Dr. Christopher Combs

Research Assistant Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, Biomedical Engineering (MABE)
University of Tennessee
Space Institute
MS-23
Tullahoma, TN 37388-9700

Phone: (931) 393-7373
email:  ccombs@utsi.edu

Education

  • 2010 – B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Evansville
  • 2015 – Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Professional Experience

  • 2015-present – Research Assistant Professor at The University of Tennessee Space Institute
  • 2014-2015 – Assistant Instructor, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2012-2014 – Visiting NSTRF Fellow, NASA Langley and NASA Ames
  • 2010-2013 – Teaching Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2010-2015 – Graduate Research Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

  • Compressible Flows
  • Turbulence
  • Laser-Based Measurement Techniques
  • Flowfield Imaging

Select Publications and Conference Proceedings

  • Combs, C. S., B. J. Lochman, V. Narayanaswamy, and N. T. Clemens, “Technique for Studying Ablation-Products Transport in Supersonic Boundary Layers by using PLIF of Naphthalene,” Experiments in Fluids, in preparation.
  • Combs, C. S. and N. T. Clemens, “Quantitative Measurements of Ablation-Products Transport in a Supersonic Turbulent Boundary Layer using Simultaneous PIV and Naphthalene PLIF,” Ninth International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, Melbourne, Australia, June 30-July 3, 2015.
  • Combs, C. S. and N. T. Clemens, “Measurements of Ablation-Products Transport in a Mach 5 Turbulent Boundary Layer using Naphthalene PLIF,” AIAA Paper 2015-1912, 53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Kissimmee, FL, Jan. 5-9, 2015.
  • Combs, C. S., N. T. Clemens, P. M. Danehy, B. Bathel, R. Parker, T. Wadhams, M. Holden, and B. Kirk, “Fluorescence Imaging of Reaction Control Jets and Backshell Aeroheating of Orion Capsule,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 52, Jan. 2015, pp. 243-252.
  • Guo, X., H. Zhao, H. Song, E. Zhang, C. S. Combs, N. T. Clemens, X. Chen, K. K. Li, Y. K. Zou, and Hua Jiang, “Upconverting Phosphor Thermometry for High Temperature Sensing Applications,” Sensors & Transducers, Vol. 13, Dec. 2011, pp. 124-130.
  • Combs, C. S., N. T. Clemens, and P. M. Danehy, “Visualization of Capsule Reentry Vehicle Heat Shield Ablation using Naphthalene PLIF,” 17th Int’l Symp. on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics, Lisbon, Portugal, July 7-10, 2014.
  • Combs, C. S., N. T. Clemens, and P. M. Danehy, “Development of Naphthalene PLIF for Visualizing Ablation Products from a Space Capsule Heat Shield,” AIAA Paper 2014-1152, 52nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, National Harbor, MD, Jan. 13-17, 2014.
  • Combs, C. S., N. T. Clemens, P. M. Danehy, B. Bathel, R. Parker, T. Wadhams, M. Holden, and B. Kirk, “NO PLIF Visualizations of the Orion Capsule in LENS-I” AIAA Paper 2013-0033, 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Grapevine, TX, Jan. 7-10, 2013.
  • X. Guo, H. Zhao, H. Song, Q. Chen, K.K. Li, Y.K. Zou, H. Jiang, C. S. Combs, V. Narayanaswamy, and N. T. Clemens, “Upconverting Nanophosphors for High Temperature Sensing Applications,” Nanotech 2011, Vol. 1, 2011, pp. 429-433.