Professor Awarded $359,000 from Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research ProgramMay 27, 2015
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WACO, Texas (May 27, 2015) – Joseph Kuehl, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering in Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, has received a $359,000 research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) to study physics-based hypersonic boundary-layer stability and transition prediction.
The performance of high-speed vehicles – such as jets and space shuttles – is greatly impacted by laminar-turbulent transitions. The transition from a laminar to a turbulent boundary layer is a complicated process that may critically drive system drag, thermal loading, propulsive efficiency and vehicle stability. An improved physics-based understanding of the transition process is particularly important for accurately gauging speed, efficiency and trajectory.
“As access to space continues to open, questions concerning high-speed vehicle performance, efficiency, endurance and safety will become increasingly important,” Kuehl said. “This project, in collaboration with other existing research and resources at Baylor, will ideally place Baylor in a position to lead the way in answering such questions.”
The YIP aims to encourage research in science and engineering by appealing to young scientists and engineers who have received their Ph.D. and possess a desire to advance research areas that benefit national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities.
Kuehl’s research will be funded over a three-year period as he conducts his research in a new laboratory and workspace that is being built at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC). The BRIC is a 21-acre discovery complex that provides researchers, organizations and private companies with 330,000 square feet of physical space for labs, research centers, industry collaborations space and workforce training.
More than 200 proposals were submitted to the AFOSR. Selected proposals came from scientists and engineers at research institutions such as Baylor, Princeton University, Stanford University, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Information regarding the AFOSR YIP can be found at https://www.wpafb.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=9332.
For more information on the grant, contact Kate Amaya, director of communications and external relations for Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, at 254-710-6826, or Kate_Amaya@baylor.edu.
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