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College of Engineering and Computing

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Frederick L. Dryer

Title: Educational Foundation Distinguished Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-9136
Fax: 803-777-0106

300 Main Street, Rm A-122
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Research Gate
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Dr. Dryer has over 45 years of applications-driven fundamental research experience in thermal sciences (heat transfer, fluid dynamics, physical chemistry, and chemical kinetics) relevant to space and air-breathing propulsion, fossil and renewable energy conversion related to ground transportation and stationary power generation, combustion-related pollutant mitigation, and fire safety. Dr. Dryer’s current research interests include: chemistry/chemical kinetics of fuels and hazardous waste materials as related to ignition, combustion, and emissions generation/abatement; petroleum-derived fuels, including gasoline, diesel, gas turbine, and heavy fuel oil combustion properties; non-petroleum-derived alternative fuels, their production, their chemical kinetic properties, and their ability to address U.S. energy security and reduction in net carbon cycle emissions as well as other pollutant concerns; fire safety related issues on earth and in micro gravity environments; solid phase/gas phase interactions as related to particle burning phenomena and nano-catalyst materials; emissions from internal combustion engines, including hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, aerosol particulates; emissions interactions including chlorine, sulfur and ash (metals) component effects in stationary energy conversion, chemical processing, and incineration.


  • Ph.D. Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences - Princeton University, 1972
  • Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1966

Selected Publication

  •  T.I. Farouk, Y. Xu, C.T. Avedisian, and F.L. Dryer, “Combustion Characteristics of Primary Reference Fuels (PRF) Droplets: Single Stage High Temperature Combustion to Multistage “Cool” Flame Behavior”, Proc. Combust Ins., 36, In press, 2017.
  • S.H. Won, P.S. Veloo, S. Dooley, J. Santner, F.M. Haas, Y. Ju, and F.L. Dryer, “Predicting the Global Combustion Behaviors of Petroleum-Derived and Alternative Jet Fuels by Simple Fuel Property Measurements”, Fuel, 168, 34-36 (2015).
  • F.L. Dryer, “Chemical Kinetic and Combustion Characteristics of Transportation Fuels”, Proc. Combust. Ins. 35, 117-144 (2015). Invited Plenary.
  • S.F. Ahmed, J. Santner, F.L. Dryer, B. Padak, and T.I. Farouk, “Computational Study of NOx Formation at Conditions Relevant to Gas Turbine Operation, Part 2: NOx in High Hydrogen Content Fuel Combustion at Elevated Pressure”, Energy Fuels, 2016, 30 (9), pp 7691–7703.
  • J. Santner, S.K. Ahmed, T. Farouk and F.L. Dryer, “Computational Study of NOx Formation at Conditions Relevant to Gas Turbine Operation: Part 1, Energy Fuels, 2016, 30 (8), pp 6745–6755.
  • C-W. Zhou, Y. Li, E. O'Connor, K.P. Somers, S. Thion, C. Keesee, O. Mathieu, E.L. Petersen, T.A. DeVerter, M.A. Oehlschlaeger, G. Kukkadapu, C-J. Sung, M. Alrefae, F. Khaled, A. Farooq, P. Dirrenberger, P-A. Glaude, F. Battin-Leclerc, J. Santner, Y, Ju, T. Held, F.M. Haas, F.L. Dryer, and H.C. Curran, “A Comprehensive Experimental and Modeling Study of Isobutene Oxidation, Combust. Flame, 167, 353-379 (2016).
  • F.M. Haas and F.L. Dryer, “Rate Coefficient Determinations for H + NO2 → OH + NO from High Pressure Flow Reactor Measurements”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 119, 7792–7801 (2015). Special Issue.
  • A. Sudholt, C. Liming, C., J. Heyne, F.M. Haas, F.L. Dryer, and H. Pitsch, “Ignition Characteristics of a Bio-Derived Class of Saturated and Unsaturated Furans for Engine Applications”, Proc. Combust. Ins. 35, 2957-2965 (2015).
  • K.J. Morganti, T.M. Foong, M.J. Brear, G. da Silva, Y. Yang, and F.L. Dryer, “The Autoignition of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Spark-Ignition Engines”, Proc. Combust. Ins. 35, 2933–2940 (2015).
  • T.M. Foong, K.J. Morganti, M.J. Brear, G. da Silva, Y. Yang, F.L. Dryer, “The Octane Numbers of Ethanol Blended with Gasoline and its Surrogates”, Fuel, 115 727-739, 2014.
  • F.M. Haas and F.L. Dryer, “Application of Blending Rules for Ignition Quality Metrics: A comment on ‘‘A linear-by mole Blending Rule for Octane Numbers of n-heptane/iso-octane/toluene Mixtures’’, Fuel 120 240–242 (2014).

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