Aerodynamics, Combustion and Aero-Structural Interaction

Focus Areas

  • Wind Engineering
  • Aircraft Icing
  • Computational and Experimental Fluid Dynamics
  • Rotorcraft
  • Propulsion

Associated Faculty

Paul Durbin
Turbulence and fluid dynamics of transition
Analytical models, theory, computer simulations of complex flows

Hui Hu
Advanced flow diagnostics and instrumentation
Aircraft icing physics and anti-/de-icing technology
Bio-inspired aerodynamics and unsteady vortex flows and control
Wind energy and wind turbine aeromechanics
Valery Levitas
Stress- and strain-induced phase transformations and chemical reactions
Theoretical and computational nano- and micromechanics
Mutliphysics theory and modeling
Ganesh Rajagopalan
Computational fluid dynamics
Simulation of flow through rotors
Aerodynamics of helicopters and wind turbines
Wind energy conversion systems
Alric Rothmayer
Aircraft and wind turbine icing
Aerodynamic flow control
Flow past unsteady surface actuators.
Aircraft propulsion
Partha Sarkar
Wind Engineering/Wind Energy
Wind tunnel simulations of ABL and unconventional winds (e.g. tornado, microburst) for wind loads; aeroelasticity (flutter) of civil and aero structures
Aerodynamic/dynamic loads and response of wind turbines
Anupam Sharma
Aero acoustics: turbo machinery fan noise
Wind turbine aerodynamics and aero acoustics.
High performance computing
Thomas Ward III
Microfluidics for heat and mass transport
Micro scale devices for heat transfer
Electronic flapping devices
Potential flow in porous media
Multiphase/granular flow


Post-Doctoral Position

Post-Doctoral Position in Experimental Phase Transitions and Plasticity Under High Pressure

Post-doctoral position at Iowa State University is available starting Summer/Fall 2019 to perform experimental research on coupled plastic flow, phase transformations, and other structural changes under high pressure and torsion of a sample in rotational diamond anvil cell. Experience with in situ high pressure experimentation and/or x-ray characterization of stresses and structural changes in materials at the micron scale is desired. Close collaboration with theoretical / computational collaborators and with Ames Laboratory of DoE is expected. Please email your application to Prof. Valery Levitas

Aerospace Engineering Hours

  • Office, 1200 Howe: Summer hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Howe Hall: Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Emergency contact: Building supervisor Jim Benson, 515-294-4946