Areas of Interest in Aerospace Engineering

Areas of interest include:

Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity

Composite Materials

Aircraft Propulsion

Aircraft Control

Spacecraft Engineering

 

Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

This field of study is based on the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and applied aircraft aerodynamics. Areas of current research include computational fluid dynamics, turbulent boundary layer flows, aeroacoustics, rotorcraft aerodynamics, wind turbine aerodynamics, active flow control, subsonic wind tunnel measurement, vortex generator, fixed-wing tip vortex, parachute drag prediction, aircraft design and optimization. Many of these projects are sponsored by government agencies and leading industrial companies such as: NASA (Ames Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Johnson Space Center, and Langley Research Center), US Army, Sandia National Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, and Boeing. The research is conducted by faculty members, research scientists and post docs, numerous graduate students, and undergraduate students. Computational research is conducted using UC Davis High Performance Computing (HPC), NASA HPC, DoD HPC, DoE HPC and experimental studies are conducted in the MAE subsonic wind tunnel.

Relevant courses: EAE 127 and EAE 126

Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity

This field of study includes aircraft structural dynamics and aeroelasticity. Areas of current research includes finite element methods, aerospace structures, aeroelasticity, biomechanics, and vibro-acoustics, minimum weight design with aeroelastic and acoustic constraints, landing recovery system studies, winged, rotor, or parachute recovery system trades and scaled flight testing, development of advanced finite element methods to solve steep gradient problems of high temperature due to aerodynamic heating or shock loading, environmental noise control, flow induced vibrations, and innovative power generation systems, long duration space flight effects on human spine. Many of these projects are sponsored by government agencies and leading industrial companies. The research is conducted by faculty members, research scientists and post docs, numerous graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Relevant courses: EAE 133 and EAE 135

Composite Materials

In this field of study, structures and materials used in aerospace engineering are analyzed, expanding from traditional mechanics of materials in order to correctly understand the behavior of thin-walled structures under bending, torsion and axial loads. Composite materials are being used extensively in new airplanes and helicopters, space structures, and also in other engineering areas such as wind energy, ships, transportation, infrastructure, biomedical joints. Area of current research in composite structures which encompass several areas of engineering, includes durability of composites due to in service load (for example, thermo-hygro-mechanical fatigue, impact, etc.), structural health monitoring methods.

Relevant courses: EAE 135 and MAE 237 (graduate level/technical elective)

Aircraft Propulsion

This field of study includes air-breathing jet engines and rocket propulsion. Areas of current research include turbomachinery, computational fluid dynamics, open rotor, jet noise, turbine cooling, innovative gas-turbine cycles, rocket engine feed systems and cooling tubes, propeller design, and centrifugal compressors. Many of these projects are sponsored by government agencies and leading industrial companies such as: The Wright-Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, GenCorp Aerojet, and the University of California. The research is conducted by faculty members, research scientists and post docs, numerous graduate students, and undergraduate students. Computational research is conducted using UC Davis High Performance Computing (HPC), NASA HPC, DoD HPC, DoE HPC.

Relevant courses: EAE 138 and EAE 140

Aircraft Control

This field of study includes control theory and its application to aerospace systems. Areas of current research include adaptive control, networked system control, hybrid system control, and controller design for unmanned aerial systems, spacecraft, and other machines. Many of these projects are sponsored by government agencies and leading industrial companies such as: NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, and Boeing. The research is conducted by faculty members, research scientists and post docs, numerous graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Relevant courses: EAE 129

Spacecraft Engineering

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