Ben Emerson

Manager, Senior Engineer, Combustion & Hot Section


Dr. Emerson has been with Turbine Logic for 7 years and has developed numerous combustion related software packages and algorithms including fluid dynamics analysis of combustion systems and combustor afterburner screech mitigation. He has been instrumental in the development of the Turbine Logic Dynamics+ combustion dynamics monitoring software. Dr. Emerson leads day to day combustion related activities at Turbine Logic.


  • Combustor & Hot Section


Georgia Institute of Technology 
PhD., Aerospace Engineering, 2013
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2009


  • Pawar, S.A., Sujith, R.I., Emerson, B. and Lieuwen, T., 2018. Characterization of forced response of density stratified reacting wake. Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 28(2), p.023108.
  • Smith, T., Douglas, C., Emerson, B. and Lieuwen, T., 2018. Axial evolution of forced helical flame and flow disturbances. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 844, pp.323-356.
  • Emerson, B., Jagtap, S., Quinlan, J.M., Renfro, M.W., Cetegen, B.M. and Lieuwen, T., 2016. Spatio-temporal linear stability analysis of stratified planar wakes: Velocity and density asymmetry effects. Physics of Fluids (1994-present), 28(4), p.045101.
  • Emerson, B., Mondragon, U., Acharya, V., Shin, D.H., Brown, C., McDonell, V. and Lieuwen, T., 2013. Velocity and flame wrinkling characteristics of a transversely forced, bluff-body stabilized flame, part I: experiments and data analysis. Combustion Science and Technology, 185(7), pp.1056-1076.
  • Emerson, B., O’Connor, J., Juniper, M. and Lieuwen, T., 2012. Density ratio effects on reacting bluff-body flow field characteristics. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 706, pp. 219-250.


  • Leonard, A., Emerson, B., Lieuwen, T., and Noble, D., inventor; Electric Power Research Institute, assignee. Gas Turbine Swirl Detection. US Patent No: US 11,204,303 B2. Dec. 21, 2021.

Software Systems Developed

  • Hydrodynamics Command Language February 2017
    Dr. Emerson designed a software package that is intended for use by combustion system engineers to design the fluid dynamics of their systems.  Emerson wrote the algorithms and the initial code for this tool, and worked directly with the industry sponsor to validate it.
  • Flame Response Sensitivity Tool (FRST) May 2016
    Dr. Emerson wrote a software tool to help engineers find design changes that can mitigate the screech problem in thrust augmentors.  The FRST was vetted and validated using experimental data during a series of SBIR projects.

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