Steven F. Son

Steven Son

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088
FAX: +1 765 494 0539

Degrees

  • B.S. Brigham Young, '89
  • M.S. Brigham Young, '89
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois, '93

Research Interests

  • Multiphase combustion, particularly related to propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnics
  • Nanoscale composite energetic materials
  • Advanced energetic materials
  • Microscale combustion

Awards and Recognitions

  • Named Purdue Faculty Scholar, 2010–15
  • Paper selected as Editor’s Suggested Article for “Microstructural transformations and kinetics of high-temperature heterogeneous gasless reactions by high-speed x-ray phase-contrast imaging,” Physical Review B, Vol.80, iss.22, p. 224103, 2009.
  • Purdue’s Seed for Success Award (Acorn Awards) (2009).
  • Distinguished Paper Award in Colloquium Detonations, Explosions and Supersonic Combustion at the Thirty-first International Symposium on Combustion (2007).
  • R&D 100 Award Winner, “A Metal-Nanofoam Fabrication Technique: nanoFOAM” (2005)
  • Empire Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, 2005/2006. Who’s Who in Engineering Education (2007). Presidential Who’s Who (2009). Strathmore's Who’s Who (2009).
  • LAAP Achievement Award (Program Development), LANL (2004)
  • R&D 100 Award Winner, “Super-Thermite Electric Matches” (2003)
  • Appreciation Award (Firing Site Technician Apprentice Program), LANL (2003)
  • LAAP Achievement Award (Student Mentoring), LANL (2003)
  • LAAP Achievement Award (Program Development), LANL (2003)
  • LAAP Achievement Award (Technical Contributions), LANL (2002)
  • R&D 100 Entry, “Dynamic Crystalline Phase Detection (DCPD)” (2000)
  • LAAP Achievement Award (Technical Contributions), LANL (2000)
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer (JRO) Research Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is the most distinguished award given to young researchers at Los Alamos and is awarded yearly to a maximum of two recipients (1993-1996)
  • Named to An Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for the Spring Semester of 1993 in the Daily Illini
  • Alumni Board Teaching Fellowship (1993)
  • General Electric Foundation Teaching Incentive Grant (1992)
  • Fellow, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (1990-1993)
  • Sigma Xi Outstanding Masters Thesis from the College of Engineering (1989)
  • Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Graduate (1989)
  • Advanced Combustion Engineering Research Center (ACERC) Undergraduate Scholarship (1988)
  • Department and College Academic Scholarships (1985-1987)
  • BYU Presidential Scholarship (1983; 1985-1987)
  • Ten Select Publications

    T. L. Pourpoint, T. D. Kubal, S. F. Son, W. E. Anderson, "Techniques and Main Factors in Hypergolic Ignition," In preparation, to be submitted to Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 2010.

    R. Dye, T. Foley, V. Sanders, K. Higa and S. F. Son, "Desensitization and Recovery of Metatable Intermolecular Composites," U. S. Patent #7789981, Issued Sept. 7, 2010.

    A. S. Shteinberg, Y.-C. Lin, S. F. Son, and A. S. Mukasyan, "Kinetics of high temperature reaction in Ni-Al system: Influence of mechanical activation," Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Vol. 114, iss. 20, p.6111-6116, 2010.

    J. D. E. White, R. V. Reeves, S. F. Son, and A. S. Mukasyan, "Thermal Explosion in Al-Ni System: Influence of Mechanical Activation," Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Vol.113, iss.48, p.13441-13447, 2010.

    A. S. Mukasyan, J. D. E. White, D. Y. Kovalev, N. A. Kochetov, V. I. Ponomarev, and S. F. Son, "Dynamics of phase transformation during thermal explosion in the Al-Ni system: Influence of mechanical activation," Physica B-Condensed Matter, Vol.405, iss.2, p.778- 784, 2010.

    J. L. Sabourin, B. W. Asay, R. A. Yetter, G. A. Risha, and S. F. Son, "Effect of Nanoaluminum and Fumed Silica Particles on Deflagration and Detonation of Nitromethane," Propellants, Explosives and Pyrotechnics, Vol.34, iss.5, p.385-393, 2009.

    R. V. Reeves, S. F. Son, J. White, A. S. Mukasyan, E. M. Dufrensene and K. Fezzaa, "Microstructural transformations and kinetics of high-temperature heterogeneous gasless reactions by high-speed x-ray phase-contrast imaging," Physical Review B, Vol.80, iss.22, p. 224103, 2009.

    J. Y. Malchi, J. Prosser, R. A. Yetter, S. F. Son, and G. A. Risha, "Realizing Microgravity Flame Spread Characteristics at 1g Over a Bed of Nano-aluminum Powder," Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 32, pt.2, p.2437-2444, 2009.

    G. M. Dutro, R. A. Yetter, G. A. Risha, and S. F. Son, "The Effect of Stoichiometry on the Combustion Behavior of a Nanoscale Al/MoO3 Thermite," Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 32, pt.2, p.1921-1928, 2009.

    R. A. Yetter, G. A. Risha, and S. F. Son, "Metal Particle Combustion and Nanotechnology," Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 32, pt.2, p.1819-1838, 2009.