Computational Fluid Dynamics for Hypersonic Flows

Computational fluid dynamics for hypersonic flows are used for the simulation of extreme aerothermodynamic environments over hypersonic vehicles, which involves high temperature, high-speed, chemically-reacting, laminar or turbulent flows with non-equilibrium thermo-chemistry.  Due to limited ground and flight test data, hypersonic CFD plays an important role in the analysis, design, uncertainty quantification and flight certification of various hypersonic configurations, including re-entry vehicles, atmospheric hypersonic flight systems and thermal protection systems.

Meet the experts

Daoru Han

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Plasma aerospace applications; space propulsion; plasma-material interactions; plasma physics and rarefied gas dynamics; high-performance computing

Serhat Hosder

Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, uncertainty quantification, hypersonic flows and systems, computational fluid dynamics, planetary entry/descent/landing of spacecraft, multidisciplinary analysis and design of aerospace vehicles, robust design, numerical methods

Joshua Schlegel

Assistant Professor
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Phase change materials; heat transfer in small modular reactors; graphene nanoplatelets; modeling of interfacial area for transport in nuclear reactors