Professor Arthur H. Lefebvre, an ASME Fellow and a member of IGTI’s Combustion and Fuels technical committee over three decades, passed away on November 24, 2003 in Pebworth (Nr. Stratford-upon-Avon), England as a result of pancreatic cancer. He is survived by wife Sally, sons David and Paul, daughter Anne, and six grandchildren.

Professor Lefebvre made outstanding exemplary contributions over five decades in the areas of gas turbine combustion and combustor design. His pioneering work covered combustor aerodynamics, flame stabilization, turbulent flame propagation, ignition, fuel atomization, fuel injector design, droplet combustion, combustor heat transfer, gas turbine fuels, and emissions. He was an outstanding educator and industry consultant.

Dr. Lefebvre developed a “θ-parameter” correlation for gas turbine combustors that established the design and development methodology for modern gas turbine combustion systems. His combustor design was adopted for the Rolls-Royce RB 211 engine that powered Boeing 747, Airbus,...

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