Fluid Mechanics

Research in fluid mechanics, combustion, and engineering physics encompasses a broad spectrum of problems in aerodynamics, ocean-related flows, turbulence, reacting flows, multi-phase and particulate flow hydrodynamics. The research is relevant to a variety of engineering disciplines ranging from the design of airplanes and automobiles, to aerospace guidance and control, to the prediction of the global climate, to bio-fluid dynamics, to flow over magnetic tapes and disks, to industrial fluid mechanics.

Current research areas consist of a combination of experimental, theoretical, and computational programs addressing turbulent flows, the mechanics of two-phase flow, rheology of suspensions, laminar and turbulent combustion, the mechanics of drops and biological cells, flow in porous media, geophysical flows, propellant combustion, microgravity flows, chemical kinetics of combustion systems, vortex dynamics, flow instabilities, enviromental fluid mechanics. Research in the area of combustion is based at the Center for Energy and Combustion Research.

Collaborations with faculty at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography provide a unique environment for graduate students in the Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. The laboratory research facilities consist of several wind tunnels and water channels equipped with modern, nonintrusive optical measurement techniques such as laser Doppler velocimeters, phase Doppler particle analyzes, laser diffraction particle size analyzers, laser-induced fluorescence imaging, and three-dimensional particle tracking. The computational research is carried out on state-of-the-art SUN, HP, and IBM workstations with direct access to the facilities of the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

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April 1, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

Kunihiko Taira (University of California Los Angeles)

Title: Tackling the complex dynamics of unsteady flow


April 8, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

Amneet Bhalla (San Diego State University)

Title: A robust and efficient wave-structure interaction solver for high density ratio multiphase flows


April 15, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

Alejandra Uranga (University of Southern California)

Title: Boundary Layer Ingestion for Transport Aircraft: Power Balance, Wind Tunnel Test and Analysis Framework

April 29, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

Joseph Biello (University of California Davis)

Title: The nonlinear theory of tropical atmospheric waves: On the equatorial Kelvin Wave and the Madden-Julian Oscillation

May 20, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

Andrew Lucas (University of California San Diego)

Title: A new mechanism for internal wave breaking in the coastal ocean

June 3, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

Bruce Cornuelle (University of California San Diego)

Title: A Regional Coupled Atmosphere-Ocean-Wave Model for Studying Air-Sea Interactions

June 10, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

David Hu (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Title: Fluid mechanics of olfaction in elephants, moths and oxide sensors