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    Research Overview


    The Fluid Dynamics Research Center conducts experimental, analytical, and numerical research over a wide range of topics involving flowing fluids. The FDRC has particular expertise in the areas of Flow Control, Navier-Stokes Simulations and Low-Dimensional Modeling, Aeroacoustics, and Contaminant Dispersion simulations. Fluid Dynamics faculty includes four experimentalists and two experts in computations and analysis. Six laboratories in the Engineering 1 building house a variety of high-quality low speed and high speed wind tunnels, anechoic facilities, jet facilities and an axial flow compressor research facility. Our current research is supported by AFOSR, NSF, Boeing, Honeywell, DARPA, and ONR.




    Fluid Dynamics Faculty




    Kevin W. Cassel - Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; Associate Chair

    Areas of Expertise

    • Analytical and Computational Solutions to Partial Differential Equations
    • Application of Advanced Analytical Techniques in the Thermo-fluid Sciences
    • Development of Serial and Parallel Numerical Algorithms for Unsteady Fluid Flows
    • Numerical Solutions of Unsteady Boundary-layer Flows in Lagrangian Coordinates
    • Theoretical Description of Physical Processes in Unsteady Separation
    • Theoretical and Numerical Investigations of Instabilities in Boundary-layer Flows
    • Supersonic and Hypersonic Boundary-layer Flows
    • Unsteady Mixed-convection Boundary-layer Flows
    • Effects of Vortex-surface Interaction on Wall-bounded Flows
    • Passive and Active Control of Separation and Dynamic Stall on Airfoils
    • Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer Characteristics of Buoyancy-driven Flows with Heat Generation
    • Computational Simulations of Bio-fluids



    Hassan M. Nagib - John T. Rettaliata Distinguished Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    Areas of Expertise

    • Hydrodynamic Stability
    • Transition
    • Applied Turbulence
    • Mixing of Laminar and Turbulent Streams
    • Mixing of Two-phase Flows
    • Unsteady Flows
    • Wind-Tunnel Flow Quality
    • Wind Engineering and Atmospheric Diffusion
    • Aeroacoustics
    • Convective Heat Transfer Augmentation



    Ganesh G. Raman - Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    Areas of Expertise

    • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
    • Aeroacoustics
    • Active Flow Control
    • Jet Screech
    • Fluidics



    Dietmar Rempfer - Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; Professor of Applied Mathematics; ACE Associate Dean

    Areas of Expertise

    • Fluid Mechanics, Especially Theoretical Studies of Transitional and Turbulent Shear Flows in Open Systems
    • Numerical Fluid Mechanics
    • Coherent Structures in Turbulent Flows
    • Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
    • Wind Turbine Aerodynamics



    Shawn C. Shadden - Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    Areas of Expertise

    • Dynamical Systems Theory
    • Transport and Mixing
    • Modeling Mechanical Systems
    • Biological Flows



    Candace E. Wark - Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    Areas of Expertise

    • Wall-bounded Turbulence
    • Experimental Methods in Fluid Dynamics
    • Electronic Component Cooling



    David R. Williams - Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director of Fluid Dynamics Research Center

    Areas of Expertise

    • Flow Control
    • Flow Metering
    • Fluidic Oscillators
    • Linear and Nonlinear Wave Interactions in Transitioning Flows
    • Acoustic Measurement Techniques