Fluid mechanics and heat transfer are key to the understanding and improvement of mechanical systems. A more fundamental and insightful understanding of turbulence (the nonlinear and apparently chaotic motion of fluids and thermal fields) remains one of the great challenges of all engineering and science. The apparently structural patterns that appear in nature and designed systems has led to the creation of the constructal law a member of this group, Adrian Bejan, and his collaborators. New phenomena at the micro and nano scales are being discovered and exploited which makes this group among the most creative innovators in this
key field of mechanical engineering.
Fluid mechanics and heat transfer research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science focuses on the following areas:
- Computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer
- Compressible fluid flow
- Hydrodynamic stability and turbulence
- Transport phenomena in biological systems
- Microscale physicochemical hydrodynamics
Current projects include work on computational modeling of unsteady fluid flows, constructal theory and modeling, microscale fluid mechanics and nonlinear dynamic modeling of turbulence.
Opportunities for Graduate Study
The departments offers an M.S./Ph.D. study track in mechanical engineering with a core in thermal fluids that encompasses fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, as well as thermodynamics.
The department also offers a program of study towards the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) in Mechanical Engineering. This 30-credit degree program includes course work towards departmental requirements, an area of specialization, business and management fundamentals, and an internship or applied research experience. Students have the flexibility to specialize on topics of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermal and fluid systems relevant to preparation for an applied engineering career.