Song-Charng Kong

Song-Charng Kong


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Areas of Interest

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 fuels. He teaches courses related to thermal sciences, including thermodynamics, heat transfer, combustion, and internal combustion engine. He is an ASME Fellow. Currently he serves as an editorial board member of International Journal of Engine Research. From 2015 to 2018, Dr. Kong served as Program Director of the Combustion and Fire Systems Program and was also responsible for the Major Research Instrumentation Program (ENG/CBET) at the National Science Foundation.


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


  • 2005 – Present, Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University
  • 2015 – 2018, Program Director, Combustion and Fire Systems, ENG/CBET, National Science Foundation
  • 1998 – 2005, Associate Scientist, Engine Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1994 – 1998, Associate Professor, Chung-Hua University, Taiwan

Research Areas

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

Selected Awards, Honors and Societies

  • ASME Fellow
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Engine Research, 2011 – present
  • Associate Editor of Engine and Automotive Engineering, Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, 2014 – 2017
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 2011 – 2017
  • William and Virginia Binger Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2009-2011
  • 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

  • Yang, X., Kong, S.-C. “Adaptive Resolution for Multiphase Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics” Computer Physics Communications (Accepted) DOI: 10.1016/j.cpc.2019.01.002 (2019)
  • Yang, X., Ray, M., Kong, S.-C., Kweon, C.B., “SPH simulation of fuel drop impact on heated surfaces,” Proceeding of the Combustion Institute, pp. 3279–3286 (2019)
  • Yang, X., Kong, S.-C. “Numerical Study of Natural Convection in a Horizontal Concentric Annulus Using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics,” Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 102, pp. 11–20 (2019)
  • Yang, X., Kong, S.-C. “3D simulation of drop impact on dry surface using SPH method,” International Journal of Computational Method, 15, No. 1, #1850011 (2018)
  • Zhang, Q., Ogren, R.M., Kong, S.-C. “Thermo-economic analysis and multi-objective optimization of a novel waste heat recovery system with supercritical and transcritical CO2 combined cycle for offshore gas turbine application,” Energy Conversion and Management 172, 212 – 227 (2018)
  • Yang, X., Kong, S.-C. “Smoothed particle hydrodynamics method for evaporating multiphase flows,” Physical Review E, 39, #033309 (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)
  • 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., “Predicting Effects of Operating Conditions on Biomass Fast Pyrolysis Using Particle-Level Simulation,” Energy & Fuels, 31 (1) pp. 635–646 (2017)
  • Zhang, Q., Ogren, R.M., Kong, S.-C. “Application of Improved Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm to the Parameter Optimization of a Diesel Engine with Pilot Fuel Injections,” ASME Journal of Gas Turbines and Power, 139, #112801 (2017)
  • 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)
  • Xiong, Q., Kong, S.-C., “High-resolution particle-scale simulation of biomass pyrolysis,” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4(10), pp 5456–5461 (2016)


Song-Charng Kong

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