Led by Professor Marilyn J. Smith, the Nonlinear Computational Aeroelasticity Lab on advanced numerical methods and engineering analysis associated with unsteady fluid mechanics. This research has many applications and addresses interdisciplinary problems involving aeroelasticity or fluid-structure interaction. Some recently funded research topics include:

  • Unstructured grid methodology development for use in unsteady, multidisciplinary applications
  • Physics-based reduced order modeling and Cyber Physical Systems modeling
  • Development of next-generation "numerical experiments" solvers for design and analysis
  • Turbulence and transition modeling
  • Overset methods development
  • Multibody dynamic configurations, such as store/ship/vehicle interactions, bluff body aerodynamic-dynamic interactions, wind turbines, and rotorcraft
  • Complex topological analyses, such as configuration-environment impact/interaction
  • Advanced multiresolution, multiscale algorithm development for structured and unstructured grid topological methodologies across Mach regimes
  • Aeroelastic tailoring using microflaps, jets, morphing of wings or rotating blades and design of controls to enhance aeroacoustic and aerodynamic performance in rotorcraft/wind turbines