Jeffrey P Thomas


Assistant Research Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Dr. Thomas' field of research is computational aeroelasticity. This is the study of fluid and structural interaction. Dr. Thomas develops numerical methods to simulate complex physical phenomena.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Research Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 237 Hudson Eng Ctr, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5173
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  • Ph.D. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1996
  • M.S. University of Kansas, 1991
  • B.S. University of Kansas, 1989

Research Interests

Computational aeroelasticity.

Representative Publications

  • Howison, J; Thomas, J; Ekici, K, Aeroelastic analysis of a wind turbine blade using the harmonic balance method, Wind Energy, vol 21 no. 4 (2018), pp. 226-241 [10.1002/we.2157] [abs].
  • Thomas, JP; Dowell, EH, A fixed point iteration approach for harmonic balance based aeroelastic computations, Aiaa/Asce/Ahs/Asc Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2018 no. 210049 (2018) [10.2514/6.2018-1446] [abs].
  • Thomas, JP; Dowell, EH; Anderson, M; McGowan, GZ, Progress toward efficient compression algorithms for application in flight simulation environments, 2018 Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference (2018) [10.2514/6.2018-4064] [abs].
  • Besem, FM; Thomas, JP; Kielb, RE; Dowell, EH, An aeroelastic model for vortex-induced vibrating cylinders subject to frequency lock-in, Journal of Fluids and Structures, vol 61 (2016), pp. 42-59 [10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2015.10.009] [abs].
  • Besem, FM; Kamrass, JD; Thomas, JP; Tang, D; Kielb, RE, Vortex-Induced Vibration and Frequency Lock-In of an Airfoil at High Angles of Attack, Journal of Fluids Engineering, vol 138 no. 1 (2016) [10.1115/1.4031134] [abs].