Peter Veloo
Peter S. Veloo, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Senior Engineer
Thermal Sciences
  • Los Angeles

Dr. Veloo uses his expertise in combustion and fire protection engineering to investigate the origin and cause of fires and explosions. He also uses his extensive numerical and experimental background in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and chemical kinetics to explain ignition phenomena, extinction limits, flame propagation, and flame spread. In addition, he is performing ongoing research into evaluating the efficacy of alternative and conventional flame retardants and into understanding the chemistry of flammability limits of process fluids.

Dr. Veloo has had extensive involvement in the assessment of procedures within petroleum refining and petrochemical industries to mitigate or prevent failures. He has evaluated the effectiveness and implementation of refinery specific procedures relating to the mitigation of damage modes to large assets including sulfidation corrosion.

Dr. Veloo has performed fundamental research for the Department of Energy alternative fuels initiative and Air Force Office of Scientific Research hypersonics project. His computational and experimental research focused on the development of predictive and accurate combustion models.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Veloo was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Fuels and Combustion Research Laboratory in Princeton University.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2011
  • M.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 2006
  • B.E., Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2004, First Class Honors
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2008

    Electricity Engineers Association Scholarship, 2003

    Electric Power Engineering Centre Scholarship, 2003

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #37056

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training (29 CFR 1910.120)

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), #18955-10578

Fire Origin and Cause Determination Training (1A), State of California, Office of State Fire Marshal

Basic Scuba Certification – Los Angeles County (1305430A)

LANGUAGES

  • Malay

Publications

Park O, Veloo PS, Burbano H, Egolfopoulos FN. Studies of premixed and non-premixed hydrogen flames. Combustion and Flame 2015; 162:1078–1094.

Won SH, Dooley S, Veloo PS, Wang H, Oehlschlaeger MA, Dryer FL, Ju Y. The combustion properties of 2,6,10-trimethyl dodecane and a chemical functional group analysis. Combustion and Flame 2014; 161:826–834.

Sarathy SM, Park S, Weber BW, Wang W, Veloo PS, Davis AC, Togbé C, Westbrook CK, Park O, Dayma G, Luo Z, Oehlschlaeger MA, Egolfopoulos FN, Lu T, Pitz WK, Sung CJ, Dagaut P. A comprehensive experimental and modeling study of iso-pentanol combustion. Combustion and Flame 2013; 160:2712–2728.

Veloo PS, Quintiere JG. Convective heat transfer coefficient in compartment fires. Journal of Fire Sciences 2013; 31:410–426.

Veloo PS, Dagaut P, Togbé C, Dayma G, Sarathy SM, Westbrook CK, Egolfopoulos FN. Experimental and modeling study of the oxidation of n- and iso-butanal. Combustion and Flame 2013; 160:1609–1626.

Veloo PS, Dagaut P, Togbé C, Dayma G, Sarathy SM, Westbrook CK, Egolfopoulos FN. Jet-stirred reactor and flame studies of propanal oxidation. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 2013; 34:711–718.

Park O, Veloo PS, Egolfopoulos FN. Flame Studies of C2 Hydrocarbons. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 2013; 34:599–606.

Ji C, Sarathy SM, Veloo PS, Westbrook CK, Egolfopoulos FN. Effects of fuel branching on the propagation of octane isomers flames. Combustion and Flame 2012; 159:1426–1436.

Veloo PS, Egolfopoulos FN. Flame propagation of butanol isomers/air mixtures. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 2011; 33:987–993.

Wang YL, Veloo PS, Egolfopoulos FN, Tsotsis TT. A comparative study on the extinction characteristics of non-premixed dimethyl ether and ethanol flames. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 2011; 33:1003–1010.

Park O, Veloo PS, Liu N, Egolfopoulos FN. Combustion characteristics of alternative gaseous fuels. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 2011; 33:887–894.

Veloo PS, Egolfopoulos FN. Studies of n-propanol/air, iso-propanol/air, and propane/air premixed flames. Combustion and Flame 2011; 158:501–510.

Sarathy M, Westbrook CK, Mehl M, Pitz WJ, Togbe C, Dagaut P, Wang H, Oehlschlaeger MA, Niemann U, Seshadri K, Veloo PS, Ji C, Egolfopoulos FN, Lu T. Comprehensive chemical kinetic modeling of the oxidation of C8 and larger n-alkanes and 2-methylalkanes. Combustion and Flame 2011; 158:2338–2357.

Veloo PS, Wang YL, Egolfopoulos FN, Westbrook CK. A comparative experimental and computational study of methanol, ethanol, and n-butanol flames. Combustion and Flame 2010; 157:1989–2004.

Conference Publications


Veloo PS, Egolfopoulos FN, Lee DJ, Wang YL, Park O. A comparative study of C3 and C4 aldehydes and ketones. 9th US National Combustion Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, 2015. 

Veloo PS, Dooley S, Won SH, Jahangirian S, Dryer FL. Low temperature oxidation of normal-alkanes. 9th US National Combustion Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, 2015. 

Won SH, Veloo PS, Santner J, Ju Y, Dryer FL, Dooley S. Characterization of global combustion properties with simple fuel property measurements for alternative jet fuels. 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cleveland, OH, 2014.

Park O, Dames EE, Egolfopoulos FN, Veloo PS. A comparative study of methyl methacrylate flame inhibition with bromine and phosphorus dopants. Spring Technical Meeting, Western States Section/Combustion Institute, CalTech, 2014. 

Park O, Veloo PS, Burbano H, Egolfopoulos FN. Experimental and numerical studies of non-premixed hydrogen flames at elevated pressures. Spring Technical Meeting, Western States Section/Combustion Institute, CalTech, 2014. 

Gillespie F, Metcalfe WM, Burke SM, Haas FM, Veloo PS, Heyne JS, Dryer FL, Curran HJ. An experimental and modelling study of acetone oxidation and pyrolysis. 6th European Combustion Meeting, Lund University, Sweden, 2013. 

Park O, Veloo PS, Egolfopoulos FN. Studies of premixed and non-premixed Hydrogen/O2/N2 flames. 8th US National Combustion Meeting, Park City, Utah, 2013. 

Won SH, Dooley S, Veloo PS, Wang H, Oehlschlaeger MA, Dryer FL, Ju Y. Quantification of molecular structure impact on combustion properties for synthetic diesel fuel: 2,6,10-trimethyldodecane. 8th US National Combustion Meeting, Park City, Utah, 2013. 

Veloo PS, Won SH, Dryer FL. Oxidation reactivity characteristics of alternative aviation fuels. 8th US National Combustion Meeting, Park City, Utah, 2013. 

Park O, Veloo PS, Wang H, Egolfopoulos FN. Chemical kinetic uncertainty minimization through laminar flame speed measurements. Spring Technical Meeting, Western States Section/Combustion Institute, Arizona State University, 2012. 

Park O, Veloo PS, Egolfopoulos FN. Effect of water vapor addition on the extinction of premixed and non-premixed H2/CO/air flames. 7th US National Combustion Meeting, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011. 

Veloo PS, Park O, Kellogg K, Liu N, Egolfopoulos FN. Combustion characteristics of alternative gas turbine fuels. 6th US National Combustion Meeting, University of Michigan, 2009. 

Veloo PS, Schwab GF, Wang YL, Ji C, Holley AT, Egolfopoulos FN. Extinction of dry and wet premixed H2/Air flames. Spring Technical Meeting, Western States Section/Combustion Institute, University of Southern California, 2008. 

Ji C, Schwab GF, Veloo PS, Holley AT, Egolfopoulos FN. Flame ignition of mixtures of dry and wet synthesis gas with oxygen and nitrogen. 5th US Combustion Meeting, U.C. San Diego, 2007.


Prior Experience

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2011–2013

Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2006–2011

Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 2004–2006

Professional Affiliations

Combustion Institute

National Fire Protection Association—NFPA

National Association of Fire Investigators—NAFI

Knowledge

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2011
  • M.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 2006
  • B.E., Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2004, First Class Honors
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2008

    Electricity Engineers Association Scholarship, 2003

    Electric Power Engineering Centre Scholarship, 2003

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #37056

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training (29 CFR 1910.120)

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), #18955-10578

Fire Origin and Cause Determination Training (1A), State of California, Office of State Fire Marshal

Basic Scuba Certification – Los Angeles County (1305430A)

LANGUAGES

  • Malay