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Recent Research Highlights!


Areas of Interest:


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

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 - 06/30/2014.

A Fundamental Study Toward Innovative Plasma-Based Anti-/De-icing Strategies for Aircraft Icing Mitigation. National Science Foundation;  07/15/2020 - 06/30/2023.

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


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 ~ 03/05/2023

Collaborative Research: A fundamental study on supercooled large droplets: impacting, splashing, surface water dynamics, and ice accretion. National Science Foundation;  07/01/2019 - 06/30/2022.

 IRES Track-1: International Research Experiences for Students in Renewable Energy and Environmental   Sustainability. National Science Foundation;  01/01/2019 - 12/31/2021.

 NNA: Bridging the Atomistic Deformation Mechanisms to the Microscopic Adhesive-to-Cohesive Fracture at Ice-Metal Interfaces. National Science Foundation;  09/01/2018 - 08/31/2021.

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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