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Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Sang Hee Won

Title: Director, Aerospace Engineering Program
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-7497
Office: 300 Main Street,
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Headshot of Professor Sang Hee Won


The simultaneous achievement of high efficiency, fuel flexibility, and low pollutant emissions has been a major goal in the recent development of advanced engines. Consequently, these advanced engines have been designed to operate at near-limit conditions (high pressures and low temperatures), where the critical combustion behaviors become dominated by combustion chemistry through complex interactions with thermo-fluid dynamics. Recent efforts to certificate emerging alternative (bio-) fuels and strict regulation on pollutant emissions also require comprehensive understanding of real fuel combustion.

Dr. Won’s research involves; 1) Combustion chemistry of real transportation fuels with the state-of-the-art current kinetic models to incorporate multi-species combustion chemistry, 2) Development of well-defined experimental platforms to investigate the role of combustion chemistry in near-limit combustion dynamics, where complicated turbulent-chemistry interactions can be fundamentally investigated, 3) Plasma-assisted combustion techniques, in which the near-limit combustion dynamics are manipulated by plasma, will be introduced based on the understanding of combustion chemistry, and 4) Development of novel combustion diagnostic techniques.


  • Ph. D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, 2004.
  • M. S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, 2000.
  • B. S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, 1998.

Selected Publications

  • B. Windom, S. H. Won, C. B. Reuter, B. Jiang, Y. Ju, S. Hammack, T. Ombrello, C. Carter, “Study of Ignition Chemistry on Turbulent Premixed Flames of n-Heptane/Air by Using a Reactor Assisted Turbulent Slot Burner,” Combust. Flame 169 (2016) 19-29.
  • S. H. Won, P. S. Veloo, S. Dooley, J. Santner, F. M. Haas, Y. Ju, F. L. Dryer, “Predicting the Global Combustion Behaviors of Petroleum-Derived and Alternative Jet Fuels by Simple Fuel Property Measurements,” Fuel 168 (2015) 34-46.
  • S. H. Won, B. Jiang, P. Diévart, C. H. Sohn, Y. Ju, “Self-Sustaining n-Heptane Cool Diffusion Flames Activated by Ozone,” Proc. Combust. Inst. 35(1) (2015) 881-888.
  • S. H. Won, S. Dooley, P. S. Veloo, H. Wang, M. A. Oehlschlaeger, F. L. Dryer, Y. Ju, “The Combustion Properties of 2,6,10-Trimethyl Dodecane and a Chemical Functional Group Analysis,” Combust. Flame 161 (2014) 826-834.
  • S. H. Won, B. Windom, B. Jiang, Y. Ju, “The Role of Low Temperature Fuel Chemistry on Turbulent Flame Propagation,” Combust. Flame 161 (2014) 475-483.
  • S. Dooley, S. H. Won, J. Heyne, T. I. Farouk, Y. Ju, F. L. Dryer, K. Kamar, C.-J. Sung, H. Wang, M. A. Oehlschlaeger, T. A. Litzinger, R. J. Santoro, T. Malewecki, K. Brezinsky, “The Experimental Evaluation of a Methodology to Surrogate Fuel Formulation for the Emulation of Combustion Kinetic Phenomena by a Theory of Real Fuel Oxidation,” Combust. Flame, 159(4), pp. 1444-1466 (2012).
  • S. H. Won, S. Dooley, F. L. Dryer, Y. Ju, “A Radical Index for the Determination of the Chemical Kinetic Contribution to Diffusion Flame Extinction of Large Hydrocarbon Fuels,” Combust. Flame, 159(2), pp. 541-551 (2012).

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