We study fluid mechanics with complex thermodynamic behavior, such as supercritical fluids, pseudoboiling, phase transitions, high-pressure real fluid behavior, combustion, or hypersonics.
The modeling of these flows for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) fits in the intersection of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Computer Science.
Applications are abundant in propulsion (rocket engines, car engines, gas turbines, scramjets), and energy (solar thermal, supercritical cycles, nuclear, waste heat recovery).
We are particularly interested in sustainable energy and space exploration.
We pursue a three-pronged approach, driven by real-world applications, built on physical fundamentals, and advanced by innovative modeling. Our specialization is numerical modeling and analysis of compressible real fluids, including complex phenomena such as supercritical fluids, phase transitions, cavitation, or cryogenics. Other topics of interest are hypersonics, micro-propulsion, and numerical methods.
Rocket engines, gas turbines, supercritical CO2 cycles, combustion, injection [more]
Thermodynamics, phase transitions, pseudoboiling, supercritical fluids [more]