Niccolo Cymbalist
Niccolo Cymbalist, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Thermal Sciences
Los Angeles

Dr. Cymbalist specializes in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, combustion, and thermodynamics, with an emphasis on the design of experiments and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of fluid flows involving heat transfer and combustion. At Exponent, Dr. Cymbalist has designed and performed experiments to determine the cause and origin of wildland fires, and the effects of Li-ion battery thermal runaway in consumer electronics. He has also performed CFD and conjugate heat transfer simulations to examine the effects of radiative heat transfer from wildland fires on natural gas handling systems. In addition, Dr. Cymbalist has experience with on-site investigations of explosions involving hot work, flash fires, and wildland fires.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Cymbalist was a research assistant at the Supersonic Shear Layer Laboratory (S3L) at the California Institute of Technology. While at Caltech, he performed experiments to investigate mixing and chemical reactions in supersonic flows using high-speed optical diagnostics. He also developed hydrocarbon and hydrogen combustion models for CFD simulations of combustion in supersonic flows. His research was funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2016
  • M.S., Space Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2012
  • B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, 2011, (cum laude)
  • Hans G. Hornung Prize, 2016

    Ernest E. Sechler Award, 2015

    Keck Institute for Space Studies Fellowship, 2011-2012

Publications

Candler GV, Cymbalist N, Dimotakis PE. Wall-modeled large-eddy simulation of autoignition-dominated supersonic combustion. AIAA Journal, Vol. 55, No. 7 (2017)

Cymbalist N, Candler GV, Dimotakis PE. Application of the evolution-variable manifold approach to cavity-stabilized ethylene combustion. 46th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, Washington DC, 2016.

Cymbalist N, Dimotakis PE. On autoignition-dominated supersonic combustion, 45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, Dallas, TX, 2015.

Candler GV, Cymbalist N, Dimotakis PE. Large-eddy simulation of autoignition-dominated supersonic combustion, 45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, Dallas TX, 2015.

Cymbalist N, Dimotakis PE. A parametric study of ethylene-fueled scramjet combustion. 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, San Diego CA, 2013.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2016
  • M.S., Space Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2012
  • B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, 2011, (cum laude)
  • Hans G. Hornung Prize, 2016

    Ernest E. Sechler Award, 2015

    Keck Institute for Space Studies Fellowship, 2011-2012