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Ajay Vikram 

Singh PhD

Combustion and Propulsion Laboratory 
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

Welcome to the Combustion and Propulsion Laboratory at IIT Kanpur. My name is Ajay V. Singh and I'm a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. Over the years I have thoroughly enjoyed working with amazing students and professors on innumerable research projects. My research interests are in high-speed propulsion systems including detonation cycle engines and hybrid turbo-electric propulsion, gas turbine combustion, soot formation and oxidation, flame-synthesized functional nanoparticles for renewable energy devices, and fire dynamics with applications to both industry and academia. Over the past 10 years, I have worked in gas turbine combustion, supersonic combustion, boundary layer combustion, experimental fluid dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, flame spread, fire dynamics, soot formation and oxidation, combustion chemistry of jet and biofuels, detonations and explosions, and flame synthesis of functional nanoparticles. 

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Research Interests

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Combustion and Reacting flows, Experimental Combustion and Fluid Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, CFD Modeling of Reactive Flows, Gas Turbine Combustion, High-Speed Propulsion Systems, Futuristic Propulsion Technologies, Supersonic Combustion, Detonation-based Engines, Detonations and Explosions, Soot Formation and Oxidation, Gas Turbine Emissions, Flame Spread and Fire Dynamics, Rocket Propulsion,  Flame Synthesis, Nanoenergetics, Chemical Kinetics, Jet Fuel Combustion Chemistry, Green Fuels, Biofuel Combustion Chemistry and Performance Optimization, Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

Education and Professional Experience



Associate Professor

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India



Assistant Professor

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India


Postdoctoral Researcher

High-Temperature Gas Dynamics Laboratory (HTGL)

Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

2010 - 2015

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering   

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA


Research Engineer

Renault Nissan


2006 - 2008

Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in Aerospace Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India


2002 - 2006

Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) in Mechanical Engineering

U.P. Technical University, Lucknow, India


& Articles

Welcome to the Combustion and Propulsion Laboratory website. We specialize in academic research activities related to the field of combustion, propulsion and fire science.

Wildland Fires

California wildland fires worsening - Because of climate change

Evidence shows that climate change has increased fire risk in California

Futuristic Engines

World-first "impossible" rotating detonation engine fires up

A Florida team working with the US Air Force claims that it's built and tested an experimental model of a rotating detonation rocket engine.

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