Seong-Young Lee

Seong-Young Lee


Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Energy Thermo-Fluids (ETF) Area Director

  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Lee is an experimentalist interested in studying turbulent and spray combustion, including high-pressure diesel and gasoline spray and fundamental turbulent flames. Dr. Lee’s research interests are in the area of energy-thermal-fluid sciences, bio/alternative spray fuel combustion, surrogate fuel chemistry, advanced laser diagnostics, combustion dynamics of instabilities and stabilization, and non-equilibrium plasma-assisted combustion as alternative power conversion. Dr. Lee’s research emphasizes combustion experiment based on applications in energy, environment, and aerospace.

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Spray Combustion
  • Fuel Chemistry
  • Soot Emissions
  • Laser-Based Combustion Diagnostics
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Gas Turbine Engine

Research Interests

  • Laminar and Turbulent Combustionmbustion engines
  • Soot Formation and Spray Combustion
  • Bio/Alternative Renewable Energy and Clean Fuels in Low Temperature Combustion
  • New Emerging Laser-Based Technique Development
  • Nonequilibrium Plasma-Assisted Combustion
  • Surrogate Fuel Chemical Reaction Models and CFD Modeling of Reacting Flow Systems
  • Combustion Dynamics of Instability, Stabilization, and Propagation in Gas Turbine Engine

Recent Publications

  • Jeffrey Naber, Seong-Young Lee, Jaclyn Johnson, "Characterizing Diesel Fuel Spray Cone Angle from Back-Scattered Imaging by Fitting Gaussian Profiles to Radial Spray Intensity Distributions," Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Vol. 134, No. 6, Article ID 062802, 8 pages, 2011-00-00
  • N. Ding, R. Arora, M. Norconk, and S.-Y. Lee, “Numerical Investigation of Diluent Influence on Flame Extinction Limits of Lean-Premixed H2-CO (Syngas),” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36(4): 3222-3231, 2011
  • S. Seo and S.-Y. Lee, “Effects of Unmixedness on Combustion Instabilities in a Lean-Premixed Gas Turbine Combustor,” Flow, Turbulence and Combustion 85: 95-112, 2010.
  • A. Mensch, R. Santoro, T. Litzinger, and S.-Y. Lee, “Sooting Characteristics of Surrogates for Jet Fuels,” Combustion and Flame 157:1097-1105, 2010
  • Seong-Young Lee, Litzinger, T., Colket, M., Kahandawala, M., Katta, V., Liscinsky, D., McNesby, K., Pawlik, R., Roquemore, W., Santoro, R., Sidhu, S., Stouffer, S., Wu, J. , "Fuel Additive Effects on Soot across a Suite of Laboratory Devices, Part 1: Ethanol ," Combustion Science and Technology, Vol. 181, No. 2, pp. 310 - 328, 2009-02-00
  • S.-Y. Lee, S.R. Turns, and R.J. Santoro, “Measurement of Soot, OH Radical and PAH Concentrations in Turbulent Ethylene/Air Jet Flames,” Combustion and Flame 156: 2264-2275, 2009.
  • V. Katta, W. Roquemore, A. Menon, S.-Y. Lee, R. Santoro, and T. Litzinger, “Impact of Soot on Flame Flicker,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 32: 1343-1350, 2009.
  • Seong-Young Lee, Balster, L., Coporan, E., Dewitt, M., Edwards, T., Ervin, J., Graham, J., Pal, S., Phelps, D., Rudnick, L., Santoro, R., Schobert, H., Shafer, L., Striebich, R., West, Z., Wilson, G., Woodward, R., Zabarnick, S., "Development of an Advanced, Thermally Stable, Coal-based Jet Fuel," , 2008-04-00

Recent Research Projects

NSF/DOE Partnership on Advanced Combustion Engines: Ignition and Combustion Characteristics of Transportation Fuels under Lean-Burn Conditions for Advanced Engine Concepts

Principal Investigator: Seong-Young Lee
Co-PI: Jaclyn Johnson
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics