Mario Sánchez Sanz

Office: 1.1.D.20    Phone: (+34) 91 624 6210    Email: mssanz @

Mario Sánchez Sanz obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2002.  He joined the PhD program of this university, obtaining his doctorate in May 2007 in the Mathematical Engineering program under the supervision of prof.  Antonio Sanchez and prof. Amable Liñán

During his PhD, Mario stayed for nine moths in the Center of Energy Research of the University of California at San Diego as a visitor researcher in the group of prof. Forman Williams. He also visited during four months the Mathematics Department of the University of East Anglia where he worked with prof. Mark Blyth and prof. Norman Riley.

After his graduation in May 2007, he moved to the School of Aeronautics of the Polytechnic University of Madrid with a postdoctoral fellowship "Juan de la Cierva". In November 2007 he got a position as an assistant professor that he abandoned in Septiembre 2011.  During that time, he was awarded two times with the "Jose Castillejo" postdoctoral fellowship (2008 and 2010) for research stays abroad, that he used to initiate a research collaboration with the mechanical departments of Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley, led by prof. Mich Smooke and  prof. Carlos Fernández-Pello, respectively, in numerical combustion and Micro ElectroMechanical Systems that is still active.

In September 2011 he moved back to the Fluid Mechanics Department of the University Carlos III as a visiting professor, becoming an associate professor in June 2012.

Research interest

Mario's research interest focuses on the application of asymptotic, perturbations and numerical methods to the analysis of laminar reacting and non-reacting flows. The previous generic description includes problems of heat and mass transfer, microfluidics, analysis of laminar jets with and without combustion, MEMS, etc...


    1. -M. Sánchez-Sanz, A.L. Sanchez, A. Liñán. "Fronts in High-temperature laminar gas jets", Journal of Fluid Mechanics 547 (2006) 257–266,  PDF
    2. -M. Sánchez-Sanz, M. G. Blyth. "Unsteady axisymmetric stagnation flow over a cylinder". Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics  60 (2007)  125-138, PDF
    3. -M. Sánchez-Sanz, A.L. Sanchez, A. Liñán "Laminar cold jets in high-temperature atmospheres" New Trends in Fluid Mechanics Research, Tsinghua University Press & Springer, 2007. ISBN 978-7-302-15894-3, PDF
    4. -M. Sánchez-Sanz, B. Fernández, A. Velázquez. "Energy Harvesting Micro-Resonator Based on the Forces Generated by the Karman Street around a Rectangular prism". Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 18 (2009) 449-457, PDF
    5. -N. Riley, M. Sánchez-Sanz, E. Watson. "A planar pulsating Jet". Journal of Fluid Mechanics 638 (2009)  161-172, PDF
    6. -M. Sánchez-Sanz, A. Velazquez "Vortex-induced vibration of a prism in internal flow". Journal of Fluid Mechanics 641 (2009) 431-440, PDF
    7. -S. Terhaar, A. Velázquez, J. Arias, M. Sánchez-Sanz "Experimental study on the unsteady laminar heat transfer downstream of a backward facing step". International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer 37 (2010) 457–462, PDF
    8. -M. Sánchez-Sanz, M. Rosales, A.L. Sanchez. " The hydrogen laminar jet", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 35 (2010) 3919–3927,  PDF
    9. -M. Sánchez-Sanz, A.L. Sanchez, A. Liñán. " Variable-Density Jet Flows Induced by Concentrated sources of Momentum and Energy". Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics  25 (2011) 281-292,  PDF
    10. -M. Sánchez-Sanz, B.A. Bennett, M. D. Smooke, A. Liñán."Influence of Strouhal number on pulsating methane/air coflow jet diffusion flames", Combustion Theory and Modelling  14 (2010) 453-478,  PDF
    11. -M. Sánchez-Sanz, A. Velázquez, " Passive control of vortex induced vibration in internal flow using body shape ". Journal of fluids and structures  27 (2011) 976-985, PDF
    12. -J. Carpio, M. Sánchez-Sanz, E. Fernández-Tarrazo, " Pinch-off in forced and non-forced, buoyant laminar jet diffusion flames " Combustion and Flame 159 (2012) 161-169,  PDF
    13. -M. Sánchez-Sanz, "Premixed flame extinction in narrow channels with and without heat recirculation", Combustion and Flame 159 (2012) 3158–3167, PDF
    14. -V. Kurdyumov, M. Sánchez-Sanz, "Influence of radiation losses on the stability of premixed flames on a porous-plug burner", Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 34 (2013)  989–996, PDF
    15. - M. Sánchez-Sanz, D Fernández-Galisteo, VN Kurdyumov, " Effect of the equivalence ratio, Damköhler number, Lewis number and heat release on the stability of laminar premixed flames in microchannels", Combustion and Flame  161 (2014) 1282–1293, PDF
    16. - D. Fernández-Galisteo, C. Jiménez, V. N. Kurdyumov, M. Sánchez-Sanz "The differential diffusion effect of the intermediate species on the stability of premixed flames propagating in microchannels",  Combustion Theory and Modelling 18 (2014) 582-605, PDF
    17. - M. Sánchez-Sanz, D. Murphy, C. Fernández-Pello, "Effect of an external electric field on the propagation velocity of a premixed flame.", Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 35 (2015), 3463–3470, PDF
    18. E Fernández-Tarrazo, M Sánchez-Sanz, AL Sánchez, FA Williams, "Minimum ignition energy of methanol–air mixtures", Combustion and Flame 171 (2016), 234-236,  PDF
    19. E Fernández-Tarrazo, M Sánchez-Sanz, AL Sánchez, FA Williams, "A multipurpose reduced chemical-kinetic mechanism for methanol combustion", Combustion Theory and Modelling 20 (2016) 613-631, PDF
    20. M Sánchez-Sanz, E Fernández-Tarrazo, AL Sánchez, "Regimes of boundary-layer ignition by heat release from a localized energy source", Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 36 (1)  1467-1473, PDF
    21. DC Murphy, M Sánchez-Sanz, C Fernandez-Pello  "The role of non-thermal electrons in flame acceleration", Combustion and Flame 182 (2017), 48-57  PDF
    22. D Fernández-Galisteo, C Jiménez, M Sánchez-Sanz, VN Kurdyumov, "Effects of stoichiometry on premixed flames propagating in narrow channels: symmetry-breaking bifurcations", Combustion Theory and Modelling (2017) 1-16,  PDF

Interesting links

Phd Thesis: Laminar gas jets with extreme jet-to-ambient density ratios

Mechanical Engineering Yale University

Center of Energy ResearchUniversity of California at San Diego

Mathematics department University of East Anglia

Aerothermochemistry (pdf) Aerothermochemistry (Gregorio Millán and T. Von Karman)

Dimensional Analysis (pdf)   P. W. Bridgman.

Wire ignition of a premixed flame (by Fernando Veiga)