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Sunderland, Peter B.

Sunderland, Peter B.
Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
3104E J.M. Patterson Building
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301-405-3095
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301-405-9383

Research Interests 

Combustion and fire protection, including soot formation and oxidation, laminar diffusion flames, premixed flames, microgravity combustion, hydrogen flames, vehicle fires, firefighter safety, and diagnostics development.

Background 

  • 2010 – Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of Fire Protection Engineering; Affiliate Associate Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering; Affiliate Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • 2004 – 2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, and Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • 1996 – 2004 Staff Scientist and Research Associate, National Center for Microgravity Research and National Research Council, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland.
  • 1991 –1995 Research Fellow and Research Assistant, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 1988 – 1991 Senior Engineer, Northern Research and Engineering Division of Ingersoll-Rand, Woburn, MA.
  • 1985 – 1987 Engineer, Pratt and Whitney Division of United Technologies, East Hartford. 1981 – 1982 Co-Operative Engineer, Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., New Castle, Delaware.

Education 

  • 1995 Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 1994 M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 1986 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • 1983 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca.

Instruction 

  • ENES 100, Introduction to Engineering Design, 3 credits.
  • ENFP 108, Hot Topics in Fire Protection Engineering, 1 credit.
  • ENFP 255, Fire Alarm and Special Hazards Design, 3 credits.
  • ENFP 300, Fire Protection Fluid Mechanics, 3 credits.
  • ENFP 310, Water-Based Fire Protection System Design, 3 credits.
  • ENFP 350, Professional Development Seminar, 1 credit.
  • ENFP 415, Fire Dynamics, 3 credits.
  • ENFP 630, Diffusion Flames and Burning Rate Theory, 3 credits.

Honors and Awards 

  • Best-Paper Award, Sixth International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, 2010.
  • Faculty Early Career Award, NSF, 2010.
  • Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award, SAE, 2008.
  • E. Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award, College of Engineering, University of Maryland, 2008.
  • Keystone Professor, The Clark School Academy of Distinguished Professors, University of Maryland, 2008.
  • Excellence in Oral Presentation, SAE World Congress, Detroit, 2007.
  • Best-Paper Award, Northern Ohio Section of AIAA, 2003.
  • Mentor of the Year, NASA Glenn Research Center, 1999.
  • Best-Paper Award, Combustion Institute Central States Meeting, 1996.

Professional Memberships 

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Fellow.
  • American Society for Engineering Education, Member.
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member.
  • Combustion Institute, Member.
  • International Association for Fire Safety Science, Member.
  • Salamander Fire Protection Engineering Honor Society, Honorary Member.
  • SAE International, Member.
  • Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Honor Society, Member.
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Member.
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Affiliate Member.
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Member.

Selected Publications 

  • K.T. Dotson, P.B. Sunderland, Z.-G. Yuan, D.L. Urban, Laminar Smoke Points of Coflowing Flames in Microgravity, Fire Safety Journal, accepted (2011).
  • V.R. Lecoustre, P.B. Sunderland, B.H. Chao, R.L. Axelbaum, Numerical Investigation of Spherical Diffusion Flames at their Sooting Limits, Combustion and Flame, accepted (2011).
  • P.B. Sunderland, J.G. Quintiere, G.A. Tabaka, D. Lian, C.-W. Chiu, Analysis and Measurement of Candle Flame Shapes, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 33 (2011) 2489-2496.
  • V.R. Lecoustre, P.B. Sunderland, B.H. Chao, R.L. Axelbaum, Extremely Weak Hydrogen Flames, Combustion and Flame 157 (2010) 2209-2210.
  • K.M. Allan, J.R. Kaminski, J.C. Bertrand, J. Head, P.B. Sunderland, Laminar Smoke Points of Wax Candles, Combustion Science and Technology 181 (2009) 800-811.
  • M.S. Butler, C.W. Moran, P.B. Sunderland, R.L. Axelbaum, Limits for Hydrogen Leaks that Can Support Stable Flames, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 34 (2009) 5174-5182.
  • F.J. Diez, C. Aalburg, P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, Z.-G. Yuan, G.M. Faeth, Soot Properties of Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames in Microgravity, Combustion and Flame 156 (2009) 1514-1524.
  • S.S. Krishnan, J.M. Abshire, P.B. Sunderland, Z.-G. Yuan, J.P. Gore, Analytical Predictions of Shapes of Laminar Diffusion Flames in Microgravity and Earth Gravity, Combustion Theory and Modeling 12 (2008) 605-620.
  • K.B. Lim, B.H. Chao, P.B. Sunderland, R.L. Axelbaum, A Theoretical Study of Spontaneous Ignition of Fuel Jets in an Oxidizing Ambient with Emphasis on Hydrogen Jets, Combustion Theory and Modeling 12 (2008) 1179-1196.
  • P.B. Sunderland, J.E. Haylett, D.L. Urban, V. Nayagam, Lengths of Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames under Elevated Gravity, Combustion and Flame 152 (2008) 60-68.
  • J.D. Maun, P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, Thin-Filament Pyrometry with a Digital Still Camera, Applied Optics 46 (2007) 483-488.
  • K.J. Santa, B.H. Chao, P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, D.P. Stocker, R.L. Axelbaum, Radiative Extinction of Gaseous Spherical Diffusion Flames in Microgravity, Combustion and Flame 151 (2007) 665-675.
  • K.J. Santa, Z. Sun, B.H. Chao, P.B. Sunderland, R.L. Axelbaum, D.L. Urban, D.P. Stocker, Numerical and Experimental Observations of Spherical Diffusion Flames, Combustion Theory and Modeling 11 (2007) 639-652.
  • C. Aalburg, F.J. Diez, G.M. Faeth, P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, Z.-G. Yuan, Shapes of Nonbuoyant Round Hydrocarbon-Fueled Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames in Still Air, Combustion and Flame 142 (2005) 1-16.
  • P.B. Sunderland, S.S. Krishnan, J.P. Gore, Effects of Oxygen Enhancement and Gravity on Normal and Inverse Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 136 (2004) 254-256.
  • P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, D.P. Stocker, B.-H. Chao, R.L. Axelbaum, Sooting Limits of Microgravity Spherical Diffusion Flames in Oxygen-Enriched Air and Diluted Fuel, Combustion Science and Technology 176 (2004) 2143-2164.
  • P.B. Sunderland, R.L. Axelbaum, D.L. Urban, B.H. Chao, S. Liu, Effects of Structure and Hydrodynamics on the Sooting Behavior of Spherical Microgravity Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 132 (2003) 25-33.
  • D.L. Urban, Z.–G. Yuan, P.B. Sunderland, K.–C. Lin, Z. Dai, G.M. Faeth, Smoke-Point Properties of Nonbuoyant Round Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 28 (2000) 1965-1972.
  • K.–C. Lin, G.M. Faeth, P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, Z.–G. Yuan, Shapes of Nonbuoyant Round Luminous Hydrocarbon/Air Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 116 (1999) 415-431.
  • P.B. Sunderland, B.J. Mendelson, Z.–G. Yuan, D.L. Urban, Shapes of Buoyant and Nonbuoyant Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 116 (1999) 376-386.D.L. Urban, Z.–G. Yuan, P.B. Sunderland, G.T. Linteris, J.E. Voss, K.–C. Lin, Z. Dai, K. Sun, G.M. Faeth, Structure and Soot Properties of Nonbuoyant Ethylene/Air Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, AIAA Journal 36 (1998) 1346-1360.
  • F. Xu, P.B. Sunderland, G.M. Faeth, Soot Formation in Laminar Premixed Ethylene/Air Flames at Atmospheric Pressure, Combustion and Flame 108 (1997) 471-493.
  • K.–C. Lin, P.B. Sunderland, G.M. Faeth, Soot Nucleation and Growth in Acetylene Air Laminar Coflowing Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 104 (1996) 369-375.
  • P.B. Sunderland, G.M. Faeth, Soot Formation in Hydrocarbon/Air Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 105 (1996) 132-146.
  • P.B. Sunderland, Ü.Ö. Köylü, G.M. Faeth, Soot Formation in Weakly-Buoyant Acetylene-Fueled Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames Burning in Air, Combustion and Flame 100 (1995) 310-322, also in Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Volume 25.
  • P.B. Sunderland, S. Mortazavi, G.M. Faeth, D.L. Urban, Laminar Smoke Points of Nonbuoyant Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 96 (1994) 97-103.
  • T.R. Blake, H. Webb, P.B. Sunderland, The Nondimensionalization of Equations Describing Fluidization with Application to the Correlation of Jet Penetration Height, Chemical Engineering Science 45 (1990) 365-371.

Theses

  • P.B. Sunderland, Soot Formation in Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan (1995) 114 pp. Advisor: Gerard M. Faeth.
  • P.B. Sunderland, A Dimensional Analysis of Fluidized Bed Dynamics with Application to Jet Penetration Measurements, M.S. Thesis, University of Massachusetts (1986) 78 pp. Advisor: Thomas R. Blake.

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Research aims to reduce pollution from soot oxidation. March 9, 2010

Peter B. Sunderland named Keystone Professor
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Peter Sunderland, an assistant professor in the department of fire protection engineering, has been making calls to undeclared engineering majors to raise awareness about his program. February 21, 2008

"Fire in Space"
Prof. Sunderland invites Astronaut to speak on Combustion Research in Space. October 12, 2006

Alumnus Receives Presenter Award
Jignesh D. Maun has received the 2006 Outstanding Student Presenter Award from the Combustion Institution Central States Section. July 26, 2006