Kenneth C. Hall

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Julian Francis Abele Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Julian Francis Abele Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Contact Information:
  • Office Location: 142 Hudson Eng Ctr, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5328
  • Email Address: kenneth.c.hall@duke.edu
Education:

  • Sc.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
  • M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983
  • B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981

Research Interests:

Dr. Hall specializes in unsteady aerodynamics, structural dynamics, and aeroelasticity of turbomachinery and aerospace vehicles. Novel approaches to modeling complex physical phenomena using computational fluid dynamics. Optimization and sensitivity analysis. Fluid dynamics of animal propulsion.

Specialties:

Aerodynamics
Fluid Mechanics
Aerospace
Aeroelasticity

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2010
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineer, 2000
  • ASME Best Paper Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1995
  • Dr. Ernst Zimmermann Memorial Award, International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science, 1986
  • Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellow, Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, 1982-1987
  • Henry Webb Salisbury Award for academic excellence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981
  • IGTI Structures & Dynamics Committee Best Paper Award, International Gas Turbine Institute, 1997
  • Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellowship, Lilly Foundation, 1992-1993
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1991-1997
  • Tau Beta Pi, Massachusetts Beta Chapter, Tau Beta Pi

Courses Taught:
  • ME 472: Aircraft Performance
  • ME 672: Unsteady Aerodynamics

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Giovanetti, EB; Hall, KC, Optimum design of compound helicopters using higher harmonic control, Annual Forum Proceedings, vol 4 (2014), pp. 2607-2618 [abs].
    • Ekici, K; Hall, KC; Huang, H; Thomas, JP, Stabilization of Explicit Flow Solvers Using a Proper-Orthogonal-Decomposition Technique, AIAA Journal: devoted to aerospace research and development, vol 51 no. 5 (2013), pp. 1095-1104 [10.2514/1.J051945] [abs].
    • Hall, KC; Ekici, K; Thomas, JP; Dowell, EH, Harmonic balance methods applied to computational fluid dynamics problems, International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, vol 27 no. 2 (2013), pp. 52-67 [10.1080/10618562.2012.742512] [abs].
    • Clark, ST; Kielb, RE; Hall, KC, A van der pol based reduced-order model for non-synchronous vibration (NSV) in turbomachinery, Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo, vol 7 B (2013) [abs].
    • Ekici, K; Kielb, RE; Hall, KC, The effect of aerodynamic asymmetries on turbomachinery flutter, Journal of Fluids and Structures, vol 36 (2013), pp. 1-17 [10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2012.08.009] [abs].
Experience:
  • 2007 - Present: Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
  • 2001 - 2007: Professor and Chair, Duke University, Durham, NC Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
  • 2000 - 2001: Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
  • 1997 - 1998: Visiting Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • 1996 - 2000: Associate Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
  • 1990 - 1996: Assistant Professor, Duke University , Durham, NC Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science .
  • 1987 - 1990: Associate Research Engineer, United Technologies Research Center , East Hartford, CT.
  • 1981 - 1987: Research Assistant in the Gas Turbine Laboratory , Massachusetts Institute of Technology , Cambridge, MA

Professional Activities:

  • Member International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Board of Directors (2003-2009)
  • Chairman of the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Structures & Dynamics Technical Committee (2000-2002).
  • Member of the ASME/IGTI Turbomachinery Technical Committee.
  • Reviewer for numerous journals, including the ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, AIAA Journal, Journal of Fluid and Structures, and Journal of Computational Physics.
  • Host of the Tenth International Symposium on Unsteady Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics, and Aeroelasticy to be held at Duke University in 2003.
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers