William Anderson

William Anderson

2001 - Professor


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1996
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona, 1984
B.S., Chemistry, Arizona State University, 1979


701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
Office: ARMS 3223
Office Phone: (765) 496-2658


Chemical propulsion and design methodologies

Awards and Major Appointments

Global Engineering Program Director 2011 - 2014

Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2011

Best Paper Award, Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee, "Experimental Studies of Combustion Instabilities in a Single-Element Coaxial Swirl Injector," 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Tucson, Arizona, 10-13 July 2005, with K. Miller, J. Sisco, and N. Nugent.

Recipient, C.T. Sun Research Award, Oct. 2005.

Best Paper Award, "Design and Ground Testing of a Hydrogen Peroxide/Kerosene Combustor for RBCC Application," 39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Huntsville, Alabama, 20-23 July 2003.

Research Areas

Measurement and modeling of combustion dynamics, rocket engine design.


Selected Publications
Pons, A., Sardeshmukh, S., and Anderson, W., “Numerical solution of the pressure response to an unsteady heat release pulse in 1D,” Combustion and Flame, 226, April 2021, pp 505-522. 10.1016/j.combustflame.2020.08.014

Bedard, M.J., Sardeshmukh, S., Fuller, T.L., and Anderson, W.E., “Chemiluminescence as a Diagnostic in Studying Combustion Instability in a Model Rocket Combustor,” Combustion and Flame, 213, March 2020, pp. 211-225. 10.1016/j.combustflame.2019.11.039

Kasthuri, P., Pavithran, I., Pawar, S., Sujith, R., Gejji, R., and Anderson, W., “Dynamical systems approach to study thermoacoustic transitions in a liquid rocket combustor,” Chaos 29, 103115 (2019). 10.1063/1.5120429

Huang, C., Gejji, R., Anderson, W.E., Yoon, C., and Sankaran, V., “Combustion Dynamics in a Single-Element Lean Direct Injection Gas Turbine Combustor,” Combustion Science and Technology, July, 2019. DOI: 10.1080/00102202.2019.1646732.

Huang, C., Anderson, W.E., Merkle, C.L., and Sankaran, V., “Multi-fidelity Framework for Modeling Combustion Dynamics,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 57, No. 5, May 2019.

Fugger, C., Gejji, R., Portillo, J., Matsutomi, Y., Lucht, R., and Anderson, W., “A model combustor for studying a reacting jet in an oscillating crossflow,” Review of Scientific Instruments, 88, 065112, 2017.

Huang, C., Anderson, W.E., Harvazinski, M.., and Sankaran, V., “Analysis of Self-Excited Combustion Instabilities Using Decomposition Techniques,” AIAA Journal, 54, No. 9, 2016, pp 2791-2807.

Harvazinski, M., Huang, C., Sankaran, V., Feldman, T., Anderson, W. Merkle, C., and Talley, D. “Coupling between hydrodynamics, acoustics, and heat release in a self-excited unstable combustor,” Physics of Fluids, Vol. 27, 041502 (2015).

Selle, L., Blouquin, R., Theron, M., Dorey, L.-H., Schmid, M., and Anderson, W., “Prediction and Analysis of Combustion Instabilities in a Model Rocket Engine,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 30, No. 4 (2014), pp. 978-990.

Trebs, A., Roa, M., Heister, S., Anderson, W., and Lucht, R., “Ramp Injector Effects on Supersonic Combustion,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 30, No. 2, (2014), pp. 426-437.

Matsutomi, Y., Sisco, J., and Anderson, W., “Spontaneous Longitudinal Combustion Instability in a Continuously-Variable Resonance Combustor,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 28, No. 5, September-October 2012, pp 876-887.

Sisco, J., Yu, Y., Sankaran, V., and Anderson, W., “Examination of Mode Shapes in an Unstable Model Rocket Combustor,” Journal of Sound and Vibration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsv.2010.07.016, Vol. 330, Issue 1, 3 January, 2011, pp. 61-74.

Smith, R., Xia, G., Anderson, W.E., and Merkle, C.L., “Computational Simulations of the Effect of Backstep Height on Nonpremixed Combustion Instability,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 48, No. 9, September 2010, pp. 1857-1868.

deRidder, M., and Anderson, W.E., “Heat Flux and Pressure Profiles in an Oxygen/Hydrogen Multielement Rocket Combustor,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 26, No. 4., July-August, 2010, pp. 696-705.

Yu, Y., Sisco, J.C., Sankaran, V., and Anderson, W.E., “Effects of Mean Flow, Entropy Waves, and Boundary Conditions on Longitudinal Combustion Instability,” Combustion Science and Technology, Volume 182, Issue 7, July 2010, pp 739-776.

Pearson, N.S., and Anderson, W.E., “Acoustic Response of a Resonance Igniter with Confuser Inlet,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 46, No. 4, April 2008, pp. 1013-1015.

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

Miller, K.J., Sisco, J.C., Nugent, N.N., and Anderson, W. E., “Combustion Instability with a Single Element Swirl Injector,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 23, No. 5, September-October 2007, pp. 1102-1112.

Sisco, J.C., Mok, J.-S., and Anderson, W.E., “Autoignition of Kerosene by Decomposed Hydrogen Peroxide in a Dump Combustor Configuration,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 21, No. 3, May-June, 2005, pp. 450-459.

Conference Proceedings, Presentations, Invited Lectures

Invited Lectures
“Overview of Combustion Stability Experiments in Rocket Combustors.” AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition, Indianapolis, IN, August 19-22, 2019.

“A Hierarchal Study of Combustion Dynamics in Rocket Engines,” International Workshop on Space Propulsion. Harbin Institute of Technology, CHINA, September 2018.

“Combustion Dynamics in LRE Combustors,” Thermoacoustic Instabilities in Gas Turbines and Rockets, Technical University of Munich, GERMANY, May 2016.

“Propulsion Design, Build, Test at Purdue University,” Legacy of Robert Sackheim Special Session, 47th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, San Diego, CA, August 1-3, 2013.

“A Comprehensive Study of Combustion Dynamics in Model Rocket Combustors,” Propulsion for Space Applications, Politechnico Milan, Milan ITALY, June 28, 2013.

“Experimental Approaches for the Study of Combustion Instabilities in Liquid Rocket Engines,” Italian Aerospace Research Center (CIRA), Capua, ITALY, May 8, 2013.

“Validating Combustion Instability Models,” invited seminar, Ecole Centrale, Paris, FRANCE, June 29, 2012.

“Variable Resonance Combustor Results,” French/German/US Joint Symposium on Liquid Rocket Combustion Instabilities, London, ENGLAND, June 15-16, 2011.

“Assessment of NASA Space Launch Technology,” National Research Council panel on NASA Technologies, Pasadena, CA, March, 2011.

“REST Case HF-5, Continuously Variable Resonance Combustor,” 2nd REST Workshop on Combustion Instability Modeling, Ottobrunn, GERMANY, October 5-6, 2010.

“Research Needs in Liquid Rocket Engines,” Panel on Liquid Rocket Engines, AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference, Nashville, TN, July 26, 2010.

“LOX/LCH4 Combustion Instability,” La Sapienza Workshop on Methane-Fueled Rocket Engines, Rome, ITALY, June 9, 2010.

“Experimental and Modeling Tools for Fullscale Combustion Stability Risk Reduction,” invited presentation, AFOSR/NASA Office of Chief Engineer Strategic Planning Meeting in Chemical Propulsion, July 11, 2008.

“Investigations of Stability Margin in a Model Combustor with Multiple Injector Configurations,” International Symposium on Space Propulsion, Beijing, CHINA, October 8-12, 2007.

Books and Book Chapters
Sardeshmukh, S., Huang, C., Gejji, R., Bedard, M., Hallum, W., Lucht, R., and Anderson, W., “High-pressure experiments relevant to rocket propulsion,” Chapter 5 in High Pressure Flows for Propulsion Applications, edited by J. Bellan, AIAA Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Volume 260, 2019.

Heister, S., Anderson, W., Pourpoint, T., and Cassady, J., Rocket Propulsion, Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Yu, Y.-C., O'Hara, L., Smith, R., Anderson, W., and Merkle, C., “Integrated Method For Combustion Stability Prediction,” Advances in Aerospace Sciences, edited by DeLuca, Haidn, Bonnal, and Frolov, Vol. 2 - Propulsion Physics, 2011.

Anderson, W.E., Long, M.R., and Heister, S.D., “Liquid Bipropellant Injectors,” Liquid Rocket Thrust Chambers: Aspects of Modeling, Analysis, and Design, Chapter 4, AIAA Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Volume 200, pp. 141-165, 2004.

Anderson, W.E., “Rocket Propulsion,” in Encyclopedia of Energy, Elsevier Press, Cutler J. Cleveland Editor-in-Chief, pp. 483-491, 2004.

Anderson, W. E.,* Ryan, H. M., and Santoro, R. J., “Impinging Jet Injector Atomization,” Chapter 8 in Liquid Rocket Engine Combustion Instability, Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Volume 169, AIAA, Washington, DC, pp. 215-246, 1995.

Anderson, W. E., Liquid Rocket Engine Combustion Instability, co-edited with V. Yang, Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Volume 169, AIAA, Washington, DC, 1995.