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Research Interests

  • Combustion
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Algorithm & software design
  • Graph theory applied to solution of large systems of PDEs.
  • Domain specific languages for solution of PDEs.
  • Smart algorithms & dynamic algorithm switching (including modification of constitutive models, addition/removal of governing equations, etc.)
  • Fire simulation
  • Multi-physics simulation
  • Manifold methods for chemical kinetic reduction
  • Multiscale turbulence-chemistry interactions & subgrid mixing.


Prof. Sutherland is actively involved in developing several software projects.  For more information, please follow this link.

Journal Publications:


Tony Saad, Derek Cline, James C. Sutherland, R. Stoll (2017) Scalable Tools for Generating Synthetic Isotropic Turbulence with Arbitrary Spectra, AIAA journal 55(1), p. 327-331, url, doi:10.1002/elan.

Josh McConnell, James C. Sutherland (2017) The effect of model fidelity on prediction of char burnout for single-particle coal combustion, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 36(2), p. 2165–2172, Elsevier Inc., url, doi:10.1016/j.proci.2016.06.136

Christopher Earl, Matthew Might, Abhishek Bagusetty, James C. Sutherland (2017) Nebo: An efficient, parallel, and portable domain-specific language for numerically solving partial differential equations, Journal of Systems and Software 125, p. 389-400, url, doi:10.1016/j.jss.2016.01.023


Tony Saad, James C Sutherland (2016) Comment on ``Diffusion by a Random Velocity Field'' [Phys. Fluids 13 , 22 (1970)], Phys. Fluids 28(11), url, doi:10.1063/1.4968528

Josh Mcconnell, Babak Goshayeshi, James C Sutherland (2016) An Evaluation of the Efficacy of Various Coal Combustion Models for Predicting Char Burnout, Fuel accepted, url, doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2016.11.052

Tony Saad, James C Sutherland (2016) Wasatch: An architecture-proof multiphysics development environment using a Domain Specific Language and graph theory, Journal of Computational Science 17(3), p. 639–646, url, doi:10.1016/j.jocs.2016.04.010

Nathan Yonkee, James C Sutherland (2016) PoKiTT: Exposing Task and Data Parallelism on Heterogeneous Architectures for Detailed Chemical Kinetics, Transport, and Thermodynamics Calculations, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing 38(5), p. S264-S281, url, doi:10.1137/15M1026237

Naveen Punati, Haiou Wang, Evatt R Hawkes, James C Sutherland (2016) One-Dimensional Modeling of Turbulent Premixed Jet Flames - Comparison to DNS, Flow, Turbulence and Combustion 97(3), p. 913–930, url, doi:10.1007/s10494-016-9721-x

M A Hansen, J C Sutherland (2016) Pseudotransient Continuation for Combustion Simulation with Detailed Reaction Mechanisms, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing 38(2), p. B272-B296, url, doi:10.1137/15M1023166

Michael Alan Hansen, James Clayton Sutherland (2016) Dual timestepping methods for detailed combustion chemistry, Combustion Theory and Modelling, p. 1-17, url, doi:10.1080/13647830.2016.1235728


Amir Biglari, James C Sutherland (2015) An a-posteriori evaluation of principal component analysis-based models for turbulent combustion simulations, Combustion and Flame 162(10), p. 4025-4035, url, doi:10.1016/j.combustflame.2015.07.042

Babak Goshayeshi, James C. Sutherland (2015) A comparative study of thermochemistry models for oxy-coal combustion simulation, Combustion and Flame 162(10), p. 4016-4024, url, doi:10.1016/j.combustflame.2015.07.041

Benjamin J. Isaac, Jeremy N. Thornock, James Sutherland, Philip J. Smith, Alessandro Parente (2015) Advanced regression methods for combustion modelling using principal components, Combustion and Flame 162(6), p. 2592-2601, url, doi:10.1016/j.combustflame.2015.03.008

Babak Goshayeshi, James C Sutherland (2015) Prediction of oxy-coal flame stand-off using high-fidelity thermochemical models and the one-dimensional turbulence model, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 35(3), p. 2829-2837, url, doi:10.1016/j.proci.2014.07.003


Babak Goshayeshi, James C. Sutherland (2014) A comparison of various models in predicting ignition delay in single-particle coal combustion, Combustion and Flame 161, p. 1900-1910, url, doi:10.1016/j.combustflame.2014.01.010


Alessandro Parente, James C. Sutherland (2013) Principal component analysis of turbulent combustion data: Data pre-processing and manifold sensitivity, Combustion and Flame 160(2), p. 340-350, url, doi:10.1016/j.combustflame.2012.09.016


Amir Biglari, James C. Sutherland (2012) A filter-independent model identification technique for turbulent combustion modeling, Combustion and Flame 159, p. 1960-1970, url, doi:10.1016/j.combustflame.2011.12.024

Patrick K. Notz, Roger P. Pawlowski, James C. Sutherland (2012) Graph-Based Software Design for Managing Complexity and Enabling Concurrency in Multiphysics PDE Software, ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software 39(1), p. 1-21, url, doi:10.1145/2382585.2382586


N. Punati, J. C. Sutherland, A. R. Kerstein, E. R. Hawkes, J. H. Chen (2011) An Evaluation of the One-Dimensional Turbulence Model: Comparison with Direct Numerical Simulations of CO/H2 Jets with Extinction and Reignition, Proc. Combust. Inst. 33(1), p. 1515-1522, url, doi:10.1016/j.proci.2010.06.127

A. Parente, J. C. Sutherland, B. B. Dally, L. Tognotti, P. J. Smith (2011) Investigation of the MILD combustion regime via Principal Component Analysis, Proc. Combust. Inst. 33(2), p. 3333-3341, url, doi:10.1016/j.proci.2010.05.108


J. C. Sutherland, N. Punati, A. R. Kerstein (2010) A Unified Approach to the Various Formulations of the One-Dimensional Turbulence Model(ICSE091201), Salt Lake City, UT: The Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, url


J. Sutherland, A. Parente (2009) Combustion modeling using principal component analysis, Proc. Combust. Inst. 32(1), p. 1563-1570, url, doi:10.1016/j.proci.2008.06.147

A. Parente, J. C. Sutherland, P. J. Smith, L. Tognotti (2009) Identification of Low-Dimensional Manifolds in Turbulent Flames, Proc. Combust. Inst. 32, p. 1579-1586, url


J. C. Sutherland, P. J. Smith, J. H. Chen (2007) A Quantitative Method for A Priori Evaluation of Combustion Reaction Models, Combust. Theory Modelling 11(2), p. 287-303

E. R. Hawkes, R. Sankaran, J. C. Sutherland, J. H. Chen (2007) Scalar Mixing in Direct Numerical Simulations of Temporally-Evolving Plane Jet Flames with Detailed CO/H2 Kinetics, Proc. Combust. Inst. 31, p. 1633-1640


J. C. Sutherland, P. J. Smith, J. H. Chen (2005) Quantification of Differential Diffusion in Nonpremixed Systems, Combust. Theory Modelling 9(2), p. 365-383

E. R. Hawkes, R. Sankaran, J. C. Sutherland, J. H. Chen (2005) Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Combustion - Fundamental Insights Towards Predictive Models, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 16, p. 65-79, url


J. C. Sutherland, C. A. Kennedy (2003) Improved Boundary Conditions for Viscous, Reacting, Compressible Flows, J. Comp. Phys. 191(2), p. 502-524


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