Aliou Sow, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows
​Postdoctoral Fellow​

Research Interests

My research interests include deflagration and detonation combustion regimes, flame acceleration as well as auto-ignition. My recent studies focus on understanding the physical process and the mechanism through which a flame accelerates and transits to a detonation.  Currently, my focus is on understanding end-gas auto-ignition occurring in downsized engines operating under low-speed and high-load conditions.  Also, a part of my work is on the development of KARFS (KAUST Adaptive Reacting Flow Solvers) for high-fidelity, high-performance direct simulations of combustion.

Selected Publications

  • Mean structure of one-dimensional unstable detonation with friction
    A. Sow, A. Chinnayya, A. Hadjadj
    Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 743, 503533 , (2014)
  • Computational study of non-ideal and mildly- 
unstable detonation waves
    A. Sow, A. Chinnayya, A. Hadjadj
    Computers & Fluids, 119, 4757 , (2015)


  • Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (Energy, Fluid Mechanics), University of Rouen, France, 2011 – 2014
  • M.Sc. in Engineering Sciences (Energy, Fluid and Environment), University & INSA of Rouen, France (2009 – 2011)
  • M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (Fluid Mechanics & Hydrolics), University Cheikh Anta Diop,  Dakar, Senegal (2007 – 2009)
  • B.Sc. in Applied Physics, University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal (2003 – 2007)

Professional Profile

  • September 2016 - Present Postdoc Fellow KAUST CCRC, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • June-2015 – August-2016 Postdoc Fellow KAUST, CEMSE, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSE)