Developing nature-inspired flow optimization strategies and composite material design methodologies to improve the performance of aero-structures for civilian, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Advanced Design and Materials for aero-structures for civilian, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications.
We will continue to develop nature-inspired flow optimization strategies and composite material design methodologies to improve their performance, which include health-monitoring and self-healing technologies, while being prepared for full digital manufacturing and life-cycle management.
We envision a holistic approach using state-of-the-art experimental, numerical and theoretical tools to achieve this goal.
Further developing advanced optical flow measurement technologies (wall shear-stress sensors, volumetric flow diagnostics via 3-D PIV and BOS Schlieren) in our NWTF aerodynamic laboratories and purpose-built test-rigs, supported by Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) and Large Eddy Simulation (LES) methods for simulating unsteady structural loads, aerodynamic performances and aeroacoustics.
Parallel to the design route we further develop the methodologies to realize the design modifications via adaptive light-weight materials with sensory and self-healing functionality.
We envision breakthrough applications in technological areas we have demonstrated leadership, which are:
- nature-inspired flow optimization strategies
- sophisticated modern flow management and flow control systems relevant to aeronautical and aerospace industries
- testing adaptive materials and integrated sensor functionality under the condition of advanced digital manufacturing.
The Centre has two research groups:
- Professor Christoph Bruecker (Head of Research Centre for Aerodynamics and Flow Control)
- Dr Chetan Jagadeesh
- Dr Mohammad Omidyeganeh
- Professor Alfredo Pinelli
- Dr Sathiskumar Anusuya Ponnusami
- Professor Rajkumar Roy
- Dr Hamed Yazdani.
The centre has four wind tunnels one water tunnel and two flight simulators. A supercomputer for numerical work is also available.