David M. Vuilleumier

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Research Interests

​My primary research interest is combustion in Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition(HCCI) engines. Recently, I have been focusing on Intermediate Temperature Heat Release (ITHR) in HCCI engines. ITHR is a primarily chemically driven phenomenon that occurs just prior to hot-ignition, and has received little attention prior to the last few years. ITHR may be helpful in allowing HCCI engines, which are known for their efficiency, to operate outside of laboratories. The study of ITHR requires both experiments that seek out the behavior, as well as the simulation of this behavior with chemical models that can reproduce what is found experimentally. Therefore, my research incorporates experiments and models.


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Expected Dec. 2012

Professional Profile

  • David is a research consultant working on a project inititated by KAUST, UC Berkeley, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He assumed this position in May 2012.

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Combustion Institute

KAUST Affiliations

Clean Combustion Research Center (KAUST)

Non-KAUST Affiliations

University of California at Berkeley 

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