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Kuhlman, John M.

A portrait of John Kuhlman


ESB 841C

Research Assistant Professor Emeritus - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Approved Graduate Faculty for Statler MS and PhD committees


Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1975 
M.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1973 
B.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1970

John Kuhlman works in the general areas of fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, and heat transfer. He currently is developing reduced order models of processes that occur in the entrained-flow gasification of coal or petcoke. These models will be implemented into simple codes that might be useful to power plant operators to diagnose or predict the trends that might be expected if the fuel or fuel blend used was changed at a specific plant. Also, Kuhlman is working in the area of spray cooling, again developing a reduced order model of the complex fluid dynamics and heat transfer processes that occur when millions of sub-millimeter droplets are sprayed onto a heated surface at number fluxes of several millions of drops per second, per square centimeter of surface area.

He has also has research experience in experimental aerodynamics, including V/STOL propulsion induced aerodynamic effects, automated aerodynamic design, winglet design, strake vortex control, and ground vortex behavior, environmental fluid dynamics, including experimental studies of jets and buoyant thermal plumes, and has worked on the development of non-intrusive velocimetry instrumentation, and in using gas flow to enhance the performance of high power gas flow spark gaps.

Kuhlman has extensive teaching experience in the fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, and thermal sciences areas, having been recognized several times for outstanding teaching. He has led the creation of the current WVU Balloon Satellites project courses and the Microgravity Research Team project courses. He serves on the MAE Department Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and as the MAE Department Graduate Program Coordinator.

He enjoys travel, singing, and spending time with family while away from the job.

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia:
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, July 1987-present.
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, August 1985-June 1987.

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia:
Acting Chairman, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Summer 1985.
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, 1980-August 1985. Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, 1974-1980.

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio:
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Fluid, Thermal and Aerospace Sciences, 1970-1974.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Focus Areas

Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer

Research Interests

Droplet impact physics 
Spray impingement heat transfer 
Modeling of entrained-flow gasifiers and chemical-looping combustion systems 
Doppler Global Velocimetry (DGV) and point Doppler velocimetry (pDv)

Teaching Interests

Teaching in general areas of fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer.

Service and Outreach

Faculty Advisor, Tau Beta PI 
Faculty Advisor, ASME

Special Interests


Professional Societies

Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 
Member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA - Associate Fellow) 
Member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 
Licensed professional engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia 
Member ASME Coordinating Group for Fluids Measurements 
Member of AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology (AMT) Technical Committee, 1997-2000 
Member of AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology (AMT) TC Awards Subcommittee, 1999