John Sullivan

John P. Sullivan

1975 - Professor


Sc.D., Aeronautical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973.
M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969.
B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences (with honors), University of Rochester, 1967.


701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Office: ARMS 3229 and Room 2 AERO
Office Phone: +1 765 49-40776


Experimental aerodynamics
Shear stress measurements
Luminescent sensors for temperature and pressure measurements

Awards and Major Appointments

Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2012

Research Areas

Current research interest is in the area of experimental aerodynamics with particular emphasis on comparison of experimental data with computational analysis.
Work continues on developing instrumentation for shear stress measurement and pressure and temperature paint for: Wind tunnels - low speed to hypersonic, gas turbine engines and flight tests


Liu. T. and Sullivan, J., Pressure and Temperature Sensitive Paint , Springer-Verlag, 2004.

Xiaohui Guo, Chihyung Huang, Alina Alexeenko and John Sullivan, ?Numerical and experimental study of gas flows in 2D and 3D microchannels?, J. Micromech. Microeng. 18 February 2008

Gregory, J.W., Asai, K.; Kameda, M.; Liu, T.; Sullivan, J.P. "A review of pressure-sensitive paint for high-speed and unsteady aerodynamics", Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, v 222, n 2, p 249-290, 2008
Awarded the Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal, the premier prize of the Institution, for the best original paper published in 2008
Also, awarded the Kenneth Harris James Prize for the best paper on an aerospace subject published by the Institution in 2008.

Murthy, T.G., Huang, C.; Shankar, M.R.; Chandrasekar, S.; Trumble, K.P.; Sullivan, J.P. "Temperature field in severe plastic deformation at small strain rates", Materials Science Forum, v 584-586, pt.1, p 231-6, 2008

Gnanamanickam, Ebenezer P.,Lee, Seongeyl; Sullivan, John P.; Chandrasekar,Srinivasan, "Direct measurement of large-strain deformation fields by particle tracking", Measurement Science and Technology, v 20, n 9, 2009

Gregory, James W., Raghu, Surya; Gnanamanickam, Ebenezer P.; Sullivan, John P. "Variable-frequency fluidic oscillator driven by a piezoelectric bender", AIAA Journal, v 47, n 11, p 2717-2725, November 2009

Liu,T , Cai, Z, Lai, J, Rubal, J , Sullivan, J ?Analytical Method for Determining Heat Flux from Temperature-Sensitive-Paint Measurements in Hypersonic Tunnels? Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer 2010 vol.24 no.1 (85-94)

Padilla, Jaume. Young, Colin N. Simmons, Grant H. Deo, Shekhar H. Newcomer, Sean C. Sullivan, John P. Laughlin, M Harold. Fadel, Paul J, ?Increased muscle sympathetic nerve activity acutely alters conduit artery shear rate patterns?, American Journal of Physiology - Heart & Circulatory Physiology. 298(4):H1128-35, 2010 Apr.

Cai, Z, Liu,T , Wang, Bo, Rubal, J , Sullivan, J ?Numerical Inverse Heat Transfer Analysis for Temperature-Sensitive-Paint Measurements in Hypersonic Tunnels? Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, vol.25, No. 1, January 2011

Liu, Tianshu, Wang, Bo; Rubal, Justin; Sullivan, John P. ?Correcting lateral heat conduction effect in image-based heat flux measurements as an inverse problem?, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, v 54, n 5-6, p 1244-1258, February 2011

Sakaue, H., Chih-Yung Huang; Sullivan, J.P. "Optical hydrogen sensing method using temperature-sensitive luminophore on porous palladium" Sensors and Actuators: B Chemical, v 155, n 1, p 372-4, 5 July 2011

Kapilavai, Dheeraj S.K. Tapee, John; Sullivan, John; Merkle, Charles L.; Wayman, Thomas R.; Conners, Timothy R. "Experimental testing and numerical simulations of shrouded plug-nozzle flowfields" Journal of Propulsion and Power, v 28, n 3, p 530-544, May-June 2012

Conference Proceedings, Presentations, Invited Lectures