Alexandre Martin, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

Research Areas: Ablation, Aerodynamics, Aerospace, Aerothermodynamics, Compressible Flows, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Gas Surface Interactions, Heat Transfer, Hypersonic, material response, Numerical Methods, Plasma, Radiative Heat Transfer, Re-entry

University of Kentucky, College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering - ME
261 RGAN
Lexington, KY 40506-0503
Phone: 859-257-4462
Fax: 859-257-3304

Professional Preparation

University of Montréal, Qc, Physics, B.Sc, 1999

École polytechnique of Montréal, Qc, Mechanical Eng., M.Sc.A, 2003

École polytechnique, Montréal, Qc, Mechanical Eng., Ph.D., 2005

ARC Research Center (Areva T&D), Lyon, France, Mechanical Eng., Postdoc, 2005-2006

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Aerospace Eng., Postdoc, 2007-2010


2011 – pres: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

2012 – pres: Associate Faculty, Center for Computational Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

2009: Invited Scientist, Entry Systems and Technology Division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Fields, CA

Selected Publications

[14] Weng, H., Bailey, S. C. C., and Martin, A., “Numerical study of geometrical effects on charring ablative arc-jet samples,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 80, pp. 439–465, 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2014.09.040.

[13] Alkandry, H., Boyd, I. D., and Martin, A., “Comparison of models for mixture transport properties for flow field simulations of ablative heat-shields,” Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 569–582, 2014.
doi: 10.2514/1.T4233.

[12] Martin, A. and Boyd, I. D., “Strongly coupled computation of material response and nonequilibrium flow for hypersonic ablation,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 2014. doi: 10.2514/1.A32847.

[11] Miller, M. A., Martin, A., and Bailey, S. C. C., “Investigation of the scaling of roughness and blowing effects on turbulent channel flow.,” Experiments in Fluids, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 1–11, 2014, Article: 1675. doi: 10.1007/s00348-014-1675-y.

[10] Panerai, F., Martin, A., Mansour, N. N., Sepka, S. A., and Lachaud, J., “Flow-tube oxidation experiments on the carbon preform of PICA,” Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, AIAA Early Edition, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 181–190, 2014. doi: 10.2514/1.T4265.

[9] Weng, H. and Martin, A., “Multidimensional modeling of pyrolysis gas transport inside charring ablative materials,” Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 583–597, 2014. doi: 10.2514/1.T4434.

[8] Boyd, I. D., Martin, A., Wiebenga, J. E., and Jenniskens, P., “Hypersonic flow and radiation analysis of the Automated Transfer Vehicle “Jules Verne”,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 124–136, 2013. doi: 10.2514/1.A32208.

[7] Farbar, E. D., Boyd, I. D., and Martin, A., “Numerical prediction of hypersonic flow fields including effects of electron translational nonequilibrium,” Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 593–606, 2013. doi: 10.2514/1.T3963.

[6] Martin, A., Scalabrin, L. C., and Boyd, I. D., “High performance modeling of an atmospheric re-entry vehicle,” Journal of Physics: Conference Series, vol. 341, no. 1, 2012, Article 012002. doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/341/1/012002.

[5] Martin, A. and Boyd, I. D., “Non-Darcian behavior of pyrolysis gas in a thermal protection system,” Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 60–68, 2010. doi: 10.2514/1.44103.

[4] Martin, A. and Boyd, I. D., “Variant of the Thomas algorithm for opposed-border tridiagonal systems of linear equations,” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 752–759, 2008. doi: 10.1002/cnm.1172.

[3] Martin, A., Reggio, M., and Trepanier, J.-Y., “Numerical solution of axisymmetric multispecies compressible gas flow: towards improved circuit breaker simulation,” International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 259–271, 2008. doi: 10.1080/10618560701868503.

[2] Martin, A., Reggio, M., Trepanier, J.-Y., and Guo, X., “Transient ablation regime in circuit breakers,” Plasma Science and Technology, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 653–656, 2007. doi: 10.1088/1009-0630/9/6/02.

[1] Maruzewski, P., Martin, A., Reggio, M., and Trepanier, J.-Y., “Simulation of arc-electrode interaction using sheath modeling in SF6 circuit-breakers,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics:, vol. 35, no. 9, pp. 891–899, 2002. doi: 10.1088/0022-3727/35/9/309.