John D Buckmaster

John D Buckmaster
John D Buckmaster
  • Professor Emeritus
319B Talbot Laboratory


  • B.Sc. (1st Class Hon.) Aeronautical Engineering, Imperial College, London University, 1962
  • Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, Cornell University, 1969

Other Professional Employment

  • Professor, University of Illinois, AAE (100%); MIE (0%), 1992-present
  • Professor, University of Illinois, AAE, 1984-1992
  • Professor, University of Illinois, TAM (50%); Mathematics (50%), 1978-1983
  • Visiting Professor, Oregon State University, Spring 2003
  • Visiting Professor, IMA, University of Minnesota, Fall 1999.
  • Professor, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, 1994
  • Assoc. Professor, University of Illinois, TAM (50%); Mathematics (50%), 1974-1978
  • Visiting Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Spring 1991
  • Visiting Professor, University of Washington, 1986-1987
  • Visiting Professor, University of British Columbia, 1981-1982
  • Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin, Fall 1977
  • Assistant Professor, Yale University, 1972-1974
  • Assistant Professor, New York University, 1969-1972
  • Visiting Lecturer, University College, London
  • Research Engineer, Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory

Research Areas

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Zhang, J., T.L. Jackson, J. Buckmaster and F. Najjar (2011). Erosion in Solid-Propellant Rocket Motor Nozzles with Unsteady Non-uniform Inlet Conditions. {\bf AIAA J. of Propulsion and Power}, Vol. 27(3), pp. 642-649.
  • Jackson, T.L., Hooks, D.E. and Buckmaster, J. (2011). Modeling the microstructure of energetic materials with realistic constituent morphology. {\bf Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics}, Vol. 36(3), pp. 252-258.
  • K.N. Hossain, T.L. Jackson, J. Buckmaster (2009) Numerical Simulations of Flame Patterns Supported by a Spinning Burner. {\bf Proceedings of the Combustion Institute}, Vol. 32, pp. 1209-1217.
  • Y. Daimon, T.L. Jackson, V. Topalian, J. Freund, J. Buckmaster (2009) Effect of Propellant Morphology on Acoustics in a Planar Rocket Motor. {\bf Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics}, Vol. 23, pp. 63-77.
  • F. Maggi, S. Stafford, T.L. Jackson \& J. Buckmaster (2008) Nature of packs used in propellant modeling. {\bf Physical Review E.}, Vol. 77, 046107 (17 pages).
  • X. Wang, T.L. Jackson \& J. Buckmaster (2007) Numerical simulation of the three-dimensional combustion of aluminized heterogeneous propellants. {\bf Proceedings of the Combustion Institute}, Vol. 31, pp. 2055-2062.
  • T.L. Jackson, J. Buckmaster, Z. Lu, D.C. Kyritsis \& L. Massa (2007) Flames in narrow circular tubes. {\bf Proceedings of the Combustion Institute}, Vol. 31, pp. 955-962.
  • T.L. Jackson, J. Buckmaster \& X. Wang (2007) Modeling of propellants containing ultrafine aluminum. {\bf AIAA J. of Propulsion and Power}, Vol. 23(1), pp. 158-165.
  • L. Massa, T.L. Jackson, J. Buckmaster \& F. Najjar (2007) Fluctuations above a burning heterogeneous propellant. {\bf Journal of Fluid Mechanics}, Vol. 581, pp. 1-32.
  • L. Massa, T.L. Jackson \& J. Buckmaster (2007) Optimization of global kinetics parameters for heterogeneous propellant combustion using a genetic algorithm. {\bf Combust. Theory Modelling}, Vol. 11(4), pp. 553-568.
  • Massa, L., T.L. Jackson \& J.D. Buckmaster (2007) Numerical simulation of Octogen-based propellant. {\bf AIAA Journal}, Vol. 45(9), pp. 2246-2258.


  • Zeldovich Gold Medal of the Combustion Institute (2004)
  • AIAA Propellants and Combustion Prize (2002)
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2000)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (1999)
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow (1990)
  • Senior U.S. Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Humboldt Preis) 1985, (1986)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1986, 'For fundamental contributions to fluid mechanics which have, in particular, helped transform combustion theory into a mathematical science'. (1986)
  • Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (1986)

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