Michael Cundy
Michael E. Cundy, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Managing Engineer
Thermal Sciences
Phoenix

Dr. Cundy is a licensed Mechanical Engineer with expertise in the fields of combustion, heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and measurement systems. He has utilized these skills extensively in the analysis and investigation of complex mechanical and electrical systems, including vehicle systems in both prototype and production versions. Dr. Cundy has performed many fire cause and origin investigations involving on-road and off-road vehicles, houses, and larger structures. He has investigated matters involving carbon monoxide production and intrusion into occupied areas; evaporation, mixing, and diffusion of fuels and production of explosive mixtures; and water loss claims. He also has experience investigating industrial equipment, including a powder coating operation and package boiler. He has coordinated and carried out major testing and analysis campaigns which have involved failing airbag inflators, refrigerant flammability, mechanical stress fractures due to thermal expansion, electrical fault energy dissipation, exhaust system temperature testing, insulation flammability, circuit resistive fault testing, systems response to induced failures, burst testing of tubes, fire propagation, module-to-module communication via controller area networks, smoke detector operation, heat transfer testing of winter jackets, and more. He has worked in areas of product development, third-party validation, and product safety. Dr. Cundy also participates as a peer reviewer of submitted publications for the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Prior to joining Exponent, he was a member of the Quantitative Laser Diagnostics Laboratory in the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he developed and applied various novel laser-based spectroscopy and optical measurement systems to study combustion in internal combustion engines. His work included developing and applying temperature field diagnostics, based on laser-induced fluorescence, to evaluate heat transfer from hot gases to the engine block; utilizing particle-image velocimetry to study flow patterns in engines; and developing and applying fuel concentration diagnostics to study combustion stability, including misfires and partial burns, in an advanced internal combustion engine.

While at the University of Michigan, Dr. Cundy was an instructor for a laboratory course that focused on experimental data collection, analysis, data presentation, and error analysis.

Dr. Cundy also performed fluid mechanics research in the Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics Laboratory at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He worked on a project funded by the U.S. Air Force where he developed a laser diagnostic tool to measure density fluctuations in the boundary layer of a supersonic flow.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2012
  • M.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2008
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2005, with distinction, with honors
  • Alternate – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Recreational Vehicles, 2012–2014

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

National Association of Fire Investigators Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Arizona, #55526

Fire Investigation 1A: Fire Origin and Cause Determination; accredited by the California State Fire Marshal

Fire Investigation 1B: Techniques of Fire Investigation; accredited by the California State Fire Marshal

Publications

Morse T, Cundy M, Kytomaa H. Vehicle fires resulting from hot surface ignition of grass and leaves. SAE Paper 2017-01-1354, 2017.

Colwell JD, Cundy M. Full-scale burn test of a 1992 compact pickup truck. SAE Paper 2013-01-0209, 2013.

Cundy ME. Development of high-speed laser diagnostics for the investigation of scalar heterogeneities in engines. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan, 2012.

Cundy ME, Trunk P, Dreizler A, Sick V. Gas-phase toluene LIF temperature imaging near surfaces at 10 kHz. Experiments in Fluids 2011, DOI 10.1007/s00348-011-1137-8.

Cundy ME, Sick V. Hydroxyl radical imaging at kHz rates using a frequency quadrupled Nd:YLF laser. Applied Physics B 2009; 96(2):241–244.

Cundy ME, Schucht T, Thiele O, Sick V. High-speed laser-induced fluorescence and spark plug absorption sensor diagnostics for mixing and combustion studies in engines. Applied Optics 2009; 48(4):B94-B104.

Cundy ME. Detection and measurement of density fluctuations induced by a magnetohydrodynamic force in a supersonic boundary layer. Undergraduate Honors Thesis, The Ohio State University, 2005.

Meyer R, Nishihara M, Hicks A, Chintala M, Cundy M, Lempert WR, Adamovich IV, Gogineni S. Measurements of flow conductivity and density fluctuations in supersonic nonequilibrium MHD flows. AIAA Journal 2005; 43(9):1923.

Conference Presentations

Cundy M, Schucht T, Thiele O, Sick V. Novel optical diagnostics for mixing and combustion studies in engines. Poster presented at the University of Michigan Graduate Student Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI, November 2008.

Cundy M, Sick V. Misfire analysis techniques in a direct injection engine. Presented at the Gordon Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Combustion, Oxford, UK, August 2007.

Cundy M, Lempert W. Study of the effect of electromagnetic fields on density fluctuations in a supersonic boundary layer. Presented at the Denman Undergraduate Honors Research Forum, Columbus, OH, May 2004.

Cundy M, Sick V. Hydroxyl radical imaging at kHz rates using a frequency quadrupled Nd:YLF laser. Presented at the University of Michigan Graduate Student Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI, November 2009.

Drake MC, Fansler TD, Cundy M, Sick V. High-repetition-rate Mie scattering and particle-image-velocimetry for flow and combustion diagnostics in a direct-injection gasoline engine. Presented at the 6th U. S. National Combustion Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2009.

Cundy M, Schucht T, Thiele O, Sick V. Novel optical diagnostics for mixing and combustion studies in engines. Presented at the University of Michigan Graduate Student Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI, November 2008.

Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2012
  • M.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2008
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2005, with distinction, with honors
  • Alternate – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Recreational Vehicles, 2012–2014

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

National Association of Fire Investigators Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Arizona, #55526

Fire Investigation 1A: Fire Origin and Cause Determination; accredited by the California State Fire Marshal

Fire Investigation 1B: Techniques of Fire Investigation; accredited by the California State Fire Marshal