Donald B. Bliss

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Professor Bliss has broad research interests in fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, acoustics, and structural dynamics. His work emphasizes improved understandings of physical phenomena and the development of innovative ways to solve important engineering problems. Professor Bliss recently developed a general analysis method called Analytical/Numerical matching (ANM) that combines numerical and analytical solutions to gain accuracy and computational efficiency. ANM is currently being applied to a variety of problems in aerodynamics and structural acoustics.

Much of Professor Bliss' research on fluid flows involves the aerodynamics of lifting surfaces and vortex wakes. For helicopter wakes he has developed curved vortex elements, constant vorticity contour wake models, and influence coefficient techniques. In collaboration with a private company, these have been incorporated into commercially available computer programs used by industry and government to predict helicopter performance, vibration, and noise. Currently, ANM is being used to develop a new unified treatment of lifting surfaces and wakes in unsteady compressible flow. Professor Bliss is also developing a new vortex roll-up analysis, and using ANM to study helicopter blade/vortex interaction.

In acoustics, Professor Bliss' primary effort is in the application of ANM to structural acoustics, particularly to acoustic scattering from submerged elastic bodies with structural discontinuities. He has also developed a method called Alternate Resonance Tuning (ART) to prevent low frequency sound transmission into flexible wall enclosures, with applications to aircraft interior noise. He also conducts research on mathematical homogenization applied to structural acoustic systems, and on general boundary conditions for bulk-reacting sound absorbing surfaces.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Contact Information:
  • Office Location: 148B Engineering Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5315
  • Email Address: donald.bliss@duke.edu
Education:

  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973
  • M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970
  • B.S.E. Princeton University, 1968

Research Interests:

fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, acoustics, and structural dynamics

Specialties:

Aerodynamics
Acoustics
Fluid Mechanics

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Klein Family Distinguished Teaching Award, Duke University, Pratt School of Engineering, 2005

Courses Taught:
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 493: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 571: Aerodynamics
  • ME 572: Engineering Acoustics

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Dowell, EH; Bliss, DB, New Look at Unsteady Supersonic Potential Flow Aerodynamics and Piston Theory, AIAA Journal: devoted to aerospace research and development, vol 51 no. 9 (2013), pp. 2278-2281 [10.2514/1.J052088] [abs].
    • Burton, LJ; Bliss, DB; Franzoni, LP, Sound attenuation and prediction of porous media properties in hybrid ducts utilizing spatially periodic area changes, 2008 Proceedings of the NoiseCon/ASME NCAD, NCAD 2008 (2009), pp. 363-371 [abs].
    • He, Q; Bliss, DB; Franzoni, L, Noise reduction strategies using multi-element flexible structures, 2008 Proceedings of the NoiseCon/ASME NCAD, NCAD 2008 (2009), pp. 373-383 [abs].
    • Bliss, D; Franzoni, L; Michalis, K, Characterization of high frequency radiation from panels subject to broadband excitation, 2008 Proceedings of the NoiseCon/ASME NCAD, NCAD 2008 (2009), pp. 357-361 [abs].
    • Michalis, K; Bliss, D; Franzoni, L, Prediction and modification of broadband interior noise in enclosures using energy-intensity bem and absorption scaling, 2008 Proceedings of the NoiseCon/ASME NCAD, NCAD 2008 (2009), pp. 339-347 [abs].