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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Tanvir I. Farouk

Title: Director of Graduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering
Department: Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-3380
Fax: 803-777-0106
Office: 300 Main Street 
Room A121
Columbia, SC 29208
Resources: Curriculum Vitae 
My Research Website
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Increasing worldwide demand for energy and consequent energy-related emissions make research in Energy and Environment a topic of extreme importance. There is an urgent need for extensive research on alternative fuel sources, energy conversion processes, pollutant mitigation and on the development of future energy-efficient technologies. To create such new technology, both computational and experimental investigations have to be conducted – involving both fundamental science and application oriented research. Dr. Farouk’s expertise is in the general area of Reacting Thermal Fluid Sciences involving plasma, combustion multiphase reacting flow, chemical-kinetics-turbulence interaction and energy systems. His research interests are in multi-scale, multi-physics computational model development for studying complex phenomena e.g. plasma discharge, micro-nano scale systems. Computational modeling of these phenomena not only compliment experiments, but also delivers detailed insight into coupled physico-chemical phenomena.

Current focus areas are 1) High Carrier Density Fast Switching Plasma Devices 2) Plasma Assisted Combustion 3) Plasma Aided Fuel Reforming 4) Cool Flames 5) Multi component liquid droplet combustion 6) Surrogate Fuels for Turbine Applications 7) Alternative and Next Generation Fuels. For more information about research, teaching (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering) and graduate student openings, please visit RASAER (ReActing Systems and Advanced Energy Research) Lab.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 2009
  • M.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2004
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), 2001


  • National Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Post-doctoral Fellowship 2009
  • George Law Fellowship 2008
  • George Hill Jr. Fellowship 2007
  • University of Toronto Fellowship (2002 – 2004)

Book Chapter

  • Farouk, T., B., Gutsol, A., Fridman, A., "Simulation of atmospheric pressure non-thermal Plasma discharges for surface decontamination applications" Plasma Assisted Decontamination of Chemical and Biological Agents, Editors: S. Guceri and V. Smirnov, Springer, NY 2008, pp. 291 – 300.

Journal Articles

  • Farouk, T., Dryer, F., "On the extinction of alcohol droplet combustion under microgravity conditions"Combustion and Flame, 159, (2012), 3208 - 3223
  • Dooley, S., Won, S., Heyne, J., Farouk, T., Ju, Y., Dryer, F., "The experimental evaluation of a methodology to surrogate fuel formulation for the emulation of combustion kinetic phenomena by a theory of real fuel oxidation" Combustion and Flame, 159, (2012), 1444 – 1466.
  • Farouk, T., Dryer, F., "Tethered methanol droplet combustion in carbon dioxide enriched environment under microgravity conditions" Combustion and Flame, 159, (2012), 200 – 209.
  • Farouk, T., Dryer, F., "Microgravity droplet combustion: Effect of tethering fiber on burning rate and flame structure" Combustion Theory and Modelling, 15, (2011), 487 – 515.

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