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Research Labs

For more detailed information on current research topics, visit the individual research labs below.

Sample images from selected research projects are given below.


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Simulation of flow around a compressor blade, M=0.8. Blue is reversed flow, Capece

CFD simulation of a fire whirl (tornado). McDonough

Flow control over a low Re wing using smart materials. Jacob


Focus Research Areas

Research is performed in all areas of fluid dynamics, from classical to modern. Though there is a group specialty in aerospace engineering fluid dynamics, particular aerodynamics and propulsion, research is commonly performed in a wide range of industrial fluid mechanics problems from pumping systems to bio-fluid flow.

Below is a list of some areas of interest to the members of the fluid dynamics group (not necessarily up to date).

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    Turbulence modeling and simulation employing unaveraged, additive decompositions of governing equations * Turbulence-radiation and turbulence-chemical kinetics interactions * Modeling of large- and small-scale fires (e.g., forest fires and room fires) * Flow and heat transfer in internal air-cooling circuits of gas turbine blades * Simulation of paint particle trajectories during spray painting of vehicles on automotive assembly lines * Simulation of fluid (aqueous humor) flow in the human eye, and its effects on onset of glaucoma * Application of CFD methods to experimental data reduction
  • Computational Numerical Analysis
    Filtering techniques to treat coarse-grid aliasing effects in computations involving advection-diffusion equations * Parallelization of numerical methods for partial differential equations * Development of multi-dimensional nonlinear filters for shock capturing
  • Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
    Applications to Navier-Stokes turbulence and theory of additive turbulent decomposition (ATD) * Construction of discrete dynamical systems models of turbulence phenomena * Analysis of eye movement time series utilizing techniques from dynamical systems theory in effort to provide non-intrusive methods for visual dysfunction diagnoses. *
  • Experimental Methods
    Quantitative flow visualization using reflective flakes * Application of digital imaging techniques to full field measurements
  • Vortex and Aero Dynamics
    Generation and evolution of trailing vortex wakes (see Vortex sheet roll-up of a rectangular wing) * Interaction of vortex filaments * Breakdown of vortices
  • Turbulence
    Structure of low-Reynolds number turbulence and generation of homogeneous and isotropic fields * Effect of freestream turbulence on wake evolution