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This area involves study and research in experimental, theoretical, and computational aerodynamics, gas dynamics, turbulence, plasma dynamics, heat transfer, and combustion.

Research is presently being conducted in nonequilibrium and rarefied gas flows, turbulence control, shock-boundary layer interactions, thermal and glow-discharge plasmas, turbulent mixing/combustion, nonlinear flow interactions, and advanced optical diagnostics and sensors. Facilities include Mach 2 and Mach 5 blowdown wind tunnels, a 1.25-second low-gravity drop tower, 15" by 20" water channel, laser sensor laboratory, combustion facilities, plasma engineering laboratory, an anechoic chamber facility for rocket nozzle testing, and extensive laser and camera systems for advanced flow diagnostics. The excellent TACC computational facilities include a variety of workstations and access to high-performance computers.

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Propelling the Next Generation of Hypersonic Flight

Professor Noel Clemens, Dr. Leon Vanstone and Joe Lingren were awarded the AIAA High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion Best Paper award for their technical paper, ‚ÄúSupersonic Isolator Shock-Train Dynamics: Simple Physics-Based Model for Closed Loop Control of Shock Train Location" which could propel the next generation of hypersonic vehicles.

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Reactive Flow Modeling Laboratory

Professor Fabrizio Bisetti's research in the Reactive Flow Modeling Laboratory applies computational modeling techniques to the solution of multi-physics/multi-scale problems in fluid mechanics with emphasis on turbulent flows, combustion and aerosol processes.

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Understanding Planetary Habitability

Professor David Goldstein weighs in on the possibility of life on other planets in UT Pop-Up Institute.

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Plasma Torch Facility Tests Spacecraft Material

Philip Varghese, Noel Clemens and students are testing heat shield spacecraft material in the new plasma torch facility.

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