David Frost

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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, Rm 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.
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  • More publications (before 2000)


MECH 534 Air Pollution Engineering 3 Credits
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FACC 100 Intro to the Eng. Profession 1 Credits
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