Jul 22, 2011    

The mission of CeFPaC is to conduct research in flow physics, prediction, modeling, and control. The center focuses on a combination of basic research aimed at verifying or developing theories for fluid dynamic behavior, and the application of these theories towards controlling flows. The research involves a large variety of macro and micro flow fields including laminar and turbulent boundary layers, jets, shear layers, wakes, airfoils, finite wings/blades, inlets, and UAVs. The center’s main three thrusts are in the following areas: (i) Aerodynamics of aerial and underwater vehicles, (ii) wind energy (smart wind turbine blades), and (iii) Building integrated wind (smart buildings).

CeFPaC is a new interdisciplinary research center where researchers are seeking answers to fundamental questions and creating new application-driven solutions for improving the performance of fluid systems. From designing smarter blades for wind turbines to developing new techniques for reducing aircraft drag, CeFPaC is poised to make an important impact in the rapidly emerging field of active flow control.
“We are excited to launch this new center in flow physics and control in the School of Engineering. It will provide new opportunities for student, faculty, and industry collaboration in an exciting new research area,” said David Rosowsky, dean of the School of Engineering at Rensselaer. “The Center focuses on an important new field for both aerospace engineering and energy systems. We look forward to watching this new center grow rapidly under professor Amitay’s leadership.”
“The ability to manipulate a flow field to affect a desired change is of immense practical importance. As a scientific discipline and as technological curiosity, flow control is a hot topic in both science and engineering,” Amitay said. “In our new center, we will advance the state-of-the-art in wind turbine blades, green airplanes, smart buildings, and more.”
In addition to Amitay, CeFPaC faculty hail from across campus including the:
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering; Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering; Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering; Department of Mathematical Sciences; and the School of Architecture.

“By establishing the new Center for Flow Physics and Control, Rensselaer has further positioned itself as a key player in the expanding field of active flow control.”

—David V. Rosowsky, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Dean of Engineering


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