Research in aerodynamics ranges from the very applied in support of vehicle design to the very fundamental such as investigations into multi-phase flows. Some current projects focus on iced airfoil aerodynamics and smart icing systems, yaw control of reentry vehicle, fluid dynamics associated with supersonic bump compression, wake characteristics of rotating objects, airfoil design, and wind tunnel testing of various vehicles and components. Currently, there are nineteen active research projects in aerodynamics. Many of these projects are sponsored by government agencies and leading industrial companies such as: the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA (Ames Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Johnson Space Center, and Langley Research Center), the National Science Foundation, the U. S. Airforce, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory , and the Ohio Aerospace Institute. The research is conducted by faculty members, research scientists and post docs, numerous graduate students, and undergraduate students. Computational research is conducted using department facilities and those of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and experimental studies are conducted in the new Aerodynamics Research Laboratory and other specialized flow facilities.

Faculty Researchers:

  • Maciej Balajewicz - Aeroelasticity, developing theoretical and computational tools for low-dimensional modeling of high-dimensional systems

  • D. Bodony - Aeroacoustics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Combustion

  • P.J. Ansell - Aerodynamics, flight mechanics, flow control, unsteady aerodynamics

  • G. L. Elliott - Thermal and fluid sciences, laser diagnostic techniques, experimental supersonic and subsonic fluid mechanics, propulsion, combustion and plasmas 

  • M. S. Selig - Applied computational and experimental aerodynamics; airfoil design and analysis; aircraft design, performance, stability, and control; flight simulation; wind energy