Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Fluid Dynamics and Propulsion

Research in this area includes incompressible and compressible turbulent flows, multiphase flows, chemically reacting and other nonequilibrium flows, turbomachinery, electrosprays, aeroelasticity, aerodynamic optimization and aeroacoustics. Computational approaches include direct numerical simulation and large-eddy simulation; laboratories include wind tunnels, anechoic chambers, and high-speed jet facilities.  Specific areas of interest include:

  • Aeroacoustics
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Biomedical Flows
  • Combustion Theory
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Electrosprays
  • Jet & Rocket Propulsion
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Turbomachinery


Participating Faculty
 

Said Elgobashi

Said Elghobashi, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Direct numerical simulation of turbulent chemically reacting and dispersed two-phase flows.
Email: selghoba@uci.edu
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Manuel Gamero-Castaño

Manuel Gamero-Castaño, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Electric propulsion, with emphasis on colloid thruster technology for precision formation flying missions and Hall thrusters. Electrohydrodynamic atomization of liquids and related problems like electrospray ionization and technological applications of electrosprays. Aerosol diagnostics.
Email: mgameroc@uci.edu
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Perry Johnson

Perry Johnson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Turbulent flows, particle-laden and multiphase flows, turbulent boundary layers, large-eddy simulations, scientific computing.
Email: perry.johnson@uci.edu
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Arash Kheradvar, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: cardiac mechanics, cardiovascular devices, cardiac imaging
Email: arashkh@uci.edu
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John LaRue

John LaRue, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Fluid mechanics, heat transfer, turbulence.
Email: jclarue@uci.edu
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Feng Liu

Feng Liu, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Computational fluid dynamics, turbomachinery, propulsion.
Email: fliu@uci.edu
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Bihter Padak

Bihter Padak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests:
Email: bpadak@uci.edu

Dimitri Papamoschou

Dimitri Papamoschou, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Compressible turbulence, jet and fan aeroacoustics, jet noise reduction, mixing enhancement, microphone phased array methods.
Email: dpapamos@uci.edu
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Roger Rangel

Roger Rangel, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Heat transfer, fluid mechanics, spray combustion, two-phase flows, fluid instability and atomization.
Email: rhrangel@uci.edu
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William Sirignano

William Sirignano, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Combustion theory, multiphase flows, turbulent reacting flows, computational methods. Rocket and jet propulsion, gas turbine and internal combustion engines.
Email: sirignan@uci.edu
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Haithem Taha

Haithem Taha, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Geometric nonlinear nontrol theory; unsteady aerodynamics and aeroelasticity; optimization, calculus of variations and optimal control; flight dynamics and autopilot design; airplane performance and configuration aerodynamics.
Email: hetaha@uci.edu
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Jacqueline Thomas

Jacqueline Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Design of aircraft systems and operations, aviation environmental impacts, aeroacoustics.
Email: thomasj1@uci.edu