Category Archives: MAE Seminar Series

Graduate Seminar Series – Dr. Fabrizio Bisetti, The University Texas at Austin

“On the Reynolds dependence of turbulent flames: the cascade through the lens of power laws, surface density function, and fractal analysis” By: Dr. Fabrizio Bisetti Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin    ABSTRACT: Turbulent burning rates are several times greater than their laminar counterparts, primarily due to the enhancement in…
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Graduate Seminar Series – Dr. Rafael Fierro, UNM

“Towards Stable Interstellar Flight: Modeling and Stability a Laser-Propelled Sailcraft” By: Dr. Rafael Fierro Professor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico    ABSTRACT: Traveling to distant stars has long fascinated humanity, but vast distances limited space exploration to our solar system. The Breakthrough Starshot Program aims at eliminating this limitation by…
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Graduate Seminar Series – Dr. Michael W. Renfro, University of Kentucky

“Local Extinction in Gas Turbine Engines and Edge Flame Propagation” By: Dr. Michael W. Renfro Tennessee Valley Authority Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky   ABSTRACT: In gas turbine engine augmentors, flames are stabilized in high speed flows using bluff body flame holders. The limiting conditions for flame stability are impacted…
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Graduate Seminar Series – Dr. Kunihiko Taira, UCLA

“Tackling the Complex Dynamics of Unsteady Flows” By: Dr. Kunihiko “Sam” Taira Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA ABSTRACT: Controlling the behavior of flows around air, marine, and ground vehicles can greatly enhance their performance, efficiency, and safety. The high-dimensionality, strong nonlinearity, and multi-scale properties of these flows make effective control a tremendous challenge. Without the reduction…
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Graduate Seminar Series – Dr. Stephen Lynch, Penn State

“Convective Heat Transfer for Ceramic Matrix Composite Materials in Gas Turbine Engines” Dr. Stephen Lynch Associate Professor, Penn State ABSTRACT: Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are currently being integrated into turbine engines due to their advantageous weight benefit and temperature tolerance relative to superalloy materials. However, they can have irregular surface morphology that can impact the…
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