Marc Williams

Marc H. Williams

1981 - Professor Emeritus


B. S., University of Pittsburgh, Aeronautical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, 1969
M. A., Princeton University, Aerospace & Mechanical Sciences, 1971
Ph.D., Princeton University, Aerospace & Mechanical Sciences, 1975



Computational fluid Mechanics

Awards and Major Appointments

2004 Gustafson Teaching Award
2005- ABET Coordinator, College of Engineering

Research Areas

The determination of aeroelastic stability and forced response characteristics of flight vehicles requires methods for predicting the unsteady aerodynamic loads that are induced by structural deformation and/or free stream disturbances. Current research is directed at developing such methods for transonic flight and for rotating machinery.

Much of this work has been done for advanced propfan applications. These engines are intended for use on medium range commercial transports, which operate at low transonic Mach numbers. In order to maintain high operating efficiency and low noise, the blades are very thin and flexible. Therefore they are subject to substantial static and dynamic deformations which alter the aerodynamic loads on the blades. Computational methods have been developed to predict these loads, both for single and counter rotating systems. Flutter boundaries and forced vibration amplitudes have been successfully predicted for a variety of current propfan designs. The most successful schemes developed so far have been based on linearized aerodynamic models. Work is under way on including nonlinear transonic effects through three dimensional potential formulation with moving grids.