Kenneth C Hall

Kenneth C. Hall

Julian Francis Abele Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Unsteady aerodynamics, structural dynamics, and aeroelasticity of turbomachinery and aerospace vehicles. Novel approaches to modelling complex physical phenomena using computational fluid dynamics. Optimization and sensitivity analysis.  Optimal aerodynamics of flight vehicles and animal propulsion.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Julian Francis Abele Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 184 Hudson Eng Ctr, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5328
  • Email Address: kenneth.c.hall@duke.edu
  • Websites:

Education

  • D.Sc. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
  • M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983
  • B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981

Research Interests

Unsteady aerodynamics, structural dynamics, and aeroelasticity of turbomachinery and aerospace vehicles. Novel approaches to modeling complex physical phenomena using computational fluid dynamics. Optimization and sensitivity analysis. Fluid dynamics of animal propulsion.

Specialties

Aerodynamics
Fluid Mechanics
Aerospace
Aeroelasticity

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 2011
  • Fellow. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2000

Courses Taught

  • ME 472: Aircraft Performance
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 672: Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • ME 759: Special Readings in Mechanical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Giovanetti, E; Hall, K, Minimum Loss Load, Twist, and Chord Distributions for Coaxial Helicopters in Hover, vol 62 no. 1 (2017), pp. 1-9 [10.4050/JAHS.62.012001] [abs].
  • Giovanetti, EB; Hall, KC, Axisymmetric potential flow model of single or coaxial actuator disks, Annual Forum Proceedings Ahs International, vol 1 (2016), pp. 747-757 [abs].
  • Giovanetti, EB; Hall, KC, Optimum Design of Compound Helicopters that Use Higher Harmonic Control, Journal of Aircraft, vol 52 no. 5 (2015), pp. 1444-1453 [10.2514/1.C032941] [abs].
  • Giovanetti, EB; Hall, KC, A variational approach to multipoint aerodynamic optimization of conventional and coaxial helicopter rotors, Annual Forum Proceedings Ahs International, vol 2 no. May (2015), pp. 752-764 [abs].
  • Giovanetti, EB; Hall, KC, Minimum loss load, twist and chord distributions for coaxial helicopters in Hover, Annual Forum Proceedings Ahs International, vol 1 no. January (2015), pp. 648-657 [abs].

Additional Information

Experience:
  • 2007 - Present: Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
  • 2001 - 2007: Professor and Chair, Duke University, Durham, NC Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
  • 2000 - 2001: Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
  • 1997 - 1998: Visiting Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • 1996 - 2000: Associate Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
  • 1990 - 1996: Assistant Professor, Duke University , Durham, NC Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science .
  • 1987 - 1990: Associate Research Engineer, United Technologies Research Center , East Hartford, CT.
  • 1981 - 1987: Research Assistant in the Gas Turbine Laboratory , Massachusetts Institute of Technology , Cambridge, MA

Professional Activities:

  • Member International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Board of Directors (2003-2009)
  • Chairman of the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Structures & Dynamics Technical Committee (2000-2002).
  • Member of the ASME/IGTI Turbomachinery Technical Committee.
  • Reviewer for numerous journals, including the ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, AIAA Journal, Journal of Fluid and Structures, and Journal of Computational Physics.
  • Host of the Tenth International Symposium on Unsteady Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics, and Aeroelasticy to be held at Duke University in 2003.
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers