Hameed Metghalchi

Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



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Research Focus

Thermodynamics, combustion, chemical kinetics, renewable energy, exergy analysis


  • PhD (1980), Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS (1977), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS (1975), Oklahoma University

Honors & Awards

Teaching Interests

  • Undergraduate and graduate thermodynamics
  • Combustion Fundamentals

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society Engineering Educators
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow
  • Combustion Institute
  • Society of Automotive Engineers

Research Overview

Thermodynamics, combustion, chemical kinetics, renewable energy, exergy analysis

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Thermodynamics and Combustion Laboratory

The research concentrates on thermodynamics and combustion. The thermodynamic research involves equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamics dealing with fundamental relations and determination of Onsager’s coefficients for reacting gas mixtures.

The laboratory conducts both experimental and theoretical combustion research. The experimental work covers fundamental research in flame speed measurement and autoignition using constant volume vessel with high speed photograph. The theoretical kinetic studies is the implementation of Rate-Controlled Constrained-Equilibrium in complex chemical reacting system.

Thermodynamics and Combustion Lab

Selected Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • Wang, Ziyu, Lu, Zhenyu, Yelishala, Sai C., Metghalchi, Hameed, Levendis, Yiannis A. (2021). Flame characteristics of propane-air-carbon dioxide blends at elevated temperatures and pressures. Energy, 228,120624. 10.1016/J.ENERGY.2021.120624
  • Bai, Ziwei, Wang, Ziyu, Yu, Guangying, Yang, Yongping, Metghalchi, Hameed (2019). Experimental Study of Laminar Burning Speed for Premixed Biomass/Air Flame. Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 141(2). 10.1115/1.4041412
  • S. Yelishala, Z. Wang, H. Metghalchi, Y. Levendis, K. Kannaiyan, R. Sadr, Effect of Carbon Dioxide on the Laminar Burning Speed of Propane-Air Mixtures, ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 141, 2019, 082205-1
  • Z. Bai, Z. Wang, G. Yu, Y. Yang, H. Metghalchi Experimental Study of Laminar Burning Speed for Premixed Biomass/Air Flame, ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 141, 2019, 022206-1
  • Z. Wang, Z. Bai, G. Yu, S. Yelishala, H. Metghalchi, The Critical Pressure at the Onset of Flame Instability of Syngas/Air/Diluent Outwardly Expanding Flame at Different Initial Temperatures and Pressures, ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 141, 2019, 082207-1
  • G. Yu, Y. Zhang, Z. Wang, Z. Bai, H. Metghalchi The Rate-Controlled Constrained-Equilibrium Combustion Modeling of n-butane/Oxygen/Diluent Mixtures, Fuel, 239, 2019, 786-793


Jul 24, 2023

Burning Iron Particles to Generate Clean Energy

MIE Professors Yiannis Levendis, Hameed Metghalchi, and Associate Professor Randall Erb were awarded a $600K NSF grant for “A Study on Burning Iron Particles as Carbon-Free Circular Fuels with co-Generation of Value-Added Nanomaterials.”


Jun 01, 2023

Advancing Concentrated Solar Power Education

MIE Professors Hameed Metghalchi (PI), Yiannis Levendis, and Emeritus Associate Professor Gregory Kowalski were awarded a $265K grant to create “An Educational Program on Concentrated Solar Power and Heliostats for Power Generation and Industrial Processes” from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)’s Heliostat Consortium. This educational program will be developed […]


May 16, 2022

Smyser Gives “Last Lecture” to Graduates

MIE Teaching Professor Bridget Smyser spoke to the graduating class during the “Last Lecture” series on the importance of doing what works for them and that it is not always a straight path. What do horror movies have to do with mechanical engineering? Main photo: Bridget Smyser gives the Last Lecture to graduating seniors in […]


Sep 02, 2021

Increasing the Number of Underrepresented Students in STEM Fields

MIE Professor Hameed Metghalchi and Assistant Dean Richard Harris were awarded a $250K NSF sub-award for the “Louis Stokes Renewal STEM Pathways and Research Alliance: Northeast LSAMP 2021-2026.”

Hameed Metghalchi


Jun 17, 2021

Metghalchi Selected as Honorary Member of ASME

MIE Professor Hameed Metghalchi was selected as an Honorary Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers “for distinguished services in promoting mechanical engineering through teaching, administrative and mentoring efforts; for contributions to the international community through research publications; and for sustained leadership in the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME’s Energy Resources Board.”

Hameed Metghalchi


Dec 14, 2020

Metghalchi Selected as Honorary Fellow of International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability

MIE Professor Hameed Metghalchi was selected as an Honorary Fellow of the International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability for the class of 2020, for pioneer research  and education in thermodynamics and combustion for the last four decades improving thermal system efficiency and effectiveness while reducing pollutant formation.


May 23, 2019

Metghalchi Awarded ASME George Westinghouse Medal

MIE Professor Hameed Metghalchi was awarded the 2019 ASME George Westinghouse Gold Medal “for 40 years of scientific research and educational efforts in the field of power generation, which have contributed to improved plant operation and efficiency, and reduced pollutants; and for successfully promoting the dissemination of research as editor of ASME’s Journal of Energy Resources Technology.”


Mar 14, 2018

Northeastern to Host LSAMP’s Bridge to the Doctorate Program under $1M NSF Grant

Provost and MIE Professor James Bean (PI) and co-PI Professors Barbara Guthrie (Bouvé), Carla Mattos (COS), Hameed Metghalchi (MIE), and Benjamin Hescott (CCIS), along with collaborators Richard Harris, COE Assistant Dean and Director of the Northeastern University Program in Multicultural Engineering, and Sara Wadia-Fascetti, Vice Provost of the PhD Network and CEE Professor, were awarded a $1M NSF grant for the “Strategic Advancement of Rising Scholars (STARS) Nominated by the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NE-LSAMP).”


Sep 13, 2017

LSAMP Scholars Participate in International Research in China

As part of a $3.5M NSF grant led by Assistant Dean Richard Harris and MIE Professor Hameed Metghalchi, in collaboration with five other universities, a group of LSAMP Scholars participated for the first time in international research at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.


Aug 17, 2017

Energy Systems Students are ‘Go Green in the City’ Finalists

Energy Systems master’s students, Keyur Jigyasu and Emilda Totozani, were selected as one of only twelve finalist teams globally in the Go Green in the City competition by Schneider Electric focusing on the innovative energy solutions for smart cities.

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