Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

Fluid mechanics and heat transfer are key to the understanding and improvement of mechanical systems. A more fundamental and insightful understanding of turbulence (the nonlinear and apparently chaotic motion of fluids and thermal fields) remains one of the great challenges of all engineering and science. The apparently structural patterns that appear in nature and designed systems has led to the creation of the constructal law a member of this group, Adrian Bejan, and his collaborators. New phenomena at the micro and nano scales are being discovered and exploited which makes this group among the most creative innovators in this
key field of mechanical engineering.

Fluid mechanics and heat transfer research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science focuses on the following areas:

  • Computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer
  • Tribology
  • Compressible fluid flow
  • Hydrodynamic stability and turbulence
  • Transport phenomena in biological systems
  • Microscale physicochemical hydrodynamics

Current projects include work on computational modeling of unsteady fluid flows, constructal theory and modeling, microscale fluid mechanics and nonlinear dynamic modeling of turbulence.

Opportunities for Graduate Study

The departments offers an M.S./Ph.D. study track in mechanical engineering with a core in thermal fluids that encompasses fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, as well as thermodynamics.

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 specialize on topics of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermal and fluid systems relevant to preparation for an applied engineering career.

Faculty

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, acoustics, and structural dynamics
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Our research deals with experimental and theoretical investigations of small-scale physicochemical hydrodynamics, where transport and interfacial phenomena closely interact with each other. By manipulating surface tension actively and passively, e.g. using electric fields and surface structures, we...
William Holland Hall Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
Broad field of aeroelasticity, acoustics, nonlinear dynamics, structural dynamics, and unsteady aerodynamics.
Julian Francis Abele Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
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.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Hydroelastic modeling of deformable structures, transport in thermal and chemical systems, experimental and computational fluid dynamics, nonlinear and complex systems, heat and mass transport in biological systems, stability of fluid motions, machine learning, data mining, econophysics, reduced...
Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Analytical, experimental, and computational studies of flow problems arising in biology, medicine, and biotechnology as well as in more traditional mechanical engineering applications.
Anderson-Rupp Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Ultrasound-targeted gene delivery and activation; Synergistic combination of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and immunotherapy for cancer treatment; Innovations in shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) technology; and Mechanics and bioeffects of acoustic cavitation.