I'm a Professor at Purdue University in
the School of Aeronautics and
Astronautics, which is in the College of Engineering. I’ve been here since January, 1991
and have found that Aero-Astro at Purdue is a great place to work or
study. I have been able to be
involved recently in numerous exciting projects:
Selected by NASA in July, 2012 to create an undergraduate
experiment for the International Space Station with friends at North
Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Teaching AAE 418, Zero-Gravity Flight Experiment. We just flew another aircraft flight
experiment in June 2012.
Information for alums and friends who wish to help support the team’s travels.
Selection for the Science Applications
Researchers Group of the Commercial
Selection by Blue Origin
for launching of an automated experiment,
Cooperation with Armadillo Aerospace, Masten
Space Systems, and Xcor for launch of a student-built
Helping to organize several Next-Gen Suborbital Researchers Conferences in Boulder, CO, Orlando,
Fl, and Palo Alto, CA.
Helped to design and run a capillary
fluids experiment on the International Space Station led by Prof. Mark
Weislogel of Portland State University
I enjoy my work in zero-gravity fluid physics: Me in action.
And, fluid statics computations work with Ken Brakke’s great Surface
Lockheed Martin commercial satellite folks
Lev Slobozhanin and Iwan Alexander from CWRU
of a two-day short course, Basic Fluids
Modeling with Surface Evolver, available on-site at your company,
university, or institute, with 120 original pages of notes. Contact me for details.
Teaching a summer, 2007 Purdue study-abroad
course in Germany focusing on low-gravity experiment design.
Teaching occurs in various
forms. I’ve been teaching
AAE418, AAE514, and AAE333 this past year.
I’ve edited an aerodynamics
textbook to update it and bring it to the
North American market. I’ve
begun collecting random thoughts on using mathematical tools effectively in a
new item intended to be of use for seniors and graduate students in engineering
or science students, Never Trust an Arctangent. Enjoy.
My graduate student list is up to date for August, 2012.
It goes out of date rapidly; they just seem to get so much accomplished so
- Robert E. Manning, Capillary
Fluid Physics and Modeling
- Jaime Ocampo,
Aeroelasticity of High-mast Lighting Towers
(with Prof. R. Connor of Civil Engineering)
- Charlie Kim, Diesel
- Guillermo Jaramillo, Spray
- Jeremy Voigt, Commercial
sub-orbital rocket experiment design.
- Samantha Alberts,
Design of a large length-scale orbital thermal-capillary experiment.
Rotella, Commercial sub-orbital rocket
- Adam Loesch,
Experiment for stratospheric weightless parabolas.
Students, reverse chronological order:
- David Benson, MS, December,
2011, Fluid Physics Design for
Third-Generation Vane-Gap Space Station Experiment.
- Lauren Sharp, MS, August,
2011, Three-Dimensional Critical
Wetting Experiment in Microgravity.
- Jaime Ocampo,
MS, December 2010, Decelerator for
the New Purdue Drop Tower
- Jacqueline Jaron, MS, August, 2008, Static Two-Phase Solutions in Laterally-Compressed Circular
Cylinders in Zero Gravity.
- Jonathan Braun, MS, May,
2008, Zero-Gravity Two-Phase
Stability Solutions of Droplets in a Bent Circular Cylinder.
- Budi W. Chandra, PhD,
October, 2006. Flow Physics in Turbine Engine Oil
- Robert E. Manning, MS,
August, 2006, Spaceflight-relevant
Capillary Fluid Physics.
Tseng, PhD, May, 2006. Micro-Fluidic Spray Control.
- Yongkang Chen, PhD, August,
2003. A Study of Capillary Flow in a Vane-wall Gap in Zero Gravity.
- Shannon L. Fitzpatrick, MS,
May, 2003. A Study of Hydrogen Peroxide
Low-Gravity Control for Propellant Management Devices.
- Terry Salyer, PhD, May,
2002. Laser Differential Interferometry for Supersonic Blunt-Body
- Thomas J. Hoverman,
MS, May, 2002. A New Air Assist / Air Blast Atomizer.
- M. Stephen Krautheim, MS, May, 2002. High
Reynolds Number Duct-Strut Flow in Turbofans.
- Daniel J. Radocaj,
MS, December, 2001. Experiments in Turbine Engine Oil Sump
- David Ong,
MS, August, 2000. Investigation of Cavitation in Circular
and Slot Orifices with a Step.
- Jens Lindqvist,
MS, May, 2000. High Reynolds Number Turbofan Bypass
Duct Flows with Lift.
Li, PhD, December, 1999. Experiments in Cavitating Orifice
- Budi W. Chandra, MS,
December, 1999. Temporal Characteristics of Small-Scale
- Paul K. Sanchez, MS, May,
1999. Rigorous Investigation of Cavitation in a 2-D Slot Orifice.
- Mark Henry, MS, May,
Investigation of a Cavitating Slot Orifice.
- Robert Bayt,
MS, August, 1995. End Cap
Effects on Vapor Bubble Stability in the Gravity Probe-B Main Helium Tank.
- Joe McGuire, MS, August,
1994. Fluid Dynamic
Perturbations using Laser Induced Breakdown.
- Terry Salyer, MS, May,
1994. Quantitative Noise
Reduction Measurements of a Multiple-Source Schlieren System.
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