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Kunning Gabriel Xu

Associate Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Biography

Gabe Xu (pronounced shoe) obtained his B.S. in 2006, M.S. in 2009, and Ph.D. in 2012, all in Aerospace Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. His research involved experimental testing and analysis of Hall effect thrusters to improve their performance by modifying the magnetic and electric fields. He joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2012. His research involves experimental plasma science and applications to combustion, nanomaterial synthesis, space propulsion, and energy. His is a member of AIAA, AVS, and IEEE.

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Education

  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006

Classes Taught

Honors & Awards

  • NDSEG Fellowship 2007-2011
  • Georgia Tech Institute Fellowship 2006-2012

  • Publications

    • Salvador, P., Xu, K. G., “Examination of Ionic Wind and Cathode Sheath Effects in a E-field Premixed Flame with Ion Density Measurements,” Combustion and Flame, 2015 (In Review)
    • Jacobs, S. V., Roy, B., Xu, K. G., “Examination of Ionic Wind and Cathode Sheath Effects in a E-Field Premixed Flame with Ion Density Measurements,” Physics of Plasmas, 2015 (In Review)
    • Langendorf, S., Xu, K. G., Walker, M. L. R., “Effect of Wall Electrodes on Hall Effect Thruster Plasma,” Physics of Plasmas, 22, 023508, 2015.
    • Xu, K. G., “Plasma Sheath Behavior and Ionic Wind Effect in Electric Field Modified Flames,” Combustion and Flame, 161, 2014.
    • Xu, K. G., Walker, M. L. R., “Effect of External Cathode Azimuthal Position on Hall Effect Thruster Plume and Diagnostics” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol.30, No. 2, 2014.
    • Xu, K. G, Dao, H., Walker, M. L. R., “Potential Contour Shaping and Sheath Behavior with Wall Electrodes and Near-Wall Magnetic Fields in Hall Thrusters.” Physics of Plasmas, Vol. 19, No. 10, 2012.
    • Xu, K. G, Walker, M. L. R., “Plume Characterization of an Ion Focusing Hall Thruster.” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 28, No. 5, 2012.
    • Xu, K. G, Walker, M. L. R., “Technique to Collimate Ions in a Hall Effect Thruster Discharge Chamber,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2011.