Stephanie Sherman wins Virginia Space Grant Consortium Grant and Airport Cooperative Research Program Graduate Research Award

Update: Stephanie Sherman’s work on air traffic management has won her a Virginia Space Grant Consortium graduate student research grant and an Airport Cooperative Research Program Graduate Research Award!  Stephanie is working to develop a computational model of air traffic based upon a smoothed particle hydrodynamics-esque definition of aircraft interactions (like particle interactions in SPH).  Through this approach, her tool will be able to model stochastic aircraft characteristics in addition to deterministic characteristics.  Fundamentally, she is trying to provide a tool which can help address two important and challenging problems:

  1. Model aircraft interactions in a  decentralized control scheme versus the current centralized control approach (e.g. the bulk of aircraft interactions being governed by instructions from air traffic controllers).
  2. Model manned and unmanned aircraft interact with non-deterministic factors (e.g. pilot skill, aircraft handling, etc…)

Both of these topics are of interest for study as part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

To learn more about her excellent work, follow the tag for S_Sherman.

Underwater Gas Expansion and Deflagration

The underwater combustion of a propane-air mixture in an acrylic cylinder is captured on the video linked here from multiple angles. This experiment, led by Van Jones with assistance from Kariann Vander Pol and John Gilbert, is designed to provide visual data and pressure time-histories for future CFD validation studies. We have submitted this to the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics gallery of fluid motion competition this year! More information, including an extended abstract and higher resolution version of the video can be found at:

Pankaj Kumar wins award

Just got this e-mail from former post-doc Pankaj Kumar: “I am happy to inform you that I have been awarded best group project in IHPC/ASTAR. This award is for developing Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) solver within the OpenFOAM framework. My job in this project was to develop finite difference- and finite volume- based LBM solvers in OpenFOAM.”  Congratulations Pankaj!