Song-Charng Kong

  • Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

Main Office

2014 Black Engr
Ames, IA
Phone: 515-294-3244
Fax: 515-294-3261


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992
  • BS, Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, 1987

Interest Areas

  • Experimental and numerical engine combustion and emissions studies
  • Optimization of engine performance using alternative fuels
  • Biomass gasification and biorenewable energy utilization
  • Computational fluid dynamics modeling coupled with detailed chemical kinetic

Brief Biography

Dr. Kong’s research includes two main areas – internal combustion engine and biorenewable energy. The common theme of these two research areas is that both involve multiphase, chemically reacting flows. His research includes both experimental diagnostics and numerical modeling. The common goal is to increase the energy efficiency and enable the use of biorenewable energy. He teaches courses related to thermal sciences, including thermodynamics, heat transfer, combustion, and internal combustion engine. He is currently the Associate Editor of Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Engine Research, and the Director of Bioenergy Systems Analysis Program of Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University. Currently Dr. Kong serves as Program Director of the Combustion and Fire Systems Program and is also responsible for the Major Research Instrumentation Program (ENG/CBET) at the National Science Foundation.
Professional Experience
  • 2015 – Present, Program Director, Combustion and Fire Systems, ENG/CBET, National Science Foundation
  • 2005 – Present, Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University
  • 1998 – 2005, Associate Scientist, Engine Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1994 – 1998, Associate Professor, Chung-Hua University, Taiwan
Awards, Honors, and Societies
  • Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 2008
  • Myers-Uyehara Meritorious Paper Award by UW-Madison, 1993
  • Combustion Institute
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Institute of Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS)

Selected Publications

  • Pan, Y., Kong, S.-C., “Simulation of Biomass Particle Evolution under Pyrolysis Conditions Using Lattice Boltzmann Method,” Combustion and Flame 178, pp. 21-34 (2017)
  • Pan, Y., Kong, S.-C., “Assessment of Effects of Operating Conditions on Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass Particles,” Energy & Fuels (Accepted) (2017)
  • Yang, X., Dai, L., Kong, S.-C. “Simulation of liquid drop impact on dry and wet surfaces using SPH method,” Proceeding of the Combustion Institute, 36, pp. 2393-2399 (2017)
  • Ray, M., Yang, X., Kong, S.-C., “High-fidelity simulation of drop collision and vapor-liquid equilibrium of van der Waals fluids,” Proceeding of the Combustion Institute, 36, pp. 2385-2392 (2017)
  • Xiong, Q., Kong, S.-C., “High-resolution particle-scale simulation of biomass pyrolysis,” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4 (10), pp 5456–5461 (2016)
  • Sukuraman, S., Kong, S.-C., “Modeling Biodiesel-Diesel Spray Combustion Using a Multicomponent Vaporization Model Coupled with Detailed Fuel Chemistry and Soot Models,” Combustion Theory and Modelling, 20 (5) pp. 913–940 (2016)
  • Zhang, Q., Ogren, R.M., Kong, S.-C. “A Comparative Study of Biodiesel Engine Performance Optimization Using Novel Hybrid PSO-GA and Basic GA,” Applied Energy, 165, pp. 676 – 684 (2016)
  • Bertram, A.M., Zhang, Q., Kong, S.-C., “A Novel Particle Swarm and Genetic Algorithm Hybrid Method for Diesel Engine Performance Optimization,” International Journal of Engine Research, 17(7), pp. 732–747 (2016)
  • Aramideh, S., Xiong, Q., Kong, S.-C., Brown, R.C. “Numerical Simulation of Biomass Fast Pyrolysis in an Auger Reactors,” Fuel, 156, pp. 234–242 (2015)
  • Banerjee, S., Tiarks, J.A., Kong, S.-C. “Modeling Biomass Gasification System using Multistep Kinetics under Various Oxygen-Steam Conditions” Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, 34, pp. 1148–1155 (2015)
  • Xiong, Q., Aramideh, S., Passalacqua, A., Kong, S.-C., “Characterizing Effects of the Shape of Screw Conveyors in Gas-Solid Fluidized Beds Using Advanced Numerical Models,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 137, 061008:1 – 7 (2015)