Babak Shotorban, Ph.D.


Babak ShotorbanAssociate Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


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  (256) 824-6758
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Education

2005
1998
1996

  Ph.D.
  M.S.
  B.S.

  Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
  Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
  Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Biography

Dr. Shotorban has a general interest in developing and using mathematical, computational, and stochastic approaches to describe multiphysics and multiphase flow phenomena.  He has been a PI or Co-PI on several projects supported by NSF, DOD, USDA, JFSP and GoMRI.  His current research is concerned with physics-based modeling of wildland fires, and computational and stochastic modeling of dusty plasmas.  Prior to joining UAH, Dr. Shotorban was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a CFD software development engineer at ESI-Group.

Research Expertise

  • Turbulent particle/droplet-laden flows
  • Reacting flows in fires
  • Dusty plasmas
  • Stochastic/probabilistic modeling
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • High performance computing

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award of College of Engineering, UAH, 2013
  • Individual Investigator Distinguished Research Award, UAH, 2013
  • Junior Faculty Distinguished Research Award, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2010 and 2011
  • Research Mini-Grant Award, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2008 and 2009
  • Provost’s Award for Graduate Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004
  • University Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003

Recent Publications

Padhi, S., Shotorban, B., and Mahalingam, S., ``Computational Investigation of Flame Characteristics of a Non-propagating Shrub Fire,'' Fire Safety Journal, 81, 64–73, 2016.

Yashwanth, B. L., Shotorban, B., Mahalingam, S., Lautenberger, C. W., and Weise, D. R., ``A Numerical Investigation of the Influence of Radiation and Moisture on the Pyrolysis and Ignition of a Leaf-like Fuel Element,'' Combustion and Flame, 163, 301-316, 2016.

Shotorban, B., ``Bistable Intrinsic Charge Fluctuations of a Dust Grain Subject to Secondary Electron Emission in a Plasma,'' Physical Review E, 92, 043101, 2015.

Dahale, A., Shotorban, B., and Mahalingam, S., ``Interactions of Fires of Neighboring Shrubs in Two- and Three-shrub Arrangements,'' International Journal of Wildland Fire, 24, 624-639, 2015.

Yashwanth, B. L., Shotorban, B., Mahalingam, S., and Weise, D. R., ``An Investigation of the Influence of Heating Modes on Ignition and Pyrolysis of Woody Wildland Fuel,'' Combustion Science and Technology, 187, 780-796, 2015.

Shotorban, B., ``Intrinsic Fluctuations of Dust Grain Charge in Multi-component Plasmas,'' Physics of Plasmas, 22, 033702, 2014.

Yilmazoglu, M. Z., Amirabedin, E., and Shotorban, B., ``Waste Heat Utilization in Natural Gas Pipeline Compression Stations by an Organic Rankine Cycle,'' Energy Exploration and Exploitation, 32, 317-328, 2014.

Matthews, L. S., Shotorban, B., and Hyde, T. W., ``Cosmic Dust Aggregation with Stochastic Charging,'' The Astrophysical Journal, 776, 103, 2013.

Shotorban, B., Jacobs, G. B., Ortiz, O., and Truong, Q., ``An Eulerian Model for Particles Nonisothermally Carried by a Compressible Fluid,'' International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 65, 845–854, 2013.

Dahale, A., Ferguson, S., Shotorban, B., and Mahalingam, S., ``Effects of Distribution of Bulk Density and Moisture Content on Shrub Fires,'' International Journal of Wildland Fire, 22, 625-641, 2013.

Ferguson, S., Dahale, A., Shotorban, B., Mahalingam, S., and Weise, D. R., ``The Role of Moisture on Combustion of Pyrolysis Gases in Wildland Fires,'' Combustion Science and Technology, 185, 435-453, 2013.

Shotorban, B., ``Stochastic Fluctuations of Dust Particle Charge in RF Discharges,'' Physics of Plasmas, 19, 053702, 2012.

Horn, C., Davoudabadi, M., and Shotorban, B., ``Effects of Radiofrequency on Dust Particle Dynamics in a Plasma Reactor,'' Journal of Applied Physics, 110, 113305, 2011.

Shotorban, B., ``Nonstationary Stochastic Charge Fluctuations of a Dust Particle in Plasmas,'' Physical Review E, 83, 066403, 2011.

Dunn, M.C., Shotorban, B., and Frendi, A., ``Uncertainty Quantification of Turbulence Model Coefficients via Latin Hypercube Sampling Method,'' Journal of Fluids Engineering- Transactions of The ASME, 133, 041402, 2011.

Shotorban, B., ``Preliminary Assessment of Two-fluid Model for Direct Numerical Simulation of Particle-laden Flows,'' AIAA Journal, 49, 438-443, 2011.

Shotorban, B., ``Dynamic Least-squares Kernel Density Modeling of Fokker-Planck Equations with Application to Neural Population,'' Physical Review E, 81, 046706, 2010.

Zhang, K.K.Q., Shotorban, B., Minkowycz, W.J., and Mashayek, F., ``A Comprehensive Approach for Simulation of Capillary Jet Breakup,'' International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 53, 3057-3066, 2010.

Shotorban, B., and Balachandar, S., ``A Two-fluid Approach for Direct Numerical Simulation of Particle-laden Turbulent Flows at Small Stokes Numbers,'' Physical Review E, 79, 056703, 2009.

Sengupta, K., Shotorban, B., Jacobs, G.B., and Mashayek, F., ``Spectral-based Simulations of Particle-laden Turbulent Flows,'' International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 35, 811-826, 2009.