Dr. Gaurav Mittal

Dr. Gaurav Mittal

Title: Associate Professor
Dept/Program: Mechanical Engineering
Office: ASEC 115
Phone: 330-972-8672
Fax: 330-972-6027
Email: gm29@uakron.edu
Website: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1901AN0AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
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Dr. Gaurav Mittal received the degree of Bachelor’s of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India in 1998. He received the degree of Master’s in Computer Applications from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India in 2001. He pursued Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Combustion at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, and graduated in 2006. He then continued to work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Case Western Reserve University and joined as a faculty at The University of Akron in 2008.

Research Accomplishments

Dr. Mittal's research focuses on understanding the combustion characteristics of practical hydrocarbon fuels. His research interests include design of novel and well-characterized experimental facilities for combustion studies, combustion at elevated pressures relevant to practical combustors and engines, chemical kinetics of hydrocarbon fuels, flame phenomena, laser diagnostics, development of reduced mechanisms, alternative fuels and Internal Combustion Engines.


  1. Mittal, G.; Sung, C.J. (2007) A rapid compression machine for chemical kinetics studies at elevated pressures and temperatures, Combust. Sci. Tech. 179(3) 497-530.
  2. Mittal, G.; Sung, C.J. (2006) Aerodynamics inside a rapid compression machine, Combust. Flame 145 (1-2), 160-180.
  3. Mittal, G.; Sung, C.J.; Yetter, R.A. (2006) Autoignition of H2/CO at elevated pressures in a rapid compression machine, Int. J. Chem. Kin. 38, 516-529.
  4. Mittal, G.; Sung, C.J.; Fairweather, M.; Tomlin, A.S.; Griffiths, J.F.; Hughes, K.J. (2007) Significance of the HO2 + CO reaction during the combustion of CO + H2 mixtures at high pressures, Proc. Combust. Inst. 31, 419-427.
  5. Mittal, G.; Sung, C.J. (2007) Autoignition of toluene and benzene at elevated pressures in a rapid compression machine, Combust. Flame 150, 355-368.
  6. Kumar, K.; Mittal, G.; Sung, C.J.; Law, C.K. (2008) Experiments on ethylene/O2/diluent mixtures: Laminar flame speeds with preheat and ignition delays at high pressure, Combust. Flame 153 (3) 343-354.
  7. Mittal, G; Sung, C. J. (2008) Homogeneous charge compression ignition of binary fuel blends, Combust. Flame 155, 431- 439.
  8. Mittal, G.; Raju, M.P.; Sung, C. J. (2008) Computational fluid dynamics modeling of hydrogen ignition in a rapid compression machine, Combust. Flame 155, 417-428.
  9. Mittal, G; Chaos, M.; Sung, C. J.; Dryer, F.L. (2008) Dimethyl ether autoignition in a rapid compression machine: Experiments and chemical kinetic modeling, Fuel Processing Technology 89(12) 1244-1254.
  10. Mittal, G.; Sung, C.J. (2009) Autoignition of methylcyclohexane at elevated pressures, Combust. Flame 156, 1852-1855.
  11. Kumar, K.; Mittal, G.; Sung, C.J. (2009) Autoignition of n-decane under elevated pressure and low-to-intermediate temperature conditions, Combust. Flame 156, 1278-1288.
  12. Mittal, G.; Raju, M.P.; Sung, C. J. (2010) CFD modeling of two-stage ignition in a rapid compression machine: Assessment of zero-dimensional approach, Combust. Flame 157, 1316-1324.
  13. Allen, C.; Mittal, G.; Sung, C.J.; Toulson, E.; Lee, T. (2010) An aerosol rapid compression machine for studying energetic-nanoparticle-enhanced combustion of liquid fuels, Proc. Combust. Inst. 33, 3367-3374.
  14. Mittal, G.; Raju, M.P.; Bhari, A. (2011) A numerical assessment of the novel concept of crevice containment in a rapid compression machine, Combust. Flame 158, 2420-2427.
  15. Mittal, G.; Raju, M.P.; Sung, C.J. (2012) Vortex formation in a rapid compression machine: Influence of physical and operating parameters, Fuel 94, 409-417.
  16. Das, A.K.; Sung, C.J.; Zhang, Y; Mittal, G. (2012) Ignition delay study of moist hydrogen/oxidizer mixtures using a rapid compression machine, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 37, 6901–6911.
  17. Mittal, G.; Gupta, S. (2012) Computational assessment of an approach for implementing crevice containment in rapid compression machines, Fuel 102, 536-544.
  18. Goldsborough, S.S.; Mittal, G.; Banyon, C. (2013) Methodology to account for multi-stage ignition phenomena during simulations of RCM experiments, Proc. Combust. Inst. 34, 685-693.
  19. Goldsborough, S.S.; Banyon, C.; Mittal, G. (2012) A computationally efficient, physics-based model for simulating heat loss during compression and the delay period in RCM experiments, Combust. Flame 159, 3476-3492.
  20. Mittal, G.; Chomier, M. (2014) Interpretation of experimental data from rapid compression machines without creviced pistons, Combust. Flame 161, 75-83
  21. Mittal, G.; Bhari, A. (2013) A rapid compression machine with crevice containment, Combust. Flame 160, 2975-2981.
  22. Mittal, G.; Chomier, M. (2014) Effect of crevice mass transfer in a rapid compression machine, Combust. Flame 161, 398-404.
  23. Mittal, G.; Burke, S.M.; Davies, V.A.; Parajuli, B.; Metcalfe, W.; Curran, H.J. (2014) Autoignition of ethanol in a rapid compression machine, Combust. Flame 161, 1164-1171.


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, USA (2006)
  • M.Tech. Computer Applications, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India (2001)
  • B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India (1998)


Courses Taught


4600: 301  Thermal Science       

4600: 310  Fluid Mechanics I                             

4600: 300  Thermodynamics I                            

4600: 301  Thermodynamics II                           

4600: 315  Heat Transfer

4600: 484  ME Lab                                                          

4600: 486  Internal Combustion Engines (Special Topics)                    

4600: 486  Combustion (Special Topics)



4600: 696  Internal Combustion Engines (Special Topics)                    

4600: 696  Combustion (Special Topics)