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Flow Physics and Computational Engineering Group

The Flow Physics and Computational Engineering Group in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University is contributing new theories, models, computational tools and laboratory measurements for accurate engineering design analysis and control of complex flows including: acoustics, transition, heat transfer, chemical reactions, biofluids, complex fluids, plasmas, and other phenomena, of interest in aerodynamics, electronics cooling, environmental engineering, materials processing, planetary entry, propulsion and power systems, and other areas. A significant emphasis of FPCE research is on physical modeling and analysis of physical phenomena in engineering systems. A major new thrust in FPCE's research program is the quantification of uncertainties in numerical simulations and experiments. FPCE students and research staff are developing new methods and tools for generation, access, display, interpretation and post-processing of large databases resulting from numerical simulations of physical systems. Research in FPCE ranges from advanced simulation and measurements of complex turbulent flows to active flow control. The FPCE faculty teach graduate and undergraduate courses in acoustics, aerodynamics, computational fluid mechanics, computational mathematics, fluid mechanics, combustion, thermodynamics and propulsion.

FPCE is closely connected with the Center for Turbulence Research (CTR), an internationally recognized institution for fundamental research on turbulence, and the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME), and the Predictive Science Academic Alliance II Program (PSAAP II) of the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. The Thermal and Fluids Sciences Industrial Affiliates Program (TFSA) is jointly operated by the FPCE and Thermosciences Groups of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. This program provides a very strong connection between Stanford research and leading edge problems facing industry and national grand challenges.