February 20, 2023
Dr. Christian Bomela, clinical assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received a $254,644 grant through the eFellows program administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) with funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to hire Moses Ukaoma, Ph.D. to work on Computational Fluid Dynamics of Fast-Moving Objects. The present study involves CFD solutions of hypersonic viscous flows past fast-moving objects, seeking to investigate the modeling and simulation of such high temperature, high stress hypersonic flows using advanced techniques in computational fluid dynamics, numerically solving the full Navier-Stokes equations for viscous flow for the calculation of such high Mach number flows using sophisticated numerical algorithms and powerful computers. The focus will be on improving the predictive capabilities and computational efficiency of hypersonic CFD models for extreme conditions exhibiting phenomena such as turbulence, heat transfer, ablation, local flow separation usually due to shock wave/boundary layer interaction, and fluid-structure interactions.