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Sunderland, Peter B.

Sunderland, Peter B.

Professor
Keystone Professor
Director, Undergraduate Studies
Fire Protection Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
3104E J.M. Patterson Building

EDUCATION

  • 1995 Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 1994 M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 1986 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • 1983 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca.

BACKGROUND

  • 2017 – present Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of Fire Protection Engineering; Affiliate, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering; Affiliate, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Keystone Professor, College of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • 2010 – 2017 Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of Fire Protection Engineering; Affiliate Associate Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering; Affiliate Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • 2004 – 2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, and Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • 1996 – 2004 Staff Scientist and Research Associate, National Center for Microgravity Research and National Research Council, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland.
  • 1991 –1995 Research Fellow and Research Assistant, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 1988 – 1991 Senior Engineer, Northern Research and Engineering Division of Ingersoll-Rand, Woburn, MA.
  • 1985 – 1987 Engineer, Pratt and Whitney Division of United Technologies, East Hartford. 1981 – 1982 Co-Operative Engineer, Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., New Castle, Delaware.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Poole and Kent Teaching Award for Senior Engineering Faculty, University of Maryland, 2017.
  • Best Image, Fire Science Image Competition, IAFSS2014.
  • Best-Paper Award, Sixth International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, 2010.
  • Faculty Early Career Award, NSF, 2010.
  • Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award, SAE, 2008.
  • E. Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award, College of Engineering, University of Maryland, 2008.
  • Keystone Professor, The Clark School Academy of Distinguished Professors, University of Maryland, 2008.
  • Excellence in Oral Presentation, SAE World Congress, Detroit, 2007.
  • Best-Paper Award, Northern Ohio Section of AIAA, 2003.
  • Mentor of the Year, NASA Glenn Research Center, 1999.
  • Best-Paper Award, Combustion Institute Central States Meeting, 1996.

 

Combustion and fire safety, including soot formation and oxidation, microgravity combustion, refrigerant flammability, hydrogen flames, laminar diffusion flames, sodium fires, battery fires, vehicle fires, and diagnostics development.


ENES 100, Introduction to Engineering Design
ENFP 101, Introduction to Fire Protection Engineering
ENFP 300, Fire Protection Fluid Mechanics
ENFP 310, Water-Based Fire Protection System Design
ENFP 320,  Fire Assessment Methods and Laboratory
ENFP 350, Professional Development Seminar
ENFP 415/651, Fire Dynamics
ENFP 630, Diffusion Flames and Burning Rate Theory

Journal Papers

54.    D.K. Kim, P.B. Sunderland, Fire Ember Pyrometry Using a Color Camera, Fire Safety Journal 106 (2019) 88-93.

53.    A. Markan, P.B. Sunderland , J.G. Quintiere, J.L. de Ris, H.R. Baum, Measuring Heat Flux to a Porous Burner in Microgravity, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 37 (2019) 4137-4144.

52.    Z. Wang, P.B. Sunderland, R.L. Axelbaum, Dilution Effects on Laminar Jet Diffusion Flame Lengths, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 37 (2019) 1547-1553.

51.    D.K. Kim, A.E. Klieger, P.Q. Lomax, C.G. McCoy, J.Y. Reymann, P.B. Sunderland, An Improved Test Method for Refrigerant Flammability Limits in a 12 L Vessel, Science and Technology for the Built Environment 24 (2018) 861-866.

50.    A. Markan, P.B. Sunderland , J.G. Quintiere, J.L. de Ris, D.P. Stocker, H.R. Baum, A Burning Rate Emulator (BRE) for Study of Condensed Fuel Burning in Microgravity, Combustion and Flame 192 (2018) 272-282.

49.    M.K. Rodenhurst III, B.-H. Chao, P.B. Sunderland, R.L. Axelbaum, Structure and Extinction of Spherical Burner-Stabilized Diffusion Flames that are Attached to the Burner Surface, Combustion and Flame 187 (2018) 22-29.

48.    P.M. Anderson, H. Guo, P.B. Sunderland, Repeatability and Reproducibility of TEM Soot Primary Particle Size Measurements and Comparison of Automated Methods, Journal of Aerosol Science 114 (2017) 317–326.

47.  S.K. Chin, P.B. Sunderland, G. Jomaas, Firefighter Nozzle Reaction, Fire Technology 53 (2017) 1907–1917.

46.    E.D. Link, S.J. Jordan, T.M. Myers, P.B. Sunderland, A.W. Marshall, Spray Dispersion Measurements of a Sprinkler Array, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 36 (2017) 3305-3311.

45.    F.V. Lundström, P.B. Sunderland., J.G. Quintiere, P. van Hees, J.L de Ris, Study of Ignition and Extinction of Small-Scale Fires in Experiments with an Emulating Gas Burner, Fire Safety Journal 87 (2017) 18-24.

44.    J.P. White, E.D. Link, A. Trouvé, P.B Sunderland, A.W. Marshall, A general calorimetry framework for measurement of combustion efficiency in a suppressed turbulent line fire. Fire Safety Journal 92 (2017) 164-176.

43.    H. Guo, P.M. Anderson, P.B. Sunderland, Optimized Rate Expressions for Soot Oxidation by OH and O2, Fuel 172 (2016) 248–252.

42.  S. Vilfayeau, J.P. White, P.B. Sunderland, A.W. Marshall, A. Trouvé, Large Eddy Simulation of Flame Extinction in a Turbulent Line Fire Exposed to Air-Nitrogen Co-Flow, Fire Safety Journal 86 (2016) 16–31.

41.    Y. Zhang, M. Kim, P.B. Sunderland, J.G. Quintiere, J. de Ris, A Burner to Emulate Condensed Phase Fuels, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science 73 (2016) 87-93.

40.    H. Guo, P.M. Anderson, P.B. Sunderland, A Ternary Flame System for Soot Oxidation Studies, Combustion Science and Technology 187 (2015) 1836-1840.

39.    J.L. Pagliaro, G.T. Linteris, P.B. Sunderland, P.T. Baker, Combustion Inhibition and Enhancement of Premixed Methane-Air Flames by Halon Replacements, Combustion and Flame 162 (2015) 41-49.

38.    J.P. White, E.D. Link, A.C. Trouvé, P.B. Sunderland, A.W. Marshall, J.A. Sheffel, M.L. Corn, M.B. Colket, M. Chaos, H.-Z. Yu, Radiative Emissions Measurements from a Buoyant, Turbulent Line Flame under Oxidizer-Dilution Quenching Conditions, Fire Safety Journal 76 (2015) 74-84.

37.    Y. Zhang, M. Kim, H. Guo, P.B. Sunderland, J.G. Quintiere, J. deRis, D.P. Stocker, Emulation of Condensed Fuel Flames with Gases in Microgravity, Combustion and Flame 162 (2015) 3449-3455.

36.    Y. Zhang, P.B. Sunderland, Quenching Limits of Inverse Diffusion Flames with Enriched Oxygen, Combustion and Flame 162 (2015) 2743–2745.

35.    Y. Zhang, M.J. Bustamante, M.J. Gollner, P.B. Sunderland, J.G. Quintiere, Burning on Flat Wicks at Various Orientations, Journal of Fire Sciences 32 (2014) 52-71.

34.    D. An, P.B. Sunderland, D.P. Lathrop, Suppression of Sodium Fires with Liquid Nitrogen, Fire Safety Journal 58 (2013) 204-207.

33.   H. Guo, J.A. Castillo, P.B. Sunderland, Digital Camera Measurements of Soot Temperature and Soot Volume Fraction in Axisymmetric Flames, Applied Optics 52 (2013) 8040-8047.

32.    V.R. Lecoustre, P.B. Sunderland, B.H. Chao, R.L. Axelbaum, Modeled Quenching Limits of Spherical Hydrogen Diffusion Flames, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 34 (2013) 887-894.  

31.    L. Li, P.B. Sunderland, Smoke Points of Fuel-Fuel and Fuel-Inert Mixtures, Fire Safety Journal 61 (2013) 226-231.

30.    G.T. Linteris, V.I. Babushok, P.B. Sunderland, F. Takahashi, V.R. Katta, O. Meier, Unwanted Combustion Enhancement by C6F12O Fire Suppressant, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 34 (2013) 2683-2690.

29.    P. Bhatia, V.R. Katta, S.S. Krishnan, Y. Zheng, P.B. Sunderland, J.P. Gore, Simulations of Normal and Inverse Laminar Diffusion Flames Under Oxygen Enhancement and Gravity Variation, Combustion Theory and Modelling 16 (2012) 774-798.

28.    V.R. Lecoustre, P.B. Sunderland, B.H. Chao, R.L. Axelbaum, Numerical Investigation of Spherical Diffusion Flames at their Sooting Limits, Combustion and Flame 159 (2012) 194-199.

27.    L. Li, P.B. Sunderland, An Improved Method of Smoke Point Normalization, Combustion Science and Technology 184 (2012) 829-841.

26.    K.T. Dotson, P.B. Sunderland, Z.-G. Yuan, D.L. Urban, Laminar Smoke Points of Coflowing Flames in Microgravity, Fire Safety Journal, 46 (2011) 550-555.

25.    P.B. Sunderland, J.G. Quintiere, G.A. Tabaka, D. Lian, C.-W. Chiu, Analysis and Measurement of Candle Flame Shapes, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 33 (2011) 2489-2496.

24.    V.R. Lecoustre, P.B. Sunderland, B.H. Chao, R.L. Axelbaum, Extremely Weak Hydrogen Flames, Combustion and Flame 157 (2010) 2209-2210.

23.    K.M. Allan, J.R. Kaminski, J.C. Bertrand, J. Head, P.B. Sunderland, Laminar Smoke Points of Wax Candles, Combustion Science and Technology 181 (2009) 800-811.

22.    M.S. Butler, C.W. Moran, P.B. Sunderland, R.L. Axelbaum, Limits for Hydrogen Leaks that Can Support Stable Flames, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 34 (2009) 5174-5182.

21.    F.J. Diez, C. Aalburg, P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, Z.-G. Yuan, G.M. Faeth, Soot Properties of Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames in Microgravity, Combustion and Flame 156 (2009) 1514-1524.

20.    S.S. Krishnan, J.M. Abshire, P.B. Sunderland, Z.-G. Yuan, J.P. Gore, Analytical Predictions of Shapes of Laminar Diffusion Flames in Microgravity and Earth Gravity, Combustion Theory and Modelling 12 (2008) 605-620.

19.    K.B. Lim, B.H. Chao, P.B. Sunderland, R.L. Axelbaum, A Theoretical Study of Spontaneous Ignition of Fuel Jets in an Oxidizing Ambient with Emphasis on Hydrogen Jets, Combustion Theory and Modelling 12 (2008) 1179-1196.

18.    P.B. Sunderland, J.E. Haylett, D.L. Urban, V. Nayagam, Lengths of Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames under Elevated Gravity, Combustion and Flame 152 (2008) 60-68.

17.    J.D. Maun, P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, Thin-Filament Pyrometry with a Digital Still Camera, Applied Optics 46 (2007) 483-488.

16.    K.J. Santa, B.H. Chao, P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, D.P. Stocker, R.L. Axelbaum, Radiative Extinction of Gaseous Spherical Diffusion Flames in Microgravity, Combustion and Flame 151 (2007) 665-675.

15.    K.J. Santa, Z. Sun, B.H. Chao, P.B. Sunderland, R.L. Axelbaum, D.L. Urban, D.P. Stocker, Numerical and Experimental Observations of Spherical Diffusion Flames, Combustion Theory and Modelling 11 (2007) 639-652.

14.    C. Aalburg, F.J. Diez, G.M. Faeth, P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, Z.-G. Yuan, Shapes of Nonbuoyant Round Hydrocarbon-Fueled Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames in Still Air, Combustion and Flame 142 (2005) 1-16.

13.    P.B. Sunderland, S.S. Krishnan, J.P. Gore, Effects of Oxygen Enhancement and Gravity on Normal and Inverse Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 136 (2004) 254-256.

12.    P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, D.P. Stocker, B.-H. Chao, R.L. Axelbaum, Sooting Limits of Microgravity Spherical Diffusion Flames in Oxygen-Enriched Air and Diluted Fuel, Combustion Science and Technology 176 (2004) 2143-2164.

11.  P.B. Sunderland, R.L. Axelbaum, D.L. Urban, B.H. Chao, S. Liu, Effects of Structure and Hydrodynamics on the Sooting Behavior of Spherical Microgravity Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 132 (2003) 25-33.

10.    D.L. Urban, Z.–G. Yuan, P.B. Sunderland, K.–C. Lin, Z. Dai, G.M. Faeth, Smoke-Point Properties of Nonbuoyant Round Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 28 (2000) 1965-1972.

9.      K.–C. Lin, G.M. Faeth, P.B. Sunderland, D.L. Urban, Z.–G. Yuan, Shapes of Nonbuoyant Round Luminous Hydrocarbon/Air Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 116 (1999) 415-431.

8.      P.B. Sunderland, B.J. Mendelson, Z.–G. Yuan, D.L. Urban, Shapes of Buoyant and Nonbuoyant Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 116 (1999) 376-386.

7.      D.L. Urban, Z.–G. Yuan, P.B. Sunderland, G.T. Linteris, J.E. Voss, K.–C. Lin, Z. Dai, K. Sun, G.M. Faeth, Structure and Soot Properties of Nonbuoyant Ethylene/Air Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, AIAA Journal 36 (1998) 1346-1360.

6.      F. Xu, P.B. Sunderland, G.M. Faeth, Soot Formation in Laminar Premixed Ethylene/Air Flames at Atmospheric Pressure, Combustion and Flame 108 (1997) 471-493.

5.      K.–C. Lin, P.B. Sunderland, G.M. Faeth, Soot Nucleation and Growth in Acetylene Air Laminar Coflowing Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 104 (1996) 369-375.

4.      P.B. Sunderland, G.M. Faeth, Soot Formation in Hydrocarbon/Air Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 105 (1996) 132-146.

3.      P.B. Sunderland, Ü.Ö. Köylü, G.M. Faeth, Soot Formation in Weakly-Buoyant Acetylene-Fueled Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames Burning in Air, Combustion and Flame 100 (1995) 310-322, also in Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Volume 25.

2.      P.B. Sunderland, S. Mortazavi, G.M. Faeth, D.L. Urban, Laminar Smoke Points of Nonbuoyant Jet Diffusion Flames, Combustion and Flame 96 (1994) 97-103.

1.      T.R. Blake, H. Webb, P.B. Sunderland, The Nondimensionalization of Equations Describing Fluidization with Application to the Correlation of Jet Penetration Height, Chemical Engineering Science 45 (1990) 365-371.

Theses
  • P.B. Sunderland, Soot Formation in Laminar Jet Diffusion Flames, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan (1995) 114 pp. Advisor: Gerard M. Faeth.
  • P.B. Sunderland, A Dimensional Analysis of Fluidized Bed Dynamics with Application to Jet Penetration Measurements, M.S. Thesis, University of Massachusetts (1986) 78 pp. Advisor: Thomas R. Blake.

UMD Fire Researchers Ignite the First of Two Space Station Experiments

BRE experiment commenced aboard the International Space Station on February 8.

Mildly Flamable Refrigerants: What you need to know

FPE Professor Peter Sunderland answers 'burning questions' for HPT magazine.

Peter Sunderland weighs in on Baltimore restaurant fires

Interview published in the Baltimore Sun.

FPE Well-Represented at 2018 International Combustion Symposium

Several faculty members and grad students traveled to Dublin to offer oral presentations on their research.

FPE Professor Peter Sunderland Designated PI on Upcoming NIST and NSF Projects

Grant money will be used in research aimed at developing wild-fire suppression methods, and cleaner, more efficient internal combustion engines.

UMD Experiments Launched into Orbit on SpaceX Capsule

Fire Protection Engineering research will further understanding of combustion and pollutants.

Peter Sunderland Wins Poole and Kent Teaching Award for Senior Faculty

He will be recognized at the 2017 Clark School of Engineering Commencement on May 20.

FPE Ph.D. Candidate Wins 2017 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award

Akshit Markan will be honored at the UMD Graduate School Fellowship and Awards Celebration on May 11th.

UMD Hosts the Premier Combustion Science Meeting in the U.S.

A record number of attendees made the 2017 meeting the most successful in its history.

Two FPE Faculty Members Granted Tenure, Promotion

Drs. Peter Sunderland and Michael Gollner will be promoted, effective August 1.

FPE student papers accepted at Combustion Symposium

5 Fire PhD students had their papers accepted into the 36th International Symposium on Combustion in Seoul. 

FPE team wins 2nd place at ANSI-NIST Student Competition

Five Fire Students, advised by Professor Peter Sunderland, took second place at the ANSI-NIST Standards Simulation Student Competition this month.

AHRI Grant Supports Study of Refrigerant Flammability

Drs. Peter Sunderland and Vivien Lecoustre lead Investigation of Energy Produced by Potential Ignition Sources in Residential Application.

UMD to Host National Combustion Meeting

Trouvé chairs premier combustion science meeting.

ASHRAE Grant Supports Study of Refrigerant Flammability

Sunderland, Lecoustre will lead the research team.

Lund University FPE Students Visit Maryland

FPE@UMD hosts tours, presentations.

Sunderland Discusses Natural Gas Explosions On ABC World News With Diane Sawyer

Fire protection engineering professor appears on national television.

FPEs Bustamante Goes Zero-G

Michael Bustamante participates in micro-gravity testing

Clark School Expert, Visualization Tool Demonstrate Crisis Communication

Peter Sunderland, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology assist National Academy of Engineering presentation at USA Science and Engineering Expo.

Fire Protection Faculty Appointed to ESS Board

Sunderland and Trouvé Appointed to ESS Executive Board

Is It Safe to Breathe Yet?

"Double-flame" research seeks to improve soot combustion, reduce pollutants.

Sunderland Wins CAREER Award

Research aims to reduce pollution from soot oxidation.

Peter B. Sunderland named Keystone Professor

Peter B. Sunderland, Assistant Professor, was selected to join Keystone: the Clark School Academy of Distinguished Professors effective July 1, 2008.

Prof. Sunderland leads enhanced Department recruiting efforts

Peter Sunderland, an assistant professor in the department of fire protection engineering, has been making calls to undeclared engineering majors to raise awareness about his program.

Alumnus Receives Presenter Award

Jignesh D. Maun has received the 2006 Outstanding Student Presenter Award from the Combustion Institution Central States Section.