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SELLE Laurent

Laurent Selle
Laurent Selle

Current positions

  1. CNRS researcher
  2. Head of Reacting Flows group
  3. Chair of the french section of the Combustion Institute (GFC)

Areas of expertise

  1. Combustion
  2. Combustion instabilities
  3. Hydrogen
  4. Supercritical thermodynamic conditions
  5. Two-phase flows (Eulerian and Lagrangian modeling)
  6. Rocket propulsion and gas turbines
  7. Numerical simulation (DNS and LES)
  8. turbulent combustion modeling


2004 : PhD in Fluid Dynamics from CERFACS, Toulouse, France.

2000 : Engineer degree in Fluids Mechanics from ENSEEIHT.

Research experience

  • 2020 : Consultant at Airbus
  • 2010-2018 : Consultant at ONERA (DEFA)
  • 2006-present : CNRS research fellow
  • 2004-2006 : Postdoc at Caltech/JPL
  • 2000-2004 : PhD student at CERFACS


  • Fundamentals of combustion (INSA, ENSEEIHT)
  • Combustion instabilities (Master DET)

ResearcherID and ORCID

PhD Students

  1. T. Schmitt (2009)
  2. N. Guézennec (2010)
  3. J. Dombard (2011)
  4. A. Ruiz (2012)
  5. R. Garby (2013)
  6. D. Mejia (2014)
  7. A. Bonhomme (2014)
  8. R. Mari (2015)
  9. E. Courtine (—)
  10. M. Miguel-Brebion (2016)
  11. S. Courtiaud (2018)
  12. E. Tinon (2018)
  13. Q. Douasbin (2018)
  14. T. Kaiser (2019)
  15. G. Oztarlik (—)
  16. J. Suarez (—)
  17. P-A. Masset (—)


  1. D. Laera, P. W. Agostinelli, L. Selle, Q. Cazeres, G. Oztarlik, T. Schuller, L. Gicquel, T. Poinsot : Stabilization mechanisms of CH4 premixed swirled flame enriched with a non-premixed hydrogen injection. Proc. Combust. Inst., in Press.
  2. G. Oztarlik, L. Selle, T. Poinsot, T. Schuller : Suppression of instabilities of swirled premixed flames with minimal secondary hydrogen injection. Combust. Flame, 214, pp. 266-276, 2020.
  3. D. Maestro, B. Cuenot, L. Selle : Large Eddy Simulation of Combustion and Heat Transfer in a Single Element GCH4/GOx Rocket Combustor. Flow, Turbul. Combust., 103(3), pp. 699-730, 2019.
  4. P. Grenard, N. Fdida, L. Vingert, L-H. Dorey, L. Selle, J. Pichilou : Experimental investigation of heat-transfer in a subscale liquid rocket engine at high mixture ratio. J. Prop. Power, 35(3), pp. 544-551, 2019.
  5. T.L. Kaiser, G. Oztarlik, L. Selle, T. Poinsot : Impact of symmetry breaking on the Flame Transfer Function of a laminar premixed flame. Proc. Combust. Inst., 37(2), pp. 1953-1960, 2019.
  6. C. Laurent, L. Esclapez, D. Maestro, G. Staffelbach, B. Cuenot, L. Selle, T. Schmitt, F. Duchaine, T. Poinsot : Flame-wall interaction effects on the flame root stabilization mechanisms of a doubly-transcritical LO2/LCH4 cryogenic flame. Proc. Combust. Inst., 37(4), pp. 5147-5154, 2019.
  7. F. Chen, A. Allou, Q. Douasbin, L. Selle, J.D. Parisse : Influence of straight nozzle geometry on the supersonic under-expanded gas jets, Nucl. Eng. Des., 339, pp. 92-104, 2018.
  8. Q. Douasbin, C. Scalo, L. Selle, T. Poinsot : Delayed-time domain impedance boundary conditions (D-TDIBC), J. Comput. Phys., 371, pp. 50-66, 2018.
  9. S. Courtiaud, N. Lecysyn, G. Damamme, T. Poinsot, L. Selle : Analysis of Mixing in High Explosive Fireballs Using Small Scale Pressurized Spheres, Shock Waves, 29(2), pp. 339-353, 2019.
  10. P. Xavier, L. Selle, G. Oztarlik, T. Poinsot : Phosphor Thermometry on a rotating flame-holder for combustion applications, Exp. Fluids, 59(2), pp. 33, 2018.
  11. C. Kraus, L. Selle, T. Poinsot : Coupling Heat Transfer and Large Eddy Simulation for Combustion Instability Prediction in a Swirl Burner, Combust. Flame, 191, pp. 239-251, 2018.
  12. D. Mejia, M. Miguel-Brebion, A. Ghani, T. Kaiser, F. Duchaine, L. Selle, T. Poinsot : Influence of flame-holder temperature on the acoustic flame transfer functions of a laminar flame, Combust. Flame, 188, pp. 5-12, 2018.
  13. F. Thiesset, F. Halter, C. Bariki, C. Lapeyre, C. Chauveau, I. Gokalp, L. Selle, T. Poinsot : Isolating strain and curvature effects in premixed flame/vortex interactions, J. Fluid Mech., 831, pp. 618-654, 2017.
  14. A. Urbano and L. Selle : Driving and damping mechanisms for transverse combustion instabilities in liquid rocket engines, J. Fluid Mech., 820, pp. R2, 2017.
  15. P. Xavier, A. Ghani, D. Mejia, M. Miguel-Brebion, M. Bauerheim, L. Selle and T. Poinsot : Experimental and numerical investigation of flames stabilised behind rotating cylinders : interaction of flames with a moving wall. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 813, pp. 127-151, 2017.
  16. D. Mejia, P. Xavier, B. Ferret, L. Selle, M. Bauerheim and T. Poinsot : Stabilization of a premixed laminar flame on a rotating cylinder, Proc. Combust. Inst., 36, pp. 1447-1455, 2017.
  17. A. Urbano, Q. Douasbin, L. Selle, G. Staffelbach, B. Cuenot, T. Schmitt, S. Ducruix, S. Candel : Study of flame response to transverse acoustic modes from the LES of a 42-injector rocket engine, Proc. Combust. Inst., 36, pp. 2633-2639, 2017.
  18. C. Kraus, L. Selle, T. Poinsot, C.M. Arndt and H. Bockhorn : Influence of Heat Transfer and Material Temperature on Combustion Instabilities in a Swirl Burner, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 139(5), pp. 51503, 2016.
  19. M. Miguel-Brebion, D. Mejia, P. Xavier, F. Duchaine, B. Bedat, L. Selle, T. Poinsot : Joint experimental and numerical study of the influence of flame holder temperature on the stabilization of a laminar methane flame on a cylinder, Combustion and Flame, 172, pp. 153-161, 2016.
  20. A. Urbano, L. Selle, G. Staffelbach, B. Cuenot, T. Schmitt, S. Ducruix, S. Candel : Exploration of combustion instability triggering using Large Eddy Simulation of a multiple injector Liquid Rocket Engine, Combustion and Flame, 169, pp. 129-140, 2016.
  21. D. Mejia, M. Miguel-Brebion, L. Selle : On the experimental determination of growth and damping rates for combustion instabilities, Combustion and Flame, 169, pp. 287-296, 2016.
  22. R. Mari, B. Cuenot, J.P. Rocchi, L. Selle, F. Duchaine : Effect of pressure on Hydrogen/Oxygen coupled flame-wall interaction, Combustion and Flame, 168, pp. 409-419, 2016.
  23. A. M. Ruiz, G. Lacaze, J. C. Oefelein, R. Mari, B. Cuenot, L. Selle and T. Poinsot : Numerical Benchmark for High- Reynolds-Number Supercritical Flows with Large Density Gradients. AIAA J., 54 (5), pp. 1445-1460, 2016.
  24. E. Courtine, L. Selle and T. Poinsot : DNS of Intrinsic ThermoAcoustic modes in laminar premixed flames, Combustion and Flame, 162 (11), pp. 4331-4341, 2015.
  25. D. Mejia, L. Selle, R. Bazile and T. Poinsot : Wall-temperature effects on flame response to acoustic oscillations, Proc. Combust. Inst., 35 (3), pp. 3201-3208, 2015.
  26. A. Bonhomme, F. Duchaine, G. Wang, L. Selle and T. Poinsot : A parallel multidomain strategy to compute turbulent flows in fan-stirred closed vessels, Computers and Fluids, 101, pp. 183-193, 2014.
  27. L. Selle, R. Blouquin, M. Theron, L-H. Dorey, M. Schmid and W. Anderson : Prediction and Analysis of Combustion Instabilities in a Model Rocket Engine, J. Prop. Pow., 30 (4), pp. 978-990, 2014.
  28. E. Motheau, L. Selle and F. Nicoud : Accounting for convective effects in zero-Mach number thermoacoustic models, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 333 (1), pp. 246-262, 2014.
  29. A. Bonhomme, L. Selle and T. Poinsot : Curvature and confinement effects for flame speed measurements in laminar spherical and cylindrical flames, Combustion and Flame, 160 (7), pp. 1208-1214, 2013.
  30. R. Garby, L. Selle and T. Poinsot : Large-Eddy Simulation of combustion instabilities in a variable-length combustor, CR Mécanique, 341 (1-2), pp. 220-229, 2013.
  31. T. Boushaki, Y. Duhé, L. Selle, B. Ferret and T. Poinsot : Effects of hydrogen and steam addition on laminar burning velocity of methane-air premixed flame : Experimental and numerical analysis, Int. J. of Hydrogen Energy, 37 (11), pp. 94129422, 2012.
  32. J. Dombard, B. Leveugle, L. Selle, J. Reveillon, T. Poinsot and Y. D’angelo : Modeling heat transfer in diluted two-phase flows using the Mesoscopic Eulerian Formalism, Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, 55 (5-6), pp. 14861495, 2012.
  33. L. Selle, T. Poinsot and B. Ferret : Experimental and numerical study of the accuracy of flame-speed measurements for methane/air combustion in a slot burner, Combustion and Flame, 158 (1), pp. 146-154, 2011.
  34. T. Schmitt, L. Selle, A. Ruiz and B. Cuenot : Large-Eddy Simulation of Supercritical-pressure Round Jets. AIAA J., 48 (9), pp. 2133-2144, 2010.
  35. L. Selle and T. Schmitt : Large-Eddy Simulation of Single-Species Flows under Supercritical Thermodynamic Conditions. Comb. Sc. Tech., 182 (4), pp. 392-404, 2010.
  36. T. Schmitt, L. Selle, B. Cuenot and T. Poinsot : Large-Eddy Simulation of transcritical flows. CR Mécanique, 337 (6-7), pp. 528-538,2009.
  37. J. Bellan and L. Selle : Large Eddy Simulation composition equations for single-phase and two-phase fully multicomponent flows. Proc. Combust. Inst., 32 (2), pp. 2239-2246, 2009.
  38. L. Selle, N. Okong’O, J. Bellan and K. Harstad : Modeling of subgrid scale phenomena in supercritical transitional mmixing layers : an a priori study. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 593, pp. 57-91, 2007.
  39. L. Selle and J. Bellan : Characteristics of transitional multicomponent gaseous and drop-laden mixing layers from Direct Numerical Simulation : Composition effects. Physics of Fluids, 19 (6), 2007.
  40. L. Selle and J. Bellan : Scalar dissipation modeling for passive and active scalars : a priori study using Direct Numerical Simulation. Proc. Combust. Inst., 31, pp. 1665-1673, 2007.
  41. L. Selle and J. Bellan : Evaluation of assumed-PDF methods in two-phase flows using Direct Numerical Simulation. Proc. Combust. Inst., 31, pp. 2273-2281, 2007.
  42. K.-U. Schildmacher, A. Hoffmann, L. Selle, R. Koch, C. Schulz, H.-J. Bauer, T. Poinsot, W. Krebs, B. Prade : Unsteady Flame and Flow Field Interaction of a Premixed Model Gas Turbine Burner. Proc. Combust. Inst., 31, pp. 3197-3205, 2007.
  43. L. Selle, L. Benoit, T. Poinsot and W. Krebs : Joint use of compressible Large-Eddy Simulation and Helmholtz solvers for the analysis of rotating modes in an industrial swirled burner. Combustion and Flame, 145 (1-2), pp. 194-205, 2006.
  44. A. Giauque, L. Selle, T. Poinsot, H. Buechner, P. Kaufmann and W. Krebs : System identification of a large-scale swirled partially premixed combustor using LES and measurements. Journal of Turbulence, 6 (21), pp.1-20, 2005.
  45. L. Selle, G. Lartigue, T. Poinsot, R. Koch, K.-U. Schildmacher, W. Krebs, B. Prade, P. Kaufmann, D. Veynante : Com- pressible Large-Eddy Simulation of turbulent combustion in complex geometry on unstructured meshes, Combustion and Flame, 137 (4), pp. 489-505, 2004.
  46. L. Selle, T. Poinsot, F. Nicoud : The actual impedance of non-reflecting boundary conditions : implications for the compu- tation of resonators, AIAA J., 42 (5), pp. 958-964, 2004.