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A/Prof. Farid Christo



Associate Professor in Mechanical/Manufacturing


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Engineering


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

+61 3 522 73108


I am an  Aerospace and Mechanical Engineer, a Researcher and a Team Leader with significant expertise and applied research, and industry (private & Defence) experience in thermal-fluids, aerodynamics, combustion, propulsion  and energy technology. My research interest includes also high-temperature industrial combustion systems, coal&alternative fuel combustion, burners, and thermal energy technologies; renewable energy with a focus on high-temperature solar energy and biomass systems. I have extensive experience in numerical modelling (CFD) of thermal-fluids and reacting flows, and currently working on the development of flameless combustion technology for gas turbines. My passion for applied research has cultivated in significant number of  publications in peer-reviewed journals, conferences and technical reports. My  practical experience comprise numerous industry projects related to thermal and combustion systems, biomass gasifiers, biochar reactors for developing countries, kilns for the high-temperature process industry  focusing on developing advanced CFD models for cement kilns and calciners, and the development of multi-fuel  & alternative fuel burners. Defence and defence-related projects are available upon request.

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Biography summary

Expertise: a well-established researcher with a proven expertise and experience of more than 25 years in aerodynamoics, combustion, propulsion, renewable energy, multiphase flows, CFD, and their engineering applications.
Research output: I am passionate about creating research impact by solving industrial problems. This is demonstarted through more than 150 publications (9 Journals, 48 referred conference papers, more than 110 research & consulting reports), and one international patent.
Research income: a total income of $3.5m (2003-2018) in Category I & III, Defence and indsutrial research programs.
Teaching & Learning contribution in thermal-fluids/energy/combustion/propulsion subjects. Supervision of numerous undergraduate students, 3 PhD candidates, and numerous junior and ECR Staff.
Proven Management & Leadership skills in senior positions in defence, academic sector, and private industry, with the ability to transfer fundamental research outcomes into viable engineering and business solutions.

Research interests

• Combustion science, including industrial combustion systems.
• High-speed aerodynamics.
• Supersonic combustion
• Detonation physics and blast dynamics
• Alternative fuels and renewable energy.


• Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy (2000 – Present).
• Member of Engineers Australia, MIEAust (1989 - Present).
• Member of the ANZ Combustion Institute (1998 – Present).

Knowledge areas

  • Turbulent Combustion
  • Fluid Dynamics/Aerodynamics
  • Thermal Sciences
  • High-Speed Vehicles Propulsion and Gas Turbines
  • Detonation physics and blast dynamics


Combustion, High-speed Propulsion, Aerodynamics, Thermal Engineering, Alternative Energy.


• Austrade Visiting Researcher Program (2011) ME/Europe – Energy Sector.
• Theeman Australia-Israel Fellowship Program (2011).
• Lady Davis Fellowship (2008) - Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion I.I.T.
• Recipient of two merit-based R&D grants from the State Energy Research Advisory Committee (SENRAC) of the South Australian Office of Energy for the “Development of Porous Burner Technology for Ultra-Lean Combustion Systems”.
• Best Industrial Paper (1997) – The ANZ Combustion Institute.
• ARC (API) Award (1993-1996) –Mechanical Engineering, The University of Sydney.


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Thermochemical and experimental kinetic analysis of potassium extraction from ultrapotassic syenite using molten chloride salts

P Haseli, P Majewski, F Christo, B Hammond, F Bruno

(2019), Vol. 58, pp. 7397-7407, Industrial and engineering chemistry research, Washington, D.C., C1


An open-source biomass pyrolysis reactor

D Woolf, J Lehmann, S Joseph, C Campbell, F Christo, L Angenent

(2017), Vol. 11, pp. 945-954, Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, London, Eng., C1-1


Scrutinizing calcium flux oscillations in T lymphocytes to deduce the strength of stimulus

S Christo, K Diener, R Nordon, M Brown, H Griesser, K Vasilev, F Christo, J Hayball

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1-8, Scientific reports, London, Eng., C1-1


Design and performance analysis of a gas turbine flameless combustor using CFD simulations

Y Levy, F Christo, I Gaissinski, V Erenburg, V Sherbaum

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 543-551, Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2012: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, Copenhagen, Denmark, E1-1


Numerical modelling of wind and dust patterns around a full-scale paraboloidal solar dish

F Christo

(2012), Vol. 39, pp. 356-366, Renewable energy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Thermal analysis of a 40MWe dish-based CSP plant using measured solar data

P Haseli, F Christo

(2012), Proceedings of the 50th Annual Conference, Australian Solar Energy Society (Australian Solar Council), Melbourne, Australia, E1-1


Effect of an External Flow on Combustion in a Trapped-Vortex Burner

F Christo, G Nathan, R Kelso

(2012), pp. 10-12, Ninth International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries, Melbourne, Australia, E1-1


The feasibility of using nitrocellulose as an alternative fuel to replace fossil fuels

M Sun, B Dally, F Christo

(2011), Proceedings of the 2011 Australian Combustion Symposium, Newcastle, N.S.W., E1-1


Flow and combustion characteristics of a flameless combustor for gas turbines

F Christo, Y Levy

(2011), pp. 27-29, IWMRRF 2011 : Proceedings of the 13th Intenational Conference on Numerical Combustion, Corfu, Greece, E1-1


Combustion modelling of JP10 in a scramjet engine

F Christo

(2011), APISAT 2011 : Third Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology, (APISAT 2011) : [held at] AIAC 14, 14th Australian International Aerospace Congress ; Melbourne, 28 February - 3 March 2011, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1


Investigation of the mixing patterns inside a MILD combustion furnace

B Dally, G Szeg, F Christo, P Medwell

(2010), pp. 1-7, 8 HiTACG Symposium : Proceedings of the 8th international symposium on high temperature air combustion and gasification, Pozna?, Poland, E1-1


Application of CFD to assess the flow and combustion fields inside an industrial waste heat recovery unit

F Christo, G Nathan

(2010), pp. 697-702, TISN 2010 : Proceedings of the 3rd Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development International Conference, Khon Kaen, Thailand, E1-1


JP10-to-hydrogen conversion using a porous media reactor

F Christo

(2010), pp. 703-707, TISD2010 : Proceedings of the 3rd Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development International Conference, Khon Kaen, Thailand, E1-1


Steady-state and transient modelling of turbulent flow around a full-scale paraboloidal solar dish

F Christo

(2010), pp. 1-10, Proceedings of the 48th Australian Solar Energy Society Conference 2010, Canberra, A.C.T., E1-1


Investigation of the mixing patterns inside a MILD combustion furnace based on CFD modelling

G Szego, B Dally, F Christo

(2009), pp. 1-4, Proceedings of the Australian Combustion Symposium, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1


Numerical analysis of external supersonic combustion of hydrogen and ethylene

J Jones, F Christo

(2007), pp. 1158-1164, AFMC 2007 : Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Gold Coast, Qld., E1-1


Detailed CFD modelling of supersonic combustion in a cavity

J Jones, F Christo

(2007), Proceedings of the Australian Symposium on Combustion 2007, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1


Molecular fluxes effect on predictions of JHC flames

F Christo, S Szego, B Dally

(2007), Proceedings of the Sixth Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, Nagoya, Japan, E1-1


Modelling turbulent reacting jets under MILD combustion conditions

F Christo, G Szego, B Dally

(2005), pp. 329-332, 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2005: Celebrating Prof. Bob Bilger?s 70th Birthday, Adelaide, S.A., E1-1


Modeling turbulent reacting jets issuing into a hot and diluted coflow

F Christo, B Dally

(2005), Vol. 142, pp. 117-129, Combustion and Flame, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


CFD modelling of MILD combustion using detailed chemical kinetics

F Christo, B Dally

(2005), Proceedings of the Combustion and Flame Conference 2005, Belgium, E1-1


NOx reburning technology in porous media

S Afsharvahid, B Dally, F Christo

(2004), pp. 161-161, Proceedings of the 30th International Symposium on Combustion 2004, Chicago, Illinois, E1-1


Detonation Modelling Of Corner-turning Shocks In Pbxn-111

J Lu, F Christo, D Kennedy

(2004), Proceedings of the 15th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1


Detonation modelling of high explosive cylinders

J Lu, J Anderson, F Christo

(2004), Proceedings of the 24th International Symposium on Shock Waves 2004, Beijing, China, E1-1


Application of transport PDF approach for modelling MILD combustion

F Christo, B Dally

(2004), Proceedings of the Fifteenth Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference 2004, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1


Detonation and Blast Wave Modelling of Explosions in Air

J Lu, J Andersen, F Christo

(2003), Weapons Systems Division, Def. Sci./Technology Organisation, P O Box 1500, Edinburgh, SA 5111, Australia, E1-1


Design optimisation of a MILD combustion furnace based on CFD modelling

G Szeg, B Dally, G Nathan, F Christo

(2003), Proceedings of the 2003 Australian Symposium on Combustion & the Eighth Australian Flame Days, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1


On the stabilisation of ultra-lean methane and propane flames in porous media

S Afsharvahid, B Dally, F Christo

(2003), Proceedings of the Fourth Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, Nanjing, China, E1-1


Numerical study of flame stabilisation inside porous burner

S Afsharvahid, B Dally, F Christo

(2003), Proceedings of the 2003 Australian Symposium on Combustion & The Eighth Australian Flame Days, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1


Explosion characteristics of pyrotechnics formulations

F Christo, J Anderson

(2002), pp. 238-242, 2002 Australian Symposium on Combustion and the Seventh Australian Flame Days : Adelaide University, 7-8 February, 2002, Adelaide, South Australia, E1-1


A CFD based combustion model of an entrained flow biomass gasifier

D Fletcher, B Haynes, F Christo, S Joseph

(2000), Vol. 24, pp. 165-182, Applied Mathematical Modelling, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Porous radiant burner technology in lean combustion systems

F Christo, S Joseph, J Lynch, B Haynes

(2000), pp. 159-170, Proceedings of the 5th European Conference, Espinho-Porto, Portugal, E1-1


Computational fluid dynamics modelling of a landfill gas flare

F Christo, D Fletcher, S Joseph

(1998), Vol. 71, pp. 145-151, Journal of the Institute of Energy, London, Eng., C1-1


Artificial neural network implementation of chemistry with pdf simulation of H2/CO2 flames

F Christo, A Masri, E Nebot

(1996), Vol. 106, pp. 406-427, Combustion and Flame, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


An integrated PDF/neural network approach for simulating turbulent reacting systems

F Christo, A Masri, E Nebot, S Pope

(1996), Vol. 26, pp. 43-48, Symposium (International) on Combustion, PITTSBURGH, PA, C1-1


Utilizing artificial neural network and repro-modelling in turbulent combustion

F Christo, A Masri, E Nebot, T Turanyi

(1995), Vol. 2, pp. 911-916, IEEE International Conference on Neural Networks - Conference Proceedings, Perth, W.A., E1-1


Experimental Investigation of Two-Phase Flow at Low Reynolds Numbers

F Christo, Y Levy

(1992), pp. 751-754, AFMC 1992 : Proceedings of the 11th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, E1-1


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