Joel P. Kuehner Professor of Physics and Engineering, Department Head

Joel P. Kuehner

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Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - The Pennsylvania State University


Ongoing experiments involve the application of laser-based measurements to air and water flows that are governed by mixing concentrated in small regions. Recent work includes temperature measurements in supersonic jet flows by employing laser-induced gratings, velocity measurements in natural convection plumes, and visualizations of open channel flow over a corrugated substrate.

Selected Publications

“Experimental Investigation of the Free Convection Velocity Boundary Layer and Plume Formation Region for a Heated Horizontal Cylinder.”  Joel P. Kuehner, Ali M. Hamed, and Jared D. Mitchell.  International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 82, 78-97 (2015).

"Velocity measurements in the free convection flow above a heated horizontal cylinder."  Joel P. Kuehner, John R. Pflug, F. Andrew Tessier Jr., Ali M. Hamed, and Franco J. Moiso Marin.  International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 55, 4711-4723 (2012).

"Measurements of mean and fluctuating temperature in an underexpanded jet using electrostrictive laser-induced gratings." Joel P. Kuehner, F. Andrew Tessier Jr., Allan Kisoma, Jonathan G. Flittner, and Michael R. McErlean.  Exp. Fluids, 48: 421-430  (2010).

"Nitric Oxide Concentration Measurements in Atmospheric Pressure Flames Using Electronic-Resonance-Enhanced Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering."  Chai, N., Kulatilaka, W. D., Naik, S. V., Laurendeau, N. M., Lucht, R. P., Kuehner, J. P., Roy, S., Katta, V. R., and Gord, J. R.  Applied Physics B – Lasers and Optics, 88(1), 141-150 (2007).

“Characteristics of a Central Bleed Jet in Supersonic Axisymmetric Base Flow.”  Kuehner, J. P., Anderson, B. B., Flittner, J. G., and Dutton, J. C.  Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 44(2), 347-354 (2007).