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Paul Palies

Associate Professor


Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, TN

Principal Scientist, CFD Research Corporation, Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Senior Research Scientist, United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Research Assistant (PhD student), CNRS EM2C Laboratory, Chatenay-Malabry, France

Teaching Assistant, Ecole Centrale Paris, Chatenay-Malabry, France


  • Premixed swirling flame hydrogen combustion
  • Experimental and numerical combustion
  • High-performance computing
  • High-speed flame imaging and data analysis
  • Injector design
  • Static/dynamic flow field decomposition technique
  • Propulsion and gas turbine engine


PhD, 2010, Ecole Centrale Paris (now CentraleSupelec)

MS, 2007, Ecole Centrale Paris

Maitrise, 2006, University Paris XI (now University Paris Saclay)

License Mechanics, 2005, University Paris XI

Professional Service

Reviewer for ASME IGTI, The Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, AIAA SciTech and Propulsion and Energy forums, Combustion and Flame, the Combustion Science and Technology Journal, and the International Journal of Spray and Combustion Dynamics

Senior member of AIAA and member of the Propellants and Combustion AIAA Technical Committee

Member of the US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics



Dynamics of premixed confined swirling flames.
P. Palies, D. Durox, T. Schuller and S. Candel
Comptes Rendus Mécanique, Combustion for aerospace propulsion, 2009, Vol.337, Issues 6-7, pp 395-405.

The combined dynamics of swirler and turbulent premixed swirling flames.
P. Palies, D. Durox, T. Schuller and S. Candel
Combustion and Flame, Vol.157 (9), pp 1698-1717, 2010.

Acoustic-convective mode conversion in an aerofoil cascade.
P. Palies, D. Durox, T. Schuller and S. Candel
Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol.672, pp 545-56, 2011.

Acoustically perturbed turbulent premixed swirling flame
P. Palies, D. Durox, T. Schuller, L.Y.M. Gicquel and S. Candel
Physics of Fluids, Vol.23 (037101), 2011.

Nonlinear combustion instabilities analysis based on the Flame Describing Function applied to turbulent premixed swirling flames.
P. Palies, D. Durox, T. Schuller and S. Candel
Combustion and Flame, Vol.158 (10), pp 1980-1991, 2011.

Experimental Study on the Effect of Swirler Geometry and Swirl Number on FDF
P. Palies, D. Durox, T. Schuller and S. Candel
Combustion Science and Technology, Vol.183 (7), pp 704-717, 2011.

Acoustic decoupling of longitudinal modes in generic combustion systems.
Schuller, D. Durox, P. Palies and S. Candel
Combustion and Flame, Vol.159 (5), pp 1921-1931, 2012.

Progress and challenges in swirling flame dynamics
Sébastien Candel, Daniel Durox, Thierry Schuller, Paul Palies, Jean-François Bourgouin and Jonas P. Moeck
Comptes Rendus Mécanique, Vol.340 (11 :12), pp 758-768, 2012.

Modeling of premixed swirling flames transfer functions.
P. Palies, T. Schuller, D. Durox and S. Candel
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol.33 (2), pp 2967-2974, 2011.

Transient and limit cycle combustion dynamics analysis of turbulent premixed swirling flames
P. Palies, M. Ilak and R. Cheng
Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol.830, pp 681-707, 2017

Swirler-Induced Turbulence and Flame-Resolved Transient Simulation Applied to Blowoff Experiment
P. Palies and R. Acharya
Combustion and Flame. Vol 226. pp14-30, 2021


Method for reducing instabilities of combustion in combustion chamber in gas turbine engine, involves adjusting distance of wall to create phase difference between acoustic wave and aerodynamic oscillation.
Candel Sébastien, Schuller Thierry, Roux Sébastien, Palies Paul, Noel Thomas Olivier Marie, Durox Daniel. CNRS, ECP and SNECMA, FR 2961292.


Stabilization and Dynamic of Premixed Swirling Flames
Paul Palies. Elsevier Academic Press, 2020.


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