David Frost


Associate Professor
Associate Chair (Curriculum Affairs)
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology
M.S. California Institute of Technology
B.ASc. University of British Columbia

Macdonald Engineering Building, RmĀ 375 Map
External Website
514-398-6279 [office]
514-398-7365 [Fax]
david.frost [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Research Interests

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

Explosions, high-speed combustion processes, and shock wave physics. In particular, explosive boiling, including steam explosions due to molten metal/water interactions and rapid-phase-transitions following rapid depressurization of a liquid; multiphase combustion of gases, liquids and solids, including detonation propagation in gases and liquids in porous media; combustion synthesis of metal powders; explosive dispersion of inert particles; interaction of a shock wave with a compressible material.

Current Research Projects

  • Flames in hybrid metal particle-gas mixtures
  • Combustion synthesis of hybrid ballistic ceramics
  • Ballistic impact of shear-thickening fluids
  • Instabilities in high-speed multiphase flow
  • Particle motion in supersonic flows
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Most Significant Publications

  • Frost, D. L., Bruckert, B., and Ciccarelli, G., "Effect of Boundary Conditions on the Propagation of a Vapor Explosion in Stratified Molten Tin/Water Systems," Nucl. Eng. Design, 155, 311-333, 1995.
  • Lee, J. J., Brouillette, M., Frost, D. L., and Lee, J. H. S., "Effect of Diethylenetriamine Sensitization on Detonation of Nitromethane in Porous Media", Combustion and Flame, Vol. 100, pp. 292-300, 1995.
  • Lee, J. J., Frost, D. L., Lee, J. H. S., and Dremin, A., "Propagation of Nitromethane Detonation in Porous Media," Shock Waves, Vol. 5, No. 1/2, pp. 115-120, 1995.
  • More publications (2000 to present)
  • More publications (before 2000)


MECH 534 Air Pollution Engineering 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

FACC 100 Intro to the Eng. Profession 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

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