Nishiki, S., Dave, H.L., Hernandez Perez, F.E., Song, W., Im, H.G., 2021, “Dissipation and Dilatation Rates in Premixed Turbulent Flames,” Physics of Fluids, 33, 035112.

Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA, 1994
  • M. S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 1988
  • B. S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 1986

Professional Profile

  • Jan. 2013 – present: Professor of Mechanical Engineering, CCRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • May 2014 - May 2016: Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Sep. 2011 – May 2014: Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Sep. 2005 – Aug. 2011: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Jan. 2000 – Aug. 2005: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Dec. 1996 – Dec. 1999: Postdoctoral Researcher, Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, USA
  • Oct. 1994 – Oct. 1996: Research Fellow, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • The Combustion Institute
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA)

Awards

  • The Combustion Institute, Fellow, 2019.
  • The National Academy of Engineering of Korea, International Member, 2016.
  • ASME, Fellow, 2012.
  • AIAA, Associate Fellow, 2009.
  • SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 2006.
  • National Science Foundation, CAREER Award, 2002.
  • Grumman Graduate Prize for Academic Excellence, Princeton University, 1990.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Combustion Modelling High Fidelity Simulations Internal Combustion Engines Spray modelling