Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Thermal Science Focus Group

The Computational and Experimental Thermal Sciences research focus encompasses broad research activities. These include research in such areas as computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, tribology, flow stability and transition, vortex dynamics, drag reduction, microgravity flows, thermal systems simulation, biofluid flow dynamics, turbulent boundary layer characterization, experimental methods using hotwire/film anemometry, laser Doppler velocimetry, particle image velocimetry, flow visualization techniques as well as thin film heat flux gauge research.

Dr. Sorin Cioc, Clinical Associate Professor - Ph.D., Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania: Thermodynamics, Conduction, Heat Transfer, Tribology

Dr. Anju Gupta, Assistant Professor - Ph.D., University of Rhode Island: Thermal analysis of phase changing materials, Phase change heat transfer, High-temperature coatings

Dr. Duane "Ray" Hixon, (focus group leader) Professor - Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology: Computational Aeroacoustics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Large-Eddy Simulations, Turbulence, Fluid-Structures Interaction, Trustworthy Computing

Dr. Theo G. Keith, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus - Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1971: Tribology, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Aeroelasticity

Dr. Chunhua Sheng, Professor - Ph.D., Mississippi State University: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Aerodynamics, Aeroelastics

Dr. Hossein Sojoudi, Assistant Professor - Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology: Thermal-Fluid, Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, Scalable Nanomanufacturing

Research Labs

Current Research Projects

Computational Aeroacoustics Prediction of Broadband Turbomachinery Noise - Dr. Hixon

Computational Aeroacoustics (CAA) is focused on the accurate prediction of unsteady flow and noise.  In order to accomplish this goal efficiently, high-accuracy time marching schemes are combined with optimized spatial differencing methods in order to reduce the computational effort required to obtain an accurate solution.  In this work, supported by NASA’s Advanced Air Transport Technology (AATT) project, the state-of-the-art CAA code BASS is being applied to the direct prediction of the noise generated by the impingement of turbulent fan wakes with the outlet guide vanes in a realistic high bypass ratio jet engine.  Current research topics include grid generation, boundary conditions, code verification, numerical scheme development, high performance I/O, and parallelization strategies. 

Computational Fluid Dynamics in Viscous Flows - Dr. Sheng

Predicting air vehicle performance around viscous fluids is challenging using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods. It requires accurate numerical methods to capture viscous fluid physics in both time and length scales. This project aims at developing high-order numerical schemes and advanced turbulence models for predicting viscous fluid motions, as well as applying these methods in areas such as rotorcraft, wind turbines, and turbomachinery.   

Representative Publications




Last Updated: 9/16/20