Fluids and Materials
Fluids engineering, which involves both liquid and gas flows, is a broad field that includes important applications in aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, combustion and engines, microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip devices, energy production and storage (e.g., wind, hydro, and nuclear power), hemodynamics and biomedical flow, environment and water treatment, and so on. In the department of mechanical engineering, we have particular focuses on both fundamental fluid transport and various practical applications of fluids engineering. These focused areas include:
- Use advanced laser diagnostic technology, chemical reactions and pollutant generation to study in flames and combustion in gas turbines, engine ignition, and natural gas appliances.
- Develop fluidic biomaterials and medical devices for diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, and surgery treatment of disease and healing of tissue.
- Develop multiphase materials and devices for energy storage and water treatment.
- Use high-performance computing and computational modeling (e.g., computational fluid dynamics) techniques to study the fluid flow in various fluid flow applications such as those mentioned above.