Chad Mashuga

Assistant Professor

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Office: 205 CHEN
Phone: 979.845.3339
Email: mashuga@tamu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Flammability – new experimental methods capable of producing quality flammability data for the development of predictive models at industrially relevant temperature, pressure, composition and turbulence. Includes methods for minimum ignition energy testing and its modeling. Applications results in energy and waste reduction, enhanced production and a realistic safety understanding. Application to traditional industrial flammability concerns as well as future applications including hydrogen.

Dust Explosions – advance current experimental methods capable of producing quality explosion data for dust and hybrid dust/flammable mixtures at industrially relevant temperature, pressure, composition and turbulence. Includes hybrid dust explosions and minimum ignition energy study. Utilize high quality data for development of predictive models to determine true dust hazards. Applications results in energy and waste reduction with enhanced production and safety.

Energetic Materials Testing – develop a flexible, fast responding, cost effective testing range for the examination of energetic materials for government and industry. Capabilities could include:

Flexible testing capabilities for high energy materials and high risk reactions

Develop large scale equipment for the fundamental modeling of blast effects and overpressures on complex industrial structures, equipment & personnel

Large scale aerosol flammability testing

DOT & UN package classification testing

Calorimetry – develop new commercial calorimeters capable of fast, bench top or portable chemical compatibility testing. Develop new commercial calorimeter which has a combination of features not found in any current system. Develop new experimental methods and predictions capable of improving safe storage and aging dynamics and better models of lithium-ion cell safety & design

Internal Combustion – integration of hydrogen and other fuels in traditional and modified internal combustion engines. Safety and performance of blended fuels including bio-diesel and ethanol.

Awards & Honors

  • Dow Chemical Tech Center Award – Nitrate Salt Explosion Risk Reduction, Sept, 2012
  • Dow Chemical Carat Award –Acrylates Incident Research, Sept 2011
  • Dow Chemical Carat Award – Establishing of a World Class Flammability Lab, July 2007
  • Dow Chemical Carat Award – Organizing Global Flammability Training, February 2007
  • William H. Doyle Award, AIChE Loss Prevention Symposium, March 2000
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Michigan Tech. Univ., May 1996
  • Marshall & Nellie Alworth Engineering Scholarship, 1991-1999

Education

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, May 1999
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, May 1994

Selected Publications

Diana Castellanos, Victor Carreto, Chad Mashuga, Sam Mannan, “The Effect of Particle Size Polydispersity on the Explosibility Characteristics of Aluminum Dust”, 9th International Symposium on Hazards, Prevention, and Mitigation of Industrial Explosions, Cracow Poland, July 22-23rd, 2012.

Chad V. Mashuga, “Automated Flammability Apparatus & Application,” 2010 International Symposium, Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, College Station, October 2010.

Chad V. Mashuga and Daniel A. Crowl, “Derivation of Le Chatelier’s Mixing Rule for Flammable Limits,” Process Safety Progress, August 2000.

Chad V. Mashuga, “Determination of the Combustion Behavior for Pure Components and Mixtures Using a 20-Liter Sphere,” Ph.D. dissertation, Michigan Technological University, Houghton Michigan, May, 1999.

Chad V. Mashuga and Daniel A. Crowl, “Problems with Identifying a Standard Procedure for Determining KG Values for Flammable Vapors,” International Symposium on Hazards, Prevention, and Mitigation of Industrial Explosions, Schaumburg, IL, September 21-25, 1998 and published in Journal of Loss Prevention, Vol. 13, pp 369-376, 2000.

Chad V. Mashuga and Daniel A. Crowl, “Flammability Zone Prediction Using Calculated Adiabatic Flame Temperatures,” AIChE 33nd Loss Prevention Symposium, Houston, March 14th-18th, 1999 and published in Process Safety Progress, Vol. 18, No. 3, 1999.

Chad V. Mashuga and Daniel A. Crowl, “Application of the Flammability Diagram for Evaluation of Fire and Explosion Hazards of Flammable Vapors,” Presented at the AIChE 32nd Loss Prevention Symposium, New Orleans, March 11th, 1998 and published in Process Safety Progress, October, 1998.