Our research laboratory specializes in the numerical simulation of plasma aerodynamics. Plasmas used for flow control in aerodynamics are weakly-ionized “cold” plasmas which require little power to sustain in sea-level air. Weakly-ionized plasmas can improve the performance of aircraft either through Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) actuators to increase the critical angle of attack of airfoils, to...

WARP (Weakly-ionized Airflow Resolver and Post-processor) is a in-house-developed C code that totals more than 100,000 lines and that is specifically tailored to simulate efficiently plasma aerodynamics. WARP is advantaged over other plasma aerodynamics codes in that it integrates in coupled form the electron and ion transport equations along with the “bulk flow” transport...

A second-year undergraduate course, numerical analysis is the branch of mathematics that deals with the development and use of numerical methods for solving problems. Numerical methods outlined include numerical integration, numerical differentiation, root finding of linear and non-linear systems of equations, and curve fitting. For each numerical method shown in class, the student will be taught how to write a C...

Viscous flow is a third year undergraduate course focusing on the friction effects within fluid dynamics. The course starts with a derivation of the Navier-Stokes equations from Newton's law and then applies the Navier-Stokes equations to Couette flow within journal bearings, to external viscous flows on flat plates and airfoils, to internal flow within ducts and pipes, and to flows in pipe systems including valves...

Compressible flow is a third year undergraduate course giving an introduction to gas dynamics with applications to wind tunnels, turbojet and ramjet inlets, rocket nozzles, and supersonic airfoils. The topics covered include isentropic flow in ducts with area change, unsteady and steady normal shock waves, oblique shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer fans, frictional flow in ducts, and linearized potential flow....

This is a third year undergraduate course about heat transfer phenomena. The course covers radiation, conduction in solids (steady and unsteady), external convection, viscous heating, internal convection, natural convection, and phase change. Example problems include the cooling of journal bearings, electricity cables, and the design of fins, hot wire anemometers, and hypersonic aircraft structural cooling systems....

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a graduate course that focuses on numerical methods solving incompressible viscous flow. Some focus is given on deriving the most-commonly used turbulence models (algebraic, 1-equation, and 2-equation) and how to implement them within fluid flow solvers. Sources of numerical error are also outlined along with techniques on how to assess them accurately. The course ends with an...

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This is a second year course giving an overview of the basic concepts in fluid mechanics. The topics covered include fluid statics, inviscid fluid dynamics, viscous fluid dynamics, and non-dimensional analysis. Emphasis is put on the derivation of the governing equations of fluid mechanics (Pascal's law, mass and momentum conservation equations, Bernoulli's equation, skin friction coefficient, etc) and on how to...

Thermodynamics is a second-year course giving an introduction to gas and liquid physics. Topics include ideal versus non-ideal equations of state, the first and second law of thermo, conservation of energy using the control-volume approach, the Maxwell relations, gaseous mixtures, and chemical reactions. Example engineering problems include the analysis of pressurized tanks, air conditioners, and combustors....