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Fluid Dynamics Research Center

The research activities in the Fluid Dynamics area include experimental, analytical, and numerical research over a wide range of topics involving flowing fluids. The fluid dynamics faculty 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 both experimentalists and experts in computations and analysis. The laboratories in the John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center 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.

Hamid Arastoopour
Henry R. Linden Professor of Engineering; Director of the Wanger Institute for Sustainability and Energy Research (WISER)
Expertise: Transport phenomena of multiphase systems and fluidization; energy and sustainability-related research; computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applications to energy conversion and carbon capture processes; wind energy; production of natural gas from unconventional gas reserves and hydrates; and energy/ water/food nexus

Kevin W. Cassel
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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 and Aerospace Engineering
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

Candace E. Wark
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Expertise: Wall-bounded turbulence; experimental methods in fluid dynamics; electronic component cooling

David R. Williams
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Expertise: Flow control; flow metering; fluidic oscillators; linear and nonlinear wave interactions in transitioning flows; acoustic measurement techniques