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

Within the Oil and Gas Industry, Dr. Veloo has worked directly with downstream sector clients on assessing the effectiveness and implementation of refinery wide asset integrity plans. This included the identification of active damage modes within process pipe, the evaluation of monitoring strategies, location, and frequency, and processing of large inspection datasets. He also works closely with gas utilities to assess, develop, and manage mechanical, electrical, and operational drawings and documents for gas transmission stations. He is presently directing the technical assessment and validation of state of the art nondestructive testing tools to determine mechanical properties of gas transmission station pipe.

Dr. Veloo has an extensive academic background in the development and validation of predictive combustion chemistry models. He performed fundamental research for the Department of Energy alternative fuels initiative and Air Force Office of Scientific Research hypersonics project. 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, Sheen DA, Tao Y, Egolfopoulos FN, Wang H. Chemical kinetic model uncertainty minimization through laminar flame speed measurements. Combustion and Flame 2016; 172:136–152

Won SH, Veloo PS, Dooley S, Santner J, Haas FM, Ju Y, Dryer FL. Predicting the global combustion behaviors of petroleum-derived and alternative jet fuels by simple fuel property measurements. Fuel 2016; 168:34–46

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.

Select Conference Publications


Reza A, Veloo PS, Ott BA. Damage mechanisms in the petrochemical industry: Identification, influencing factors, and effective monitoring strategies. 26th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, Rhodes (Rodos), Greece, 2016.

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.

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

News & Events

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