Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Research Associate Professor:

Contact Information:

MS110-3 NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44135

Phone Number: 216-433-8702


BS, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
MS, PhD, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Research Interests:

Dr. Nayagam’s research interests are in the areas of combustion, fire safety, fluid physics, and heat transfer. He has been a co-investigator in the on-going FLEX and FLEX-2 droplet combustion experiments onboard the International Space Station for past several years. In these experiments the existence of “cool flame” supported quasi-steady burning of fuel droplets were discovered for the first time. Recently he has also been involved in modeling induced-hypothermia in collaboration with researchers at the Mayo Clinic.

Recent Publications:

  • Nayagam, V., Dietrich, D.L., and Williams, F.A., Partial-Burning Regime for Quasi-Steady Droplet Combustion Supported by Cool Flames,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 54 (4), 2016, pp.1235-1239.
  • Nayagam, V., Dietrich, D.L., and Williams, F.A., “Cool-flame extinction during n-alkane droplet combustion in microgravity.” Combustion and Flame, Vol. 162, 2015, pp. 2140-2147.
  • Kumar, M. M., Goldberg, A. D., Kashiouris, M., Keenan, L. R., Rabinstein, A. A., Afessa, B., Johnson, L. D., Atkinson, J. L., Nayagam, V. Transpulmonary hypothermia: a novel method of rapid brain cooling through augmented heat extraction from the lungs. Resuscitation, 85(10), 2014, 1405-10
  • Dietrich, D.L., Nayagam, V., Hicks, M.C., Ferkul, P.V., Dryer, F.L., Farouk, T., Shaw, B.D., Suh, H.K., Choi, M.Y., Liu, Y.C., Avedisian, C.T., and Williams, F.A., “Droplet Combustion Experiments Abroad the International Space Station,” Microgravity – Science and Technology,  (2014) pp. 1-12
  • Nayagam, V., “Activation energy asymptotics for methanol droplet extinction in microgravity,” Combustion and Flame, Vol. 160 (11), 2013, pp. 2638-2640.