James Vickery
Associate
Thermal Sciences
Natick

Mr. Vickery specializes in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer in particular as they relate to combustion and explosion hazards. Areas of application include fire hazard identification and mitigation strategies, fire and explosion investigations to determine origin and cause, manufacturing and transportation of reactive/combustible chemicals, thermal management of systems, and failure analysis of consumer products. He has worked extensively with combustible dust and hybrid combustible dust/gas systems, common hazards in many industrial settings. Additionally, he has broad experience performing a wide range of tests in both laboratory and field settings, including custom experimental set-ups to meet client-specific needs, in order to assess fire and explosion hazards and to test fire suppression systems.

Prior to joining McGill, Mr. Vickery was a graduate student at McGill University’s Alternative Fuels Laboratory. His worked investigated the combustion dynamics of flames propagating through combustible dust mixtures. His worked focused on visualizing flames using high speed videos and particle image velocimetry in order to measure fundamental combustion parameters and assess the role on instabilities on the flame propagation. Additionally, he performed large scale experiments in order to assess the role of radiation heat transfer in large scale explosions. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.M.E., McGill University, 2014

Publications

Vickery J, Julien P, Goroshin S, Frost DL, Bergthorson JM. Propagation of isobaric spherical flames in hybrid aluminum-methane fuel mixtures. J. Loss. Prev. 2017; 472-480.

Soo M, Goroshin S., Glumac N, Kumashiro K, Vickery J, Frost DL, Bergthorson JM. Emission and laser absorption spectroscopy of flat flames in aluminum suspensions. Combust. Flame 2017; 180:230-238.

Bergthorson JM, Yavor Y, Palecka J, Georges W, Soo M, Vickery J, Goroshin S, Frost DL, Higgins AJ. Metal-water combustion for clean propulsion and power generation. Appl. Energy 2017; 186:13-27.

Julien P, Vickery J, Goroshin S, Frost DL, Bergthorson JM. Freely-propagating flames in aluminum dust clouds. Combust. Flame 2015; 162:4241-4253.

Julien P, Vickery J, Whiteley A, Wright A, Goroshin S, Bergthorson JM, Frost DL. Effect of scale on freely-propagating flames in aluminum dust clouds. J. Loss Prev. Ind. 2014; 26:230-236.

Presentations

Vickery J, Julien P, Goroshin S, Frost DL, Bergthorson JM. Spherically-expanding flames in hybrid aluminum methane fuel mixtures at atmospheric pressure. International Colloquium on Detonations, Explosions, and Reactive Systems, Boston, MA, August 2017. 

Vickery J, Julien P, Goroshin S, Frost DL, Bergthorson JM. Spherically-expanding flames in hybrid aluminum methane fuel mixtures. Combust. Institute Canadian Section Spring Technical Meeting, Montreal, QC, May 2017. 

Vickery J, Julien P, Goroshin S, Frost DL, Bergthorson JM. Thermodiffusive instabilities in flames propagating through aluminum dust clouds, Combust. Institute Canadian Section Spring Technical Meeting, Waterloo, Ont., May 2016. 

Julien P, Vickery J, Goroshin S, Frost DL, Bergthorson JM. Pulsating and spiral thermo-diffusive instabilities in aluminum dust clouds. U.S. National Combustion Meeting, Cincinati, OH, May 2015.

Professional Affiliations

Combustion Institute (member)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.M.E., McGill University, 2014