Research & Innovation

Nick Parziale Receives $1.2M DOE Grant

Nick Parziale

Dr. Nick Parziale, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) grant in the amount of $1.2M. This grant is part of a $7.5M Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant by the Office of Naval Research. Parziale’s project, entitled “Particulate and Precipitation Effects on High-speed Flight Vehicles” aims to advance research in hypersonic flight.

Recently, researchers have made significant advancements in understanding how different flight materials respond to hypersonic travel, particularly in regards to how the surfaces of those materials respond to the intense heat that occurs as a result of extremely high speed travel. Despite these advancements, the presence of particles and precipitation in the atmosphere can cause substantial damage to flight materials. This project assembles a team of researchers who are experts in the fields of rarefied gas dynamics, aerosol science, and aerosol particle impact experiments; multiphase flows and liquid particle dynamics; hypersonic wind tunnel and light-gas-gun experiments; and computational fluid dynamics, material damage, and material response. Through a series of joint computational and experimental campaigns targeting the problem of small particulate dynamics and impacts (at high altitudes) and also the problem of precipitation dynamics and impacts (at low altitudes), this effort will result in an unprecedented advancement in our understanding of hypersonic flows and materials response in Earth’s atmosphere, now including the effects of particles.

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