Andrew J Higgins

Andrew J Higgins
Contact Information

Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 464

Email address: 
andrew.higgins [at]

Ph.D. University of Washington
M.S. University of Washington
B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


MECH 201: Intro to Mechanical Eng (2 Credits)
MECH 430: Fluid Mechanics 2 (3 Credits)
MECH 578: Advanced Thermodynamics (3 Credits)

Research areas: 
Combustion and Energy Systems
Selected publications: 
  • Verreault, J., and Higgins, A.J., "Initiation of detonation by conical projectiles," Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 33, Issue 2, 2011, pp. 2311-2318.
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  • Tang, F.D., Goroshin, G., and Higgins, A.J., "Modes of particle combustion in iron dust flames," Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 33, Issue 2, 2011, pp. 1975-1982.
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  • Petel, O.E., and Higgins, A.J., "Shock wave propagation in dense particle suspensions," Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 108(11), 2010, pp. 4918-4931.
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  • Tanguay, V., Goroshin, S., Higgins, A.J., and Zhang, F., "Aluminum particle combustion in high-speed detonation products," Combustion Science and Technology, Vol. 181, Issue 4, April 2009, pp. 670-693.
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  • Jetté, F.X., Goroshin, S., Higgins, A.J., and Lee, J.J., "Experimental Investigation of Gasless Detonation in Metal-Sulfur Compositions," Combustion, Explosion, and Shock Waves, Vol. 45, Number 2, March 2009, pp. 211-217.
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  • Additional significant publications
Current research: 
  • Combustion of Bulk Metals in Supersonic Flow
  • Existence and Stability of Oblique Detonation
Areas of interest: 

Primary Research Theme: Combustion and Energy Systems
Secondary Research Theme: Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Detonation in gaseous, heterogeneous, and condensed-phase energetic materials. Shock waves, blast waves, and explosions. Supersonic reacting flow and propulsion. Hypervelocity flow and hypervelocity accelerators

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