Timothée Pourpoint

Timothée Pourpoint

Associate Professor

Degrees

Ph.D., Purdue University, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, Dec. 2005
M.S., University of Alabama in Huntsville, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Dec. 2000
B.S., ESTACA University, Paris, France, Mechanical Engineering, July 2000

Contact

500 Allison Road
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Office: Chaffee Hall, Room 127
Office Phone: +1 765 494 9423
Office Fax: 7654966900
Lab Fax: +1 765 494 0530
Email: timothee@purdue.edu

Interests

Aerospace propulsion systems
Rocket engine combustors
Liquid propellant injection systems
Hypergolic propellants
High pressure and hydrogen storage systems

Research Areas

Professor Timothée L. Pourpoint’s research interests relate to propulsion, combustion, and energy storage.

Propulsion Research
Dr. Pourpoint research focus in propulsion is to further the understanding of storable propellant ignition and combustion through system level testing and advanced diagnostic techniques with an emphasis on novel propellant combinations. A major emphasis of his work is on the development and characterisation of hypergolic propellants (see: Gel Propellant Laboratory).

Energy Storage Research
Dr. Pourpoint is developing safe and efficient ways to use hydrogen for power generation through a combination of gas and solid-state storage approaches. This research builds on the experience and testing capabilities developed in partnership with General Motors for the characterization and large-scale evaluation of high pressure metal hydrides and adsorbents. Additional details about this research can be found at: Hydrogen Systems Laboratory

Experimental Testing Facilities
As part of his work Dr. Pourpoint has been involved in designing, implementing, and operating several testing facilities at the Maurice Zucrow Laboratories. The facilities include the Gel Propellant Laboratory and the Hydrogen Systems Laboratory. Through his research Dr. Pourpoint has gained expertise in working with high-pressure hydrogen (up to 180 gal and 10,000 psia), pyrophoric metal powders, nanoscale materials, and propellants including monomethyl hydrazine, nitrogen tetroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and red fuming nitric acid.

Publications

Journal Papers

28. High-Repetition-Rate Three-Dimensional OH Imaging using Scanned Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence System for Multiphase Combustion, K.Y. Cho, A. Satija, T.L. Pourpoint, S.F. Son, R.P. Lucht, Applied Optics, Vol. 53, no. 3, 2014. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.53.000316

27. Methods for Quantifying the Influences of Pressure and Temperature Variation on Metal Hydride Reaction Rates Measured under Isochoric Conditions, T.G. Voskuilen and T.L. Pourpoint, Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 84, 115102, 2013. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4828655

26. Phase Field Modeling of Hydrogen Transport and Reaction in Metal Hydrides, T.G. Voskuilen and T.L. Pourpoint, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 38, no. 18, pp. 7363–7375. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.04.049.

25. Effects of Crystallinity and Morphology of Solution Combustion Synthesized Co3O4 as Catalyst Precursor in Hydrolysis of Sodium Borohydride, T.L. Pfeil, T.L. Pourpoint, L.J. Groven, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2013. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.11.104

24. Solution Combustion Synthesized Cobalt Oxide Catalyst Precursor for NaBH4 Hydrolysis, L.J. Groven; T.L. Pfeil; T.L. Pourpoint, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 38, no. 15, pp. 6377–6380. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.03.060.

23. Performance of Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD)/H2O2 Based Hybrid Rocket Motors with Metal Hydride Fuel Additives, S.C. Shark, T.L. Pourpoint, S.F. Son, S.D. Heister, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 29, pp.1122-1129, 2013. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.B34867.

22. Microexplosion Investigation of Organic MMH Gel Droplet with 5 kHz OH PLIF, K.Y. Cho, T.L. Pourpoint, S.F. Son, R.P. Lucht, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Online, DOI: 10.2514/1.B34853.

21. The Dependence of Nano-Aluminum and Water Propellant Combustion on pH and Rheology, D.E. Kittell, L.J. Groven, T.R. Sippel, T.L. Pourpoint, S.F. Son, Combustion Science and Technology, Vol. 185, no. 5, 2013. DOI:10.1080/00102202.2012.759948.

20. Combustion of Nanoaluminum and Water Propellants: Effect of Equivalence Ratio and Safety/Aging Characterization, T. S. Sippel, T.L. Pourpoint, S.F. Son, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, Vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 56–66, 2013. DOI: 10.1002/prep.201200143.

19. Gelled MMH Hypergolic Droplet Investigation, Y. Solomon, S.J. DeFini, T.L. Pourpoint, W.E. Anderson, Journal of Propulsion and Power, 2013, Vol. 29, pp. 79-86, DOI: 10.2514/1.B34634.

18. Combustion of Micron-Aluminum and Hydrogen Peroxide Propellants, C.R. Zaseck, S.F. Son, T.L. Pourpoint, Combustion and Flame, Vol. 160, no. 1, pp.184-190, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2012.10.001.

17. Feasibility Study and Demonstration of an Aluminum and Ice Solid Propellant, T.L. Pourpoint, T. Wood, M. Pfeil, J. Tsohas and S. Son, International Journal of Aerospace Engineering, vol. 2012, Article ID 874076, 11 pages, 2012.

16. Investigation into the Hypergolic Ignition Mechanisms Initiated by Low Weber Number Collisions, E.M. Dambach, Y. Solomon, S.D. Heister, T.L. Pourpoint, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 29, no. 2, 2013.

15. Hydrogen Adsorption on Microporous Materials at Ambient Temperatures and Pressures up to 50 MPa, T.G. Voskuilen, T.L. Pourpoint, A. Dailly, Adsorption, Vol. 18, no. 3-4, pp. 239-249, 2012. DOI: 10.1007/s10450-012-9397-z.

14. Rheological Characterization of Monomethylhydrazine Gels, J. D. Dennis, T. D. Kubal, S.F. Son, O. Campanella, T.L. Pourpoint, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 29, no. 2, 2013. DOI: 10.2514/1.B34611.

13. Determination of the Thermal Transport Properties of Ammonia Borane and its Thermolysis Product (Polyiminoborane) Using the Transient Plane Source Technique, Y. Yang, T.G. Voskuilen, T.L. Pourpoint, D.R. Guildenbecher, and J.P. Gore, Int. J. of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 5128–5136, 2012.

12. Temperature Estimations in the Near-Flame Field Resulting from Hypergolic Ignition using Thin Filament Pyrometry, E.M. Dambach, B. A. Rankin, T.L. Pourpoint, S.D. Heister, Combustion Science and Technology, Vol. 184, no. 2, pp. 205-223, 2012.

11. Experimental and Theoretical Performance of High Pressure Hydrogen Peroxide Catalyst Beds, R. A. Blank, T.L. Pourpoint, S.E. Meyer, S.D. Heister, W.E. Anderson, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 28, pp. 912-917, 2012.

10. Enhanced Heat Exchanger Design for Hydrogen Storage using High-Pressure Metal Hydride: Part 1. Design Methodology and Computational Results, M. Visaria, I. Mudawar, T.L. Pourpoint, Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 54, no. 1-3, pp. 413-423, 2011.

9. Enhanced Heat Exchanger Design for Hydrogen Storage using High-Pressure Metal Hydride - Part 2. Experimental Results, M. Visaria, I. Mudawar, T.L. Pourpoint, Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 54, no. 1-3, pp. 424-432, 2011.

8. Development of a Sievert Apparatus for Characterization of High Pressure Hydrogen Sorption Materials, T. Voskuilen, Y. Zheng, T.L. Pourpoint, Int. J. of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 35, no. 19, pp. 10387-10395, 2010.

7. Study of Heat Transfer and Kinetics Parameters Influencing the Design of Heat Exchangers for Hydrogen Storage in High-Pressure Metal Hydrides, M. Visaria, I. Mudawar, T.L. Pourpoint, D. Kumar, Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 53, no. 9-10, pp. 2229-2239, 2010.

6. Active Cooling of a Metal Hydride System for Hydrogen Storage, T.L. Pourpoint, V. Velagapudi, I. Mudawar, Y. Zheng, T.S. Fisher, Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 53, no. 7-8, pp. 1326-1332, 2010.

5. In Situ Characterization of Metal Hydride Thermal Transport Properties, S. Flueckiger, T. Voskuilen, T.L. Pourpoint, T. Fisher, Y. Zheng, Int. J. of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 614-621, 2010.

4. Heat Transfer in High-Pressure Metal Hydride Systems, K.C. Smith, Y. Zheng, T.S. Fisher, T.L. Pourpoint, I. Mudawar, Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer, Vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 189-203, 2009.

3. Hypergolic Reaction Mechanisms of Catalytically Promoted Fuels with Rocket Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, T.L. Pourpoint, W.E. Anderson, Combustion Science and Technology, Vol. 179, no. 10, pp. 2107-2133, 2007.

2. Mass and Thermal Diffusivity Algorithms: Reduced Algorithms for Mass and Thermal Diffusivity Determinations, R.M. Banish, L.B. Jalbert, T.L. Pourpoint, I.D. Alexander, R.F. Sekerka, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 974, pp. 146-156, 2002.

1. Real-Time Determination of Thermal Diffusivity in a Disk-Shaped Sample: Applications to Graphite and Boron Nitride, T.L. Pourpoint, R.M. Banish, F.C. Wessling, R.F. Sekerka, Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 71, no. 12, pp. 4512-4520, Dec. 2000.

Recent Conference Papers Full List Available Here

Hybrid Rocket Design/Build/Test Course at Purdue University, E. Miklaszewski, J. Dadson, D. Fox, D. Kees, L. Larson, J. Rideout, J. Stevens, T.L. Pourpoint, AIAA 2013-4104.

Design and Validation of a Bomb Reactor for Liquid Hypergolic Propellants, J.D. Dennis, S.F. Son, T.L. Pourpoint, AIAA 2013-4018.

Performance of Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD)/Gaseous Oxygen Based Hybrid Rocket Propellants with Pyrophoric Fuel Additives, S.C. Shark, C.R. Zaseck, T.L. Pourpoint, S.F. Son, S.D. Heister, AIAA 2013-3966.

Experimental Study of Impingement and Reaction of Hypergolic Droplets, J. Forness, T.L. Pourpoint, S.D. Heister, AIAA 2013-3772.

Time-Resolved 3D OH Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence System for Multiphase Combustion, K.Y. Cho, T.L. Pourpoint, S.F. Son, and R.P. Lucht, 8th U. S. National Combustion Meeting. Combustion Institute, 2013.

Solution Combustion Synthesis of Nanostructured Cobalt Oxide for Sodium Borohydride Hydrolysis, L.G. Groven, T.L. Pfeil, T.L. Pourpoint, 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Chemical Engineering, 2012.

Critical Ignition Criteria for Monomethylhydrazine and Red Fuming Nitric Acid in an Impinging Jet Apparatus, J.D. Dennis, S.F. Son, T.L. Pourpoint, AIAA-2012-4325.

Evaluation of Paraffin-Based Fuel Strengthening Methods, C.R. Zaseck, T.L. Pourpoint, S.F. Son, AIAA-2012-3963.

Further Development of an Aluminum and Water Solid Rocket Propellant, D. Kittell, T.L. Pourpoint, S Son, AIAA-2011-6137.

High Repetition Rate OH Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence of Gelled Propellant Droplet, K. Cho, R. Lucht, S. Son, T.L. Pourpoint, AIAA-2011-5792.

Frozen Aluminum and Hydrogen Peroxide Strand Burning Experiments Using Thermoelectric Propellant Temperature Conditioning, T Sippel, C. Zaseck, T.L. Pourpoint, S Son, AIAA-2011-5793.

Ignition of Gelled Monomethylhydrazine and Red Fuming Nitric Acid in an Impinging Jet Apparatus, J. Dennis, T.L. Pourpoint, S. Son, AIAA-2011-5706.

Development of Reduced Toxicity Hypergolic Propellants, R. Mahakali, F. Kuipers, A. Yan, W.E. Anderson, T.L. Pourpoint, AIAA-2011-5631.

Theoretical Performance Analysis of Metal Hydride Fuel Additives for Rocket Propellant Applications, S. Shark, T. Sippel, S. Son, S. Heister, T.L. Pourpoint, AIAA-2011-5556.

Identifying and Characterizing Gelling Systems for Development of Suitable Hypergolic Gels, J. Dennis, C. Fineman, C. Yoon, P. Santos, T.L. Pourpoint, S. Son, S. Heister, O. Campanella, 4th European Conference for Aerospace Sciences (EUCASS), July 2011.

Characterization of Micron-Scale Aluminum and Hydrogen Peroxide Propellants, C.R. Zaseck, D. Kittell, J. Dadson, T.R. Sippel, T.L. Pourpoint, and S.F. Son, Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) Meeting, Arlington, VA, Apr. 2011.

Design, Development and Operation of a Combustion Test Facility for Monomethylhydrazine and Red Fuming Nitric Acid Gels, T.L. Pourpoint, J. Dennis, W.E. Anderson, S.F. Son, R.P. Lucht, S.D. Heister, and S.E. Meyer, Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) Meeting, Arlington, VA, Apr. 2011.

Hypergolic ignition of metal hydride-based fuels with hydrogen peroxide, T.R. Sippel, S.C. Shark, M.C. Hinkelman, T.L. Pourpoint, S.F. Son, S.D. Heister, 7th U.S. National Combustion Meeting, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, Mar. 2011.

High repetition rate OH planar laser induced fluorescence of gelled propellant droplet K.Y. Cho, T.D. Hedman, A. Satija, R.P. Lucht, S.F. Son, T.L. Pourpoint, 7th U.S. National Combustion Meeting, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, Mar. 2011.

Other Information

Patents

- Finned Heat Exchangers for Metal Hydride Hydrogen Storage Systems, Co-inventor on US Patent No.: 2011/0277972 A1, Published Nov. 17, 2011.

- Hypergolic Fuel Analytical Device, T.L. Pourpoint, United States Patent Application #20050058572, 2005


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