Aerodynamics and aerospace

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Using conventional, renewable and hybrid modes of energy sources, we develop flow control strategies, propulsion and simulation techniques, and methodologies for cost effective and energy efficient outcomes. Applications include ventilation of enclosed spaces, vehicle flight and performance, wind turbines (for power generation and low noise water pumps), propelling micro-aerial and underwater unmanned vehicles, cooling electronic circuits, and re-designing dwellings for human and domesticated animals.

Furthermore, we use computational and experimental methodologies to study and develop various passive and active flow control techniques, such as vortex generators, synthetic jet, Coanda effect and acoustic excitation. This is achieved in collaboration with industry to manipulate complex flow fields and aero-thermal loads from very low speed and temperature to hypersonic speeds with extreme temperature. We also exploit wind and solar energy as renewable sources by investigating incorporated flow control technologies.

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Aero/Thermal Flow Control: We use computational and experimental methodologies to study and develop various passive and active flow control techniques such as vortex generators, synthetic jet, Coanda effect, acoustic excitation etc. in collaboration with industry to manipulate complex flow fields and aero-thermal loads in conditions of very with very low speed and temperature (< 0.5 m/s and room temperature) to hypersonic speeds with extreme temperature (during re-entry, for example). We are exploring to exploit wind and solar as renewable sources of energies with the incorporation of flow control technologies.

Propulsion: We are using bio-fuels and hybrid fuels to develop engines of the future for aircraft and automobile that would consume less fuel and be environment friendly.


Flight simulatorReal-time simulation: We are studying simulated air, space and land vehicles (including crash investigation) manufacturing processes, fluid simulation based on spherical particles and swarm technologies, based on agent simulation and genetic algorithms. We are also exploring immersion technology and how it might be applied to the solution of real engineering problems.

Aerodynamics Laboratories:

Primary Academics

A/Prof. Con Doolan

A/Prof. Con Doolan

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Aeroacoustics/Flow Induced Noise
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Acoustics
  • Wind Turbine Noise
  • Flow Noise Group

Dr John Olsen

Dr John Olsen

  • Propulsion
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • SPD Fluid Simulation Turbo-machinery
  • Engineering Simulation
  • Simulation Philosophy

 

John Page

Mr John Page

  • Virtual Reality
  • Engineering Simulation
  • Simulation Philosophy
  • Aircraft and Spacecraft  Design
  • Air Accident investigations

 

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Dr. Charitha de Silva

  • Turbulent flows: understanding the physics of fluid flow 
  • Advanced  flow diagnostics
  • Flow control
  • Microfluidics / Lab-on-chip devices / Biofluids

Associated Academics

A/Prof. Tracie Barber

 

A/Prof. Tracie Barber

  • Aerodynamics
  • Laser Diagnostics

 

Dr Zoran Vulovic

Dr Zoran Vulovic

  • Propulsion
  • Simulation