Advanced Flow Diagnostics Laboratory ( Dr. Brian Thurow ) – This laboratory focuses on the development and application of high-speed, 3D flow diagnostics for applications involving unsteady, 3D flow fields including flapping wing flight, shock boundary layer interactions and combustion. Opportunities are available for students with an interest in optical diagnostics, 3D tomography and experimental fluid dynamics.
Aero-propulsion related systems modeling, simulation and optimization ( Dr. Roy Hartfield) – This laboratory focuses on the development of models for aerodynamics, propulsion systems, and vehicle properties with the aim of producing models of systems which are of sufficient fidelity to be useful in trade and performance studies while maintaining sufficient computational efficiencies to be of practical use for large numbers of simulations.
Applied Fluids Research Group ( Dr. Vrishank Raghav ) – This laboratory focuses on the application of fluid dynamics and experimental techniques to solve challenges in aerospace and biomedical engineering. In aerospace engineering we are interested understanding - helicopter and wind turbine aeromechanics and rotary UAVs; biomedical engineering applications include cardiovascular and respiratory flows.
Combustion Physics Lab ( Dr. David Scarborough) – The primary focus of the research is to understand combustion instability problems which exist in a large variety of applications. Through understanding how the acoustic and heat release processes interact with each other, the ultimate goal is to further understand the combustion process. The current projects are highly diverse, with current studies focused on topics ranging from Liquid Rocket Engine combustion to wildland fire mitigation research.
Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory ( Dr. Stephen Nichols ) – The CFD Lab applies and develops computational methods to predict the unsteady fluid dynamics of internal and external three dimensional flows. Current research includes drag reduction strategies for commercial trucking, turbulence and transition modeling, dynamic grid motion, code development for reacting flows using Discontinuous Galerkin and Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics approaches, and optimization methods for computational tools.
Vortex Dynamics and Basic Fluid Flows ( Dr. Anwar Ahmed ) – Research in the lab utilizes a water tunnel and wind tunnel with emphasis on vortical flows of bluff body wakes, jets and unsteady aerodynamics of delta wings, synthetic jets and flow control. Aero-optics of boundary layers in compressible and incompressible flows is also of interest.
Advanced Propulsion Research Laboratory ( Dr. Joseph Majdalani ) – This laboratory focuses on the development and application of mathematical modeling and simulation techniques to improve the performance and stability of large combustors and propulsive systems with special emphasis on swirl-driven liquid and hybrid rocket engines. Other areas include internal flowfield and combustion instability analyses of solid rocket motors. We are presently engaged in modeling wall-bounded cyclonic flowfields, acoustic instability, and upper stage vortex rocket engines. Opportunities are available for students interested in mathematical and computational modeling of simulated rocket systems.