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Boris Diskin, Ph.D.  
Research Fellow, NIA
Research Associate Professor,
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
University of Virginia

Adjoint-based optimization methods, Finite-volume discretizations, Multigrid methods on structured/unstructured grids
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Elbert Jeyapaul, Ph.D.  
Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA

Flow separation, Single-point turbulence modeling and LES.
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Li-Shi Luo, Ph.D.  
The Richard F. Barry Jr. Distinguished Endowed Professor (in Residence, NIA)
Mathematics and Statistics,
Old Dominion University

Kinetic methods for CFD, Nonequilibrium flows, Complex fluids
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Bill Moore, Ph.D.  
Professor in Residence, NIA
Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences,
Hampton University

Thermal Evolution of Planet and Satellite Inteiors, Dynamical Evolution of Planets and Satellites, Coupled Atmosphere-Interior Modeling of Planets, What Makes a Planetary Body Habitable?
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Hiroaki Nishikawa, Ph.D.  
Sr. Research Scientist, NIA

Viscous/inviscid discretization and convergence acceleration methods for unstructured grids
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Matteo Parsani, Ph.D.  
Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA LaRC

high-order accurate methods for large-eddy simulation and aeroacoustics, efficient explicit and implicit time integrators and acceleration techniques for compressible flows
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Sriram Rallabhandi, Ph.D.  
Sr. Research Engineer, NIA

Aircraft Design, Sonic Boom Modeling, Multi-Disciplinary Design Optimization, Aerodynamic Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Reduced Order Modeling and Model Order Reduction
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Balaji Shankar Venkatachari, Ph.D.  
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Resident at the NASA Langley Research Center in the Computational AeroSciences Branch, working on numerical algorithm development, Hypersonics, TPS modeling (continuum and multi-scale modeling), and CAA.
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NIA CFD Seminar Schedule

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08-26-2014   11:00am - noon (EDT)   NIA Room 137      video

First-, Second-, and Third-Order Hyperbolic Navier-Stokes Solver

Is it possible that a third-order CFD solver is less expensive on a given grid than a conventional second-order solver? No, it is impossible because a higher-order scheme requires more work on the same grid. However, as history demonstrates, it only takes a radical idea to turn the impossible into the possible. This talk will investigate whether the hyperbolization of the viscous terms is radical enough to make it happen. The Navier-Stokes equations are made hyperbolic, discretized by first, second, and third-order finite-volume schemes with upwind fluxes, and solved by a fully implicit solver: Newton's method for the first-order scheme, and a defect correction method for others. The developed solver will be compared with a conventional second-order solver for some simple but realistic viscous flow problems, focusing on computation time and accuracy especially in the viscous stresses and heat fluxes on fully unstructured viscous grids.

[ presentation file (pdf) ] Hiro Nishikawa

Speaker Bio: Dr. Hiro Nishikawa is Associate Research Fellow, NIA. He earned Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Scientific Computing at the University of Michigan in 2001. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan on adaptive grid methods, local preconditioning methods, multigrid methods, rotated-hybrid Riemann solvers, high-order upwind and viscous schemes, etc., and joined NIA in 2007. His area of expertise is the algorithm development for CFD, focusing on hyperbolic methods for robust, efficient, highly accurate viscous discretization schemes.

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Relevant Publications: First, Second, and Third-Order Finite-Volume Schemes for Navier-Stokes Equations, AIAA Paper, 2014-2091. [ AIAA Paper 2014-2091 (pdf) ]

First, Second, and Third-Order Finite-Volume Schemes for Advection-Diffusion, JCP, Volume 273, 2014. [ Preprint (pdf) | Journal ]

First, Second, and Third-Order Finite-Volume Schemes for Diffusion, JCP, Volume 256, 2014 [ Preprint (pdf) | Journal ]


08-27-2014   11:00am - noon (EDT)   NIA Room 101      video

Structural and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of Aircraft with Next-Generation Lightweight Materials

The use of advanced lightweight structures has enabled significant performance improvements for the present generation of transport aircraft. New structural materials, manufacturing techniques and multi-functional structural technologies will lead to even greater improvements for future aircraft. These new technologies give engineers greater flexibility to tailor aircraft structures to meet stringent design requirements. However, the large design space associated with this flexibility can be difficult to navigate since there is a limited knowledge base to help guide design decisions. Advanced computational design methods that employ high-fidelity structural and multidisciplinary analysis are key tools to help engineers understand the complex trade-offs inherent in aircraft design, especially in the context of advanced structural technologies. In this seminar, I will present our work on structural and aerostructural optimization that begins to address these challenges. To meet the computational demands of high-fidelity simulation and design, we use gradient-based design optimization techniques in conjunction with parallel computational methods and efficient adjoint-based derivative evaluation. To illustrate our efforts in these areas, I will describe the development of our in-house parallel finite-element code designed for multidisciplinary analysis and gradient-based optimization of composite structures called the Toolkit for the Analysis of Composite Structures (TACS). To demonstrate the capabilities of our structural and aerostructural design optimization framework, I will present the results of a study comparing the design of metallic and composite wings for a large transport aircraft. These results will show the benefits of using an integrated, gradient-based aerostructural analysis and design optimization framework.

[ presentation file (pdf) ] Graeme Kennedy

Speaker Bio: Dr. Graeme Kennedy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he leads his research group focused on developing novel design optimization methods for structural and multidisciplinary aerospace systems. Before joining the Georgia Tech faculty, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan in the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization lab. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) under the supervision of Prof. Joaquim R.R.A. Martins in 2012 and hisM.A.Sc. from UTIAS under the supervision of Prof. Jorn Hansen in 2007. He received his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2005. A complete list of papers and ongoing projects is available on Dr. Kennedy's website: http://gkennedy.gatech.edu/.



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