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1). Fundamental studies on challenging thermal-fluids problems:

2). Advanced flow diagnostics and instrumentations:

  • Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Stereoscopic PIV techniques.

  • Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) and Laser Induced Phosphorescence (LIP).

  • Pressure Sensitive Paint (PSP) and Temperature Sensitive Paint (TSP).

  • Molecular Tagging Velocimetry (MTV) and Molecular Tagging Thermometry (MTT).

  • Quantum Dot imaging and Molecule-based microscopic flow diagnostic techniques.


Funded Research Projects:

Research  Sponers

Funded Research Projects

Understanding buoyant-particle- induced heat and mass transfer through integrated experiments and simulations. National Science Foundation;  06/01/2024 - 05/31/2027.

 ISU-GNU International Research and Education Collaboration Partnership for Aircraft Icing and Anti/De-icing Studies. National Research Foundation of South Korea via Gyeongsang National University (GNU);  05/01/2024 - 04/30/2027.

A Fundamental Study on Unsteady Heat Transfer and Dynamic Ice Accretion Processes Pertinent to UAV Icing Protection. National Science Foundation;  09/01/2023 - 08/31/2026.

 Development of a Collaborative Academic and Research Program Between ISU and UiT of Norway to Study Ice Accretion on Structures in Cold Regions. The Research Council of Norway via the Arctic University of Norway (UiT);  07/01/2022 - 03/31/2024.

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An Experimental Campaign to Evaluate Hydro-/Ice-phobic Coatings for Aircraft Icing Mitigation. Collins Aerospace,  07/01/2021 - 12/31/2024.

PFI-TT: Development of A New Class of Low-Power, Plasma-Based Wind Turbine Icing Protection Systems. National Science Foundation;  02/01/2022 - 07/31/2023.

Development of Novel Molecule-Based Measurement Techniques to Characterize Aero-Thermo-Elastic Interactions of Super-/Hyper-sonic Flows and Solid Surfaces; Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR);07/01/2021 - 06/30/2024.

A Fundamental Study Toward Innovative Plasma-Based Anti-/De-icing Strategies for Aircraft Icing Mitigation. National Science Foundation;  07/15/2020 - 06/30/2024.

An Icing Tunnel Testing Campaign to Evaluate Icephobic Coatings for UAS applications. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems  07/01/2020 - 12/31/2022.


An Experimental Study on  Icephobic Coating for Wind Turbine Icing Mitigation. Avangrid Renewables,  07/01/2020 - 12/31/2021.

Wind Turbines in Cold Winter: Icing Physics and Novel Strategies for Wind Turbine Icing Mitigation. Iowa Energy Center, the State of Iowa,  04/06/2020 ~ 03/05/2024.

Collaborative Research: A fundamental study on supercooled large droplets: impacting, splashing, surface water dynamics, and ice accretion. National Science Foundation;  07/01/2019 - 06/30/2024.

 IRES Track-1: International Research Experiences for Students in Renewable Energy and Environmental   Sustainability. National Science Foundation;  01/01/2019 - 12/31/2024.

 NNA: Bridging the Atomistic Deformation Mechanisms to the Microscopic Adhesive-to-Cohesive Fracture at Ice-Metal Interfaces. National Science Foundation;  09/01/2018 - 02/28/2024.

Durable Elastomeric and Metal based Icephobic Coatings for Turbomachinery Ice Protection Applications", NAVY SBIR Phase I, I option and II via  HygraTek LLC, 09/01/2018 ~ 05/31/2022

   Anti-Icing Design Test of Aero-engine Inlet Guide Vane;  Pratt & Whitney, 01/01/2018 ~ 12/31/2019.

Characterization of gas turbine fuel sprays using ISU high-pressure rig (HiPR) facility.  UTC Aerospace Systems; 09/01/2018 ~ 08/31/2019.

Testing of Dupont's Anti-Icing Solution for Wind Turbine Icing Mitigation; DuPont, 06/01/2017~05/31/2018.

Validating Current Broiler Welfare Auditing Programs and Advancing Enrichment; US Poultry;  09/01/2017 ~ 08/31/2018

Ice Adhesion Characterization of Icephobic Materials for Aircraft Icing Mitigation; NASA-AATT program; 09/01/2016~08/31/2020.

Testing of Durable Icephobic Composite Coatings for Aircraft Icing Mitigation NASA SBIR program, through Helicity Technologies; 07/01/2016~12/31/2016.

Development of an Advanced Spray Diagnostics Test Rig for the Measurements of Spray Flows Exhausted from Liquid Fuel Injectors.  UTC Aerospace Systems (50%) and “Regents Innovation Fund” Program of Iowa (50%); 09/01/2014 ~ 08/31/2015.

Inflight Icing Hazard Mitigation Technology; NASA - SBIR program through SPECTRAL ENERGIES, LLC;  07/01/2014 ~ 4/30/2015.

Innovative Dual-Rotor Wind Turbine (DRWT) Designs for Improved Turbine Performance and Wind Farm Efficiency; National Science Foundation;  09/01/2014 - 08/31/2017. (Research Results)

Quantification of Wind-Driven Surface Water Transport Process for Aircraft Icing Studies; National Science Foundation;  09/01/2014 - 08/31/2017.(Research Results)

"Research and Education Integrated Program on Aircraft Icing and De-/Anti-icing Technology", Iowa Space Grant Consortium; 05/17/2014 ~ 05/16/2017.

Development of a Ultrasonic Pulse-echo Technique to Achieve Time-Resolved Ice/Water Thickness Distribution Measurements for Aircraft Icing Studies, IPRT Fund Program, State of Iowa;  10/01/2013 - 06/30/2014

Innovative Dual-Rotor Wind Turbine Designs to Improve Wind Farm Efficiency, Iowa Energy Center; 02/01/2014 ~ 01/31/2015.

Experimental Quantification of the Film Cooling Effectiveness at Transonic Conditions; GE Globe Research Center; 07/01/2013 ~ 12/31/2013.

Advanced 3D Runback Models for Surface Water Transport; NASA - Atmospheric Environmental Safety Technologies (AEST) program;  01/01/2012 ~ 12/30/2018.

Experimental Investigations on Film Cooling Designs for Gas Turbines; GE Globe Research Center; 12/01/2011 ~ 9/30/2013.

Innovative Offshore Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Rotors; Department of Energy; 09/01/2011 – 08/31/2016.

Characterization of Surface Wind Energy Resources and Wake Interferences among Wind Turbines over Complex Terrains for Optimal Site Design and Turbine Durability; National Science Foundation;  01/01/2012 - 12/30/2014.

Molecular Tagging Techniques for Stratified Flow: Application to Boundary Mixing; National Science Foundation; 09/01/2011 - 08/30/2014.

A Wind Tunnel Study of the Interferences of Multiple Wind Turbines over Complex Terrains; IAWIND program, State of Iowa; 07/01/11 ~ 06/30/15.

Icing Physics Studies Pertinent to Wind Turbine Icing and De/Anti-icing; National Science Foundation; 04/01/2011 - 03/31/2015 (Role: PI).

IRES: US-China Collaboration on Bio-Inspired Aerodynamic Designs for the Development of Next Generation Micro Air Vehicles; National Science Foundation; 04/01/2011 - 03/31/2015.

Development of Advanced Flow Diagnostic Techniques to Characterize Next Generation Fuel Nozzles; Grow Iowa Values Fund Program, State of Iowa and Goodrich Engine Component Division;  01/01/2011 - 06/30/2013.

Study of Microburst Winds and Their Loading Effects on Built Structures; National Science Foundation; 06/01/2010 ~ 05/31/2014.

Theoretical & Experimental Development of Dynamic Roughness for Boundary Layer Control; AFOSR – STTR phase II project (through PHYSICAL SCIENCES, INC; 05/16/2010 - 05/15/2012.

On the Simulation of Free Flight Vortices in Ground Test Facilities; Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR);06/31/2008 - 12/31/2011.

Establishment of an ISU-TOKYO Research and Education Integrated International Collaboration Partnership; National Science Foundation (NSF); 01/01/2008 ~ 01/31/2012.

CAREER: Development of a Novel Molecule-based Diagnostic technique to Study Joule Heating and Micro-scale Heat Transfer Process in Electrokinetically-driven Microfluidics; National Science Foundation; 02/01/2006 ~ 01/31/2012.

Enhancing the Understanding of Extreme Winds Near Ground and Their Damaging Effects for Hazard Mitigation; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); 09/1/2009 - 08/31/2011.

Development of the Next Generation of Vortex Flow Meters for Engine Applications; Grow Iowa Values Fund Program, State of Iowa; 01/01/2009 - 06/30/2010.

A Study of Extreme Winds near Ground and Their Damaging Effects on the Built Environment; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA);  08/31/2008 - 09/01/2009.

Development of the Next Generation of Vortex Flow Meters for Engine Applications; IPRT fund, State of Iowa;10/01/2007 ~ 03/31/2008.

Reducing Wind-Induced Damages from Storms; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); 09/01/2006 ~ 08/31/ 2008.

MRI: Acquisition of a High-Speed Particle Image Velocimetry System for Single- and Multi-Phase Fluid Dynamics Research; National Science Foundation; 09/01/2005 ~ 09/01/2006.




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