Experimental fluid mechanics; bio-inspired propulsion for autonomous vehicle design; unsteady vortex dynamics; fluid-structure interactions; shock-wave boundary layer interactions
A proposed project is the investigation of bird-like flapping flight at the systems level to design autonomous aircraft for use in disaster mitigation. Applications include tracking the release of airborne toxins and searching for victims in urban environments, which requires maneuverability and long-duration soaring. Also of interest is the unsteady fluid mechanics governing the dynamic loading of buildings subjected to high winds, and the dispersion of scalars such as hazardous aerosols in cities. Another topic is shock waves. The unsteady loading in a Mach 3 shock-wave turbulent boundary layer interaction was investigated using fluctuating wall-pressure measurements during prior post-doctoral work.