An Application Area of the Multiscale Systems Research Focus
Faculty and students involved in the Fluid Dynamics application area work on topics involving application of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics to areas such as aerodynamics, microfluidics, medicine, biofuels and nanoparticulates. Faculty work in close collaboration with researchers in the College of Medicine and with a variety of regional companies and state and federal agencies.
- Experiments and computational analysis of complex and multi-component microfluidic flows.
- Experiments using a micro-Schlierin technique and computations of supersonic micro-nozzle flows for micro-satellites.
- Computational analysis of the dynamics of polymeric molecules in turbulent flows.
- Planar laser-induced fluorescent analysis of chemical concentration field in reactive flows, with application to high-speed aerodynamic flows.
- Study of particle aggregate formation and adhesion to surfaces, with application to filtration technology, blood mechanics and thrombosis, sediment transport, dust clogging, and nanoparticle dispersion techniques.
- Study of three-dimensional vortex interaction with structures, using a combination of PIV- and LIF-based experiments and computational methods.