Fred Blomshield, Ph.D.

Aerospace Engineer


301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Fred S. Blomshield worked for NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command) at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, CA for over 32 years. He has worked in ramjet combustion instability, the prediction and analysis of solid rocket motor instability, propellant optimization, solid propellant response function measurement and theoretical composite solid propellant combustion modeling. For the last 15 years at China Lake he was head of the Combustion Sciences Branch which performed work in a variety of areas related to solid propellant combustion including propulsion system hazards, combustion diagnostics, combustion instability, ship board fire sciences, combustion modeling and air breathing combustion studies. He retired from the Navy in August of 2012. He still works in the area of solid propellant combustion instability and is author or co-author of over 150 technical reports and papers from 1981 to the present. He is a NAVAIR Research & Engineering Fellow, which represents the top 0.75 percent of NAVAIR Scientists. Dr. Blomshield received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University with majors in aerodynamics, propulsion, and stability and control. He completed his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue in December of 1988.


  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Purdue University
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Purdue University

Honors & Awards

  • NAVAIR Fellow, September 2010
  • AIAA Associate Fellow, January 2009
  • Naval Air Warfare Center Charles C. Lauritsen Award, June 2008
  • NAVAIR Associate Fellow, September 2007
  • Michelson Laboratory Award, June 2002
  • JANNAF Combustion Subcommittee Award, October 1999
  • TTCP Achievement Award, May 1993


  • Air Breathing Combustion
  • Combustion Diagnostics and Instability
  • Combustion Modeling
  • Prediction and Analysis of Solid Rocket Motor Instability
  • Propellant Optimization
  • Propulsion System Hazards
  • Ramjet Combustion Instability
  • Solid Propellant Combustion
  • Solid Propellant Response Function Measurement
  • Theoretical Composite Solid Propellant Combustion Modeling