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Energy, Fluids and Turbomachinery

Studying at Cambridge


Dr M. Mustafa Kamal

Dr M. Mustafa Kamal

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Teaching Associate

Department of Engineering
Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1PZ


PhD Energy and Thermofluids
University of Cambridge (2012 - 2015)

MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering
University of Leeds (2010 - 2011)

BSc Mechanical Engineering
University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar (2006 - 2010)

Departments and Institutes

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Interests

My research interest lies in the field of experimental combustion and laser diagnostics of turbulent combustion, with a particular focus on turbulent stratified flames and combustion instabilities in gas turbine engines. My primary research goals are directed towards understanding the physics of turbulent reacting flows in energy conversion devices, with the aim of maximising efficiency and stability, and minimising harmful pollutant emissions.


  • Thermodynamics and Power Generation - 3A5 supervision
  • Heat and Mass Transfer - 3A6 supervision
  • Fluid Mechanics ll - 3A3 supervision
  • Thermofluids - IB supervision
  • Smoke Tunnel & Wind Tunnel Experiment (Delta wing) - IIA
  • Pipe Flow Experiment - IB
  • Boundary Layers and Drag Experiment - IB
  • Octave Computing - IB
  • Engineering Lego - IA
  • Inviscid Flow Experiment - IA
  • Gas Engine Experiment - IA


  • Pollutant Emissions
  • Combustion
  • Stratified combustion
  • Flow Instability
  • Combustion instability/thermoacoustics
  • Aerosol
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Laser diagnostics
  • Pollutant Emissions in Gas Turbine Combustion
  • Combustion instability
  • Fluid Mechanics

Key Publications

M. M. Kamal, B. Coriton, R. Zhou, J. H. Frank, S. Hochgreb, "Scalar dissipation rate and scales in swirling turbulent premixed flames,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, (2016) PROCI-D-15-00738

N. Jones, M. M. Kamal, S. Hochgreb, "Aerosol atomisation from transonic air jets in cross flow,” ILASS – Europe 2016, 27th Annual Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, Brighton, United Kingdom

M. M. Kamal, R. Barlow, S. Hochgreb, "Scalar structure of turbulent stratified swirl flames conditioned on local equivalence ratio,” Combustion and Flame, 166 (2016) 76-79

H. P. Tsui, M. M. Kamal, S. Hochgreb, W. K. Bushe, "Direct comparison of PDF and scalar dissipation rates between LEM simulations and experiments for turbulent, premixed methane air flames,” Combustion and Flame (Accepted: CNF-D-15-00141)

M. M. Kamal, R. Barlow, S. Hochgreb, "Conditional analysis of turbulent premixed and stratified flames on local equivalence ratio and progress of reaction,” Combustion and Flame (CNF-S-15-00077) (2015)

S. Balusamy, M. M. Kamal, S.M. Lowe, B. Tian, Y. Gao, S. Hochgreb, "Laser diagnostics of pulverized coal combustion in O2/N2 and O2/CO2 conditions: Velocity and scalar measurements,” Experiment in Fluids, (2015) 56:108

M. M. Kamal, R. Zhou, B. Coriton, J. H. Frank, S. Hochgreb, "Thermal structure of turbulent premixed and stratified methane/ air flames,” European Combustion Meeting, Budapest, Hungry, (2015)

M. M. Kamal, S. Balusamy, R. Zhou, S. Hochgreb, "Favre- and Reynolds-averaged velocity measurements: Interpreting PIV and LDA measurements in combustion,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 35 (2015) 3803-3811

M. M. Kamal, C. Duwig, S. Balusamy, R. Zhou, S. Hochgreb, "Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Analysis of Non-swirling Turbulent Stratified and Premixed Methane/Air Flames," Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo, (2014)

M. M. Kamal, Mark S. Sweeney, S. Balusamy, S. Hochgreb, "Species dynamics in premixed and stratified flames," Proceedings of the Joint meeting of The British and Scandinavian-Nordic Sections of the Combustion Institute, Cambridge, UK, (2014)

N. Jones, M. M. Kamal, S. Hochgreb, "Characterization of aerosol behavior: A parametric analysis ," Proceedings of the Joint meeting of The British and Scandinavian-Nordic Sections of the Combustion Institute, Cambridge, UK, (2014)

4th Year Project Deadlines

29th May 2019
Each student submits two copies of Final report plus an extra copy of their technical abstract, plus their log book or electronic equivalent to Group Centres by 4pm.


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