Physics of Fluids

Physics of fluids refers to research in areas closer to applied physics than to direct technical applications. Present active research includes studies in gas dynamics and hypervelocity flows; diffraction and focusing of shock waves; detonation waves; shock-induced Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmeyer-Meshkov instabilities; transient supersonic jets; structures and mechanics in transition and turbulence; two-phase flows and turbulent mixing; combustion and flows with phase change; experimental manipulation and control of wall-bounded flows for improved flow characteristics, such as reduction of drag, noise, and structural loading; vortex dynamics; singularity formation and instabilities in microelectrofluidic flows; theory of non-normality and instability, and numerical simulation of flows at a range of Reynolds numbers; interface control for high order nonlinear systems.

Faculty

Joanna Austin
Professor of Aerospace

John O. Dabiri
Centennial Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Paul E. Dimotakis
John K. Northrop Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Applied Physics

Morteza Gharib
Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering; Booth-Kresa Leadership Chair, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories; Director, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies

Beverley J. McKeon
Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics; EAS Division Deputy Chair

Dan Meiron
Fletcher Jones Professor of Aeronautics and Applied and Computational Mathematics

Dale I. Pullin
Robert H. Goddard Professor of Aeronautics

Joseph E. Shepherd
C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Sandra M. Troian
Professor of Applied Physics, Aeronautics, and Mechanical Engineering