Dr Sam Dakka earned his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park USA, where his research was focused on combustion of solid fuel materials.
Following his PhD he pursued research on microgravity droplet combustion at NASA Glenn Research Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California. Dr Dakka Joined Sheffield Hallam University on 2014 as a lecturer in Aerospace engineering and module leader for Aerodynamics and Propulsion, Aircraft Flight Mechanics, Aerospace structures and Space and Satellite Technology and was promoted to Senior Lecturer on March 2015.
Dr Dakka's main interests and research is on combustion and propulsion, aerodynamics and space systems. He has an extensive experience in the industry at Honeywell Aerospace and GE-Aviation specialised on turbofan aircraft engines. Dr Dakka holds intermediate certificate on keel boat sailing where he enjoyed sailing in Oahu, Hawaii.
Specialist areas of interest
Combustion and Propulsion
Aerodynamics and Space Systems
Department of Engineering and Mathematics
Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences
ICE-Industrial Collaborative Engineering
Course Leader BENG manufacturer Engineering Top-up
Aerodynamics & Propulsion
Aerospace Structures Aircraft Performance
Aircraft Design Space & Satellite Technology
Premixed & Partially Premixed flames
"Using Socrative to Enhance In-Class Student Engagement and Collaboration" , International Journal on integrating Technology in Education, Vol 4, No. 3, September 2015, Author: Sam M. Dakka
“Influences of Pressure on Reduced-Gravity Combustion of 1-Propanol Droplet”, Microgravity Science and Technology Volume 18, Issue 2, Year 2006, Pages 5-13, Authors: Sam M. Dakka and Ben D. Shaw.
"Theory of Influence of Fuel Pyrolysis on Soot Shell Standoff Ratios in Reduced-Gravity Droplet Combustion”, Combustion Science and Technology 177 (10): 1939-1959 OCT 2005, Authors: Ben D. Shaw and Sam M. Dakka.
"TGA/MS of Poly(methyl methacrylate)- The effect of heating rate on the rate of production of evolving gases," Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Vol. 75, p. 765, (2004), Author: Sam M. Dakka.
"TGA/DTA/MS of Poly(methyl methacrylate)-The effect of particle size," Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Vol. 74, p. 729, (2003), Author: Sam M. Dakka.
"TGA/DTA/MS of Poly(methyl methacrylate)-The role of the oxidative environment," Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry,vol. 73, p.17, (2003), Author: Sam M. Dakka.
"Mechanisms Controlling the Degradation of Poly(methyl methacrylate) prior to Piloted Ignition, "International Symposium on Combustion, The Combustion Institute, Vol. 29,p. 281 (2002), Authors: Sam M. Dakka, Greg S. Jackson, and Jose L. Torero.
AL-MAWALI, Julanda and DAKKA, Sam (2017). Numerical investigation for the enhancement of the aerodynamic characteristics of an aerofoil by using a gurney flap. International Journal of GEOMATE, 12 (34), 21-27.
DAKKA, Sam and DAKKA, Irage (2017). Harness open educational resources in higher education : progress, issues and challenges. In: ICICTE 2017 : International Conference on Information, Communication Technologies in Education, Rhodes, Greece, 6-8 July 2017. ICICTE.ORG. (Unpublished)
PAYTON, Jonathan and DAKKA, Sam (2017). Flow control through vortex shedding interaction of one cylinder downstream of another. International Journal of GEOMATE, 12 (33), 53-59.
DAKKA, Sam (2017). Theoretical prediction of critical pyrolysate mass fluxes of a material to mitigate spacecraft or planetary habitat fire. Journal of British Interplanetary Society, 70 (1), 12-18.
DAKKA, Sam and PAYTON, Jonathan (2016). Flow control through vortex shedding interaction on one cylinder downstream of another. In: Second Internation Conference on Science, Engineering and Environment. Geomate International Society. (In Press)
DAKKA, Sam and AL-MAWALI, Julanda (2016). Numerical investigation for the enhancement of the aerodynamic characteristics of NACA 0012 aerofoil by using a gurney flap. In: Second Internation Conference on Science, Engineering and Environment. Geomate International Society. (In Press)
JACKSON, Beren R. and DAKKA, Sam (2016). An investigation into flow behavior and acoustic mechanisms at the trailing edge of an airfoil. Noise and Vibration Worldwide, 47 (7-8), 99-111.
RUFFELS, William and DAKKA, Sam (2016). Aerodynamic flow characteristics of utilizing delta wing configurations in supersonic and subsonic flight regimes. Journal of Communictaion and Computer, 13 (6), 299-318.
DAKKA, Sam and DAKKA, Irage (2016). Intellectual property development reciprocation on distance learning education: a review of the law & policies, challenges and recommendations. In: The International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education 2016, proceedings. ICICTE, 24-31.
DAKKA, Sam (2015). Concept design for space habitability for long term missions. Journal of British Interplanetary Society, 68 (11), 363-368.
DAKKA, Sam (2015). Using Socrative to enhance in-class student engagement and collaboration. International Journal on IntegratingTechnology in Eductaion, 4 (3), 13-19.
Investigation of Premixed and Partially Premixed Flames in Conical Burner Configuration
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