Daniel Guildenbecher

Daniel Guildenbecher

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Office: CHAF 128


  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2006
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2009

Research Interests

  • Multiphase flows
  • Laser and high-speed imaging diagnostics
  • Energetic materials (e.g., explosives & propellants) hydrodynamics, combustion, and model validation
  • Sprays and atomization
  • High-speed fluid mechanics

Fundamental Research Area(s)

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2023 Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • 2022 Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
  • 2021 NNSA Defense Program Award of Excellence
  • 2019 Ordnance and Ballistics Technical Working Meeting Best Paper Award (Reu et al, 2019)
  • 2017 William Robert Marshall award for the most significant contribution to the 2017 ILASS Americas conference (Chen and Guildenbecher, 2017)
  • 2016 Best AMT Paper from the 2016 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting (Wagner et al, 2016)
  • 2015 Invited full presentation at the Gordon Research Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Combustion, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, August 9-14
  • 2014 ASME FED, Robert T. Knapp award for outstanding original paper resulting directly from analytical or laboratory research (Gao et al, 2013)
  • 2009 SEW Eurodrive Guest Professorship, Universit??t Karlsruhe
  • 2007 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2007-2009)

Selected Publications

Wang GT, Daniel KA, Lynch KP, Guildenbecher DR, Mazumdar YC (2023) High Temperature and Pressure Gladstone-Dale Coefficient Measurements in Air Behind Reflected Shock Waves, Physics of Fluids, Vol 35(086121), pp 1-11.

Egeln AA, Hewson JC, Guildenbecher DR, Welliver MC, Houim RW (2023) Post-Detonation Fireball Kinetics Modeling: Validation of Freeze-Out Approximations, Physics of Fluids, Vol 35(066117), pp 1-13. (feature article).

Rahman N, Halls BR, Reardon S, Meyer TR, Guildenbecher DR (2023) Sub-Resolution Modeling of the Apparent Mass Loss in Quantitative Broadband X-Ray Radiography, Measurement, Vol 214 (112799).

Guildenbecher DR, McMaster AM, Corredor A, Malone B, Mance J, Rudziensky E, Sorenson D, Danielson J, Duke DL (2023) Ultraviolet Digital Holographic Microscopy (DHM) of Micron-Scale Particles from Shocked Sn Ejecta, Optics Express, Vol 31(9), pp. 14911-14936.

Daniel KA, Guildenbecher DR, Delgado PM, White GE, Reardon SM, Stauffacher HL, Beresh SJ (2023) Drop Interactions with the Conical Shock Structure Generated by a Mach 4.5 Projectile, AIAA Journal, Vol 61(6), pp. 2347-2355.

Castillo P, Gross A, Miller NE, Lynch KP, Guildenbecher DR (2023) Numerical Investigation of Wall-Cooling Effect on Aero-Optical Distortions for Hypersonic Boundary Layer, AIAA Journal, Vol 61(5), pp 1911-1924.

Schwartz CJ, Stiborek JW, Butler A, Chen D, Guildenbecher DR, Welliver MC, Glumac N, Goldenstein C (2023) Near-MHz Temperature and H2O Measurements in Post-Detonation Fireballs of 25 g Hemispherical Explosives using Scanned-Wavelength-Modulation Spectroscopy, Applied Optics, Vol 62(6), pp. 1598-1609.

Saltzman AJ, Brown AD, Wan K, Manin JL, Pickett LM, Welliver MC, Guildenbecher DR (2023) Extinction Imaging Diagnostics for In Situ Quantification of Soot within Explosively Generated Fireballs, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, Vol 48, e202200167. (cover feature).

Lynch KP, Miller NE, Guildenbecher DR, Butler L, Gordeyev S (2023) Aero-Optical Measurements of a Mach 8 Boundary Layer, AIAA Journal, Vol 61(3), pp. 991-1001.

Mathews, GC, Gomez M, Schwartz CJ, Egeln AA, Houim RW, Son SF, Arienti M, Thompson AD, Welliver M, Guildenbecher DR, Goldenstein CS (2022) Experimental and Synthetic Laser-Absorption-Spectroscopy Measurements of Temperature, Pressure, and CO at 1 MHz for Evaluation of Post-Detonation Fireball Models, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol 39, pp. 1259-1268.