Aerodynamics research in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department focuses on the following areas:
- Unsteady aerodynamics
- Vortex dominated flows
- Rockets and gas turbines
Example research projects include aerodynamic flow control of an airfoil with small trailing-edge strips; using automatic differentiation to create a nonlinear reduced order model of a computational fluid dynamic solver; stochastic analysis of a nonlinear aeroelastic model using the response surface method; experimental and theoretical study of gust response for a wing-store model with freeplay; comparison of classical and high dimensional harmonic balance approaches for a Duffing oscillator; investigation of modeling limit cycle oscillation behavior of the F-16 fighter using a harmonic balance approach; transonic limit cycle oscillation analysis using reduced order aerodynamic models; and modeling limit cycle oscillations for an NLR 7301 airfoil aeroelastic configuration.
Opportunities for Graduate Study
The department offers an M.S./Ph.D. study track in mechanical engineering with a core in mechanics, dynamics and controls that encompasses aerodynamics, aeroelasticity and rockets and gas turbines.
The department also offers a program of study towards the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) in Mechanical Engineering. This 30-credit degree program includes course work towards departmental requirements, an area of specialization, business and management fundamentals, and an internship or applied research experience. Students have the flexibility to focus on topics of aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, fluid mechanics and controls relevant to career preparation for the aerospace industrial sector.