Jeffrey P Thomas

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

  • Padmanabhan, MA; Dowell, EH; Thomas, JP; Pasiliao, CL, Store-Induced Limit-Cycle Oscillations Due to Nonlinear Wing-Store Attachment, Journal of aircraft, vol 53 no. 3 (2016), pp. 778-789 [10.2514/1.C033577] [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 (2015), pp. 011204-011204 [10.1115/1.4031134] [abs].
  • Howison, J; Thomas, JP; Ekici, K, Progress on a wind turbine aeroelastic solution methodology using harmonic balance, 33rd Wind Energy Symposium (2015) [abs].
  • Thomas, JP; Dowell, EH, Discrete adjoint design optimization approach for increasing transonic buffet onset angle-of-attack, 16th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference (2015) [abs].