Chris White, Associate Professor

Chris White, Associate Professor

Kingsbury Hall S254
(603) 862-1495
(603) 862-1865


Ph.D., M.E., Yale University, 2001
M.S. in M.E., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1999
B.S., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1994

Prof. White joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department late in the 2006-2007 academic year. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2001-2004. Following his post-doctoral work, he joined Sandia National Laboratories as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Combustion Research Facility. His principal duties at Sandia included lead investigator in the Advanced Hydrogen Fueled Engine Laboratory.

Prof. White teaches ME 646 – Experimental Measurement and Data Analysis and will teach courses in fluid mechanics, heat transfer and experimental methods in engineering.

Research Areas

  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • Combustion
  • Energy Conversion Technologies
  • Alternative Energy

A collaborative NSF funded research project, that Profs. Klewicki and White are co Pi’s on, has been featured in an NSF special report video. The project aims to study and quantify shape effects on the transport of volcanic ash. The large-wind tunnel is used in the project and featured in the video (see link below). The following graduate students are featured in this link: Mike Allard, Pat Vincenti, and Nicholas DeMarchi.

For more detailed information about Prof. White's research, please see the Center for Fluid Physics site. The CFP is a collaborative cross-disciplinary group of fluid dynamics researchers at UNH.


Book Chapters

  • Schefer RW, White CM, Keller J. 2007. Lean Hydrogen Combustion. In Lean Combustion Technology and Control, ed. D. Dunn, Academic Press. 822-854.

Journal Papers

  • Mehdi F. & White C. M. Integral form of the skin friction coeffient suitable for experimental data Exp. Fluids. (in press) DOI: 10.1007/s00348-010-0893-1.
  • Mehdi F., Klewicki J. C. & White C. M. Mean momentum balance analysis of rough-wall turbulent boundary layers. Physica D. 2010. 239:1329-1337
  • Kaiser S. & White C.M. PIV and PLIF to Evaluate Mixture Formation in a Direct-Injection Hydrogen-Fuelled Engine. SAE Int. J. Engines 2009. 1:657-668.
  • White CM, Mungal MG. 2008. Mechanics and prediction of turbulent drag reduction with polymer additives. Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. 40:235-256.
  • White CM. 2007. OH* chemiluminescence measurements in a direct-injection hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engine. Int. J. Engine Res. 20:185-204.
  • White CM, Steeper RR, Lutz AE. 2006. The hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine: a technical review. Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 31:1292-1305.
  • Dubief Y, Terrapon VE, White CM, Shaqfeh ESG, Moin P, Lele SK. 2005. New answers on the interaction between polymers and vortices in turbulent flows. Flow Turbul. Combust. 74:311-329.
  • Dubief Y, White CM, Terrapon VE, Shaqfeh ESG, Moin P, Lele SK. 2004. On the coherent drag-reducing and turbulence-enhancing behaviour of polymers in wall flows. J. Fluid Mech. 514:271-280.
  • White CM, Somandepalli VSR, Mungal MG. 2004. The turbulence structure of drag reduced boundary layer flow. Exp. Fluids 36:62-69.
  • White CM, Karpetis AN, Sreenivasan KR. 2002. High Reynolds numbers in small apparatus: grid turbulence in cryogenic liquids. J. Fluid Mech. 452:189-197.
  • Donnelly RJ, Karpetis AN, Niemela, JJ, Sreenivasan KR, Vinen WF, White CM. 2002. The use of particle image velocimetry in the study of turbulence in liquid helium. J. Low Temp. Phys. 126:327-3302.
  • Lyder CH, Shannon R, Empleo-Frazier O, McGeHee D, White CM. 2002. A comprehensive program to prevent pressure uclers in long-term care: exploring costs and outcomes. Ostomy/Wound Manag. 48:52-62.
  • Karpetis AN, White CM, Sreenivasan KR. 2000. Laser wipers. Phys. Rev. E 61:4421-4423.
  • Sreenivasan KR, White CM. 2000. Onset of drag reduction and the maximum drag reduction asymptote. J. Fluid Mech.409:149-164.
  • Van Doorn E, White CM, Sreenivasan KR. 1999. The decay of grid turbulence in polymer and surfactant solutions. Phys. Fluids 11:2387-2393.
  • White CM, Sreenivasan KR. 1998. Does molecular rotation affect the transitional Reynolds number? Phys. Let. A.238:323-327.

Refereed Conference Papers

  • White CM, Kaiser S. 2008. Fuel-Air Mixing in a Direct-Injection Hydrogen-Fueled Internal Combustion Engine. 14th Intl. Symp. Appl. Laser Tech. Fluid Mech.
  • Kaiser S, White CM. 2008. PIV and PLIF to Evaluate Mixture Formation in a Direct-Injection Hydrogen-Fueled Engine.SAE Paper. 2008-01-1034.
  • White CM. 2007. A qualitative evaluation of mixture formation in a direct-injection hydrogen-fuelled engine. SAE Paper. 2007-01-1467.
  • Somandepalli VSR, White CM, Mungal MG. 2003. Boundary layer studies on polymer drag reduction using PIV and PLIF.Proc. 4th ASME/JSME Joint Fluids Eng. Conf. 2A:763-771
  • White CM, Somandepalli VSR, Mungal MG. 2002. PIV measurements of drag reducing boundary layer flows. 11th Intl. Symp. Appl. Laser Tech. Fluid Mech.
  • White C, Raghu S, Giannotti G, Giannotti H. 1996. Power boost of gas turbines by inlet air cooling, Proc. 31st Intersociety Energy Conversion Eng. Conf. 2:725-729

Technical Reports

  • White CM. 2007. Final results of mixture formation and combustion in an optical engine. Project No. 506604 HYICE Optimization of a Hydrogen Powered Internal Combustion Engine, Deliverable D4.3.F.
  • White CM. 2006. Evaluation of Mixture Formation and Combustion in an Optical Engine using OH* Chemiluminescence. Project No. 506604 HYICE Optimization of a Hydrogen Powered Internal Combustion Engine. Deliverable D4.3.B.