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Powers Publishes Second Graduate Textbook

Nina Welding • DATE: April 25, 2016

Combustion Thermodynamics and Dynamics, a new graduate-level monograph by Joseph M. Powers, builds on the foundation of thermal science, chemistry, and applied mathematics laid during undergraduate programs in aerospace, mechanical, and chemical engineering. Recently published by Cambridge University Press (CUP), it links time-independent classical thermodynamics with time-dependent reactive fluid dynamics, as well as providing a clear analysis of the thermodynamics, physical chemistry, and dynamics of advection-reaction-diffusion. Powers addresses the concepts of classical thermochemical equilibrium and stability in relation to modern nonlinear dynamical systems theory. He also reviews systems with realistic detailed chemical kinetics, as well as those with simplified kinetics. He connects the language and methods of both thermodynamics and nonlinear dynamical systems to create a comprehensive analysis of the nonlinear dynamics of combustion to the benefit of students.

Associate chair and professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, Powers also serves as concurrent faculty in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics. His research focuses on the dynamics of high-speed reactive fluids and on computational science, especially as it applies to verification and validation of complex multi-scale systems. He has held positions at the NASA Lewis Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  He is editor-in-chief of the AIAA’s Journal of Propulsion and Power.

Powers is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also a member of the American Physical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, the Combustion Institute, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards at the University since joining the faculty in 1989.  

Powers’ first book Mathematical Methods in Engineering, which he wrote with Professor Mihir Sen, was also published by CUP (2015).