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Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Subrata Bhattacharjee

Headshot photo of Dr. Subrata Bhattacharjee

Ph.D., Washington State University
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Adjunct Professor of Computer Science Computational       
Thermodynamics, Combustion


Professor Bhattacharjee earned a B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1983 and his Ph.D. from Washington State University, Pullman, USA in 1988. After two years of post-doctoral work on a NASA project, he joined San Diego State University in 1991 as an Assistant Professor, tenured in 1993 as an Associate Professor, and promoted in 2000 as Professor. Prof. Bhattacharjee has been actively involved in research on microgravity combustion and radiation heat transfer. Several of his experiments on flame spread over solid fuels have been conducted aboard NASA's Sounding Rockets, Space Shuttles and Russia's Mir Space Station. Other research interests include fire detection, infra-red pyrometry and knowledge-based distributed intelligence. For the past several years Prof. Bhattacharjee and his collaborators from Gifu University, Japan, have been studying flame dynamics in the space environment with a grant from NASA and Govt. of Japan. His passion for making thermodynamics easier to learn led to the continuing development of TEST, The Expert System for Thermodynamics, regularly accessed by a huge number of students, professionals and educators from around the world. Currently he is working on several projects involving application of web service and grid computing in thermal sciences.

Funding Agencies

NASA, NSF, Pearson Education


10 Recent Journal Publications

1. Bhattacharjee, S., Paolini, C., Patterson, M., A Web Service Infrastructure and its Application for Distributed Chemical Equilibrium Computation, Journal of Computer Science and Engineering, 2012, 3(1), p. 19-27.


2. Bhattacharjee, S., Paolini, C., Miller, F., and Nagarkar, R., Radiation Signature in Opposed-Flow Flame Spread, Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, 12(4), 2012.

3.  Bhattacharjee, S., Bundy, M., Patel, G., Paolini, C. and Tran, W., A Novel Apparatus for Flame Spread Study Proceedings of the Combustion Institute,  Vol 34, 18 June 2012, ISSN 1540-7489, 10.1016/j.proci.2012.05.076.

4.  Paolini, C. and Bhattacharjee, IGE Model: An Extension of the Ideal Gas Model to Include Chemical Composition as Part of the Equilibrium State,  Journal of Thermodynamics,  vol. 2012, Article ID 870631, 18 pages, 2012.

5. Bhattacharjee, S., Takahashi, S., Wakai, K., Paolini C.,  Correlating Flame Geometry in Opposed Flow Flame Spread over Thin Fuels,  Proceedings of the Combustion Institute,  Vol 33, (2010).

6. Paolini C., Bhattacharjee, S., An Object-Oriented Online Tool for Solving Generalized Chemical Equilibrium Problems, J. Chem. Edu., 87(4), p. 456, (2010).

7.  Paolini C., Bhattacharjee, S., A Web Service Infrastructure for Thermodynamic Data,  Journal of Chemical Inf. Modeling,  Vol 48, 1511-1523, (2008).

8.  Takahashi, S., Bhattacharjee, S., Ihara, T., and Wakai K., Effect of Ambient Gas on Flame Spread over a Solid Material in Microgravity,,  Japan Society of Microgravity Application,  Vol. 24, No. 3, pp.225-230,  (2007).

9.  Bhattacharjee, S., Ayala, R., Wakai, K., Takahashi, S., Opposed-Flow Flame Spread in Microgravity – Theoretical Prediction of Spread Rate and Flammability Maps,  Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol 30, (2004).

10.  Olson, S.L., Hegde, U., Bhattacharjee, S., Deering, J.L., Tang, L, and Altenrich, R.A., Diffusive and Radiative Transport Effects on Flame Spread over Thermally Thick Solids in Microgravity, Combustion Science and Technology, Vol. 176, pp. 557-584, (2004).

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