Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Assistant Professor

Phone Number: 216-368-2941
Office location: Glennnan 449B


Brian Maxwell is a turbulent combustion and detonation expert in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.  Brian received his Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa, in 2016, for his novel research on developing turbulent combustion modelling strategies for explosion and detonation hazards involving gaseous fuels.  More recently, until 2018, Brian continued his work, as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria, on modelling fuel safety hazards involving hydrogen leaks from pipelines.  At Case Western, Brian is continuing his work on detonation and turbulent combustion research, using the latest computer models, to better understand explosion hazards in the context of fuel safety.  Brian is also using his expertise to advance research in the field of next-generation propulsion involving gaseous fuels.  Brian is currently recruiting highly motivated Masters and Ph.D. students who wish to perform cutting edge research in these fields.

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Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada (2016)
M.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada (2010)
B.E.Sc., Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Western Ontario, Canada (2005)

Research Areas:

  • Turbulent Combustion Modelling
  • Detonations and Supersonic Reactive Systems
  • Compressible Gasdynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Fuel Safety
  • Propulsion

Journal Publications:

  • B Maxwell, A Pekalski, and M Radulescu. Investigation of turbulent mixing and local reaction rates on deflagration to detonation transition in methane-oxygen.  Combust. Flame, 192:340–357, 2018.
  • M Soleimani nia, B Maxwell, P Oshkai, and N Djilali.  Experimental and numerical investigation of turbulent jets issuing through a realistic pipeline geometry: Asymmetry effects for air, helium, and hydrogen. Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 43 (19):9379–9398, 2018.
  • B M Maxwell, R R Bhattacharjee, S S M Lau-Chapdelaine, S A E G Falle, G J Sharpe, and M I Radulescu. Influence of turbulent fluctuations on detonation propagation. J. Fluid Mech., 818:646–696, 2017.
  • B M Maxwell, S A E G Falle, G Sharpe, and M I Radulescu. A compressible-LEM turbulent combustion subgrid model for assessing gaseous explosion hazards. J. Loss Prevent. Proc. Ind., 36:460–470, 2015.
  • B M Maxwell, P Tawagi, and M I Radulescu. The role of instabilities on ignition of unsteady hydrogen jets flowing into an oxidizer. Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 38:2908–2918, 2013.
  • B M Maxwell and M I Radulescu. Ignition limits of rapidly expanding diffusion layers:  Application to unsteady hydrogen jets. Combust. Flame, 158 (10):1946–1959, 2011.
  • M I Radulescu and B M Maxwell. The mechanism of detonation attenuation by a porous medium and its subsequent re-initiation. J. Fluid Mech., 667:96–134, 2011.
  • M I Radulescu and B M Maxwell. Critical ignition in rapidly expanding self-similar flows. Phys. Fluids, 22 (6):066101, 2010.