Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1988. Dr.
Miller has broad interests spanning the thermal sciences and sustainable
energy. For sixteen years he worked at NASA Glenn Research Center conducting
microgravity combustion research in the areas of flame spread over liquids and
solids, solid particle combustion, flammability of non-homogeneous gas
mixtures, and catalyzed microcombustion. He has significant combustion
diagnostic experience including PIV and optical techniques such as
interferometry and rainbow schlieren. Prior to joining SDSU he led a NASA team
evaluating new test methods for material flammability tests for spacecraft, and
is interested in fire prevention, detection, and suppression in ground-based
facilities as well. Outside of work, he helped found a non-profit organization
dedicated to promoting sustainable energy that is now one of the largest in the
country. He is especially interested in developing solar thermal applications
in the southwest and California.
Google, California Energy Commission, NIST, Sandia National Laboratory, NASA, DOE
10 Recent Journal Publications
Subrata Bhattacharjee, Christopher P. Paolini, Fletcher Miller, Rohit
Nagarkar, “Radiation signature in opposed–flow flame spread,”
Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, an International Journal,
Volume 12, Number 4, pp. 293-301, 2012.
2. Kyle Kitzmiller† and
Fletcher Miller, “Effect of Variable Guide Vanes and Natural Gas
Hybridization for Accommodating Fluctuations in Solar Input to a Gas
Turbine,” ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Vol. 134, pp.
041008-1 to 041008-12, Nov. 2012.
3. Indrek Wichman, Sandra
Olson, Fletcher Miller, and Stefanus Tanaya, “Experimental evaluation of
flame and flamelet spread over cellulosic materials using the narrow
channel apparatus,” Fire and Materials, doi: 10.1002/fam.2143, 2012.
Kyle Kitzmiller† and Fletcher Miller, “Thermodynamic Cycles for a Small
Particle Heat Exchange Receiver Used in Concentrating Solar Power
Plants,” ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Vol. 133, pp.
031014-1 to 031014-8, August 2011.
5. Sandra L. Olson, Fletcher
J. Miller, Saeed Jahangirian, and Indrek S. Wichman, “Flame spread over
thin fuels in actual and simulated microgravity conditions,” Combustion
and Flame, Vol. 156, pp. 1214-1226, 2009.
6. Sandra L. Olson and
Fletcher J. Miller, “Experimental Comparison of Opposed and Concurrent
Flame Spread in a Forced Convective Microgravity Environment,”
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp.
7. Marcos Villa-Gonzalez†, Anthony Marchese,
John W. Easton, and Fletcher J. Miller, “Experimental Measurements of
Two-Dimensional Planar Propagating Edge Flames,” Proceedings of the
Combustion Institute, Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp. 939-946, 2007.
Sandra L. Olson, Fletcher J. Miller, and Indrek S. Wichman, “A new
species of fire: Characterizing fingering flamelets using biological
population measures,” Combustion Theory and Modeling Vol. 10, No. 2,
April 2006, pp. 323–347 Included journal cover photo.
Fletcher J. Miller, J. W. Easton, H. D. Ross, and A. Marchese,
“Gravitational Effects on Flame Spread Through Non-Homogeneous Gas
Layers,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp.
10. Fletcher J. Miller, H. D. Ross, I. Kim, and
W. A. Sirignano, “Parametric Investigations of Pulsating Flame Spread
Across 1-Butanol Pools,” Symposium (International) on Combustion, Vol.
28, Issue 2, pp. 2827-2834, 2000.